Archive for August, 2012

Celebrating Julia Child: Restaurant Week Style

This week Washington, DC is buzzing with fun and deals.  Many of our favorite restaurants are participating in Restaurant Week.  For $20.12 you can enjoy a three-course lunch or for $35.12 a three-course dinner.  This excludes beverage, gratuity and tax.  It’s a nice excuse to break away from the office and spend time catching up with friends and colleagues.   Chef Ris Lacoste incorporated this year’s celebration of Julia Child’s 100th birthday into her Restaurant Week menu.  Julia Child’s remarkable influence on US cooking made French food more accessible.  She wrote cookbooks and had her own cooking shows and gave us confidence to try new cooking techniques.

Lunch Menu

The food at Ris was delicious and the atmosphere sophisticated.  Restaurant Week can be hectic, but our server was calm and service was delightful.  There were four in our party.  I tried the Moules Marinière (mussels) as my starter and the Sole Meunière (lemon sole) as my main course.  For dessert I had the Salty Turtle Sundae.  Will certainly check this restaurant out again.

You have a few more days to get out and about for Restaurant Week.




My Veggie Lasagna Adventure: Part 1 of 2

August 7, 2012 2 comments

Made this over the weekend


Saturday I had a friend over and we made the veggie lasagna in this picture.  I frantically searched for the recipe and could not find it.  I’d written it out by hand months ago during a phone call with my wonderful girlfriend Emily.  All day I called & e-mailed trying to track Emily down.  I could not reach her and I was nervous.  Made it a couple times before, but with the recipe at hand.  I was concerned because when using no-boil noodles it is important to get the liquid measurements correct.  If you don’t have enough liquid you’ll end up with crispy noodles.  Well as soon as we got the lasagna in the oven Emily called.  Turned out great and I was so relieved.  My friend paid me the ultimate compliment by saying it’s the best lasagna he’s ever had.  I was over-the-top then.  I’ll post the recipe for you later this week.




Olympic Fun: Summer 2012

I don’t understand the way NBC airs the competitions. Friday I watched the Opening Ceremony and some of the Parade of Nations. I wish they showed it earlier in the day because I fell asleep before they got to USA. Had to pull that up on YouTube. I’ve decided to embrace knowing who wins before we get to the evening broadcast. I look for the news now so I won’t be thrown off by spoilers. I like the NY Times and BBC coverage.

Last night I happily discovered that Comcast has several events that you can watch On Demand. I was able to savor the Women’s All Around Gymnastics performances.  I was hyped because I absolutely love watching them perform. The uneven bars, balance beam and floor work show the grace and strength that you must cultivate to be a world-class athlete. Anything the gymnasts do gets my attention. I’m fascinated because they’re usually my height and build. Well, minus all my grown woman curves. The dedication and focus it takes to become an Olympian is inspiring.

I hope you all are enjoying the games too. Go USA!!!