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Favorite One Pot Dish

Mussels with chorizo, fennel, tomatoes, wine and cream.

My dad's "risotto" pasta: cook some garlic in olive oil until it starts to brown, toss in some short pasta (I like farfalle or shells), add a combination of white wine and chicken stock and reduce, adding more liquid as needed until the pasta is cooked and the liquid has become the consistency of a sauce. This recipe is great because you can toss in whatever else you want. I love adding prosciutto, shrimp, tomatoes and capers with a handful or Pecorino Romano, but it can be completely tailored to personal taste.

Jul 11, 2011
chitodc in Home Cooking

Your best bruschetta?

My favorite traditional one:

Saute garlic in a good amount of olive oil until just starting to brown. Dip one side of an untoasted slice of good Italian bread or baguette. Top with a mixture of chopped tomatoes (I also use cherry or even grape), seasoned w/ salt and pepper, chopped fresh basil and a glug of red wine vinegar. Sprinkle good parmiggiano or pecorino romano and pop in a 350 oven until the bread starts to brown. I also definitely agree with the ricotta rec.

May 25, 2011
chitodc in Home Cooking

Best DC upscale weekday lunch deal

Second the Proof recommendation, and Bibiana does one as well that I've really enjoyed.

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Bibiana
1100 New York Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20005

Ideas for scamorza?

I looooooove this cheese and just bought myself a nice big chunk of it. I usually do what my Italian host Mamma did when I studied abroad: put a slice in a bowl, pour over it some boiling hot tomato sauce and mop it all up with good bread as it melts. I know that I could pretty much use it the way I would mozzarella, but I'm wondering if anyone has any especially killer ideas for its use, since it's (to me) a lot more special than mozzarella and for sure a lot more expensive!

May 12, 2011
chitodc in Home Cooking

Homemade Mozz stix

I don't think I would try it with grocery store string cheese, but we have a cheese guy at our local farmers market who sells his version of it and it works perfectly. We just dip in beaten egg and then in panko seasoned with a bit of salt and pepper and it couldn't be easier or more delicious!

Apr 29, 2011
chitodc in Home Cooking

Blue Cheese Pizza and Good Ingredient Pairings?

Yet another vote for pears! We do one with blue cheese crumbles, pears and balsamic reduction drizzled after it comes out of the oven.

Nov 02, 2010
chitodc in Home Cooking

Low Effort High Impact Dishes

Mussels: garlic, crushed red pepper flakes, canned tomatoes, white wine. Ridiculously simple, cheap even, and people love them.

Scallops: if they're fresh and really dry they take no time at all to sear perfectly, make a sauce of butter, wine, citrus and herbs.

Both of those take no more than 15 minutes, can be altered according to taste, and since a lot of people tend to be intimidated by cooking seafood, they have no idea how easy it is and are very impressed!

Jun 16, 2010
chitodc in Home Cooking

Best sandwich I ever invented

Tomato foccaccia with burrata cheese, grilled portobellas, grilled zucchini, roasted red peppers, balsamic reduction drizzle, basil aoili.

Honey roasted turkey, muenster cheese, pesto mayonnaise, bacon on sourdough, toasted.

Jun 12, 2010
chitodc in Home Cooking

Best Brunch in Arlington area?

The ones already mentioned are all solid. I'd also throw in Eleventh Street Lounge, it's kind of a surprising brunch place, but the savory mushroom waffle is awesome.

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Eleventh Street
1041 N Highland St, Arlington, VA 22201

I Have the BEST Mom in the whole world! She made me some

Mom: After spending 6 weeks driving cross country, another day flying home, and another 8 hour drive after that, she made me breakfast for dinner. Soft scrambled eggs w/ cheese and chives, chicken apple gouda sausage, and sourdough toast with butter. She managed to take me from frazzled to cozy in less than 10 minutes.

Dad: After a bad breakup, from which I was sure I would never recover, on my first visit back home he had us make homemade lobster ravioli. We drank champagne and I thought maybe I would be ok.

