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This book is on our gift-giving list this Christmas. The reviews claim it is smart, non-intimidating and pragmatic. But, no Amazon ordering (OUT OF STOCK); which is probably a good thing, as you are forced to keep your shopping local. Click here to learn more about author and wine columnist Katherine Cole. And, by the […]

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DC Tastemakers

October 18, 2013

This week, the Washington Post selected Chaya, our pop-up restaurant, by designating us as one of nine up-and-coming DC “Tastemakers”. We are not classically trained chefs but were honored this designation based on our innovative “plant-based” tacos sold on a weekly basis at various markets throughout DC. The Post reported: “Trying to find the Chaya […]

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Hoy Tomatillo!

August 6, 2013

We adore the satisfying complexities of Mexican cooking and the full palette of seasonal flavors that are used. The tomatillo, one of the primary flavors of this favorite cuisine, is a nightshade fruit often called the tomate verde or “Mexican green tomato”. We love to use it in-season, harvested from our local farms. It closely […]

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Reminder to Vote: Help Loulies WIN a mobile app contest! LIKE and REPIN this recipe, please. This post is in response to a readers question about the debate related to genetically modified food (GMO) and labeling. First, the terms “GMO”, short for genetically modified organism and “organic” describe two types of food production methods used […]

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To Do: Union Market DC

September 12, 2012

This past weekend we checked out the newly renovated Union Market in Northeast DC. Although only a handful of vendors are open, it was fun to see the space and gain a sense of what’s to come – everything from restaurants and pop-ups, fresh vegetables, a butcher, a fishmonger, amazing cheese, a bakery, local brew, […]

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fresh and delicious, by loulies Congratulations for 15 years of FreshFarm Markets’ fabulousness and their massive influence on how we cook, shop, eat and share our kitchens. We’ve pulled together fifteen of our favorite recipes inspired by ingredients found at market over the years. Even though supermarkets offer more choices than they used to, farmer’s […]

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Egg Season

March 22, 2012

Suzanne sources her chickens and eggs directly from a farmer in rural Maryland who makes deliveries every other week in to the city. Her standard order is two roast chickens and two dozen eggs. For the last delivery she received this email from the farm: “A little chat about farm life: As you probably know […]

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Grab a King Cake Today

February 21, 2012

Bettina found this cake at Whole Foods today – Fat Tuesday – the day before Ash Wednesday. During this time of year, one of the most-loved traditions in New Orleans is having a King Cake. The tradition is to bake an oval cake in honor of the three kings and then to decorate the cake […]

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Yesterday, the topic on The Kojo Nnamdi show was chocolate. We were only able to listen to about five minutes, but within that time, here is some of what we learned: The cacao tree is a native South American tree whose seeds are fermented and processed to make cocoa, cocoa butter and chocolate. The words […]

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Edgewater, New Jersey is a narrow strip of land in Bergen County lying along 3 1/2 miles of Hudson River waterfront. Bettina was recently there to take care of some difficult family business but found the time to escape over to the marvelous Mitsuwa Marketplace for comforting hot noodle soup and some provisions to bring […]

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