Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Favorite DC Restaurants

I decided I need to keep a list of my favorite spots and then also places I still need to try. Mainly for selfish reasons - need to make sure friends and family know where to treat me for my Birthday and other special occasions.

Top Ten DC Restaurant Experiences:
1) The Bistro at Restaurant Eve
2) The Source
3) Zaytinya
4) Brasserie Beck
5) Le Diplomate
6) District Kitchen
7) Ripple
8) Jaleo
9) Bistro Du Coin
10) Graffiato
11) Estadio
12) 2 Amys

Need to Go:
Little Serrow
Cushion's Eat Place
Toki Underground
Chez Billy
Blue Duck Tavern
Tabard Inn

Monday, October 22, 2012

Non-Crumbly Sandwich Bread

I love making homemade bread but for some reason it always crumbles when I try to slice it for sandwiches.  I am so happy I finally found a recipe that creates soft, light bread that is perfect for sandwiches, is low in sodium, and sugar and tastes amazing!  I made this recipe in my bread machine on the normal white bread setting.

Add the ingredients below to your bread pan in this order:
1 cup of water
2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
2 tablespoons of honey
3 cups of bread flour
1 teaspoon of salt
1 package of yeast

Mom's Juicy Sirloin Burgers

I never liked hamburgers growing up and even today, the only ones I will eat are from In n Out burger or my mom's.  Now that I am on the East Coast, In n Out is no longer an option.  So it's mom's juicy burgers all the way! Glad she was generous enough to share the recipe with me :)

Ground sirloin
1 egg
1/4 cup breadcrumbs
1 minced shallot
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 cup of soy sauce for marinading

Mix everything except the soy sauce in a large bowl with your hands.  Marinate at least three hours in soy sauce.  Grill and serve with melted provolone on hamburger buns with any other fixings of your choice. 

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Orange Arugula Salad


2 cups of arugula
crumbled blue cheese
sliced almonds
Slices from one orange
Sliced prosciutto
*I also added in some extra shredded veggies I had in my fridge

Juice from one medium orange
1 teaspoon of graded orange rind
1/4 cup white wine vinegar
1 teaspoon of olive oil
salt and pepper

Just whisk the dressing ingredients together and toss with the salad!  Healthy, flavorful and refreshing!