Archive for December, 2008

Treats: Candy Cane Marshmallows

Saturday, December 27th, 2008

On the third day of Christmas…

adapted from Ina Garten’s coconut marshmallows, topped with crushed, organic candy canes.

Treats: Pistachio Parmigiano Cheese Straws

Friday, December 26th, 2008

On the second day of Christmas…


a la Eric Ripert

Happy Boxing Day!

Treats: Shrimp and Crab Bisque

Thursday, December 25th, 2008

Merry Christmas!

Twelve Treats of Christmas

Wednesday, December 24th, 2008

I am officially working only one day of the next twelve, and am looking forward to quality time in the kitchen with the toddler. (Or alone while the toddler is distracted with all his new toys!) Here are the twelve treats, sweet and savory, on my “to do” list. Some are new, some are family traditions. I grew up having clam chowder on Christmas Eve, but the husband doesn’t like clams so we’re going with Shrimp & Crab Bisque this year. (With local Chesapeake blue crab.) Christmas morning, my dad got corned beef hash in his stocking and we’d cook it for breakfast before we could open the rest of our presents. I could never have Christmas without hash and my Italian panettone!

  1. Gingerbread Trains
  2. Painted Sugar Cookies
  3. Mantecaditos
  4. Snowball Cookies
  5. Strufoli
  6. Cheddar Cheese Ball
  7. Salted Caramels
  8. Shrimp & Crab Bisque
  9. Corned Beef Hash & Eggs
  10. Christmas Ham & Hoosier Corn Pudding
  11. Hot Apple Cider with Rum
  12. Marshmallows

Happy baking and eating to all!

Last Minute Green Gifts for Foodies of All Ages

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008

Still on the hunt for a few last-minute gifts? Give the gift that gives back with raffle tickets for the Menu for Hope fundraiser, benefiting the World Food Programme.

You can give a chance to win the Foodie Tot’s favorite marshmallows & autographed copy of Ina Garten’s newest book, or check out other great prizes from foodbloggers around the world. Just don’t go up against me for two tickets to a taping of Iron Chef America. Or my favorite Rogue River Blue Cheeses. But whichever gifts you choose, Ms. Adventures in Italy (great blog!) has prepared gift vouchers you can print or email with your gift. All from the comfort of your computer.

Washington, DC, Foodie Gifts

  • If you’re braving the chill in DC to finish your shopping, you can give the gift of good food with a gift certificate to one of DC’s local food supporting restaurants: Equinox, Restaurant Eve, Vidalia, Vermilion, Blue Duck Tavern, Founding Farmers, Corduroy, or kid-friendly Clyde’s.
  • Pack up a cheese gift bucket (supporting small farms and artisan cheesemakers) at Cowgirl Creamery or Cheesetique (open 11am-5pm on Christmas Eve).
  • And for the little foodie, check out the kid-geared cookie cutters and PVC-free vinyl aprons at Hill’s Kitchen (open 10am-7pm on Christmas Eve). I picked up train cookie cutters for my toddler, and a football cookie cutter and butterfly cookie press for some friends.

Green Wrapping

I’ve been wrapping food gifts in reusable kitchen towels since before Poland Spring was making “eco-friendly” plastic bottles. Spare yourself the picked-over selection of paper gift wrap left in the store and head to the kitchen section for a more sustainable gift wrap. (I like MU’s bamboo dish towels, available at Hill’s Kitchen or online.)

Foodie BabiesBooks for Little Foodies

If you don’t have a kitchen boutique near you, check out Erin Cooks‘ and Serious Eats‘ guides to food-centered children’s books for some great suggestions.

Happy shopping – keep warm out there!

PS Alexandrian’s, stop by and see Tom the Cheese Guy on Saturday, December 27, in the Del Ray market lot. Unless the roads ice over, he’ll be bringing his farm-fresh dairy products down from Pennsylvania all winter long. Smith Meadows has also been there with a small selection of winter produce to supplement their meat and fresh pastas.