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Chesapeake Bay Blue Crabs

October 13th, 2008 · No Comments

An essential component of a DC summer, we finally had our Old Bay-doused, steamed Maryland blue crabs* this weekend at Quarterdeck. Nothing like cutting it close; Columbus Day is generally the end of crab season. It was less crowded than at the peak of summer though, and these meaty, sweet jumbo crabs were worth the [...]

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Eat Local Challenge, Week 1: Sweet Potato & Sausage Skillet Saute

October 9th, 2008 · 2 Comments

The first few days of the Eat Local Challenge were not terribly successful, as they coincided with a work conference that required me to eat several meals in a hotel. One lunch was particularly comic in its seasonal schizophrenia, with asparagus atop sweet potatoes. The weekend farmers market visits enabled me to re-stock the fridge [...]

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Beer Can Chicken + Sweet Potatoes

October 7th, 2008 · No Comments

This is a favorite fall meal, when we’re in the mood for roast chicken but it’s still nice enough outside to grill. The only problem is that we rarely have cans of beer in the house, but I improvised by pouring beer into an empty coke can instead. The beer steams the chicken from within [...]

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Tags: eat local challenge · grilled · proteins · recipes

Eat + Shop Local Challenge

October 1st, 2008 · 1 Comment

Today is the first day of the Eat Local Challenge*, which lasts the month of October. Despite my enthusiasm for the One Local Summer challenge, I hesitated a bit before deciding to join the ELC. It’s not that I don’t think we can eat entirely local, but more that I was wondering whether we really [...]

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FarmFreshDC, September – Apples + Squash

September 28th, 2008 · 1 Comment

September is a wonderful month at our local markets, with tomatoes and peaches mingling with winter squash, sweet potatoes, the return of salad greens (arugula!), and sweet, crisp apples. Now that we’ve roasted, salsa-ed, gazpachoed, and preserved a gazillion tomatoes, we’re embracing fall and highlighting a few DC-area bloggers who are making the most of [...]

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Tags: eatLocalDC · ingredients · recipes