Pasta Primavera

It has finally started to feel like spring in DC.  The cherry blossoms have bloomed; the sun has mostly decided to make its presence known; outdoor happy hours and brunch are popping back up.  Since it finally feels appropriate, I wanted to make something springy for our family dinner this past Sunday. Here enters pasta…

Maiale al latte con torta rustica

This post is devoted to the culinary skills of my best friend, Chris (with sous-chef Andrew).  Chris is an excellent cook.  We work well together in the kitchen, which is a vast improvement from our first few times cooking together all those years ago.  Chris and I have different cooking style and different tastes in…

Chicken Parmesan

Valentine’s Day was this week.  I was too busy to do much of anything, but my gift to myself was to get in five miles of aerobic exercise on Thursday after work.  I’ve been so stressed with work and life that it can feel hard to take the time to do things to take care…

Cuba Libre DC

My stomach is full right now, and my heart is happy.  I met up with my dear friend, Anthony, for dinner at Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar.  Our original plan was to meet at Habana Village in Adams-Morgan.  However, they are not open on Tuesdays.  I was in the mood for Cuban food, so…

Chickpea/Lentil Pasta

I took a much needed break from writing these past couple weeks.  It has been a very busy month for me between work and some pressing personal deadlines.  I love writing for my blog more than I could ever explain, but I knew if I didn’t hit pause, I was going to accomplish what I…

Buttermilk Desserts

Sometimes I plan my cooking around what I want to eat each week.  Other times, my plans are based on what ingredients I need to use up before they go bad.  This week, I had an excess of buttermilk that needed to be incorporated into my food plan. I basically only use buttermilk for desserts. …

Le Diplomate DC

It’s been quite awhile since I have done a restaurant review, but this post is long overdue for multiple reasons.  Chris and I have been planning to have a night out at Le Diplomate for a little over a year now.  It was supposed to be our Christmas present to each other last year.  We just…