Monthly Archives: September 2012

Comet Ping Pong

My friend Christina had a deal at Comet Ping Pong that we decided to use this weekend. Unfortunately we did not realize how far away the restaurant truly was (especially during rush hour) so the cab ride easily doubled the cost of the meal.

Because of the distance we probably will not be returning incredibly soon, but if you live closer and are able to make it up there, I would highly recommend the meat ball pizza. Pretty fantastic concept and one of their many unique toppings (broccoli rabe and clams are other exotically delicious examples).

This restaurant is incredible child boyfriend friendly with three ping pong tables in the back. It was a great place to double date because while Christina and I devoured blueberry caramel sundaes at the meals end, our boyfriends could burn off those pizza calories.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Quick Breads

I wasn’t able to bake at all during the week because on Friday I had a huge paper due. I spent all Tuesday and Wednesday working on the paper so that on Thursday I could have the day for baking. I woke up more excited than Christmas morning on Thursday, and although that is pretty pathetic it’s not even an exaggeration.

I love having sweets in the morning for breakfast or as just a little something to get my “metabolism going” (lame excuse I know). Nothing is better in the morning than a slice of quick bread so thats what I chose to make.

I found recipes for banana bread and date bread and make them in a hurry. Unfortunately when I was making the date bread I got a little distracted and completely forgot to put in flour. I had to scrap out the batter (with the streusel on top) and mix in the flour. So sadly the beautiful crumbled streusel was ruined. However, the end product was absolutely delicious (although not exactly beautiful) so I got over my mistake.

These recipes are simple, delicious and require very little ingredients so bake away!

Banana bread

Date quick bread

 

 

 

 

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The Little Things

New bracelet from my dad! Such a generous guy, can’t wait to see him so soon for parent’s weekend.

Karaoke in Adams Morgan! Literally the most fun I’ve had in awhile (what is better than screaming Landslide at the top of your lungs with your girlfriends?) I would highly recommend going here especially because they provide tambourines if you’re interested in backup dancing. And it is right next to a Jumbo Slice… need I say more?

Beautiful day at Dumbarton Oaks in Georgetown. The perfect way to walk off the hollandaise smothered eggs benedict I had at Peacock Cafe (I’m not even going to pretend they were good for me). I really wish I had a picture of the breakfast but I was so excited to eat it I complete forgot. Honestly if you had a warm plate of eggs benny in front of you, I doubt you’d have enough self control to take a picture either. I had it with a side of sweet potatoes which was absolutely unreal. Simply try to visualize the meal instead (or just go to the restaurant).

Homemade pesto grilled cheese. You can find my original recipe for basil pesto here.

Another present from my wonderful father. Cutest sticky notes that make studying significantly more enjoyable.

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Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

The weather is getting slightly  chillier in DC, and Starbucks has stocked their pastry case with pumpkin scones which officially means fall is here!

I love pumpkin and I couldn’t wait to start baking as soon as the end of summer faded away. My little found this recipe (she goes through dessert obsessions, her last was red velvet and now she only likes pumpkin) and  with the easy ingredient list I was ready to try it immediately.

While they baked the whole room filled with the sweet smell of cinnamon and pumpkin. Such a comforting and pleasant smell I was sad when they were all out of the oven. But not that sad because I wanted to eat one.

The over all product was very moist, flavorful and perfect for your first fall baking project. They almost reminded me of those Little Debbie oatmeal creme pies (one of the best mass produced cookies) because of the soft and chewy texture, balanced with the creme filling.

 

 

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

1 cup brown sugar

1 cup granulated sugar

1 cup vegetable oil

1 15oz can pumpkin puree

2 eggs

1 ½ TPS vanilla extract

3 cups flour

1 TPS baking soda

1 TBS baking powder

½ TPS salt

2 TBS cinnamon

 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cover 3 cookie sheets with wax paper and spray with cooking oil.

Beat brown sugar, granulated sugar, oil and pumpkin together in a large bowl. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each egg. Add the vanilla.

In a separate bowl mix together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon.

Slowly incorporate the dry ingredients into the wet, mixing until just combined.

Pour the batter into a pastry bag and pipe 2-inch circles onto the wax paper.

Bake for 11 minutes, or until the bottoms have started to brown. Cool completely before frosting.

 

Cream Cheese Frosting

1 8oz package cream cheese

1 stick butter

1 16oz package powdered sugar

1 TSP vanilla extract

 

Cut the cream cheese and butter into small squares, do not soften or let them sit out to room temperature. Beat them together until combined but don’t over mix because the frosting will lose its thick consistency. Slowly mix in the powdered sugar and vanilla, still being careful not to over beat. Frost one side of the pies generously and top with another pie. Enjoy!

