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25 Nov

The past few months have literally kept me at my busiest.  I don’t think I’ve ever had to keep track of so many things at once- classes, my job, my club, my money, my social life- the list could go on forever.  This past semester I guess you could say I took a mini-break from Soph’s Kitchen… but that doesn’t mean I took a break from cooking!  Here’s a glimpse at what I’ve created in my last few weeks at home, as well as in my “big” [ehm- bigger than last year] kitchen in my dorm!

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One of my best friends came to visit me in July for the weekend.  This ice cream is only a fraction of what we indulged in…

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I made anginettes one evening.  Needless to say- they didn’t last very long.

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I wish I got a better picture of this banana pudding, but it was gone so quickly at the family reunion that I didn’t get the chance to snap another picture!  According to my relatives- I got it just right!  Such a compliment.

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While in Illinois, we went to this amazing chocolate shop (perhaps a little too fancy for the small town??) and I got a caramel inferno truffle.  It was topped with ghost chili powder. So delicious!!

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Back to school now- my roommate and a few friends went apple picking!  It was a gorgeous day and despite going late in the season, we saw this happy camper hanging on one of the trees.

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The most drool-worthy homemade poptarts I’ve ever sunk my teeth into.

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The poptarts and this pulled pork sandwich are from Ted’s Bulletin, in Eastern Market.  My foodie friend and I went for brunch.  Such a good idea.

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Birthday cupcakes from my cousin’s family!  I think I actually ate all of them…

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Yet another foodie experience with my foodie friend.  This time, for my birthday, we indulged in the Tackle Box.  Now, I’m usually a seafood snob and don’t get seafood while I’m in DC.  I do, however, make an exception for the Tackle Box-  maybe it’s because they cheat and get their seafood from Maine! 😉

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A special birthday cupcake from the 9:30 Club!  Love being friends with benefits.

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Aren’t I just the most wonderful God-Big? My dove love drawing skills are clearly superb. Go SK!

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What’s better than brunching at Bread and Chocolate before studying for Organic Chemistry for hours on end?  Maybe some free coffee with the brunch… 😉

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Gospel Brunch anyone? Talk about Southern Comfort…

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Maybe the most exciting eating experience this semester… my friend and I waited a whole two weeks for our reservation at Toki Underground, a ramen restaurant in Northeast DC.  We got dumplings AND ramen because we were just that into it.

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Best. Ramen. Ever.

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Welcome Home

22 May

I’ve been home for a little over a week now, and I’ve been showered with all different kinds of feasts.  On my first day back, the fam and I went to a fantastic restaurant called Barrel House, where I had a nice juicy piece of rib eye.  The rents got lamb and fish which were also equally as good.  For dessert, a lovely peanut butter and jelly bread pudding with burnt sugar ice cream.  Can you say “yum”??

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My beautiful rib eye, complete with a crispy-fried cake of mushroom risotto (hidden by the enormous piece of meat).

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The Lamb. Need I say more?

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Fancy fish, cooked “sous vide,” aka poached in a bag full of marinade. Yum!

The next day, we had yet another feast.  We had burgers (recipes that sparked my interest from the BuzzFeed article: 28 Badass Burgers To Grill This Weekend) and bao bao; a quintessential daughter-just-returned-from-college-meal.

I of course made a Key Lime Pie (yes, with real key limes) whose delicate yet distinct flavor contrasted nicely with the robust savoriness of the burgers and bao bao.  To top it all off, the weather cleared up and the neighbors came over to enjoy the pie with us!

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I obviously needed to instagrill the production of the Badass Burgers…

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…and the steaming of the bao bao.

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The final product- a happy Soph and jealous instafoodies.*

*Note, Badass Burgers consumed: #1, #3, and #12.

-Drum Roll Please-

The Key Limes…

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…and The Pie

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Food in Instagram

17 Feb

Even though instagramming food is considered socially unacceptable, let’s be honest, it’s mildly addictive.  I get particularly guilty of food-instagramming when I try something new or a masterpiece has been created.  So here are a few things clogging up my Instagram:

ImageThese dumplings were a replacement for ones that I could have made myself for Chinese New Year.  I tried to find wraps for them at Whole Foods, but couldn’t find them! I was so sad.  So I ventured over to the freezer section and picked out possibly the saltiest food substance I have ever consumed.  Mmm…

ImageShortly after eating the saltiest dumplings ever, I went over to my friends’ dorm to watch the Grammys and eat gourmet steak and shrimp kabobs!  Needless to say, an Instagram of this masterpiece was necessary.

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On Friday, my boss and I discovered the Red Hook Lobster Pound food truck.  We were a bit skeptical at first, but were quickly enamored with it.  The Maine style lobstah roll was totally up to par with my -elitist- New England lobstah palette.

Food Carvings

27 Jan

For Christmas, I was lucky enough to get a nice ceramic knife and cutting board (small enough for my pathetic square footage of counter space). This week, I was excited to go to package services to grab my box full of kitchenware! I even waited in line for a good 20 minutes because let’s be real, package services sucks more than anything. I decided to wait until I went grocery shopping by work –which was an affordable success!– so I would have some fresh pickings to chop up. Needless to say, the knife served its purpose elegantly. And the cutting board literally fits perfectly in front of my microwave. 🙂

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Food Cravings

24 Jan

Why is food so expensive in DC? Maybe it’s the organic, well-lived, happy spirited vegetables that the grocery stores are stocked with, maybe it’s the ridiculous amount of sales tax citizens of the District have to add to their food bill.  Regardless, I’ve been craving some nice home made meals and I haven’t found time to go grocery shopping (this full time student, part time 9-5er.. well 9-2.. gig has been keeping me rather busy).  Tomorrow I will be going grocery shopping at a Giant that’s essentially attached to the building I work in!  Instead of $2.50/lb for apples, it’s $1.50/lb.  Gum is about 50 cents cheaper there, and I’m sure rewards cards are available for even more life/money-saving deals.

In the mean time, I’ll be drooling in my dreams over my last meal at home- a goose pot pie courtesy of Grillaz (omg) and jiao jiao.

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Magic Chicken

14 Oct

After a fun-filled weekend (complete with apple picking!), I decided to whip up a chicken dish with this new mustard I bought at the apple farm’s market.  This sauce is exquisite, tangy, shocking, sweet; basically an explosion in your mouth.  It’s called sweet beet and horseradish mustard, by Terrapin Ridge Farms.  I will be using the sauce in hopefully many different ways, as its flavor is quite irresistible.

 

 

I added in some soy sauce, garlic, and Sriracha and stir-fried it all together, creating the masterpiece that my roommate loved so much, she decided to whip up a batch herself.  So yummy.  I served this over some rigatoni pasta which worked very well together!  Hopefully this will be inspiration for many more random recipes to come.

 

On another note, for my birthday, I received a copy of the Sriracha Cookbook.  Be prepared for many Sriracha themed posts! I can’t wait! Fire on up!

Chicken Wraps with Mango, Basil, and Mint

11 Jul

I decided to go grocery shopping today.  Before I went, I decided to I wanted to make a yummy lunch for myself and test my non-dessert-cooking abilities, since I don’t cook that much savory food.  I decided to go for Martha Stewart’s Chicken Wraps.  Just reading the recipe made my mouth water.  It was a fairly short and easy cooking process and makes enough for a few wraps (if I could eat this for lunch forever, I totally would).  This recipe is also nice and light for the hot summer weather- nothing seems fresher than fresh basil and mint picked straight from the garden.

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So amazingly yummy!