Minda’s Quick Coffee Cake

Its secret ingredient is its legacy of love

By Elizabeth Hudson, special to Edible DC
Photograph by Hannah Hudson

Growing up, my Saturday morning alarm was the smell of cinnamon—Momma’s Coffee Cake. Crusty with sugar-cinnamon, this was a serious family favorite, and we four Hudson children blessed it liberally with butter or grape jelly. Our beloved treat was shared across our extended family, just as likely to show up on Grandmother’s breakfast table as our own. Adults now, my siblings and I make it for each other when we visit, our own way of saying, “I’m so glad you’re here!”

Some years after my own kids started eating Momma’s Coffee Cake, my grandmother shared her battered recipe box with me. Inside I found a yellowed, well-worn and fragile notecard. The recipe for coffee cake was familiar, but this wasn’t Momma’s. It was Minda’s.

“Who is Minda?” I asked.

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Stuffed Squash

Stuffed Squash

By Chef Brad Walker of Boundary Road, from our Winter/Holiday Issue 2014

A show stopper for Thanksgiving!


8 whole small to medium acorn squash

1 cup shallots, minced

2 cups mushrooms, diced

2 cups boiled chestnuts, diced

2 cups carrots, diced small

1 cup Parmesan cheese, grated


Olive oil


Salt and pepper to taste

Roast the squash whole in a 400° oven for about 45 minutes, until thoroughly cooked. When cool enough to handle, use a serrated knife to cut off the top of each squash (reserve tops for presentation), then scoop out the seeds. Set aside until ready to fill.

To make the filling, sauté the shallots and mushrooms with a little olive oil until barely tender. Glaze the carrots in a shallow, wide sauté pan with a few tablespoons of olive oil and about a half cup of water. The idea is to have the … Read More

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You Won’t Stop Gobble Gobbling These DC Thanksgiving Sandwiches

by AJ Dronkers, Associate Publisher & Digital Editor EdibleDC

Thanksgiving is the foodie dream holiday. It’s all about the food and the gathering; decorations are minimal, we can spill outside for cocktails or a between-course walk since our weather is still grand and best of all, there is no stress with auxiliary traditions like exchanging gifts. The only focus is putting together an amazing spread of old family recipes and sprinkling in a few new ones.

To get geared up for game day, I take advantage of any opportunity to sink my teeth into flavors that feed my Thanksgiving obsession. Here is a round up of some of the best local Thanksgiving “sandwiches,” we use this term loosely.


MGM Roast Beef Thanksgiving Dinner

Off the beaten path, but with a passionate and devoted following, MGM Roast Beef offers exquisite slow roasted juicy carved meats. We swung by on a … Read More

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Downtown Silver Spring Hosts Holiday “Foodie Festivus”

DTWN SPP TreeSponsored by Downtown Silver Spring

This winter, visit Downtown Silver Spring to experience “Foodie Festivus,” the 2015 theme of its annual Reimagining the Holidays event. An extended celebration of cuisine, culture and community, Foodie Festivus features a must-see holiday art installation, live performances, chef-inspired events and an innovative food drive that truly brings the community together for the sake of food, fun and all manner of seasonal festivities.

Holiday Dining Extravaganza
During Foodie Festivus, participating Downtown Silver Spring restaurants are featuring their own unique specials and festive dishes, with more than enough dynamic offerings to keep everyone satisfied. Speaking of variety, the eclectic offering of restaurants and eateries also make for perfect social venues. From the impromptu happy hour at AG Kitchen or Masa Hibachi to planning a lively holiday office party at Copper Canyon Grill, Downtown Silver Spring has something for every palate!DTWN SSP Singers

Art Installation Holiday Tree, “Well-Seasoned Greetings”Read More

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The EmporiYUM DC 2015: A Recap

by Raisa Aziz, special to EdibleDC


The EmporiYUM works with local artists for design inspiration. Here Leigh-Ann Friedel used 1333 cups to build these aerial sculptures.

Food festivals are, well, yummy. The EmporiYUM at Dock 5 & Union Market this past Sunday  was no exception. I came hungry and with a plan: I wanted something sweet and at least one gift for the holiday season. The EmporiYUM is brimming with food and drink options that are hard to say no to. Items are beautifully crafted with attention to detail unexpected for fast festival fare.

It does seem odd that one purchases a ticket to then buy more food. But this is a curated experience with a casually elegant aesthetic and a DJ spinning in the background. It’s fun. People are smiling. There was a baby dancing with her mom in front of the DJ. I was eating mini doughnuts. … Read More

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Not Just for Harry Potter Fans: Butterbeer From the Gibson

A Recipe for A Butterbeer Cocktail

by AJ Dronkers, Associate Publisher & Digital Editor EdibleDC

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The Gibson Butterbeer Cocktail. Photo by Jai Williams.

