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Review: Jaleo, Washington DC.

Review: Jaleo, Washington DC.

I’m back from DC! Thanks for all of the “I miss you!” comments. I really appreciate it. Thanks also for the restaurant recommendations. We were able to take advantage of one of them. Terry, as I may have mentioned, lived for four years in the […]

Review: Hugo

Review: Hugo

Shrimp and grits. If you ask anyone who knows anything about Southern cuisine, specifically low country cuisine, this is about the time you should get out a handkerchief: let the drooling commence. Shrimp. Grits. What could be better? Now, seeing as my wonderful dining partner […]

wine me, dine me (in washington, DC)

wine me, dine me (in washington, DC)

Don’t worry, I’m not moving. However, Terry and I are going to be enjoying ourselves in our nation’s capital for a few days. I’ll be out of town until Tuesday, but I’ll be reporting from the field. I hear that I’ll be at Capitol City […]

Review: Half Day Cafe

Review: Half Day Cafe

My dear friend Abby is getting married in a few weeks, and I have the honor of being in her wedding. On Saturday, I had to go over to Bridal and Formal in Reading to pick up my (admittedly lovely) bridesmaid’s dress. I was slightly […]

My new Saturday morning hangout: Coffee Emporium

My new Saturday morning hangout: Coffee Emporium

Coffee Emporium Originally uploaded by anadequatenovel I’ve lived two blocks from Coffee Emporium since July, and I finally wandered there last weekend. What a great space! I saw lots of fellow downtowners/OTR-ers I recognized, and Jim Tarbell was holding court in the foyer. I had […]

Review: Universal Grille

Review: Universal Grille

I apparently haven’t been with it. Did you know that Universal Grille (formerly Hamburger Mary’s) had a bit of a kerfluffle in the kitchen and ended up closed for about a month? I sent my mom there a couple of months ago, since she wanted […]

How to throw a successful and stress free dinner party.

How to throw a successful and stress free dinner party.

Hahahahahahahaha! Yeah, that’s a funny one. I don’t think it’s possible that a dinner party can be stress free. I’ve tried, and it just doesn’t work. However, I have learned how to minimize stress so I can relax and generally enjoy myself and my guests. […]

Recipe: Hummus

Recipe: Hummus

My hummus is a party favorite– I’ve been making it ever since my dear friend Elisa visited me for two weeks when I got married and she showed me how simple it was to do it. I’ll add that it’s far easier to do this […]

Recipe: Roasted Leg of Lamb, Tzatziki

Recipe: Roasted Leg of Lamb, Tzatziki

This recipe is adapted from Emeril Lagasse and Simply Recipes. I didn’t have time for a marinade, so I decided to do a rub. 1 4-5 pound leg of lamb, sirloin end8 cloves of garlic, minced3-4 stems’ worth of rosemary, removed from stems1/4 cup of […]

Recipe: Sauerkraut and Mettwurst

Recipe: Sauerkraut and Mettwurst

One of my grandma’s favorite meals to make for us was sauerkraut and metts. For her, it was pretty simple: Eckerich Farm smoked sausage, canned sauerkraut, an apple (to cut the sour, she said), simmered on the stove until everything is heated through. When Terry […]

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