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Bistro Bistro – French Restaurant

Janet’s Green Beans

Turkish Kebobs – Clean Eating

Lentil Veggie Burger – Clean Eating

Aloo Gobi (Indian Potato and Cauliflower) – Clean Eating

Mediterranean Veggie Burger

DIY Dressings – Clean Eating

Mexican Style Stuffed Bell Peppers – Clean Eating

Caraway Pork – Clean Eating

Belgium Waffles with Sour Cherry Sauce – Clean Eating

Heavenly Cheesecake – Clean Eating

Beef Bourguignon – Clean Eating

Mango BBQ Pulled Chicken and Spicey Shredded Beed Tacos – Clean Eating

Hummus, Beet & Feta Wrap – Clean Eating

Harvest Pumpkin Pancakes – With Bacon Apple Topping – Clean Eating

Fudgy Chocolate Brownie with Sweet Cherry Sauce – Clean Eating

Broccoli Pea Soup – Clean Eating

Nutmeg-Infused Pumpkin Bread – Clean Eating

Nutmeg-Infused Pumpkin Bread Photo: Edward Pond By Nancy S. Hughes Serves: 16 Hands-on time: 20 minutes Total time: 3 hours, 5 minutes INGREDIENTS: Olive oil cooking spray 3/4 cup 100% apple juice 1/2 cup dried apple juice-sweetened cranberries 1 3/4 cups white whole-wheat flour 1/2 cup maple sugar flakes 2 tsp baking powder 1/4 tsp baking soda 1 […]

Blueberry Crumble Muffins – Clean Eating

Blueberry Crumble Muffins Photo: Ryan Szulc By Julie O’Hara Serves: 12 Makes: 12 muffins Hands-on time: 25 minutes Total time: 50 minutes You Save: 148 Calories, 8 g Total Fat, 3 g Saturated Fat, 16 g Sugars INGREDIENTS: 2 cups plus 3 tbsp white whole-wheat flour, divided (TRY: King Arthur Flour White Whole Wheat) 2/3 cup plus 3 tbsp organic evaporated […]

Zucchini and Apple Pancake – Clean Eating

Belgium Waffles with Sour Cherry Sauce – Clean Eating

French Toast with Dark Cherry Topping- Clean Eating

French Toast with Dark Cherry Topping Photo: Yvonne Duivenvoorden By Nancy S. Hughes Serves: 4 Hands-on time: 11 minutes Total time: 17 minutes INGREDIENTS: TOPPING 4 oz frozen dark sweet cherries, thawed and quartered 4 dried apricot halves, diced 1 tsp orange zest 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract 1 to 2 packets stevia 1/2 cup nonfat plain Greek-style […]

Multigrain Waffles with Caramelized Bananas – Clean Eating

Multigrain Waffles with Caramelized Bananas Photo: Gregory James, Food Stylist: Jessica Colley By Julie O’Hara Serves: 7 Makes: Makes 7 regular waffles (7 1/2 inches round each) Hands-on time: 20 minutes Total time: 40 minutes INGREDIENTS: 1 cup whole-wheat pastry flour 1/2 cup spelt flour 1/2 cup medium or fine ground cornmeal 2 tbsp Sucanat 1 tsp baking powder […]

Hummus & Tuna Salad Sandwiches – Barefoot Contessa

I saw this on food network and it made me actually want to eat Tuna. Recipe courtesy of Ina Garten 2010, Barefoot Contessa How Easy is That?, All Rights Reserved Total Time: 3 hr 25 min Prep: 25 min Inactive: 3 hr Yield:6 sandwiches Level:Easy   Ingredients 14 ounces jarred or canned Italian tuna in […]

Baked Falafel Pitas with Yogurt Feta Sauce – Clean Eating

Baked Falafel Pitas with Yogurt Feta Sauce Photo: Gibson & Smith By Julie O’Hara Serves: 4 Hands-on time: 25 minutes Total time: 40 minutes INGREDIENTS: Olive oil cooking spray 1 15-oz BPA-free can unsalted chickpeas, drained and rinsed (TRY: Eden Organic Garbanzo Beans) 1/2 large red onion, chopped 1/2 cup packed fresh cilantro (leaves and thin […]

Clean Eating – Pizza Crusts


Easy Sweet Potato Fries – Clean Eating

Easy Sweet Potato Fries – Clean Eating By Nicole Hamaker Serves: 4 Hands-on time: 10 minutes Total time: 45 minutes INGREDIENTS: 1 tsp chopped fresh rosemary leaves 1 tbsp olive oil 1 lb sweet potatoes (about 3 medium) 1/4 tsp sea salt INSTRUCTIONS: Preheat oven to 425°F. In a small bowl, combine rosemary and olive oil; set aside. […]

