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Pumpkin Gingerbread Cake #FBS4Sandy

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

What do food bloggers do when a hurricane is approaching? Cook and bake, of course. With school and work cancelled and hours to go before the serious part of the storm arrived, I hunkered down in my kitchen cooking down the contents of my refrigerator. All the while following along with those on twitter doing the same thing. We had this pumpkin gingerbread cake for breakfast, and I had chili simmering on the gas stove for dinner just in time — as we lost power in the late afternoon. Fortunately, we were without power for less than 36 hours — as we all know, the brunt of Hurricane Sandy was felt by those in New York and New Jersey.

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While our family and friends were largely spared damage, hearing about and seeing the devastation on the news has been heartrending. (My friend Christina of Take Back Your Table was without power for 10 days–and even then, she’s one of the lucky ones. Some areas may not have power back until December.) And once again, the food community is banding together to support those impacted by Hurricane Sandy — with a Food Bloggers Support for Sandy virtual potluck. I’m bringing this cake, but visit our hostess Creative Culinary for a hearty round-up of comfort dishes. And I know I don’t have to tell you to give if you’re able to the hurricane relief effort. To give toward kid-focused relief efforts, there’s the Pajama Project or K.I.D.S., both of which can take donations directed towards Sandy relief work.

Recipe: Pumpkin Gingerbread Cake
Makes 2 9-inch cakes

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup cane sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 cups pumpkin puree (15 oz)
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 tablespoon molasses
Instructions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare two 9-inch round cake pans (line with parchment paper, butter and flour).
2. Mix flour, sugars, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and ginger in a large mixing bowl.
3. Mix pumpkin, eggs, olive oil, applesauce and molasses in a separate bowl. Pour into dry ingredients and mix until just combined.
4. Bake 35 to 40 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool in pan 5 minutes, then invert onto a cooling rack and cool completely.
Note: Make a two-layer cake with cream cheese frosting, or eat one layer and freeze the other for later. I served mine with a maple glaze — one cup powdered sugar, one teaspoon maple extract, and enough milk (one teaspoon at a time) to make a thin glaze.
Visit Creative Culinary for the Support for Sandy link-up — and add your own recipe if you’d like.

The Really Young and Hungry Welcome Union Market DC

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

A cold and steady drizzle didn’t deter the foodie tots from seeking out more delicious eats around town this weekend. This time, it was the Summer Picnic Spectacular at the coming-soon Union Market in Northeast DC.

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We love this project, from development firm EDENS, for many reasons. Modeled after foodie meccas like the San Francisco Ferry Building, it’s bringing retail back to one of the earliest market sites in Washington. It’s gathering some of our favorite local producers and brands (Trickling Springs Creamery, Rappahannock River Oysters, Peregrine Espresso, to name a few) in one beautiful location. It will have a cheese shop. And on this wet weekend, it provided good eats, drinks and fun for the whole family. And it warmed this mama’s heart to see so many other foodie tots in attendance. It’s truly a delicious time to be a kid or an adult in Washington.

Click the slide show to see the foodie tots favorites, including fried pickles, corn salad, churros, ice cream worthy of a salute, and more.

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Union Market opens September 8.
1309 5th Street NE
Washington, DC
www.unionmarketdc.com

Disclaimer: Headline is a shameless rip-off of nod to the Washington City Paper’s Young & Hungry blog. Give me a call if you want to branch out to the younger and hungrier audience.

Happy 15th FRESHFARM Markets!

Monday, July 16th, 2012

We had such a blast at the FRESHFARM Markets’ 15th anniversary bash yesterday at Dupont Circle. There were scrumptious eats from some of our favorite farmers and restaurants — the foodie tot was especially pleased to catch up with her personal pickle purveyor, Sarah of Gordy’s Pickle Jar. The boy loved watching the giant paella created by Jaleo/Think Food Group. There were crab cakes picked on the spot by the Hyatt Chesapeake. Fabulous Pleasant Pops to keep cool — their blueberry pancake was every bit as awesome as it sounds. And the kids loved rocking to local bluegrass band Newgrass Effect, too.

During the cake cutting ceremony, local politicians, including Councilmember Jack Evans and a representative from the DC Department of the Environment, lauded FRESHFARM Markets for their impact on the community. Chef Nora Pouillon, founder of the first certified organic restaurant in the country who inspired the creation of FRESHFARM Markets, remarked, “We never imagined it would be so big and so wonderful, and have so many farmers.” Chef Ris Lacoste, of Ris, noted that she spent $30,000 on market produce for her restaurant last year. Founding market farmers Bev Eggleston (Eco-Friendly Foods) and Mark Toigo (Toigo Orchards) were among the farmers on hand, too.

But enough chit chat, here’s a slideshow of the fun. The FoodieTots look forward to spending the next 15 years with you, FRESHFARM! (And hey, they’ll be old enough to volunteer for the 30th anniversary party.)

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Food Revolution Day

Friday, May 18th, 2012

Y’all know about Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution, right? His television shows brought viewers into the front lines of the childhood obesity battle, and a battle it is when faced with a food industry that will spend millions in marketing rather than admit that chocolate milk is not, in fact, a health food. (Neither is Nutella, by the way.) Even if you enjoy a little chocolate milk once in a while, I think we can all agree that our children are being short changed. Jamie Oliver’s foundation has declared Saturday, May 19, the first global Food Revolution Day — a day “to get the world to focus on food issues and rally our efforts to bring food education back into schools.”

So take your kids — and your neighbor’s kids — to the farmers market, go berry picking or have a local food barbeque with friends and spread the word. You can find organized activities in your neighborhood via the official website (along with other ideas and tools for getting involved). Here in DC, FreshFarm’s H Street NE market will feature food educator Melissa Jones doing a kid and family-friendly cooking demo at 10am.

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(Tomorrow is also Yoga on the Mall, the culmination of DC Yoga Week. A kids’ class, free of charge, will be held at 1:30pm with instructors from yoga studios around town — including our favorite studio, Lil Omm. What better way to work off all those fresh, local strawberries from the morning?)

Foodie Tots Move at the White House Egg Roll

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

On Monday, the boy and I were thrilled to take part in the 134th Annual White House Easter Egg Roll, courtesy of Let’s Move and the White House’s . We’d been before, three years ago, and were pleased to see that there was some food this time around — drinks from Honest Tea while you waited in line and apples and oranges courtesy of Whole Foods at the “Farmers Market.”

There were so many activities my son wanted to do that I didn’t get to chat with the chef manning the garden (not my buddy Sam, this time), but the boy did want to watch Bizarre Foods host Andrew Zimmern‘s cooking demo. (I’m trying to track down his porcupine dumpling recipe. In the meantime, you can watch each chef’s demo here.) We then did the obstacle course, rolled the egg of course, and picked up our souvenir egg on the way out.

Read on to see the highlights …. and the surprise parting gift at the end. (Yeah yeah, everything in moderation, right?) And I also have to give a quick shout-out to Kaboom! and KidTribe, two kids’ fitness organizations who led activities at the event.