Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Sunday, September 8, 2013
Well, not indefinitely but it’s you’ve ever stopped at one of the Kiwanis chicken stands on the way to Rehoboth you’d know exactly what I’m talking about. Hands down my favorite BBQ chicken on the east coast. Once, in 2006, it even managed to convert a vegetarian. For $6 or $7 you get half a roasted bird, a couple pickles (bread and butter), chips and a bun. Secret to the bird? They brine/soak/marinate the whole chickens in left-over pickle juice over night before their salted, peppered, and slow roasted over the grill. TRY THIS AT HOME.
Saturday, September 7, 2013
Is it that impossible to get a decent bagel in DC? My New Yorkers say it’s because of the water. I say it’s because of the Jews. Maybe DC just doesn’t have enough picky Jewish mothers ready to verbally degrade shop owners that sell the doughy, dense, five inch hockey pucks we’re all so used to. And please don’t get me started on the cream cheese situation. L'Shanah Tovah, y'all.
Four hundred and thirty seven restaurants have opened on 14th Street between N and S since March 2013. One of them happens to be Etto, my favorite restaurant, watering hole, and corner spot on bar where I can burn an hour and a couple bills snacking on my absolute favorite cured meats and cheeses. Hands down I can’t leave without the prosciutto, cinghiale, and burrata. Makes a great spot for a cozy dinner too with a great selection of pizzas, fresh entrees, and small dishes. Wines are marvelous and I have yet to try a specialty cocktail I didn’t love. Etto. 1541 14th St NW (202) 232-0920
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Modify, add to, and save this list in your phone so when you're at the grocery store you can remember to stock up on some healthy options.
- celery dipped in hummus or peanut butter (with no sugar added)
- carrots and hummus
- bell pepper strips
- hard boiled eggs- sans the yoke
- an avocado
- light mozarella string cheese
- beef jerky (they say only grass fed)
- turkey jerky
- mixed nuts
- cucumbers and hummus, salsa, cream cheese
- canned or bagged tuna or salmon (sriracha makes that palatable)
- good quality dark chocolate (like, not Hershey)
- lunch meat (turkey, chicken, a good quality ham)
- sliced cheese (be aware of the fat content)
- scoop of your favorite protein shake in H20
- one fruit (orange, banana, apple)
- dried seaweed
- small yogurt
- miso soup mix
- steam-in-bag vegetables
- raw vegetables
- cooked shrimp
- cottage cheese
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Get a big deep pan, drizzle some oil, throw in one whole chopped sweet onion, a chopped thumb-sized piece of ginger, and two small green chilies. Let that cook covered on low heat (so it would all get mushy, not brown). At the same time open a pack of 5 or 6 skinless, boneless chicken thighs. I rinse them under water (you should always do that with any chicken) then trim off any fat you see. By this time the onions should be translucent so place the chicken in the pan and raised the heat to medium-high. While cooking wash two whole containers of quartered white mushrooms, drop them in the same pan, and let that cook covered for another 5, 10 till they get tender and shrink up. Now, by this time the chicken should be cooked so remove it all and with two forks shred the meat and returned it to the same pan. Last add a pint glass of filtered water, about a tablespoon of soy sauce, and about two table spoons of red miso paste. Basically let that all come to a boil, ladle into a bowl and serve with a handful of chopped green onions (some warm French bread on the side might just be orgasmic).
This was a random creation I don't even know how to describe so you'll just have to read it. All I have to say is a couple people were over and they went for seconds, thirds and FOURTHS. So yummy and protein PACKED! Get one can of black beans, one of navy beans and two of chick peas, throw them in a pasta strainer and rinse really well. Let that completely drain then throw it in a big bowl. Next get a container of ground pork. Sautee it in a pan (if its super lean you might have to add some oil) with salt and pepper (more salt than you would normally think and probably double the black pepper you would normally use). Chop and mix it and when it's completely cooked throw it on top of the beans. Drain out any fat from the pork pan then chop an onion, 2-3 jalapenos, some ginger, and 2 carrots. Sautee that in the same pan. When it's done add to the mix. Then in the same pan throw in two containers of quartered white mushrooms (or that quantity of your favorite mushrooms), about 1/2 a cup of vinegar, and some salt. Cook till they're all tender then throw in the mix. Then SUPER finely chop like 4-5 stalks of celery and throw that on top, raw. Last, toss one huge handful of chopped Italian flat leaf parsley, juice from 2-3 limes, drizzle good quality olive oil and [preferably sea] salt over the top of everything and serve.
The key is to cook everything separate and add everything as DRY as possible so its a very loose mixable protein and vegetable filled salad.
Fantastic for a dreary winter day. Sautee some green chili, an onion, chopped carrots, and chopped celery. Add a bit of salt or a tablespoon of fish sauce (your choice). When that's all tender add a whole cauliflower, separated in pieces, two tablespoons of Jamaican curry powder, and a cup or so of water. Stir then reduce the heat to medium, cover and let simmer. Once the cauliflower is tender, add a can of coconut milk. If you want this more as a side, let that cook down to your preferred consistency OR if you'd like a chunky soup add another cup or two of water and bring to a boil (just recheck for salt). Dress with thyme if you have it and enjoy!
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Y'all know I love my quinoa and holy frijoles, these cookies are fantastic. A coworker just brought me this gluten free and vegan delight. See her ingredients above then she said: 1.) 350 degrees 2.) milk + flax to sit then add oil + sugar + vanilla 3.) flours + spices (powders) 4.) flakes + apricots + almonds (chunks) 5.) bake for 10-12 minutes
- Hi there, my name is Giacomo and I enjoy things delicious. Long story short, my parents moved from Italy to NJ where I grew up (and loved it) but found myself in Washington, DC fourteen years ago and haven’t yet found an excuse to leave. Food has always been a huge part of my day and life… from happy times, sad times, holidays, drunken escapades and all the rest in between, I’ve usually spent a good portion of that time putting something in my mouth. I guess I started this blog a little while ago to keep track of what I was cooking and places I’d eat-- simply because my friends were always asking “how do you make this” or “where do you get that” but surprisingly over time I guess real people started reading too. SO, take a look around and let me know what you think. You’ll see that the backbone of lots of my food is Italian but I manage to cover most bases. Thanks for stopping by. BUON APPETITO!