In a time of explosive craft cocktail programs across the DC region and along the 14th street corridor, it’s refreshing to visit a pioneer of the neighborhood, the Gibson. On a recent fall evening, I knocked on their black unsigned door just past 14th & U Street for an evening of cocktails. What I found in DC’s uber-speakeasy was an incredible team of bartenders that was blowing the lid off the concept of seasonal menu changes with 20 new drinks inspired by autumn. Our favorite of the evening was the Butterbeer that was both cozy and intoxicating – exactly what we look for during the holiday season. Here’s the recipe, thank you Gibson!

Gibson Butterbeer Recipe

  • 1.5 oz Famous Grouse scotch whiskey
  • 1 oz Biscotti Liqueur
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Bûche de Noël, A Classic French Holiday Dessert

Reema_Desai-REEMADESAI.2015.16.10.CaitlinDysartDesert.HolidayIssue-17By Caitlin Dysart, 2941 Restaurant. From “The Last Bite” printed in our Winter/Holiday Issue 2015.

The holiday season can be rough when you work in the restaurant industry, but my child-like love for all things Christmas really helps me get through it. I get excited for the music, the decorations, the family traditions and—most importantly—the baking. As a pastry chef, I have to plan ahead for the holidays, I’m drafting menus and sketching desserts as soon as Labor Day hits.
One of my favorite holiday desserts is the classic Bûche de Noël, or Yule Log Cake. We serve this traditional French treat for Christmas Eve every year at 2941. It’s a simple roulade made of sponge cake rolled with cream and covered in icing and it’s made to resemble a literal version of a yule log.

The real joy of making a bûche de noël is in the decorating. Variations … Read More

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Cask Ales Flow Freely at Mad Fox Festival

By Hope Nelson, special to Edible DC


Let’s get one thing straight right away: Cask-conditioned ale fans are a hardy bunch. What else would explain the gaggle of devoted beer tasters huddled under tents and umbrellas in a steady, 55-degree drizzle on a Saturday afternoon in Falls Church?

madfox13Indeed, toasts and cheers abounded at the Mad Fox Cask Ale Festival, one of the region’s largest celebrations of cask-conditioned ale. Though the weather was hardly picture-perfect – the balmy, overcast morning gave way to rain and chill by noon – the tasting-glass-toting patrons circling the casks didn’t seem to mind a bit. And why would they? With dozens of cask ales to try from breweries ranging from right across Market Square (Mad Fox) to across the river (DC Brau, Atlas, 3 Stars) to across the state (Starr Hill) to … well, Idaho (Laughing Dog), the cask-ale community was well-represented indeed.madfox11

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Bowled Over: A Veteran’s Souvenir Starts a Family Tradition

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Scott, Robert and Christopher Clime with their bowls.

Words and Photos by Victoria Milko

An unlikely family tradition that would continue for generations began when Robert Clime was drafted during the Vietnam War—and it all started with a souvenir.

Bowls2_picture medalsDeciding that he would enlist in the Navy rather than be drafted into the Army, Clime found himself at sea on the U.S.S. Enterprise during the war. While on a tour in Southeast Asia, he was granted shore leave, leading to numerous adventures in exotic ports of call. The markets in Asian cities were a major draw, and Clime found himself going stall to stall looking for gifts to bring back for loved ones at home.

“There were these big Philippine mahogany bowls, carved from a single piece of wood,” he says. “I decided to bring some home with me.” Little did he realize at that moment that a family tradition … Read More

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Local Farmers’ New Book Celebrates Sustainable Farming

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Forrest Pritchard and Molly Peterson

Forrest and Molly Hit the Road to Talk to Great Farmers

By Whitney Pipkin, Edible DC Contributor. Photographs by Molly Peterson.

A grass-based livestock farmer and author of a New York Times bestselling book, Forrest Pritchard apparently thought he didn’t have enough going on when he got the idea for his next writing project.

Pursuing it would take him away from his 400-acre farm near Berryville, Virginia, for most of those summer days that are precious to a farmer of any br Growing Tomorrow jacketeed. But first, he reached out to a fellow livestock farmer, one whose résumé as photographer, shop owner and social media maven make her calendar as impossibly full as his: Molly Peterson.

Pritchard sent her a Facebook message and then stopped by the Heritage Hollow Farms she runs with her husband, Mike—located an hour’s drive away in Sperryville—that evening.

His first book, Gaining Read More

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