by Borderstan.com May 24, 2011 at 11:00 am 1,969 0

Borderstan, Memorial Day Weekend BBQ, awkward.media, Flickr

You can already find heirloom tomatoes in the farmers’ markets and some stores thanks to greenhouses and California. (Photo from awkward.media in Borderstan Flickr pool)

From Alejandra Owens at One Bite At A Time. Follow her on Twitter @frijolita.

It’s almost summertime and Memorial Day is next Monday. Hosting a BBQ this weekend? Don’t want to settle for boring hot dogs and regular old burgers? GOOD! I’ve got just the post for you!

In fact, the recipes I am sharing were so popular last year with Borderstan readers that I am running the post again today in time for Memorial Day 2011 (it originally last year before Memorial Day).

With six days to go, you have plenty of time to pick a few recipes from the ones I’ve collected below–all from your very own DC Food Bloggers–and then get to the grocery store.

There are eight main dishes, 12 sides and salads and eight deserts — plenty of options for you and your guests.

Don’t be afraid. None of us are so gourmet that you can’t make these recipes easily or quickly. Plus, we’ll give you the low-down on any given recipe and throw in a few tips and tricks while we’re at it!

Making a few BBQ standards special will get everyone at your picnic, backyard or roof deck extra excited about your party. What? Don’t you want to be the envy of all your friends?

Have fun grillin’ it up this weekend folks! Share your favorite grill recipes with us in the comments.

Recipes below the fold!

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by Borderstan.com December 11, 2010 at 9:54 am 2,013 1 Comment

Alejandra Owens holiday cookies

Alejandra makes cookies. (pnzr424)

From Alejandra Owens at One Bite At A Time. Questions or comments for Alejandra? Send her an email.

You’ve been invited to a cookie swap and you’re about to freak out in 5… 4… 3…2…

Cookies need not be complicated nor labor intensive.

Personally, I find the idea of making seven dozen cookies horrifying — and I love to bake. So when I saw friends who were excited at the prospect of walking away from a party with a huge tub of cookies but completely freaking out about what to make… I thought, we need a round up.

Cookies need not be complicated nor labor intensive. Grab some flour, butter and sugar — ’cause I’ve got some recipes that will impress your friends and leave you feeling confident, courtesy of your favorite DC Food Bloggers!

Now get yourself some bourbon, because the only way you’re going to make it through seven batches of cookies is by having a good stiff drink by your side. And your iTunes.

Cookie recipes below the fold!

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by Borderstan.com November 19, 2010 at 6:43 am 1,018 0

DC State Fair 14th & U Farmers Market

DC Food Bloggers are having a bake sale Saturday to benefit the DC State Fair. (Courtesy DC State Fair)

Editor’s note: Be sure to take the 5-minute Borderstan Reader Survey for a chance to win $250 in groceries from Safeway. We’re closing the survey this Sunday, Nov. 21, at 11:59 pm. The winner will be notified Monday morning — just in time for Thanksgiving food shopping! Thanks!

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From Alejandra Owens at One Bite At A Time

*tear* It’s a sad weekend, guys. Last market of the season for the 14th & U Farmers Market. After this Saturday, the market will close until spring. Hours are 9 am to 1 pm.

Silver lining: those of us who ordered our turkeys (I told you!) get to pick them up on Saturday. Personally, I’ll be rocking the granny cart to lug my 15-pound birdy of love home.

Silver lining part II: the DC State Fair will be holding a bake sale in an effort to raise funds so they can become an official non-profit.

The DC Food Bloggers will be selling:

Bakalava, Cookies, Pumpkin Cupcakes with a Pumpkin Pie Spice Buttercream Frosting, Apple Spice Cupcakes filled and topped with a Cream Cheese Frosting, Pumpkin Pie Bars, Pumpkin Spice Balls Covered in White Chocolate, Double Decker Pumpkin Bread (Pumpkin bread stuffed with cream cheese filling), Pumpkin Bread with Streusel Topping, Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies, mini pumpkin pies, holiday cookies–oatmeal coconut-cranberry, brownies, Rice Krispy Treats, Ginger Snap Cookies, Apple Pies, and more.

