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July 15, 2014
Summer colds suck. Good thing Rep. Tammy Duckworth has a secret weapon for a speedy recovery.
When her hubby fell ill over the weekend, the Illinois Democrat immediately sprung into action, whipping up a batch of her savory cure-all.
“I don’t normally follow a precise recipe — I just keep adding things to taste,” Duckworth said of her never-quite-the-same approach to cooking. The aforementioned pick-me-up prepared for her couch-ridden mate bears many of the familiar ingredients — chicken, mixed vegetables, broth — one’s own parents might have used to soothe away internal ickiness, but also features a few signature touches.
Duckworth’s Chicken Soup
1 heaping tablespoon minced (or finely chopped) garlic; jarred is fine
2 tablespoons olive oil
4 cups water
1 large whole chicken breast, about 1.5 pounds (Bone-in is better, but boneless is easier to use.)
34-ounce box chicken broth
1 large onion, cut lengthwise into strips
4-5 carrots, chopped
4-5 ribs of celery, cut crosswise into quarter-inch slices
½ cup chopped fresh parsley
2-3 tablespoons light soy sauce (You can use Japanese soy sauce like Kikkoman, but I prefer Chinese style for this soup.)
2 tablespoons sugar
Salt and pepper to taste
2-3 cups pasta, cooked separately until al dente and drained. Reserve. (I like rotini or shells but any shaped pasta will do.)
Sauté the garlic in the olive oil until lightly browned and softened.
Add water and whole chicken breast.
Cover and bring to a low boil for 20 to 30 minutes.
Remove chicken and pull apart into shredded chunks; discard bones. Return meat to boiling liquid.
Add chicken broth, carrots, onions, parsley and celery.
Cover and simmer for 45 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
Add soy sauce and sugar one tablespoon at a time to taste. Add more soy to taste, but be careful with the sugar. It can be too much very easily. The sugar just adds a little depth of flavor to the soup, it shouldn’t make the soup taste sweet.
Add salt and pepper to taste, if desired. (I like a little pep in my soup, so I always add the pepper.)
Spoon desired amount of pasta into bowl, top off with as much soup as you like and a little garnish of fresh parsley if desired.
Serve with Ritz crackers on the side.
“I add soy sauce to everything,” Duckworth said of her penchant for the fermented flavor enhancer. The rest of the production is modeled after the soul-satisfying meals she once slurped at a long-since gone eatery. Full story
July 14, 2014
Displaced Wyomingites are invited to reconnect with the wonders of the Cowboy State July 19 at the Committee of Wyoming People in the East’s upcoming shin-dig, an annual tradition marked by barbecue, mechanical bull riding and country music.
The 37 annual C.O.W.P.I.E., which is scheduled to stampede into Eastern Market’s North Hall, kicks off with a members-only cookout (organizers bring in burgers and sides for their core constituency) before throwing open the doors to the general public at 8 p.m. Tickets are available in advance (through July 17) for $35, whereas those who wait until the day of must either shell out $25 for general admission (no alcohol) or $50 to booze it up.
“Only snacks are available after 8 p.m., but the beer and Jack [Daniels] will be flowing all night,” an event coordinator told HOH of what folks should expect to find at the Western-themed soiree.
Attendees are encouraged to break out their snazziest frontier wear, be it highly polished calfskin boots, wide-brimmed chapeaus or bright shiny belt buckles.
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“We give out a Cheyenne Frontier Days belt buckle to the winner of our competition each year, and that always leads to some pretty impressive talent,” one organizer shared.
July 11, 2014
The company tasked with handling Capitol Hill’s catering needs is giving pop-up dining a go, rolling out a food truck-inspired program expected to take over the Dirksen Café from July 14 to July 18.
The “food truck station” will not feature food provided by an actual mobile vendor, a spokeswoman for the Architect of the Capitol told HOH, but will mimic the myriad offerings served curbside all over town.
“To be clear, there will not be a DC/local food truck in the Dirksen Café!” the congressional aide stressed after a since-deleted tweet announcing the culinary shake-up piqued our interest.
“The menu will change daily, and the cuisine will be similar to what you would find at a food truck,” Team AOC asserted. Full story
July 10, 2014
From the looks of things on social media, folks in the Lone Star State can’t quite figure out exactly what they should be stuffing their faces with.
Corpus Christi, Texas country station K-99 kicked off the caloric controversy earlier this week by endorsing a short, but still oddly redundant, rewriting of the food pyramid.
The extra beefy prescription seemed to be one only Dr. Atkins could love. Not to mention that the proposed categories somehow managed to be both over-broad and bizarrely exclusionary. Full story
July 9, 2014
Carving up the Cleveland hospitality scene in anticipation of the 2016 GOP nominating convention has turned into quite the task. So much so, in fact, that we’re back with a second round of dining/drinking/carousing picks for those destined to head due west ahead of the next presidential election cycle.
