Entries from December 2009

Thursday, December 31st, 2009

A Foodie Christmas

So what do you get the foodie who has everything for Christmas? A bigger kitchen would be nice, but in lieu, Val and I received some awesome cooking goodies for Christmas. Thanks family and friends :) Books On Cooking: A Textbook of Culinary Fundamentals is a gigantic textbook that covers everything from sanitary food handling, [...]

Tuesday, December 29th, 2009

"Restaurant" Review: Quarry House Tavern

Quarry House Tavern If you didn’t know about Quarry House Tavern, you’d probably never find it.  Located in downtown Silver Spring (#dtss), Quarry House is located under Bombay Gaylord Indian Restaurant, accessible by an unmarked staircase encased in plywood.  In other words, its the world’s greatest dive bar. Val and I have been fans of Quarry House for [...]

Saturday, December 19th, 2009

Restaurant Review Double Header: Rustico and ChurchKey

It’s Saturday.  You’ve been lazy, sleeping in, sitting around, reading, surfing the net, watching some tv.  It’s 7pm and you haven’t thought about dinner.  What do you do?  Pick up your best friends Matt and Marisa, drive half way across DC to Rustico, eat dinner, drink beer, drive half way across DC again to ChurchKey, eat dessert, and drink more beer. [...]

Friday, December 18th, 2009

Cooking Class: Market Basket

Two Mondays ago was our final Culinary Skills Lab class at L’Academie de Cuisine.  And that can only mean one thing – Market Basket!  Somewhat like Iron Chef, the class is divided into teams, with each team choosing a secret ingredient, addition ingredients from the pantry, and winging the rest.  After pulling a random piece of paper [...]

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009

'Till It's Done Mug

Last night Val and I finished the last class of our 24 week Culinary Skills Lab. It’s been an amazing experience – learning lots of techniques and ingredients, meeting new people, and just trying new things in the art of cooking. I highly recommend taking this or other cooking classes – they’re fun and inspiring. [...]