Oh. That sounds terrrrrrible! So, if you don’t want to worry about dessert for Thanksgiving dinner, you can pick up some good stuff this weekend!

Also, I have it on good authority there will be hot apple cider for free tomorrow! Bring the kiddos! Bring the pups! It’s going to be a beautiful Saturday.

Other Thanksgiving items you can grab: bread cubes for stuffing, cheeses and jams for hors d’evours, brussel sprouts, lettuce mixes and plenty of eggs for all your baking needs.

Is everyone ready for Thanksgiving? Need some help, got questions? Shoot me a tweet or post your question in the comments here! I’ll help as much as I can!

PS – Still looking for a desert for Thursday? Try my Goat Cheese Cheesecake.

by Borderstan.com October 7, 2010 at 10:59 pm 1,360 0

 

Adventures in Shaw

From Alejandra Owens at One Bite At A Time

You don’t need me to tell you that it’s feeling like fall in DC. But maybe you do need a little reminder that the comfort food of fall is back.

Pat over at FreshFarm Markets (that would be Dupont Farmers Market to you) reports there will be chestnuts (not roasting over an open fire), beets, comice pears, apples (I promise not to bombard you with 500 apple recipes), parsnips (very underrated veg IMO), purple kohlrabi (what’s that?) and brussel sprouts (mmm yay!) are all making an appearance this weekend.

Robin at 14th & U Farmers Market gave us an exclusive little preview of some really awesome new stuff making an appearance this weekend:

  • For those with a sweet tooth there will be ginger gelato and Heirloom Apple Cider Sorbetto by Dolcezza and Tiny Carrot Cupcakes at Pecan Meadow made from their own carrots.
  • Coq-au-vin Tortellini (I. Die.), Chestnut and Sausage Soup, and Butternut Squash Soup (that didn’t make it last week).
  • Heirloom squash such as Pink Banana, Marina de Chioggia, and Galuex d’Eysines at Kuhn.
  • Seckel pears and chestnuts now at McCleaf, watercress at Truck Patch, broccoli and cauliflower at Garner.
  • You can pre-order Pecan Meadow’s whole Geese or Boneless Duck Breast.

While we’re talking about pre-ordering birds, check out Florida Girl in DC’s post on pre-ordering your Thanksgiving turkey. Yep. Some of us are already thinking about Thanksgiving.

Finally, here’s a few Fall recipes from your (every friendly) DC Food Bloggers to get you started.

by Borderstan.com August 8, 2010 at 6:25 pm 1,002 0

Alejandra Owens One Bite At A Time

Tiniest tomatoes I’ve ever seen. (Alejandra Owens)

From Alejandra Owens of One Bite At A Time

Remember how we said DC food bloggers (yours truly included) would be demo-ing market fresh recipes at the 14th & U Farmers Market on Saturday? Well, we did it! And we survived. Good thing the recipes were as no-cook/no-bake as possible. Cause goodness, it was hot out there!

In case you missed the demos or didn’t get a sample, here’s the roundup of recipes with links.

  1. Olga Berman of Mango and Tomato made a Raw Beet and Arugula Salad with Goat Cheese.
  2. Alejandra Owens of One Bite At A Time brought a Goat Cheese Cheesecake and Veggie No-Bake Lasagna.
  3. Tammy Gordon of Florida Girl in DC created a Farmers Market Summer Confetti Salad.
  4. Sylvie Nguyen of Thrifty DC Cook did a delicious Thai Beef Salad.

If we ever get to do this again we’ll be sure to let you know. Stay tuned here at Borderstan for news on the DC Food Bloggers and check out our blogs for delicious market recipes.

The Farmers Market at 14th and U is open from 9 am to 1 pm on Saturdays; the market also has a Facebook Page.

by Borderstan.com June 11, 2010 at 8:24 pm 1,102 0

Alejandra Owens One Bite At A Time Borderstan

Alejandra is back with a roundup of recipes from DC food bloggers. (One Bite At A Time)

From Alejandra Owens at One Bite At A Time.

TGIF fellow cooks and eaters. There’s some big stuff going on in DC this weekend. We’re looking at sunny, warm weather… a Pride parade… and the World Cup!

