How to Roast Garlic

Garlic is a great ingredient.  However, roasted garlic is an amazing ingredient.  Roasting garlic brings out its natural sweetness and takes the bitterness away.  One of the most popular questions that I receive is, “How do you roast garlic”?  Hopefully today’s post will answer your questions.

So tasty that you can eat it straight from the oven.
So tasty that you can eat it straight from the oven.

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Chorizo Stuffed Zucchini Boats

My friend Jeff went to visit his family in Tennesse and when he came back he brought with him some of the biggest zucchini that I have ever seen.  They were massive.  It almost seemed as if they were some result of a nuclear accident, as they were huge.  After I got over the shock of seeing the giant zucchini, we got down to business.  Jeff said that zucchini that are huge usually don’t have the best flavor, so we should use them as boats, or serving vessels for other ingredients.  I agreed and went to the store to pick up something to fill them with.  When I came back we had all of the fixins for chorizo stuffed zucchini boats.

With just a little bit of spice from the chorizo this bite was awesome
With just a little bit of spice from the chorizo this bite was awesome

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Ultimate Smores

I have been doing a series of posts about my buddy Jeff’s barbecue. We made a full day out of grilling and sipping on Coronas. To end the night we made the ultimate smores. The recipe was developed by Jeff’s sister “Spud”. While not too far off from the original, it was tweaked enough to get cult status. By cult status I mean the group of people sitting around the fire. They were amazing.

Layered with chocolate and peanut butter its amazing
Layered with chocolate and peanut butter its amazing

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Flank Steak Tacos

Last week my friend Jeff had me over for a little grilling and drinking.  I brought the Corona and he gave me the workings for a great steak taco.  I must say, having a food website has open doors.  Everyone wants me to come over, but in return I have to do the cooking.  I … Read moreFlank Steak Tacos

What to do this weekend in DC (June 26-28)

Every Friday I pick the best culinary events in the DC area for my readers to enjoy.  This weekend there are some great events to attend in and around the DC metro area.

Eastern Market Grand Reopening – (June 26-27)

District will reopen the historic Eastern Market at a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday June 26 followed by a community celebration on Saturday June 27.  The two events will mark the completion of the market’s renovation and recovery from fire damage caused in April 2007. With over 175 exhibitors on the weekend this is going to be one heck of a celebration.  Eastern Market is located at 306 7th Street, SE. 1 1/2 Blocks North of Eastern Market Metro on 7th Street.

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Butt in a Bag

A couple of weeks ago I reviewed a cookbook by Ardie Davis on barbecuing. In the book he had a recipe for butt in a bag. Due to the name alone I had to make it. Basically you smoke a pork butt like normal, but halfway through you place it in a paper bag. The bag limits the smoke that can penetrate the meat and also keeps the meat moist without basting. There is nothing worse than barbecue that is dried out and has been over-smoked.

This recipe made some of the best pulled pork sandwiches.
This recipe made some of the best pulled pork sandwiches.

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Book Review: America’s Best BBQ

Every wednesday I review a cookbook to help weed out the good the bad and the ugly. This week I am reviewing America’s Best BBQ, 100 Recipes from America’s Best Smokehouses, Pits, Shacks, Rib Joints, Roadhouses and Restaurants. This book is co-written by Ardie A. Davis and Chef Paul Kirk. Both barbecue legends. Even being barbecue legends I don’t know how they pulled this one off. They went into the best barbecue restaurants in America and came out with recipes for some amazing food.

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Grilled Shrimp Tacos with Roasted Peppers

I love tacos and I love grilling.  So the combination of the two is basically the perfect meal.  Shrimp tacos are quick and easy and best of all, tasty.  My buddy Jeff called me yesterday asking if I was interesting in grilling out.   The only thing was that he had already purchased shrimp.  So the solution was easy, grilled shrimp tacos.

These tacos were great, especially with the grilled peppers.
These tacos were great, especially with the grilled peppers.

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Homemade Barbecue Sauce

I grill and barbecue all of the time, but I usually don’t make my own sauce.  It is quite easy to do, but I never seem to use the right ingredients to make it tasty.  I have done it in the past and it really hasn’t turned out that great.  I usually make the sauce too sweet or too tangy.  I was messing around in the kitchen the other day and I finally got the perfect sauce.  It is thick, tangy, sweet and spicy.  I used tomato paste as the base to make the sauce thicker.  It is amazing.

It takes a few ingredients but it is worth it.
It takes a few ingredients but it is worth it.

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Pork Stir-fry

Last week I visited the Upper King Street Farmers Market again.  This time I picked up some Free-Range Pork from Cibola Farms.  I love pork so I scoured the market for something else that I could eat with it.  Then I found some fresh Broccoli and a brown onion.  The perfect base for a Pork Stir-Fry.

I love stir-fry
I love stir-fry

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What to do this weekend in DC (June 19-21)

Every friday I pick the best culinary events in the DC area for my readers to enjoy.  This weekend there are some great events to attend in and around the DC metro area. Kids Restaurant Week in DC – (June 13-21) Cookie and Gourmet invite you to join us for Kids’ Restaurant Week 2009!  Week-long … Read moreWhat to do this weekend in DC (June 19-21)

Blueberry Muffins with Crumb Topping

The other day I went to the store and blueberries were on sale.  I love blueberries.  As a kid I would always go pick blueberries with my mother and siblings.  It was fun because you could eat as many blueberries as you wanted while you picked.  I would always come home with purlish/blue hands.  So … Read moreBlueberry Muffins with Crumb Topping