What to do this weekend in DC (July 31 – August 2)

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.  This is the weekend of the county fair.  Both Loudon and Fairfax are having their county fairs.

Loudon County Fair – Friday Thru Saturday (July 31-August 1)

A traditional county fair featuring a demoliton derby, extreme motorcyclists, bull riding, circus thrill show and carnival rides.  On Saturday they will be announcing the winner of the kiss a pig contest.  Yep, the person that raises the most money gets to lock lips with a pig.  Saturday also features cooking demonstrations and a donut eating contest at 2:30.  Maybe I will head over there to get some donuts.

Gates open at 8:30 am and goes on to past 10 pm.

Loudoun County Fairgrounds
17558 Dry Mill Road
Leesburg
, VA 20175

http://www.loudoncountyfair.com

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White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

One of my favorite cookies is the white chocolate macadamia nut cookie. Here in DC Macadamia Nuts are quite expensive so I have never picked them up. That all changed last Thursday when I went into the local giant and they had Macadamia Nuts on sale. Granted they were salted, but they still were extremely cheap.

White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookie
White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookie

As you can see, the cookies are jam packed with chocolate and nuts.

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Book Review: No Reservations

Every Wednesday I review a cookbook and/or food related books to help weed out the good the bad and the ugly. This week I am reviewing No Reservations: Around the World on an Empty Stomach by Anthony Bourdain.

I am a huge fan of Bourdain, I have all of his books. I enjoy all of them. Amazingly enough, this book was signed by Anthony Bourdain himself.  I ran into him at the DC Central Kitchen Food Fight.  He was hosting it with Jose Andreas.  He is one tall man with cowboy boots on.

I will not the celebrity encounter hinder my review of this book.

No Reservations is photo book of Bourdain’s journeys while hosting the TV show No Reservations. I decided to do this review in a question/answer format. You will see why.

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Grilled Peaches

Since I purchased my new grill I have been grilling non-stop. I wanted to make a grilled dessert but was lacking in ideas. Then I went to the supermarket and they had fresh peaches on sale. Then the light bulb went on. I am going to make Grilled Peaches.

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Grilled Pork Chops

Growing up my parents would always make pork chops. My mom would marinate them and my dad would grill them up. They were great. So when I went to the store they had pork chops on sale. The first thing that came to mind was my mom’s marinade. It is a soy based marinade that I knew I could spice up nicely.

The marinade is amazing on pork chops.
The marinade is amazing on pork chops.

So I added a bunch of hot peppers and red pepper flake. I like it spicy!!

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Now I am cooking with GAS!!!

Today I woke up and it was beautiful.  I decided that I should grill something.  So I went downstairs to check the grill and see how much charcoal I had.  Come to find out, I was out of charcoal.  So I took a trip to Lowes.  Little did I know that I was going to need to call Jeff for reinforcements.  As I walked in to the grill section I noticed that there really wasn’t that many grills left.  I grabbed a bag of charcoal and as I was walking past the grills, the manager was putting prices on the floor models.  I have had my eye on a nice Weber grill for a while, but they are just too darn expensive.

While they don't have all of the bells and whistles, they are built solid, heat evenly and will last forever.
While they don't have all of the bells and whistles, they are built solid, heat evenly and will last forever.

The three burner base model starts out at $500.  I sat the charcoal down and watched as the manager priced each grill.  I was standing next to the Weber Spirit E-310 – as the manager slashed 60% off the price.  This put the Weber in line with the cheapest grills that are sold at Lowes.  I immediately took it.  Within the next 5 minutes 3 other people tried to buy it, too bad, its mine.   It was all about being at the right place at the right time.

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How to Grill Lobster Tails

The other day I was at the store and I happened to stop by the fish counter. What did I see, a big sale on Lobster tails. So I picked up a couple. Since it is so nice out, I wanted to grill them. But how does one grill a Lobster tail?  Keep reading to find out.

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White Truffle Twice Baked Potatoes

The other day I needed a tasty side dish to serve with some juicy grillled steaks.  I looked around my kitchen and I found a couple baking potatoes.  I decided to make some twice baked potatoes.  To spice it up, I added some white truffle oil to the mix.  I know this is cheating, but I can not afford white truffles.  At around $2000 a pound I don’t think most of us could afford them.  Truffle oil is a great alternative to add that magnificent earthy flavor to dishes.

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Green Monster Cocktail

Every Wednesday I usually write a book review, but this week I was way to busy to sit down and read a book. I know it is a shame, but I have been extremely busy. So instead of reading a book, I made a cocktail. Who doesn’t need a cocktail half-way through the week. There … Read moreGreen Monster Cocktail

Homemade Bagels

It is the start of another work week and I need something to power me through work.  The energy source of choice, the good ole Bagel.  I was looking for a good recipe and found it hard to come by.  Then I happened to StumbleUpon John D Lee’s homemade bagel recipe.  This recipe looked great and seemed pretty easy to do.

Stacked bagels are happy bagels
Stacked bagels are happy bagels

They don’t have a nice smooth texture on the outside, but that is due to my bad rolling technique and the fact that I had too much flour on my table.  Since the dough was not wet enough they developed cracks. 🙁

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Tostada Pizza

When I was in college I used to go to this restaurant with great pizza. One of my favorite pizzas was the tostada pizza. Basically it was taco pizza. Since the bread sticks yesterday only used one pizza dough and the recipe makes two, I figured I would try to recreate the pizza today.

Only the best pizza around
Only the best pizza around

This pizza took me right back to college. It was spicy and full of the flavors one would expect from a taco.

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Cheese Filled Breadsticks

When I was in college there was this pizzaria that delivered the beautiful cheese filled breadsticks. They were awesome.  Basically a mix between a mozzarella stick and a breadstick.  This recipe, however simple, took a couple of tries as I needed to get the right cheese.  After having the right cheese, it took a while to determine the proper way to wrap the cheese so that it didn’t escape.  Below are the perfect cheese filled breadsticks.

The only breadsticks I eat.
The only breadsticks I eat.

As you can see the cheese and bread come together in one amazing little package.

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