Recipes

Back-to-School Lunch Rescue: Burrito Bites & Fruit Leather Sushi

by Kristen Hartke

BacktoSchoolA 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

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Overrun with zucchini? Make Zucchini Bread — that actually tastes like zucchini

by Rachael Bender

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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

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Dolcezza Gelato Raises the Bar with New Venue

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By Tim Ebner

By the time late spring rolls around, Robb Duncan is salivating for summer. It’s the time of year when his business, Dolcezza Gelato, is busy whipping up frozen gelatos with fresh berries, including strawberries, blueberries, blackberries and red, black and purple raspberries.

Summer also means peak herb growing season. And, if there was a Super Bowl Sunday for gelato producers, Duncan says it would be during the last week of June.

“That one week is a big one. It’s just an amazing time for fresh gelato,” he says. “It’s the tail end of strawberry season, and it has a one-week overlap where blueberries, blackberries and raspberries are in season too.”

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This year Dolcezza is ready for that week. The gelato shop recently opened a 4,000-square-foot factory space, behind Union Market in Northeast D.C. The factory space feels light and airy, thanks to skylights … Read More

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A Julep So Cool It’s Blue

By Tim Ebner

As the heat and humidity hit this summer, skip the Manhattan and order up an ice-cold mint julep. Sure, this cocktail has several centuries of history in Kentucky, and it’s the official drink of the Kentucky Derby, but it might also be the perfect remedy for a muggy D.C. afternoon.

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Nick Caruana runs a drinks site called The Straight Up, a Saveur 2014 finalist for best cocktail blog. Caruana says Kentucky Senator Henry Clay is credited with bringing the julep to our nation’s capital where he introduced the drink back in the early 1800s at the hotel where the Willard Intercontinental now stands. The Willard’s Round Robin bar still makes the julep according to Clay’s recipe, but for a summer refresh on this iced bourbon beverage, Caruana adds fresh blueberries.

He muddles mint and blueberries with Maraschino to create the base of his “Mint Blulep.” Then, … Read More

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