Red, White and Blue Shooter

Red, White and Blue Shooter AKA "Liquid America"

Nothing is more patriotic than having a few beverages on the 4th of July.  Oops, yes there is. You could drink red, white and blue shooters (otherwise known as “Liquid America”) and be the most festive person on the block, if not the US. Thanks to the varying specific gravities of alcohol this shot is … Read moreRed, White and Blue Shooter

Safeway National BBQ Championship – Recap

Safeway BBQ Battle

It has been a long and hard weekend here in DC.  The temperatures were hovering around 100 all weekend.  Special thanks to Mango Mike for bringing the Air Conditioned Bus.  It would have been horrible without it.  We competed in all four KCBS categories on Saturday and two of the three Memphis in May Categories … Read moreSafeway National BBQ Championship – Recap

Mushroom Swiss Burgers

Mushroom Swiss Burger

Last week I tackled homemade hamburger buns.  They ended up coming out great!  The only problem was that I made a ton of them.  I am talking 2 dozen plus.  So I had to make a ton of sandwiches.  I love sandwiches so this was gonna be fun.  Last week I also picked up a grill basket.  The combination of grill basket and homemade hamburger buns screamed mushroom swiss burger.  I could grill up the mushrooms in the grill basket and make some perfectly cooked burgers on the same grill.

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Apple Pie Shot

Apple Pie Shot

After a long week of celebrating I think everyone deserves a shot.  I was lacking mixers but ended up finding out that vodka and apple juice are awesome together.  The addition of some whipped cream and a pinch of cinnamon and you have an amazing apple pie shot. The whipped cream makes this shot. Apple … Read moreApple Pie Shot

Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad

Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad

The other day it was late and I wanted to grill something.  It happens, maybe not to all, but it happens to me all of the time.  So I went in the fridge and all I had was chicken.  I don’t mean to sound sad, but I was in the mood to grill something crazy. … Read moreGrilled Chicken Caesar Salad

What to do this Weekend in DC – June 18-20

The Jefferson Memorial

Happy Fathers Day to all of the dads out there.  This weekend is for you.  There is a lot going on.  First off if you haven’t gotten your tickets to the Beer Bourbon and Barbecue festival you may be out of luck.  They are all sold out.  Although there is some talk that they will have a few tickets for tonights festivities.  First come first served.  Get there early.

Kids Restaurant Week in DC – (June 20-27)

Join in the family foodie fun of DC’s newest summer culinary tradition, Washington, DC Restaurant Week for Kids. From June 20-27, dozens of restaurants throughout DC will cater to families by serving special children’s menus during lunch and early dinner seatings (between 5 PM-6:30 PM). Kids 11 and under pay their age, with purchase of adult entrée.  Click below for participating restaurants.

http://washington.org/visiting/experience-dc/seasonal-experience/summer/restaurant-week-kids/

Old Ebbitt Grill Block Party – (June 19)

This is a great block party and the proceeds go to support the DC Central Kitchen.  The DC Central Kitchen is a great program helping to fight hunger.  Check out the link to learn more.

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Bratwurst Burger AKA “Brat Burger”

Bratwurst Burger

I love bratwurst, but sometimes I don’t have a hot dog bun lying around when I want to enjoy it.  So I figured out a way to make bratwurst into patties.  I know what you are thinking, but you can’t just use a standard bratwurst recipe as it will dry out and fall apart.  With a little extra fat, some bread crumbs and a little Bud Light you can make it happen.

I served these over my homemade hamburger buns.  Super proud of them.  Check out the hamburger bun recipe here.

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Arnold Palmer Cocktail

The Arnold Palmer Cocktail

A couple weeks back I sent Dana to the liquor store to pick up some coconut rum for the pina coladas. When she came back she also had a bottle of firefly sweet tea vodka. This stuff is awesome! You could totally drink it straight up without a mixer. But when mixed with lemonade it becomes the drink of legends. Mainly one legend, Arnold Palmer.

Served in a Collins glass with a sprig on mint, this drink screams summer.

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Homemade Hamburger Buns

Sesame Seed Buns

I wanted to recreate the soft billowy store bought hamburger buns at home.  I tried a few recipes and the only one that came close was the one from King Arthur Flour.  The buns came out perfectly brown and had an amazing texture.  The only thing that was disappointing was that the buns were a little hard on the outside.  I still haven’t gotten them perfect but they are pretty awesome.  So without further ado, here are my buns (Haha).  They browned perfectly and look great with the sesame seeds.

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