I know it’s the holiday season because every single weekend between now and Christmas is booked. Parties, gatherings, food expeditions, holiday-themed 10ks – there’s something going on almost every weekend.
This weekend I’ll be going to a bar crawl where everyone is required to wear ugly Christmas sweaters, as well as a going away party for a dear friend. And on Sunday, I’m having my book club over for a late lunch, featuring dishes from “Mastering The Art of French Cooking” (our December pick is Julia Child’s memoir, My Life in France). It promises to be a weekend of lots of food, celebration, and cooking. A perfect start to the holiday season.
Recipes I want to try, as found during this week’s Internet explorations:
- Nutty cranberry relish scones from Adventures in Shaw.
- Lavender brûlée cake (a hybrid of cake and creme brûlée) from the menu of PS 7, via Best Bites.
- The Arugula Files tries to recreate the California Pizza Kitchen’s roasted garlic and chicken pizza – a worthy endeavor.
- Orangette is back to blogging, with a pantry-friendly pasta recipe: pasta, butter, prosciutto, and Parmesan. Man, it doesn’t get any better than that.
And in other food and blog news:
- Don’t know what to get your booty call for Christmas? What about your mistress? Never fear. Lemmonex has the gift guide for you.
- For the food lover in your life, Metrocurean has a local foodie gift guide with some excellent picks. I would like some local chocolates please!
- Looking for charities to donate to this holiday season? DC Foodies has a roundup of local organization that feed the hungry.
- Gradually Greener has been chanterelle hunting in Washington State – and they look beautiful (and delicious). I am also charmed that her mother has taught their dog to sniff out mushrooms.
- Young and Hungry takes a look the profit margins of cupcake shops – and they’re . . . small. Very small. I can still dream about having my own cupcake place, right?
- The Tipsy Baker wants to know – which is the real shave ice?
- Capital Spice has interviews with the two DC Top Chef finalists – Michael Voltaggio and Bryan Voltaggio (yes, they’re brothers). I’m kind of glad I no longer have cable – I think I would have been too obsessed with this season of Top Chef, given all the DC connections. Also, I really don’t miss recapping that show (recaps are a pain).
- I’m loving Mango and Tomato’s write up of the Puerto Rican food she had on vacation. Mmm, fried plantains.