Jun 04, 2010
chitodc in Home Cooking

NYC to Clarendon/Ballston Area-Need Some Help

I definitely reiterate the recs for a bunch that have been mention, Liberty Tavern, Lyon Hall, Northside Social (warning, their wine list is pretty bad), Tallulah/Eat Bar. Eventide has a great roof deck. American Flatbread is tasty and casual, I've had some good meals at Me Jana (Lebanese), and Cafe Assorti has yummy manti and pelmeni (get the pink sauce!). For sure Ray's and Hellburger are fantastic and, at least in theory, we are getting a seafood place, wine bar and a place that serves venison and elk burgers out of that crew too at some point! Welcome to the neighborhood!

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Me Jana
2300 Wilson Blvd., Suite 140, Arlington, VA 22201

The Liberty Tavern
3195 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22201

Cafe Assorti
1800 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201

Poste or Tabard Inn for brunch?

Chiming in with a strong vote for Tabard Inn. I seriously don't understand the Poste love, it's pretty meh.

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Tabard Inn
1739 N St NW, Washington, DC 20036

Sauca food truck in DC... Are you experienced?

The merguez is deeeeeelish! Plus I love love so many of the sauces they offer. Could care less if anything is "authentic" -- that's such a BS pretentious standard anyway. What I care about is that it's yummy, convenient, a welcome relief from dowtown chain limbo, and I can make two meals out of a sandwich!

New Orleans cookbook

Cooking Up a Storm is an amazing book, highy recommended.The Times-Picayune instituted a kind of recipe swap for people whose family and collected recipes were lost in Katrina, and they published a book of what they found. The recipes are fabulous, and the stories are so incredible and moving.

Apr 13, 2010
chitodc in Home Cooking

Ideas for goat cheese

I've made fantastic meatballs (combo of veal, pork, lamb) stuffed with goat cheese and cooked in a crushed tomato sauce. Amazingly delicious, the goat cheese is a perfect fit but the other flavors are strong enough that it isn't overpowering.

Apr 06, 2010
chitodc in Home Cooking

What restaurant are you excited about for DC's restaurant week?

So thaaaat's where all the salt went! I was there on Tuesday and 3 of the 4 of us had 3 of the fish dishes (the skate, the bass and the trout) and all 3 were woefully underseasoned. Perfectly cooked, but bland. I've had one prior wonderful meal there, and I'll definitely return but I won't do RW there again.

Volt Lounge

You can! Although the lounge menu on its own ends up being really fantastic too!

Office Thanksgiving potluck ideas please!

I made them! Thank you so much for the tip! They were so good that my boyfriend actually tried to hide them from me so I couldn't take them into the office. Luckily I found them in time and they received such compliments as "Delightful!" and "I'm going to eat 10 of them!" and "RMRMAMRMRMRMR (nodding head vigorously with a mouth full of food!"

Nov 19, 2009
chitodc in Home Cooking

Looking for ideas for fast and portable food

When I was a broke student I used to rely on bagels (I thought they made sandwiches more interesting). Toast 'em, smear them with a little bit of cream cheese and load them with veggies, or use pesto, tomato and fontina and put them under the broiler. Pasta salad is also very portable and cheap and you can make delicious vegetarian versions (plus you can switch up the ingredients so you don't get too bored), ditto fried rice. Wraps are a another meal that can be as versatile as you want without breaking the bank, and if you make your own and control the size you can ensure that they're managable on the go. Plus these are all things you can assemble the night before and just grab on your way out the door. The answer from givemecarbs was great too. Turning takeout into multiple meals makes it an inexpensive option that lets you add even more options to your diet.

Nov 17, 2009
chitodc in Home Cooking

Suggestion for a casual place to get a good piece of fish?

Ooh, am I remebering incorrectly? I could swear I've been there w/ reservations, but maybe I'm wrong! I still highly recommend it either way!

Butternut Squash Ravioli recipe?

