October 30, 2012
INSTANT HORS D'OEUVRES: Influenced by the Egyptian-inspired blend of ground nuts and spices known as dukkah, Gary & Kit's Napa Valley Dukkah Spice Blends can be combined with olive oil for quick dips or sprinkled over roasted vegetables or salads. They come in three flavors: classic hazelnut; toasted sesame and pistachio; and savory coconut. Packets (2.5 ounces) are $7. (Olive oil sold separately.) They are available at Cleo's Fine Oils and Vinegar, 1915 Towne Centre Blvd., Annapolis, or order online at www.cliffamilywinery.com .
April 16, 2012 |
Gourmet coffee roaster Joel Finkelstein has long coveted a stall at the Dupont Circle farmers market, where face time with affluent food lovers could boost his sales and raise the visibility of Qualia, his cafe in Petworth. But Finkelstein and the rest of his coffee-roasting ilk are banned from participating in the renowned Sunday market and nine others operated by FreshFarm Markets . The nonprofit group allows only vendors who sell products from what they grow or raise on local farms and facilities.
August 23, 2012 |
You're out for a summer drive on a rolling stretch of rural highway in Loudoun County. You pass the gourmet grocery store selling strawberry salsa and pickled peaches, the roadside workshop with five styles of Amish porch swings and an endless selection of birdhouses out front. You suddenly smell the rich zing of barbecued ribs and chicken. And then you spot the Aldie Country Store, a rickety, paint-chipped, two-story house built in 1897. It has a giant smoker and beat-up picnic benches outside.
February 20, 2008 |
2 to 3 servings Heat a few tablespoons vegetable oil or olive oil in the pot. Add 1/2 diced medium onion and at least 3 chopped cloves garlic . Cook for 3 to 4 minutes, until the onions are soft, then add one to two 15-ounce cans drained and rinsed white beans and a 15-ounce can tomato puree . Add a few splashes red wine . Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat; cook, with the mixture barely bubbling, until thoroughly warmed....
February 20, 2008 |
4 to 6 servings Heat 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil in the pot . Add 1 diced onion , 1 minced clove garlic and 1/2 ounce finely diced pancetta or 1 strip diced, uncooked bacon . Add one 28-ounce can diced tomatoes and their juice, 2 cups frozen peas , 2 cups water, 1 bay leaf and a generous pinch fresh or dried thyme . Cook for 15 minutes ; season to taste with salt and pepper ...
February 20, 2008 |
4 to 6 servings Heat 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil in the pot . Add 1 diced onion , 1 minced clove garlic, 1 shredded carrot and 1 finely diced celery rib . Add 5 cups broth and bring to a boil. Add 1/2 pound sliced button mushrooms , 1/2 cup Israeli couscous and a pinch of fresh or dried thyme . Cook for 10 minutes or until the couscous is tender. Season to taste with salt and pepper .
August 20, 2008
Ingredients: 8 large tomatoes 2 tbsp. sugar 4 tbsp. olive oil 1 large onion chopped fine 6-8 large garlic cloves chopped fine 1 lb. ground beef or lamb 1 tsp. ground pepper 1/2 tsp. salt 1/2 tsp. each oregano, thyme and cinnamon 1 cup uncooked rice 1 cup chopped spearmint 1 cup grated parmesan cheese Instructions: Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Slice a piece from the top of each tomato. Remove the pulp with a spoon. Save the pulp.
January 13, 2013 |
Maria Kardamaki Robertson has eight weeks to prove herself. Robertson, founder of Demeter's Pantry, got a big break last month when Costco tapped her line of packaged Greek meals for a two-month trial run at five of its regional stores. "This was a rare opportunity to have daily conversations with people and get a lot of feedback," said Robertson, who lives in Silver Spring, and currently sells meals to area Whole Foods, Balducci's and Roots Market stores. "As a wholesale company, you're kind of isolated from your customers.
May 28, 2008
For grilled pizza, go lighter with the toppings and keep them on the delicate, if not dressy, side. In addition to familiar flavorings such as kosher salt, freshly ground black pepper, extra-virgin olive oil and crushed red pepper flakes, here are ingredients you should have on hand, and a few of my favorite combinations. -- Tony Rosenfeld · CHEESES: thinly sliced fresh mozzarella; grated fontina, mozzarella, smoked Gouda or cheddar cheese; crumbled feta, blue cheese or goat cheese; shavings of Parmigiano-Reggiano or pecorino Romano.
February 17, 2010 |
I strapped on my snowshoes the other day and made my way to a neighbor's to borrow a cast-iron pot. Since we suddenly seem to be living in the Arctic , I'm going back to basics and cooking over a real hardwood fire. For the day's menu, I needed a pot with a lid. The kitchen gods have blessed me with a fireplace, so it has been an easy step from stove to hearth. I grew up in Minnesota and know the importance of a fire in times of chill and darkness. Until recently, though, I'd forgotten it could feed the body as well as the soul.