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How Good is Your Salsa?


In case the practically suffocating humidity didn’t tip you off, D.C. is in the full grips of Summer now.  But the trade off of sweating through my professional clothes walking to work (seriously, I do not look pretty when I finally make it to my office) is the vast amount of fresh fruits and vegetables available at local farmers markets.  The folks over at FreshFarm Market are putting on their Annual Salsa Contest to help us figure out what the heck to do with all of it. 


I only just received this information yesterday, so take note that the deadline for this contest is TOMORROW!


Annual Salsa Contest at H Street FRESHFARM Market.

August 2nd 9:30-12.

H Street Market is at 624 H Street NE, in the parking lot.


Rules (Lillian cannot go outside…oh, sorry that was a “Raw” flashback):


·Your salsa must be homemade (we can spot that Old El Paso stuff from a mile away)

·Most of your ingredients must come from the H Street Market (except things like limes, orange juice, mango)

·Your salsa can’t be so hot that it makes people cry


FRESHFARM Markets will provide the tortilla chips on the day of the event.  Prizes will be awarded for the top three salsas!

Sign-up to submit a salsa at by July 31st

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Sun Dried Tomato & Garlic Scape Pesto Buffalo Burgers

Is it just me or are the titles of my recipes getting longer and longer? I guess I could have just called these buffalo burgers and left it at that; but how could I not mention the amazing pesto that really makes these burgers jump off the plate? Well if you can think of a shorter name that encompasses all these flavors, let me know. Because I can’t…and I’m the one writing this post, not you.

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Strawberry Rhubarb Empanadas

We all know of my salacious love of cheese, but I don’t think we have yet discussed my addiction to strawberries. And nothing satisfies my withdrawal symptoms more than fresh, in season berries. This time of year, I eat so many of them, my fingertips turn red…and then I practically gnaw off my skin in an attempt to get every last bit of strawberry flavor (no I don’t have a problem…fruit is healthy for you). So it was with glee that I discovered the newest Cookthink Root Source Challenge was strawberries!

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A Star is Born…And a Chance to Win a Summer of Salmon!

My fabulous friends Liz, Nikka and Carmen have formed a bit of an unofficial group that we have coined the Culturati. The Culturati is fierce…and it now has a blog. Yes, the marketing genius that is Liz suggested we chronicle our misadventures for all of blog land and I agreed wholeheartedly. Thus Washington DC Culturati was formed. I love writing about food and my dishes, but I also do a lot in and around DC that I would also like to share. However, I have been thinking more and more about separating the two topics, keeping Adventures in Shaw all about my obsessive, almost illicit love of food…and photographing it in such a way as to make all you bitches drool.

So fear not, I will continue to offer up my version of food porn and my shots at recipe creating here on Adventures in Shaw. But keep your eye on Washington DC Culturati for reviews and information on the many happenings in DC! Liz has already done an excellent review of Sex and the City and of a new chocolate boutique and lounge we visited called Co Co. Sala. I will also be doing a review of Co Co. Sala, but focusing more on the food. And stay tuned as I will also be interviewing one of the owners of this lasciviously delicious new Penn Quarter spot!

And feel free to send Liz or I suggestions for cultural events, restaurants, concerts or other happenings in the DC area that we should attend and review!

And finally, Marx Food is hosting another recipe contest and this time the prize is (wait for it) THREE MONTHS OF WILD SALMON FILLETS! Yeah, you read that right. The winning recipe author will receive 3 shipments of 5 pounds of wild salmon fillets just in time for the Summer! I don’t cook with salmon a lot but I am tempted to try to compete for that prize!

I am excited Marx Food is hosting another recipe contest because they have an amazing inventory of prizes to offer! I just got my beautiful morel mushrooms on Friday and it’s a LOT of mushrooms! If any of you have any recipe suggestions for these earthy gems, please share…you don’t want to see me fuck up such beauties, do you?

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How Your Kitchen Mistakes Can Equal Prizes

I discovered a new food blog called Food Nerd tonight through another food forum. The site is hosting a contest called Blueberries on the Ceiling, concentrating on the mistakes we’ve made in the kitchen. Since I chronicled my lovely mishap with my opera cake, I thought this was the perfect way to turn tragedy into triumph and plan on submitting my post on the whole disaster. If you’re interested, head on over to Food Nerd and share your own hiccups in the kitchen.

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I’ve Got Mushroom Fever…Morel Mushroom Fever

What better news to get when one is sick than to discover you’ve won two pounds of fresh morel mushrooms? Well, winning the lottery would be better, but this comes damn close! The gracious people over at MarxFoods deemed my Ramp, Mushroom and Spinach tart as the winner of the vegetarian category for their mushroom contest! I am humbled beyond belief that my dish was chosen and I cannot wait to get my grubby little hands on my prize! And according to one of the authors at the MarxFoods’ blog, there is another recipe contest on the horizon in June! So stay tuned ….


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Gentlemen, Start Your Skillets!

So does anyone want free Morel mushrooms? No? Really? What’s wrong with you? These babies ain’t cheap and you’re going to turn your nose up at 2 (yes, I said 2) pounds of them? The good folks over at Marx Foods are gambling that you are in the minority. They are sponsoring a mushroom recipe contest with the winning dish receiving two pounds of fresh Morel mushrooms. Even though telling everyone on my blog about this lowers my odds, I still felt it my food blogger duty to inform others of the chance for free Morel mushrooms. The contest ends on May 15th, so take out your knives and start to slicin’!

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