Local food magazine’s fall issue set to hit the streets Friday, September 12
Features for September:
+ Marian Burros covers the Rappahannock County foodie scene
+ Joe Yonan cooks from FRESHFARM’s H Street Market
+ Matt Ramsey creates a fantasy “PornBurger” for Edible DC
+ Adam Bernbach shares the Brit Meaw recipe–Indian Summer’s best sipper
+ Union Kitchen continues to sizzle as DC’s top culinary incubator–a visit with Jonas and Cullen Gilchrest
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by Giacomo Abruzzi
If typical date nights are starting to get stale, here’s another option: get cooking. I recently went on what was, for me, a perfect date night outing at a DC-area cooking school. There are several cooking schools and independent cooking instructors throughout the area, where you can take classes in everything from classic French cooking to sushi techniques, for everyone from novice to experienced cooks. For our evening out, we attended a class in molecular gastronomy, which included instruction, dinner, and wine.
I walked in not knowing what to expect and walked out completely mesmerized with a handful of new cooking techniques and at least one recipe I am planning on repeating very soon. In a nutshell, I learned how to use the basic molecular gastronomy toolkit, which includes gelatin, soy lecithin, tapioca maltodextrin, agar, xanthan gum, sodium alginate and calcium; from these handful of ingredients, you … Read More
by Anya Kroupnik
Just over an hour outside of D.C. is Patowmack Farms in Lovettsville, VA, which recently hosted its first “Mat-to-Table Experience”, taking participants through a strengthening vinyasa yoga class in a beautiful pastoral setting, followed by a guided tour of the working organic farm and a family-style organic brunch. Traveling through the thick green forests of Virginia on that Sunday morning gave my companions and me plenty of time to wake up and get ready for our adventure; we enjoyed having a day to get out of the city and breathe some fresh air.
We began our experience with a delicious watermelon smoothie, then spent a tranquil hour-and-a-half with the vinyasa yoga instructor Laura Lightbody, surrounded by a rural symphony of buzzing cicadas, chirping crickets, and crowing roosters in the morning sunshine. Following our yoga class, we toured the farm with owner Beverly, who showed us the … Read More
by Kristen Hartke
A fabulous array of kid-friendly finger foods. Clockwise from top left: Fruit leather sushi made with peaches and watermelon; fresh watermelon “fingers”; fresh Mexican sour gherkin cucumbers (sometimes found at farmers markets and through our friends at Washington’s Green Grocer — and easy to grow at home); Burrito Bites.
Sometimes, when you’re a parent, your toughest dining critic is a two-year old. It gets even tougher when that toddler starts school and inevitably starts measuring the contents of his lunchbox against those of the kid sitting in the next seat. The competition is cutthroat in the cafeteria, where your own progeny sits prostrate in front of a boring, but lovingly prepared, PB&J — no doubt made with freshly ground peanut butter, raspberry jam made from fruit grown in your community garden, and home-baked bread from locally-milled wheat… yet he stares longingly at the monosodium-glutamate-loaded pre-packaged build-your-own-pepperoni-pizza-on-a-cracker extravaganza … Read More
by Rachael Bender
This year my garden has exactly one zucchini plant. Multiple tomato plants, four basil, a few dill, and some parsley. But only one zucchini.
However, this zucchini plant has all but taken over almost an entire garden box – spreading itself out into the aisles of the garden, twisting into the tomatoes, and forcing the relocation of two pepper plants. Seriously, it looks like Audrey II from “Little Shop of Horrors”; in fact, every time I water the garden, I can hear it saying, “Feed me, Seymour!”
So I have spent the whole summer looking for new ways to use all my zucchini.
To my welcome surprise, while reading Gail Simmons book, Talking with My Mouth Full, I was drawn to the section where she writes about how, while she was growing up, her mother used zucchinis for everything, instead of more traditional ingredients. Yes! … Read More
by Anya Kroupnik
Gazpacho may be a time-honored summer recipe, but it’s one that I wasn’t a fan of in the past. Maybe it was too chunky, or even too cold, but I’ve recently rediscovered this classic and now I am hooked. I’ve made half a dozen varieties over the past month, incorporating a different mix of fresh ingredients from my garden or the farmers market, and each version has been summery, fresh, and vibrant from the fresh herbs and juicy — preferably heirloom — tomatoes.
