Sipping chocolate & chocolate chili ~ Cocoa Bella

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Last night we actually watched the Oscars. The whole thing. Until midnight. That was mostly because my husband knew he had a snow day in the bag for today, and I needed something for my eyeballs to do while I packed up the house. (Yes, we are moving this coming weekend to a different house … Continue reading

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Olympic Pot Roast — because this winter may never end

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The winter Olympics are in full swing, which means there is no time to cook. No point in trying, really. We’ve got the whole shebang — figure skating, cross-country skiing (my new favorite), snowboarding, you name it — filling up our DVR, waiting for us every night. Although I can fast forward through commercials, I tend … Continue reading

Green-ish smoothies & powerhouse turmeric

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I’ve been doing a lot of blending lately. It’s the time of year to take healthy things and make them palatable enough that maybe, just maybe, you’ll keep eating them past January 31st. And if the breakfast smoothie weren’t the best idea ever invented in that category, then I don’t know what is (wait, are … Continue reading

Virginia wine country — revisited

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Isn’t Virginia beautiful? This is a view from the winery we stayed at now two weekends ago, Veritas Vineyards. Perhaps you were among the thousands of people there, too, for the last Starry Nights concert of the season, featuring Love Canon and some beautiful first-of-fall weather? I am fairly obsessed with this wine-growing region near … Continue reading

Food, Environment & free tickets to the DC Green Festival

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The Green Festival. It’s like a trade show — for goods and ideas — for the eco-minded (read: lots of free stuff). And it’s coming to DC’s Walter E. Washington Convention Center on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 21 and 22. If you’re planning to go and are also into food (Who isn’t these days?), I’ve … Continue reading

#Canning summer’s bounty: up to my elbows in peach jam & tomato sauce

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It’s 9 o’clock on a Wednesday night, and I’m elbow deep in peach juices, trying to recall the satisfying feeling I felt a week before when I sealed off the last few jars of tomato sauce. This time, it’s peaches. Millions of peaches, it seems. I’m not even halfway through my half bushel (it didn’t … Continue reading

Papalo: a new-to-me herb & salsa recipe

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Papalo. I saw a bunch of this stuff at Farmer Jesus’ table at the market recently and I couldn’t resist. I always ask him what he does with things, only to remember that he’s basically too busy farming to cook much. So then he tells me what other customers tell him they do with it. … Continue reading

Summer’s not over — a few more food events for your calendar

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I just got back from one of the best food-focused events I’ve attended in DC — the farm-to-street party at Union Market — the culmination of a great Eat Local First week. What made it great? In my opinion, it was the focus on local food businesses and the direct access to the entrepreneurs behind … Continue reading

Food Trucks, Farmers Markets, Pop-ups — discuss, DC

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Ever been to the curated food-lovers’ mecca that is Union Market DC? Well, here’s your excuse. A publication I write for is co-hosting an event with Smart Growth America this Thursday night to discuss “Food in the City: how food trucks, farmers markets and more shape D.C.’s new dining scene.” Show up early and we … Continue reading

Fighting the Summer Sweet Tooth with a Recipe I’ve Loved All Year

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We somehow ended up with a boatload of bananas this week. Call it an online order gone wrong — or right. It’s a good thing I happen to find bananas extremely handy. I tend to keep a cluster of them in the freezer for smoothies and another on the counter, just waiting for them to … Continue reading

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