Friday, October 30, 2015

Thinking of Drinking: Penalty Flag

Get ready for football with some of these cocktails!  

Thinking of Drinking: Vampire's Blood


It is getting close to Halloween again.  Time for a party and time for a Halloween punch.  This Vampire's Blood is perfect for a party because guests can serve themselves.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Trick-Or-Treat

My little Cabbage Patch Kid
#babycapcook began the Halloween celebration last weekend with trick-or-treating at the EEOB, walking the Little Goblin Parade in Logan Circle and attending a pumpkin carving party.  It will be hard to top her first Halloween in Puerto Rico, but she is well on her way.  

Halloween in DC

My little Cabbage Patch Kid
Check out theses Halloween specials!

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Menu ReVamp: Taberna del Alabardero




By: Laurie Wallin
Capital Cooking Contributor

Occasionally, I’ll walk up 18th Street to the Farragut West Metro.  I’ve always been curious about Taberna del Alabardero with its inviting outdoor patio and elegant décor.  I recently tried their fall menu and I’m kicking myself that I haven’t visited sooner. Taberna del Alabardero is celebrating 27 years in DC – in a city where restaurants come and go, this is a rare feat, and after visiting, I can see why. Executive Chef Executive Chef Javier Romero, who has been in DC for 6 years, has put together a menu that showcases Spain – he wants to have Taberna’s diners taste the real flavors of Spain. Each dish has a Spanish traditional base. Fresh seafood is delivered every day, and the freshness of the seafood really shined in the dishes that I tasted. Sommelier Jorge Olias, who has been with the restaurant for over 6 months, has curated a lovely wine list to complement Chef Romero’s dishes.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Uncorked: Use Wine Bottles for Halloween Décor

After enjoying a bottle of Francis Ford Coppola Winery’s flagship Diamond Collection Claret, turn the bottle’s signature gold netting into spooky yet sophisticated piece of décor with a few simple steps.

Friday, October 23, 2015

Thinking of Drinking: Tootsie Roll

With Halloween right around the corner, you need to have some fun shots ready.   Think trick-or-treat candy... how about a Tootsie Roll Shot? 

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Recipe: Butternut Squash, Sausage and Lentil Soup

There's something about storms that make me crave soup.  I whipped out my new cookbook with 300 Sensational Soups and flipped through the pages to find something yummy.  Recently, I've been trying to cook a little bit heatlhier at home so I was inbetween the Beer and Cheese Soup, which sounded amazing, and the Lentil Soup with Roasted Vegetables and Sausage.  I opted for the healthy option with lentils.  Not only is this soup healthy, but it is delicious.  I changed the recipe a bit.  Here's my version below.  

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Oyamel's Day of the Dead Celebration


By Claire Goldman

By mid October, some of us have been sufficiently bombarded with pumpkin spice, pumpkin beer and carved pumpkins but what about roasted pumpkin atop seared rabbit saddle, pipian roja, hubbard puree and placed in a corn tortilla?

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Date Night at Etto

Have you been to Etto?

Uncorked: Sisters Making Wine

We first got a taste of Truvée at The Manor in DC. . Fittingly derived from the French verb “to find,” Truvée tells the unique story of the McBride sisters, wine professionals who grew up continents apart and unaware of each other’s existence for nearly half of their lives, eventually finding their way to each other following their father’s final wish. Their Central Coast wines, a Chardonnay and Red Blend, are easy to drink and affordable.  I love the labels and packaging.  

Giveaway: Win Two Tickets to Cuba Libre's 5th Anniversary Celebration!


Cuba Libre will be celebrating its 5th Anniversary in Washington, DC on Thursday, October 29 and Capital Cooking is giving away two tickets for a lucky reader and guest! To mark this special occasion, Cuba Libre will be featuring two signature cocktails, the Pyrat XO Mojito made with Pyrat XO Rum, guarapo, lime, spearmint, and club soda, and the Mango Papaya Caipiroska featuring vodka, mango, papaya, lime, sugar and ice. In addition to these fabulous cocktails, guests will enjoy an array of passed and stationary tapas, ceviches, and desserts prepared by Chef-Partner Guillermo Pernot.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Recipe: Pumpkin Crème Brulee

This recipe is adapted from my Cooking 101 class at L'Academie de Cuisine when we made Pistachio Creme Brulee. This pumpkin version is a seasonal delight. Feel free to adjust the amount of pumpkin you use to taste. Also, don't be afraid if you don't have a torch. You can always make it under the broiler. It is sure to be a hit at your Autumn feast.  This recipe is featured on Capital Cooking's Lunch with a Lobbyist episode.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Join me at the Capitol City Brewing Oktoberfest!

Prost! Capitol City Brewing Company will host its sixteenth annual Oktoberfest beer festival celebration on Sunday October, 11 from noon to 7 p.m. at The Village at Shirlington. Ticket sales begin at 11:00 a.m. and beer taps close at 6:00 p.m. Entrance is free for children and non-drinkers.

10 of the BEST Fall Recipes

Fall is here!  Celebrate the season with some my favorite fall recipes.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Congrats to Heritage BBQ Winner, Chef Jose Adorno of Graffiato!


On Sunday, Chef Jose Adorno was announced the King of BBQ at Heritage BBQ, with a Red Wattle pig from Creekside Farms at a friendly culinary competition promoting heritage breed pigs and global grilling cultures.