Drinker's Choice

Drinker's Choice

In Austin, there used to be a fantastic Turkish restaurant called Ararat - one of Austin's best kept restaurant secrets (that everyone knows). They had bellydancing all weekend and live bands during the week, and some of the best middle eastern food you'll find. It was a small place with rug-covered walls that was always jam-packed.

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Mango Selassie

Mango Selassi (photo by Jon)

Take equal parts yogurt and fresh diced mango, and puree. Add honey to taste and a few cubes of ice (~2 per cup of yogurt), and blend until ice is mixed up and the mixture is a bit fluffy.

Pour 4/5 of the mixture into a separate container, add green food coloring to the remaining 1/5, blend until green.

Pour the green-color mango lassi into the bottoms of the cups. Pour half of the plain (yellow) mango lassi over the back of a spoon into the cups. Some will add to the height of the green, so it should end up roughly equal.

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Wild Mushroom Arancini

Arancini

From delicious magazine. Difficult to form, but tasty! Freeze (and reheat) leftovers for an easy weeknight meal.

2 tbsp butter
1 cup assorted wild or chestnut mushrooms, wiped clean and sliced
1 onion, finely chopped
1 garlic clove, crushed
1.5 cups arborio rice
1/3 cup white wine
3 cups vegetable stock, hot (approx - make more if needed)
1 tbsp fresh thyme leaves
4 oz buffalo mozzarella ball, cut into 12 pieces
4 tbsp plain flour
3 tbsp vegetable oil

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Lebanese Tabbouleh

Tabbouleh

From Epicurious

1/2 cup fine bulgur
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup boiling-hot water
2 cups finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley (from 2 bunches)
1/2 cup finely chopped fresh mint
2 medium tomatoes, cut into 1/4-inch pieces
1/2 cucumber, peeled, cored, and cut into 1/4-inch pieces
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper

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Brick Chicken

Brick Chicken

2 large or 4 small boneless, skinless chicken breasts (1-2 two-sided breasts)

2 teaspoons cumin
1 teaspoon sweet paprika
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 teaspoons coriander
1 teaspoon cayenne
1 teaspoon kosher salt

Olive oil

Toast spices in a medium saucepan over low heat until fragrant.

Rub the blended spices all over the chicken. Marinate for up to 4 hours or overnight.

Heat a large cast iron skillet (or other heavy oven-proof pan) over medium heat.

When hot, add a 2-count of extra virgin olive oil and place the chicken in the pan.

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August Beer: Czech Pilz

Czech Pilsner

Bottled this weekend was the previously-mentioned Pilz. The West Coast Pale Ale was a resounding success; one of the cleaner, most balanced (sweet, light, hoppy) beers I've made in a while.

To be fair, I try to brew stuff that's not available in stores, like Pumpkin porter (a repeat favorite, coming in late October), and Coffee Bock (a new recipe for my annual Octoberfest bock).

Califood week

This week we're doing Californian-ish food - sushi, fish tacos, bagels and lox, and a repeat of the brick chicken.

Kinda-Healthy Southern Week

Crabmeat Remick with artichoke -- we used a combination of canned and fake crabmeat. It might've been better with fresh lump crabmeat, but not actually worth it.

Non-stanard Italian Menu (week of July 13)

Crab Carbonara - yummy, but really would benefit from fresh peas

Wild mushroom and mozzarella risotto cakes - excellent but a bit hard to form and fry

Seared tuna salad

Asparagus and prosciuttio fritatta (we used green beans)

DC Historical Myths - Exposed!

WeLoveDC dusts off widely held myths about DC and debunks them:

http://www.welovedc.com/2009/07/07/dc-mythbusting-built-on-a-swamp/

...was DC really built on a swamp? Not really– today it’d be called more of a tidal plain. When Pierre L’Enfant set out with a team to survey the city, there was a lot of variety in what he found: fields of tobacco and corn, small forests, and some waterside bluffs and wetlands.

More good reading at http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/artsandliving/magazine/feat...

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