Strawberry Coconut Crisp – Clean Eating

Strawberry Coconut Crisp By Cara Lyons Serves: 6 Hands-on time: 20 minutes Total time: 35 minutes INGREDIENTS: Neutral-flavored cooking spray (such as sunflower or grape seed) 1/2 cup rolled oats, divided 6 tbsp unsweetened shredded coconut 1/4 cup finely chopped raw unsalted walnuts 1/4 cup Sucanat, divided 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon 1 1/2 tbsp coconut oil, melted 1 […]

Turkey Zucchini Burger with Tahini Sauce – Clean Eating

Turkey Zucchini Burger with Tahini Sauce I had never added zucchini to a ground turkey meat when making turkey burgers before this recipe. The turkey patties turned out moist and delicious. I loaded up mine with cucumbers, lettuce, tomatoes and a simple whipped Greek Yogurt sauce consisting of 2% Fage Greek Yogurt, some grated cucumber, […]

Chickpea Tagine – Clean Eating

Chickpea Tagine – Clean Eating I tried this recipe and LOVE IT! It goes great with couscous and makes a great leftover dish. Also a great way to get your vegetables.    

Grilled Fish Taco – Clean Eating

Ginger Pear Turkey Patty- Clean Eating

Beef Chickpea Curry Wrap – Clean Eating

Slow Cooker Southwestern Stuffed Flank Steak – Clean Eating

Slow Cooker Vegetarian Tamale – Clean Eating

Coconut Cream Pie – Clean Eating

It’s time to get healthy again!

How to use a Food Processor to make dough for Indian Rotis

My parents asked me if I could recommend a mixer that could be used used to make atta, which is the dough that roti’s or chapatis are made from. They didn’t want a big stand mixer like my trusty Kitchenaid and would likely only use the mixer for this one purpose since they are not […]

Gita Make Indian Food Using Parampara Paneer Kadhai Spice Mix Trial

I found this video while digging in the depths of the “Sort Me” folder on my hard drive. This was one of my early food video projects. I thought I had lost it and was glad to see it again. If for nothing else, the exotic chill lounge background music makes this video fun to […]

What to do with left over chicken?

Chicken is one of the healthiest options among all meat/protein options and there are tons of different ways to prepare it. The challenge with baked chicken is that leftovers can be quite dry and unsavory. I admit,I am guilty of not eating leftover chicken for this very reason. As a personal resolution I decided to […]

Green Bean Casserole with Goat Cheese – by Janet

Background: We first enjoyed this at Christmas Dinner 2013 in Denver while visiting Kim & Seth. I am always looking for new and wonderful ways to prepare Green Beans, which is one the Sasquatch’s favorite vegetables. What I love is that this version is much lighter than the green bean casserole we all know and […]

Slow Cooker Moroccan Chicken – Campbell’s Slow Cooker Sauce

  While at the grocery store one day, I came across a new item on display. It was the Campbell’s Slow Cooker Sauce Collection. Since there was a special deal for two, I grabbed the Moroccan Chicken and the Applewood Pulled Pork. Thanks to the good shelf life, I was able to use the Moroccan […]

Bread Maker

Bread Maker While flipping through channels one evening we came across HSN where Wolfgang Puck was demonstrating products from his kitchen line.  The bread maker demonstration tickled the both of us to the point where we want a bread maker for our new home.  I was prepared to make the purchase as a Christmas gift […]

Turkey Chili Part II AKA Chili Fail Redemtion

I was making my turkey chili recipe when I realized that I had made a mistake. Instead of browning the turkey meat separately, I added it to the onion, tomato, and spices mixture. This resulted in a more liquid chili that resembled more of what you would expect from hot dog chili, somewhere between hearty […]

Pulled Pork Recipe – Solita Style

What to do with Pork Shoulder This recipe can be prepared using the Boston Butt or Picnic Butt (shoulder) of the pork. This is one of my favorite applications for pork shoulder from Babes in the Woods Simply cut a medium size onion into a large cast iron dutch oven. Pierce the meat and insert […]

Slow Cooker Butter Chicken Recipe –

Back Story While searching for slow cooker recipes, I came across this one for butter chicken. The ingredients sound just right, so I had this recipe shelved on November 1, 2012 and didn’t actually try to make it until July 2013. I followed the recipe mostly. Changes included Shan Butter Chicken Spice Mix Real tomato […]

Solita’s Best Pineapple Upside Down Cake – From Scratch All The Way!

