Local food magazine’s summer issue set to hit the streets Wednesday, June 18
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:
by Vince Kiernan
In a world of trendy cupcakes and boxed cookie mixes, one pastry chef is on a mission to instill a sense of old-school comfort back into our desserts. She’s using fresh, local ingredients in seasonal, thought-out recipes. And she’s starting right here in D.C.
Meredith Tomason is the mastermind behind RareSweets, a new bakeshop that began as a start-up at Union Kitchen and is now set to open in the CityCenterDC development this fall. We caught up with Meredith outside of La Colombe on Friday, where she braved the heat to dish out samples of affogato—a bold summer treat that consists of ice cream topped with a shot of espresso.
Specializing in layer cakes and ice creams, RareSweets hopes to reintroduce classic American flavors of the late 19th and early 20th centuries back into the DC pastry scene. An avid collector of antique cookbooks, Tomason … Read More
Dedication Ceremony at the White House FRESHFARM Market
Edible DC had a chance to chat with Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe and Robin Moline, the stamp’s illustrator at the dedication of the Unites States Postal Service’s new Farmers Market stamp, a forever stamp that is designed as a four stamp mural depicting the bounty of the farm market—produce, flowers, cheese, bread and fruits. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack was at the dedication as a guest speaker, as well as FRESHFARM Market co-founder Bernie Prince and the Postmaster General. According to Sec. Vilsack, the stamp is timely as 2014 marks an over 50% increase in the number of U.S. farmers markets in the past 10 years.
Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack. The number of farmers markets in the U.S. has over doubled over the past decade.
Interview with Postmaster General Donahoe and the stamp illustrator.
Edible DC (EDC): Are you personally … Read More
By David White
Until 1976, few wine critics took California seriously.
That year, a British wine merchant organized a competition in Paris pitting California’s best Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon against the best wines that France had to offer. Everyone assumed that France would win. But with both the whites and the reds, California came out on top.
That competition—now known as “The Judgment of Paris”—transformed California’s wine industry. It helped accelerate vintners’ efforts to tout California’s wines as being on par with Europe’s best offerings.
Virginia’s wine industry isn’t yet on par with California’s. But wine critics everywhere are starting to pay serious attention to the state. After a recent visit to the Old Dominion, celebrated British wine authority Jancis Robinson suggested that Rutger de Vink—the proprietor of RdV Vineyards in Delaplane—has “a good chance of putting the state on the world wine map.”
De Vink’s name is … Read More
The Goat Cheeses of Georges Mill Farm By Emily Hilliard
Along the back roads of Loudon County, en route to Georges Mill Farm in Lovettsville, Virginia, there are signs that you’re still within striking distance of a major metropolitan area, as newer homes and development extend their reach among the rolling farms with old barns and white farmhouses.
But as you finally round the corner of Georges Farm Road and spot the Civil War–era stone house and the quaint barn-red Georges Mill Farm stand, you feel as if you’ve entered a landscape all its own, a historic haven very separate from the new growth in the county.
Climbing the driveway past the lawn of the stone house-turned-bed and breakfast, you come upon a converted corn crib, now the home of Sam and Molly Kroiz, 31 and 28, respectively, who run Georges Mill Farm Artisan Cheese—the farmstead goat cheese operation on … Read More
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.”
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