Where and what are you celebrating?! Are you picnicing or grilling or throwing a pre-party, or maybe the afterparty? Here’s some link love and what I like to call The Week In DC Food Bloggery, or, this week’s tasty recipes from your very own DC Food Bloggers. Maybe you’ll get a good idea for celebratory eating!

The Bitten Word brings us Mufuletta Hot Dogs and Rainbow Chard with Pine Nuts, Parm and Basil

The Arugula Files imbibes us with Hooch (or Strawberry and Rhubarb Infused Vodka)

The Passion Fruits take advantage of the last bits of rhubarb season with a Rhubarb Tart and fries up some Squash Blossoms.

Not Derby Pie shares a pear muffin with pecan streusel recipe worth getting out of bed for and a spicy smoky sour cucumber concoction.

Adventures in Shaw made a banana layer cake for her Boy’s birthday.

Mango and Tomato has me saying Shakshuka ten times fast – an egg and tomato dish that’s Sunday morning (aka hangover time) scoopable!

I, that’s One Bite At A Time, made some cool-down iced coffee.

Macheesmo has me looking forward to the peak of tomato season with his Super Tomato Risotto.

Florida Girl in DC traveled to New York City and video blogged her adventures in the big apple.

Finally, Modern Domestic is up for hire… need a cake for your party or cupcakes for a wedding? She’s your gal.

What are you making this weekend folks? Any great party foods on your menu?

by Borderstan.com May 27, 2010 at 10:28 pm 2,269 0

DC Food Bloggers One Bite At A Time Alejandra Owens

Time to get grillin’ this weekend! (Alejandra Owens)

From Alejandra Owens at One Bite At A Time

Hosting a BBQ this weekend? Don’t want to settle for boring hot dogs and regular old burgers? GOOD! I’ve got just the post for you!

You have plenty of time to pick a few recipes from the ones I’ve collected below–all from your very own DC Food Bloggers–and then get to the grocery store.

Don’t be afraid. None of us are so “gourmet” that you can’t make these recipes easily or quickly. Plus, we’ll give you the low-down on any given recipe and throw in a few tips and tricks while we’re at  it!

Making a few BBQ standards special will get everyone at your picnic, backyard or roof deck extra excited about your party. What? Don’t you want to be the envy of all your friends?

Have fun grillin’ it up this weekend folks! Share your favorite grill recipes with us in the comments.

Main Dishes

Carne Asada Tacos from One Bite At A Time (that’s me!)

Grilled Low Country Boil from The Bitten Word

Best BBQ Chicken from The Bitten Word

Grilled Pizza from Pete Bakes!

Ancho Chile Burgers from Pati’s Mexican Table

Sun Dried Tomato and Garlic Scape Pesto Buffalo Burgers from Adventures in Shaw

Grilled Seafood Medley from Macheesmo

Dry Rubbed Slow Cooker Pulled Pork from Dine Like A Pauper

Sides and Salads

Smoky Corn Salad from Not Derby Pie

Coleslaw (Hold the Mayo!) from The Arugula Files

The Best Guacamole. Ever. from One Bite At A Time (that’s me!)

Edammame Succotash from State  Dinner

Grilled Romaine with Blue Cheese from A Girl’s Gotta Eat (scroll down a little)

Not So Potato-y Salad from Not Derby Pie

Cilantro Garlic Yogurt Sauce from One Bite At A Time

Strawberry Arugula Salad with Feta Dressing from The Arugula Files

Tuscan Bean Dip from The Passion Fruits

Cat’s Famous Sausage Dip from Adventures of a Florida Girl In DC

Habanero Salsa from Pati’s Mexican Table

Grilled Parmesan Potatoes from Adventures of a Florida Girl In DC

Desserts

Tequila Soaked Watermelon Wedges from The Bitten Word

Peppermint Brownies from The Passion Fruits

Churkey’s Caramel Corn from Modern Domestic

Bacon Wrapped Strawberries from Pete Bakes!

Seriously Vanilla Cupcakes from Nikki Rappaport

Watermelon Mimosas from Modern Domestic

Strawberry Meyer Lemon Cocktails from Adventures in Shaw

White Sangria from Macheesmo

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