When a box cake mix solution won’t do, and you want to make the entire cake from scratch, this is the recipe! After many great attempts with box mix, I wanted to come up with my own recipe from scratch. It was summertime and there were tons of beautiful pineapples on display at the local […]

Solita Makes – Pork Jowl

We had purchased pork jowl (also known as pork cheek) from Babes in the Woods but didn’t really know what to do with it. I started to research different methods of preparing pork jowl and collected different recipes on another post called What to do with Pork Jowel? We decided to try it Italian style. […]

Solita Makes – Lime-oncello

We love limoncello. This classically Italian alcoholic beverage used the zest of lemon, but we decided to try it with lemon and lime zest, hence the name Lime-oncello. Recipes online call for Everclear as the alcohol component of this drink. However, Everclear is not available in every state, and so we went with the next […]

Pineapple Upside-Down Cake – Box Mix Version

 I can’t believe I couldn’t find one recipe or even a photo of this cake! This is actually one of my favorite cakes of all time and is fun and easy to make. This cake can be made year round due to the availability of canned pineapple and jarred marichino cherries. I prefer this cake […]

Shane Makes Lasagna

It’s Shane’s turn to cook and we can’t wait! Especially since this recipe calls for ground pork. And we just so happen to have some delicious ground pork from Babe’s in the Woods that is going to set this lasagna out on a whole ‘nother level! Shane combined ready made tomato sauce with here own seasonings and […]

Sunset Wine Pairing – 2011 Laroche Chardonnay de la Chevaliere, Languedoc, with Biscuit-topped chicken potpies

              Background The doorbell rang and a signature was required! Hurray! The delivery came for June came! We were just discussing how we should each take turns making hot meals when I signed up to make this recipe next! Only, it became more of  Solita thing which is always […]

Best Meatloaf Recipe – Alton Brown

This is my favorite meatloaf recipe!   This is by far the most delicious meatloaf I have ever  had.  I am taking a screenshot of this recipe since I can’t chance ever losing it! We found the recipe while watching an episode of Alton Brown’s Good Eats.   Recipe     Video on YouTube   […]

Eola – For my Birthday

My wish to eat at a “ShiShi-FooFoo” restaurant has been granted. The Sasquatch made reservations.  

Sunset Wine Pairing – 2009 Baileyana Firepeak Cuvee Chardonnay with Halibut Packets with Coconut Almond Rice

It has been a busy few weeks with all the fun and chaos that make up this wonderful life that we live! It is time to take a breath and enjoy another one of our Sunset Wine Pairings. I consulted Chef Sol, and he agrees that our next pairing should be with one of the […]

Thai Street Vendor Food & Recipes

Chicken Satay (Satay GAI)   Bankruptcy Dessert   G

Arnab Returns! – Special Dinner with Arnab

Arnab Returns! Our favorite bachelor Arnab returned after months out of being out of the country for work. He returned last week and wanted to prepare a special dinner for his return. For this special dinner we prepared Prime Rib with Gorgonzola Cream Sauce, Garlic and Artichoke Fettuccine, Spinach and Arugula salad with Champagne Dressing.  Harris […]

Pork Wellington

We purchased a pork tenderloin from “Babes in the Woods” and explored various options for preparing it for our Sunday night dinner (See post What to do with Pork Tenderloin). My search for different recipes led me back to the Food Network’s “Good Eats!” In Season 13 Episode 4 -“Tender is the Pork,” Alton Brown demonstrates […]

What to do with Pork Tenderloin

Recently we had a drop off from our favorite piggies from Babes in the Woods. This time, we got the Pork Tenderloin. I have NEVER made pork tenderloin but am up to the challenge. Here is a list of recipes and video tutorials on how to make pork tenderloin   1) Herb Crusted Pork Tenderloin […]

Casien Protein

Basic Chocolate Peanut Butter Shake 1/2 Cup 1% Milk 5 – 6 Ice Cubes 1 Tbsp Unsweetened Cocoa Powder 1 Tbsp Peanut Butter (I like Earth Balance Coconut & Peanut Butter Spread) 1/5 Scoop Casein Protein Powder The Elvis   1/2 Cup 1% Milk 5 – 6 Ice Cubes 1 Tbsp Unsweetened Cocoa Powder 1 […]

Sunset Wine Pairing – Zocker Gruner Veitliner, with Shortcut Chicken Cassoulet

The white wine selections have all been delicious so far. However, we did not prepare the recommended pairing menus because they all called for seafood items which are a cause for food allergy concerns in my household. The Zocker Gruner Vietliner came with a recipe card was for Cassoulet  which made me instantly excited, because I immediately […]

The Finer Point of SUGAR!

