recipes

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

by Rachael Bender

Zucchini

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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Old Recipe, New Trick: Late Summer Gazpacho

by Anya Kroupnik

Gazpacho

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.

Oregano oil

Late Summer Gazpacho

Serves 2

3 medium-sized ripe tomatoes, … Read More

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The Savory and Sweet Fruits of Summer

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

Tomato Tart

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

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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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