Archive for July, 2010

While in the Blue Ridge Mountains last week, we met a fisherman, named Bubba, who happened to be one of the most prominent fishing guides in the region. After spending a considerable amount of time teaching us about the beauty of fly fishing (spending hours on the water surrounded by nothing but stillness, silence, and […]


Last week while camping in the Blue Ridge Mountains, we ran across an unlikely little culinary jem- an Amish bakery and vegetable garden hidden in the back woods, just outside Asheville. The people there were so nice and gave us some beautiful fresh stripped beets and rainbow chard to take home. The highlight of the […]


Aside from eating a lot of summer fruit, one of our favorite summer meals has been any version of a Nicoise salad.  Green beans seem to be flowing from our CSA basket, the Farmers’ Market, and my Mom’s backyard garden.  Some of the main ingredients include green beans (lightly sautéed or charred in the oven), hard-boiled […]


The last few weeks have been full of great opportunities to cook out with friends, open wine, and enjoy the slow and lazy summer nights. There have been too many good ones to detail in full, but here’s a short list of some of the more interesting and notable bottles: Albert Sounit Crémant de Bourgogne […]


Nose: candy apple, black cherry, blueberry, wet stone, prunes. Palate: tart and spicy with flavors of black cherry, cranberry and cassis; good acidity and persistence, medium bodied, long finish. Notes: region- Willamette, Oregon; varietal- 100% Pinot Noir; we made a few mistakes with drinking this wine- first, we drank without the accompaniment of food. After […]


Wild boar is not a meat that people are particularly familiar with cooking in the US because it is difficult to find and can be hard to cook right. But in certain regions in Europe, such as the French Pyreneese and Tuscany, Italy, wild boar is a big part of any festivity. We recently found […]


    A few nights ago, my friends and I got together to celebrate the purchase of their lovely new house on 9th and U Street (very trendy up-and-coming neighborhood for all of you non-DCers). We whipped up a fresh batch of potato gnocchi (different from the ‘Florentine’, or ricotta, gnocchi which we made here) […]