I grew up with plain white granulated sugar used in twice daily family chai. During high school home economics class, where I learned to bake cookies, I first encountered brown sugar. Since then there have been several options made available at the local supermarket, ranging from artificial sweeteners to “raw sugars” to syrups and liquid […]

Shephards Pie

  This is my absolute favorite recipe for Shephards Pie. It works with just about any kind of ground meat. You can hit the easy button by adding store made mashed potatoes. I like mine with French’s Fried Onions on top. DELICIOUS!

Citrus Scented Port Flan

Background This recipe was the recommended dessert pairing for the Ancient Peaks – Merlot wine from the Sunset Wine Club. Although I am not normally a fan of flan, this was exceptional! For those who love flan, this is a richer, more fragrant version of the traditional flan you might have in restaurants. I make […]

Sunset Wine Club – Rhiannon Red Wine Blend – Paired with Red Wine and Onion Braised Brisket

  Background Another delicious Sunset Wine Pairing Dinner! After a successful first attempt with the Ancient Peaks Merlot – Spiced Lamb Chop Meal , we set out for another pairing meal, this time using the Rhiannon Red Wine Blend. The wine came with a recipe card pairing suggestion which included (Click on names for full recipe […]

Growing A Greener World – Polyface Farms – Episode 306

In this video, visit Polyface Farms in Shenandoah Valley, Virginia  where Joel Sallatin gives us a tour of the farm and explains the philosophy behind sustainable and profitable farming practices. As consumers of meat and dairy products, it is important to understand how the animal’s lifestyle and diet impact the final product that we enjoy at the […]

Sunset Wines – Ancient Peaks Merlot – Special Lamb Chop Dinner Pairing

 Background For Christmas 2012, one of our favorite gifts came from parents where we  received two bottles of wine each month from the Sunset Win Club. Every month the UPS man would come with a package requiring a signature. The package contained a featured red and white wine along with a recipe card for a […]

Turkey Meatball Recipe

Background This recipe is a variation of Giada De Laurentiis “Mini Turkey Meatball” recipe. The ingredients and measurements are the same as she suggests.  My version deviates after the pan fry/browning process because I didn’t want my meatballs to be cooked in marinara sauce.  I was concerned that sauteing the meatballs for 5 minutes wasn’t enough […]

The Finer Points of SALTs

Salt is a very important cooking ingredient that is used in just about every recipe, even sweets.  There are a wide variety of salts to choose from. Here are some links to information about different types of salt and a video from “Good Eats” – Alton Brown which goes into the history of salt as […]

What to do with Pork Jowl?

In a recent order from our favorite pork supplier “Babes in the Woods” we decided to get a special cut of piggy. The JOWL! The jowl, also known as the cheek, can be a tender and delicious cut of meat when prepared properly. My first experience with pork jowl was during a culinary adventure at […]

Gita’s Favorite Turkey Chili & Chili Mac (Redeption)

        I have a turkey chili recipe that has been a hit for years. I tried to make chili mac for the first time, and was advised not to cook the pasta before putting it into the chili, which ended up as an epic fail! Today, I have an opportunity to redeem […]

Best Pork Products – Babes In The Woods

Tater Tot Casserole

I found this simple recipe in a fall magazine and had to try it! It was so simple, and so delicious!  

Santa Clause Christmas Cake

Background I made this for a pot luck for work during Christmas 2012. I based this off the idea for the Dilbert the Turkey cake, only this time it was Santa! I created the head using Crayola Air Dry Foam Clay. I used a large straw to poke a whole at the bottom of the […]

Thanksgiving 2011

Fennel-and-Potato Gratin Recipe |

Fennel-and-Potato Gratin Recipe |

Lamb Chops- Made in the Cast Iron Skillet

Short Ribs Sunday Dinner

  pork from Babe’s in the Woods    

Seafood Sunday Dinner

Slow Cooker Chicken & Vegetables

Back Story Whole chicken can be a healthy, deliciousl and economical food when prepared correctly. I was exploring healthy options for  whole chicken and came across a recipe for Baked Slow Cooker Chicken Recipe – This recipe inspired a casual yet special Sunday night chicken dinner with friends. The original plan was to follow the recipe, […]

Gita Make – Lightning McQueen Cake Using the Wilton Cake Pan – YouTube

Bread Machine Corn-Jalapeño Bread Recipe from Betty Crocker

Bread Machine Corn-Jalapeño Bread Recipe from Betty Crocker. My wonderful friend LAM recently purchased a bread machine. One day while browsing through the Betty Crocker  site, I found this recipe and had to share! The bread was so tasty! It wasn’t too hot and had delicious sourness to it similar to semolina bread. It was […]

Pumpkin Ginger Cupcakes Recipe –

Pumpkin Ginger Cupcakes Recipe –

Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes Recipe –

The Back Story Shane was craving pumpkin spice cupcakes. After researching many options and finding pie pumpkins I knew it was time. This recipe is based off one that I saw on The items highlighted in pink indicate changes I made to the original recipe submitted by Javaru on I also think that the […]

Slow Cooker Latin Chicken –

Back Story I found this while searching for different ways to prepare chicken in a slow cooker. WOW! I have to try this!