 

 

My little taking the first bite of her treat.

 

 

Clearly she loves it. Happy little!

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District Commons

I am always on the look out for restaurant deals, especially as a writer for Scoutmob. I heard about the “dinner bell” deal at District Commons over the summer and have been eager to try it ever since. Here is the concept described from their website.

Every night at 10 pm (Sundays at 9), we ring the classic dinner bell in the kitchen to symbolize staff meal time – but you can join in too.  For $12 per person, you’ll enjoy a different dish every night.  Guaranteed to chase away the late-night hungries! Here’s what we’re offering:

Monday – ‘Mom’s Night’ Nana Sue’s Meatloaf
Pyrex Scalloped Potatoes, Non-Shocked Green Beans
Tuesday – “Wimpy’s Payback” – Two for Tuesday
2 Six Buck Chucks, 2 Fries, 2 PBR (not for the staff)
Wednesday – HOLY COW-Midweek Ritual of Cleaning Out the Walk-In
Chicken Fried Steak & Cream Gravy, Mashed Potatoes,
Monday’s Green Beans
Thursday – “TenPenh Night”
Bringing Back Ting’s Thai Bento Box
Friday – “Payday” – Staff’s Favorite Day and Meal
Pupusas with all the Fixings
Saturday – “BFD” – Late Night, Skipping Breakfast
Huevos Rancheros
Sunday – “Winner! Winner! Chicken Dinner” – Crisco,
Cast Iron and Patience
Fried Chicken, Mac & Cheese, Collards

I went on Sunday with a group of girlfriends because I was not sure if I had the patience to wait to eat dinner at 10. 9 seemed management though, and who can resist fried chicken.I definitely think is a great concept and I wish more people took advantage of it! $12 was a steal of a deal considering the amount of food on the plate and the fast service. I was enjoying perfectly crisped chicken and warm biscuits (on very chic little trays) very soon after ordering. We finished the meal with the blackout chocolate cake, because you can’t have a girls night without lots of chocolate obviously.

I’d definitely recommend “the dinner bell is ringing” meal for anyone who wants to try District Commons on a budget! I will personally be there to try the bento box next.

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Lemon Sandwich Cookies

 

 

I was browsing Pinterest the other day when I saw a recipe for “Award Winning Lemon Cookies.” Now I am a sucker for anything that is award- winning even if it just won best cookie against a box of  Trefoils (worst cookie ever am I right?). So obviously I couldn’t pass up trying them out.

Personally I thought the recipe could use a little more lemon so I doubled the lemon zest and juice called for. And instead of rolling the dough in powdered sugar, I rolled it in granulated sugar because I thought it would look better (honestly I was just out of powered sugar).

I also made them into sandwich cookies by frosting them with butter cream. This really took them to the next level, and made them what I would consider award winning. Some of my friends even told me they were the best things I had ever made, although they were a little bit drunk at the time.

Here is the recipe for the cookies and I recommend using whatever frosting recipe you feel up to! They would be great with lemon, strawberry or vanilla butter cream!

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The Little Things

“You need to let the little thing that would ordinarily bore you, suddenly thrill you”

– Andy Warhol poster that hangs in my bathroom.

 

 

Chocolate chip cookies stuffed with Oreos and peanut butter. Some of my favorite cookies to make because I love the taste of baked Oreos. However, one aspect that was definitely not a pleasant part of my week, was the allergic reaction they caused my little. Luckily she survived without a trip to the hospital but I still feel guilty for almost killing her with cookies (I know they look innocent but those suckers are ruthless).

 

 

The new dish towels my dad got me in Philly. Makes my room feel a little more like a home instead of a dorm.

 

 

Bowling at Lucky Strikes with the boyfriend! We had a double date there and let me just say: bowling is underrated. I hadn’t been since they bussed us there for middle school field trips, but I plan on going a lot more often now, (I definitely need the practice for a potential comeback). The music is also awesome, so you can pop, lock and drop it instead of focusing on your horrible losing streak.

 

 

The best thing about bowling besides the R. Kelly soundtrack? Definitely the shoes…. almost stole them so I could wear them regularly.

 

 

Right now (due to how lovable my roommates and I are) we have four bouquets of flowers. Actually it’s just one bouquet that I have split up into many vases to make us look more popular/loved. So far our guests have been very impressed.

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