Business Ins & Outs: Blu Dot, Le Labo, UBreakIFix, Apéro

September 28, 2020

In: Blu Dot, from Minneapolis

A mod, Minnesota-based furniture retailer opened at 3333 M St. NW, filling the large showroom space vacated by the North Face clothing company. “We design everything we make,” says Blu Dot furniture, started in 1997 …

Wild Thistle Kitchen: Slow Cooker Apple Butter

September 24, 2020

This slow cooker apple butter could not be easier. I got the inspiration and the itch to make some apple butter from seeing so many of my foodie friends making it once fall arrived. So I started scouring the internet …

Wild Thistle Kitchen: Plum and Nectarine Puff Pastry Tarts

September 10, 2020

Despite all the pumpkin spice in the air, summer isn’t over yet and I’m still taking full advantage of all the beautiful late-summer produce.

I hope you’ll give these a try. They are a great reason to always have some …

Wild Thistle Kitchen: Ode to Summertime Tomatoes

September 3, 2020

Cook on a Whim is now Wild Thistle Kitchen! Below are three ways to take advantage of summer’s tomato bounty.

Slow Roasted Tomato Sauce

This is one of the easiest ways to use up a LOT of tomatoes.

This …

Cook on a Whim: Dark Chocolate Olive Oil Muffins

August 27, 2020

Muffins are the friendliest of baked goods, don’t you think? There is something about a muffin in the morning, as an after-school snack or snuck into a lunchbox that just makes everything feel alright.

I’ve always felt like I earn …

Cook on a Whim: Pesto-Crusted Halibut

August 20, 2020

Here is a quick, easy recipe that will help you use up all of the glorious summertime basil. And it won’t have you slaving over a hot stove — just a quick blast in the oven and dinner is served.…

Cook on a Whim: Ratatouille With Poached Eggs

August 13, 2020

Recently, I shared this easy ratatouille on my social channels and the response was pretty amazing. You all really want this recipe!

It’s a mostly traditional ratatouille — and so easy I almost feel a little guilty calling it a …

Cook on a Whim: Classic No-Bake Cookies

August 6, 2020

Did you grow up eating no-bake cookies? Well I didn’t, but apparently everyone else in the world did.

My husband introduced me to them. He had them often growing up and has such nice memories of making them with his …

Reenergized: Rose Park Farmer’s Market

August 3, 2020

“Five hundred people came to the Rose Park Farmer’s Market last Wednesday,” exclaimed Gail Daubert, new president of the Friends of Rose Park, during a Georgetowner interview on July 31. “That’s astounding!”

New vendors, enthusiastic young volunteers — including teenagers

Cook on a Whim: Brown Butter Peach Crisp

July 30, 2020

What can I say about summertime peaches that you don’t already know?

They are just the best. I wait all year for them (also tomatoes, but let’s not get sidetracked). Fresh peaches with vanilla ice cream are one of life’s …