Archive | January, 2013

Lasagne and Wedding Planning

This weekend, my parents visited me to talk all things wedding.  I took them to the venue and we were all (once again) overwhelmed by all of the choices and planning we have to do. When we got back to my place, I was grateful to pop open a bottle of wine and indulge in […]

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Alexandria Restaurant Week

It’s Alexandria Restaurant Week!  And I would be remiss not to mention it here.  Restaurant weeks are always great because you can get great deals and try a new restaurant.  At Alexandria restaurant week, the deals are a $35 dinner for 2 or a $35 prix-fixe dinner (per person). Although I should, I don’t always […]

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A quick snack

I just got back from a weekend trip to North Carolina this morning (Thomas’ grandpa’s 80th birthday) and I am exhausted!  We like to get up really early to make the drive–we were on the road by 4:30 am!–so that we can be home early and still have a day to relax. Unfortunately, I have […]

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Chicken with Mushroom sauce

I think one of the reasons that Thomas agrees to watch cooking shows with me is that it often inspires me to make something from the episode the next day.  Last night I finally got around to watching Ina’s new episode of Barefoot Contessa where she is on “vacation” in Napa. However, both her and […]

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Aglio E Olio

This fancy sounding Italian dish, that is near impossible for me to pronounce, is actually a very simple and delicious pasta with garlic oil. If you want to try to pronounce it, it’s something like “ahl-yo e ohl-yo.”  I sound like someone who’s mouth has just been heavily numbed with Novocaine trying to talk to […]

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Trader Joe’s Irish Breakfast Tea review

As I sit at work this morning trying to wake up (it’s a collaboration day, which means we meet with our teams. Since I am the only journalism teacher, I spend the first half of the time collaborating with myself.) I decided to use some of my time “wisely” and write a review of the […]

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NY Strip Salad

Last night Thomas and I were both feeling a little lazy about cooking (maybe it was the gin and tonic…) and I just couldn’t get excited about the meal we had planned (grilled strip steaks with avocado corn salsa) but we had to cook the steaks and Thomas didn’t feel like grilling after working late, […]

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A proper gin and tonic

In my house we have cocktail hour(s) daily, and we are not ashamed.  Some days, like today, it starts earlier than others. After a successful but uneventful day at work I needed a little something so I dug around the fridge and liquor cabinet and made myself a proper gin and tonic. Now a lot […]

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Taqueria el Poblano

I am crazy about Mexican food–I could eat it every day.  Chips and salsa would be one the foods I would want with me if I were stranded on a desert island. About a year ago, I discovered an excellent little place in the Del Ray neighborhood: Taqueria el Poblano. It’s a very small restaurant […]

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Cooking Show Drinking Games

I know a lot of people complain about the Food Network these days.  And I get it, they’ve changed. They are very much focused on reality shows that have to do with food than actual cooking.  But that’s why (in my opinion) they started the Cooking Channel–which has some excellent cooking shows, my favorite is “French […]

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