Although most recipes call for chilling the gazpacho, I prefer to serve my version at room temperature. This particular recipe has a lovely sweetness from the beets, which are just now appearing at the local markets, and the fresh oregano, along with the drizzle of oregano-infused olive oil, brings an unexpected spiciness to the dish.
Late Summer Gazpacho
3 medium-sized ripe tomatoes, … Read More
by Giacomo Abrusci
It’s crab season here in the Chesapeake Bay region, where we cover our tables with sheets of butcher’s paper and Old Bay is king all summer long. Whether you pick your crabs up from the waterfront fish markets in southwest DC or jump right into the Bay like my father and me, here’s a recipe to have seafood lovers licking their lips all day long: Spaghetti ai Granchi, or spaghetti with crab.
First clean the fresh uncooked crabs by removing the shells and washing them thoroughly — you’ll do this when they are really cold (either by storing them on ice or refrigerating them), which makes them dormant and easier to work with — then set them in the refrigerator until you’re ready to get to business. I like leaving the tomalley — that’s the greenish goo, otherwise known as the crab’s liver and considered a delicacy, … Read More
It’s late August and the local farmers markets are overflowing with the best fruits of the summer season — peaches and tomatoes. Juicy and luscious, they can be at their best when the summer is at its worst, providing a sweet respite to the most sweltering day. Here we have two perfect late summer recipes to make the most of the season, one savory and one sweet: a French Tomato Tart and Brandied Peach Pie. Enjoy!
French Tomato Tart, inspired by David Lebovitz
by Madeleine McDougall
Harvest season. You know you’re there when big, ripe, juicy tomatoes pack every farmers market from here to Silver Spring. Growing up, tomatoes tasted too acidic to me, but last summer, my mom — a constant source of knowledge and inspiration for my cooking adventures — introduced me to the French Tomato Tart. I will never look at tomatoes — or pie — … Read More
Italy in a glass: Make-your-own Pesche al Vino Rosso After a Pick-Your-Own Trip to Homestead Farm
by Giacomo Abrusci
I just rolled back from Homestead Farm in Poolesville, MD, a mere 45 minutes from downtown DC, where every variety of peach is now at its peak. Even if you didn’t make it to Puglia, Italy this summer, you can still drink like you are there when you have a freshly-picked peck of peaches. While it’s true that southern Italy is not famous for wine-based sangria, the fruit is literally dripping off the trees there during the summer months, perfect for soaking in your favorite red wine.
My uncle Giovanni will exclusively use nectarines, while my sister Angela will usually choose the juiciest peach in the house. So grab some delicious fresh summer tree fruit and follow my lead tonight: before you start to prepare dinner, roughly chop two to three … Read More
By AJ Dronkers
We’ve all seen chalk paint gain popularity over the last few years but how about bringing that fun to the dinner table? I recently hosted a dinner party where I wanted to experiment with Chalkboard Paper Table Runner I got from Amazon but can be easily purchased through major retailers such as Target or Anthropologie. The chalk runner was 30 inches wide, so covers the majority of my kitchen table, and is 50 feet long so you just simply roll, cut, and tape the amount you need. It even comes with a starter pack of white chalk.
My design friend AnneMarie was coming over for dinner and I knew it would be the perfect opportunity to have fun with creative guests. I pulled out one of my favorite cookbooks, Sprouted Kitchen, a California inspired cook and centered in on two new recipes the Papaya & Red … Read More
By Anya Kroupnik Windhoffer and Laszlo Windhoffer
Let me start off by saying, I love Strathmore! The hall has unbelievable acoustics with a rich wooden interior design, the mansion has a quaint feel with its glowing stained glass, and the grounds are spacious and supremely lush with bright greenery. When I first heard that a major food event was happening there, it didn’t make sense, but Strathmore has been innovative in their choices – in short, it turned out to be perfect.
Food Samples – Chorizo
The weather was beautifully mild all weekend, so Strathmore’s grounds were perfect for strolling between food trucks, pausing to listen to music performances, sipping at wine tastings, or sampling food from various vendors. There was a lot to do, and aside from all the bubbly beverages, there were many highlights: