Monday, October 25, 2010

It's that time of year-- Halloween

Brain Cupcakes

Severed finger cookies

A plate of treats any Zombies would love
Around our house it's can get a bit ghoulish at this time year. It means severed fingers cookies and brain cupcakes. Some friends and colleagues  won't eat the cookies because they look too real.  Happy Halloween!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Cookies, Cookies

I thought that we needed cookies at work, so I made chocolate chocolate chip cookies. The recipe comes from Ready from Dessert: my best recipes by David Lebovitz. Everyone raved about the cookies. The only thing that would have made them even better--MILK. Fresh warm cookies and milk. Ahhhh the perfect combo.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Autumn can only mean Apples

Now that fall is here the farmer's markets have an abundance of apples. Honeycrisp, Jonagold, Winesap, Liberty just to name a few as well as many others. I bought a bagful of a variety of apples. I have already made an apple pie so I guess it was on to Apple Crisp. Butter, oatmeal, sugar, cinnamon and a surprise ingredient of boiled apple cider along with the apples make a very seasonal treat that is easy to make on a crisp autumn day. It is best served warm. Maybe, some ice cream on the side adds a little something extra.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Little Havana in DC

Cuba Libre opened a location in DC's Penn Quarter October 1, 2010 and I must say with 70 rums,  mojitos, and a good variety of dishes this is becoming a favorite restaurant of mine.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

This is only temporary for two years

My view for ten years

My view for the last year

If you can call this a view

My cubicle in the cubicle city
Well the day has finally come that our department has to move out of our "home" at the Natural History Museum. I had a lovely spot that looked out to Constitution Ave for 10 years. After my promotion the window got smaller as I moved up. Now for two years while we wait for our "home"to be renovated we will reside in a viewless and breezy cool swing space. I do love the cubicle city and my new workstation is bigger than what I had. So that is a plus. The four flights of stairs should be a good way to start the day. Taking the elevators is a mystery all unto itself. So, depending on what elevator you take to the office you could push the button to the  2nd, 4th or take it to the 6th floor and wind your way through anthropology and come down to the 4th floor. So, let's hope that these next two years go by quickly.  I need some chocolate.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Curbside Cookoff 2010

Curbside Cookoff Oct 2010

Fry Captain-shakes and fries

Lobster rolls

Cupcakes and other sweet things

Korean style tacos

Samuel Whitfield and Kristi Cunningham

Curbside cupcakes
The mobile food truck business has exploded in DC over the year. Cupcakes, french fries fried in duck fat and shakes, Korean tacos, pizza, BBQ. It seems the food choices are endless. For the first time and I hope not the last, most of the food trucks could be found in one place. It was during the 2010 Curbside Cookoff. The DC City Center, Thursday and Friday is where all these trucks could be found serving the masses. It was a mobile foodie lovers dream.  The hard part was deciding what to eat. Really, how could you go wrong. After following the trucks on Twitter and Facebook for the past months, I, now had them all in one place at my mercy. Trying to get each vendor to come the museum or find them close enough so I could get my Wonky food or fries and a shake. Curbside cupcake is one of the few trucks that comes close to my office so that I can get my cupcake love. I went for lunch Friday or at least tried to have lunch at the cookoff but the crowds were too much for me and my lunch hour. So  try try again I went after work -- Fry Captain was first up, so I got fries in duck fat with sea salt and a chocolate shake, WOW!!! Then it was on to Tokorean for Korean style tacos. Tacos with kimchi (although I thought it could have been spicier). Even at 4pm the lines were at least 25 minutes long. The longest line for the evening was at  the lobster pound truck. We can only hope this becomes an annual event. All the trucks in one place- a true foodies dream come true.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Apple Pie

After a trip to the farmer's market and a basketful of apples there was only one thing to make--PIE. I had the no fail pie crust in the freezer, so I was ready. After thawing out the crust in the  afternoon it was time to try out the untested pie crust. I added both white and brown sugar, nutmeg and of course cinnamon to the heirloom apples. The pie crust on top was more like puff pastry with steam pockets and was not a flaky as I was hoping for. The crust around the crimped edge was flaky just like pie crust should be. I must admit it was not my best pie. The filling was too juicy for pie filling and the crust was a disappointment. But a scoop a vanilla ice cream on warm pie and all the failures disappear.