Last time I made them I drizzled some pieces of squash and sweet onions w/ olive oil, s&p and roasted then pureed them. Since your squash is already pureed, you could still roast the onions and puree it together probably. Top w/ brown butter/sage/good parmigiano.

Nov 12, 2009
chitodc in Home Cooking

Cafe Asia

It's fine. When I lived downtown it was one of the better delivery options. Agree that happy hour specials are pretty good, and I really liked the spicy Chinese ravioli.

What to do With Pomegranate Molasses [moved from Quebec board]

i just ate at a Turkish place that did a fabulous flatbread mezze, with ground lamb and spices and pomegranate molasses. It completely elevated the dish.

Nov 11, 2009
chitodc in Home Cooking

Osteria and Enoteca Bibiana -- bday dinner report

Went last night, had a completely wonderful experience. Began with a very fresh sorrel and arugula salad, which was perfectly dressed, carciofi alla romana which were also delicious, and the sweetbreads, which won over even the non-organ meat people in the group. We also had the casoncelli and spaghetti al nero with crab, but have to say that our experience of them could not have been better. The casoncelli were tender, rich and flavorful, the brown butter and sage was simple and perfect as a way to dress them. The spaghetti was delicate, but really well balanced. I could absolutely taste the squid ink in the pasta, the crab had a lovely sweetness, which was a great foil to a traditional aglio, olio peperoncini preparation. We had a really nice, affordable Primitivo, and a fabulous server who kept an eye on the clock for us (we had theater tickets) and made sure we were out exactly when we wanted to be without ever once making us feel rushed. Highly recommend.

Suggestion for a casual place to get a good piece of fish?

I definitely second Pesce! It's tiny so it's probably worth getting a reservation, but delicious and you won't feel awkward at all in jeans. Plus it's right in Dupont so there are plenty of options for pre-dinner drinks.

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Pesce Restaurant
2016 P St NW Ste 1, Washington, DC 20036

Office Thanksgiving potluck ideas please!

Wow, those sound amazing! I usually gravitate toward the savory over the sweet but those could be perfect for this!

Nov 09, 2009
chitodc in Home Cooking

Office Thanksgiving potluck ideas please!

My office is having its annual Thanksgiving potluck, and in past years I've kinda copped out and brought store-bought stuff, but this year I have a lovely brand new kitchen and I'd love to make something. The things that are making it harder for me to think of what to make are: 1) it has to be something I can make the night before and carry on a crowded Metro, and 2) I won't have access to an oven (microwave only) after I get to work and the meal will start about 4 hours after I get in. I'm considering cranberry sauce, or a salad with dressing I can bring in on the side, but I'd love to make a more substantive Thanksgiving-y dish. Any suggestions? (Or if this is a topic that's rehashed every year and I just used the wrong search terms, if you could point me to the right thread that would be equally appreciated). Thanks!

Nov 09, 2009
chitodc in Home Cooking

Most memorable cooking disaster?

First dinner party hosted in college, roomie and I hadn't mastered the art of the roux yet, so when making the pasta sauce, we just kept throwing in handfuls of flour to thicken it, and then handfuls of cheese to try and overpower the flour flavor. Dinner took much much longer to bring to the table than we'd expected, so by the time we ate all of our guests (and us too) were completely obliterated on (cheap) wine. Eventually, we all thought that drinking the chocolate liquer we'd bought to go into the dessert fondue was a great plan -- many people got sick.

Nov 06, 2009
chitodc in Not About Food

Everyday dinner help for a brand new "grown-up"

I'm a big fan of Epicurious, but since I've tended to use it a lot as a resource for my fancy cooking projects it didn't occur to me to look at it for more basic recipes. Thanks!

Nov 03, 2009
chitodc in Home Cooking

Everyday dinner help for a brand new "grown-up"

Fantastic suggestion, thanks! Between him, Lidia, America's Test Kitchen etc, PBS has definitely replaced Food Network as my food TV resource!

Nov 03, 2009
chitodc in Home Cooking