Roasted Lemon Herb Chicken Recipe –

Roasted Lemon Herb Chicken Recipe –

Awesome Slow Cooker Pot Roast Recipe –

This is a fantastic recipe for those cold days when you want a hot home cooked meal but don’t want to spend a lot of time in the kitchen. For a 5 1/2 lb Pot Roast, the recipe suggests 8 hours for the slow cooking time. It is a great “set it and forget it” recipe. […]

Pumpkin Puree – The Alton Brown Way

Never eat canned pumpkin puree … EVER! I have used this for pie pumpkins, butternut squash, and even acorn squash. Instructions Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Prepare a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Slice Pumpkins in 1/2 using a meat cleaver and mallet. Remove seeds from the pumpkin. Sprinkle kosher salt into the pumpkin cavity. […]

Mokomandy – Modern. Korean. Cajun

Mokomandy – Modern. Korean. Cajun. Fantastic find! Tapas menu with a great variety. Fire Cracker Carrots, Kimchi Pancakes, and Jalapeno Hush Puppies were all knockouts. Kobe Carpaccio was delicate and balanced. Foie Gras Dumplings were slightly burnt but rich. Pot-Roast Sliders were OK but were rescued by the wonderful hot sauces. Shrimp and Grits were […]

Gita Makes: German Chocolate Cake

Watch Gita make German Chocolate Cake

Collard Bread Recipe from Betty Crocker

Collard Bread Recipe from Betty Crocker.

White Layer Cake with Berries and Cream

Back Story Lil brother JERRY requested strawberry short cake for his birthday.  I wanted to deliver with a special white layer cake with berries and cream. I also wanted to send him home with a take away jar using an empty coconut oil jar and the left over pieces of cake. I have to add […]

Good Eats S04E06 The Egg Files III: Let Them Eat Foam (Angel Food Cake) – YouTube

Good Eats S04E06 The Egg Files III: Let Them Eat Foam (Angel Food Cake) – YouTube. I have not yet tired this recipe …. but it looks AMAZING!

Raspberry and Almond Shortbread Thumbprints | All

This cookie was rated 4.5 stars by 1,255 people by the time I discovered it. A must try for this holiday cookie making season! Raspberry and Almond Shortbread Thumbprints Rated: Submitted By: Dee Photo By: mcl2008 Prep Time: 30 Minutes Cook Time: 18 Minutes Ready In: 1 Hour 15 Minutes Servings: 36 “Shortbread thumbprint cookie filled with raspberry jam, and drizzled […]

Neopolitan Bundt Cake |

I was scanning through interesting coffee cakes on when I came across this recipe for Neopolitan Bundt Cake on Neapolitan Bundt Cake Rated: Submitted By: Cathy Photo By: mis7up Servings: 8 “Strawberry, chocolate, and vanilla striped cake . . . it’s quite delicious!” INGREDIENTS: 1 (18.25 ounce) package white cake mix 1 cup water 1/4 cup vegetable […]

    French Breakfast Muffins   Rated: Submitted By: Kelly Photo By: Tricia Jaeger Prep Time: 10 Minutes Cook Time: 25 Minutes Ready In: 35 Minutes Servings: 12 “Tender muffins lightly scented with nutmeg and topped with cinnamon sugar.” Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1/2 cup white sugar 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1/4 […]

Bistro Francais – French American Cuisine 124 M Street, NW, Georgetown, Washington, DC 20007 202.338.3830 • Fax: 202.338.1421 Fri–Sat: 11am–4am; Sun–Thu: 11am–3am

Rogue 24 –

922 N Street NW (Rear), Washington, DC 20001 | 202-408-9724 | Modern American Cuisine!  

El Manantial (The Oasis) – Spanish-Italian-French Fusion

12050-A North Shore Dr. Reston, VA 20190 Phone: (703) 742-6466  Email:

Eola – A Modern American Restaurant

The first time I ever ate at Eola was in 2012, with SuperFox. She and I went here for her birthday. It was my first experience with OFFAL and I knew I wanted to come back again for more.  

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