During our initial foray into can’t miss eateries, Cleveland Magazine managing editor Kim Schneider shared insights into coveted seats, suburban retreats and dedicated suds slingers.
But man cannot live on steak and beer alone. (Can we?) Full story
July 8, 2014
Now that the Republican National Committee has elected to give Cleveland a star turn come 2016, it’s time for political operatives (and reporters) to begin debating the only thing that really matters during nominating conventions: Where we all gonna eat?
Granted, some would-be pundits and cash-strapped hacks may wind up wandering no further than whatever media-sponsored hangout keeps the complimentary drinks flowing that summer.
But we here at HOH are all about exploring C-Town to the fullest. Full story
On Thursday, Holland & Knight will once again play host to the “Rooftop Deck Caucus,” the informal nickname for the throng of fun-seeking congressional staffers who flood the lobbying firm’s sun-splashed offices each summer.
Public policy head Rich Gold — “and DJ,” he added — told HOH the come-as-you-are gathering (800 17th St. NW) began as an in-house shindig, but noted that it has since evolved into a widely attended opportunity to blow off some steam.
“It’s kind of a tongue-in-cheek event, to say the least,” he suggested. “It also tends to get hot and sweaty, given Washington in July.”
Skyrocketing temperatures or not, Gold said he’s noticed some crossover between the more member-friendly reception his group puts on in the Cannon Caucus Room and the open-air soiree — overlooking the White House, no less — happening this week.
“It has started to get out,” he said, estimating that around a dozen intrepid lawmakers have begun routinely mixing with the 300-odd partygoers that congregate on the roof each year.
Those willing to brave the humidity for this year’s 8th annual outing, which is scheduled to take place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., are set to be rewarded with spirited “cocktail ice creams” and “adult” sno-cones, Baja-style fish tacos, mini crab cakes, the musical stylings of the Grateful Dead and Jimmy Buffett and “maybe even a photo booth.”
“Come party till you pass out. Something Washington doesn’t do nearly enough of,” Gold counseled.
July 1, 2014
House hopeful Nick Troiano is hoping to secure his future this fall now by setting out on a comprehensive trek across Pennsylvania’s 10th congressional district in a tricked-out DeLorean.
The independent pol’s “Back to the Future” tour kicks off on Wednesday with a visit to Barrett’s Pub, a well-established restaurant owned and operated by Shirley Barrett, the newly minted mayor of Archbald, Pa. Troiano then plans to spend the rest of the month crisscrossing the district’s 15 counties in the iconic automobile — which, per his staff, has been provided as an in-kind donation by a supporter — as part of an uphill battle to unseat two-term Pennsylvania Republican Tom Marino.
Troiano’s planned trajectory includes:
- July 2 , 5 – 8 p.m., Barrett’s Pub/474 N. Main St., Archbald: Assorted Yelpers endorsed the pizza, parted company on the quality of the wings.
- July 3 , 11:30 – 1 p.m. , Mike’s Pizzeria & Italian Restaurant/Rt. 590 W., Lakeville: Family-run joint transplanted from New Jersey; per Yelp, it’s home to praiseworthy pies and incredibly garlicky subs.
- July 4, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m., Emberz Restaurant/1 Lake Montrose Mall, Montrose: Local spot specializing in pizza, wings and all-you-can eat pasta.
- July 5, 11– 1 p.m., Anthony’s Bar and Grill/31 Canton St., Troy: “They’re always willing to accommodate your food requests (even vegetarian!),” counsels one TripAdvisor user.
- July 6, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m., Dale’s Café/3396 Pennsylvania 611, Bartonsville: Local eatery catering to daytime diners.
- July 11, 5 – 7 pm., Hull’s Landing/27 Pennsylvania 442, Muncy: One D.C.-Metro expat swears by their Chesapeake wings and Buffalo chicken-style dip.
- July 12, noon – 2 p.m., Vince’s Pizza/311 S. Logan Blvd., Burnham: Yelpers could do without the hit-or-miss pizza, but they seem to stomach breakfast OK.
- July 13, 11 – 1 p.m., Red Zone Sports Bar and Grille/34 Envision Dr., Mifflintown.
- July 14, 8 – 10 a.m., Bitting’s Restaurant/16 N. 2nd St., Newport.
- July 18, 11 – 1 p.m., Country Cupboard/101 Hafer Rd., Lewisburg.
- July 19, noon – 1:30 p.m., Rocco’s Pizza/8 Fisher Rd., Selinsgrove.
- July 20, 11:30 – 1:30 p.m., Pizza Town/530 S. Front St., Milton.
- July 25, 5 – 7 p.m., The Brick Tavern/224 Main St., Blossburg: Per Yelp, it’s a greasy spoon with good coffee and a legendary fish fry.
- July 26, 5 – 7:30 p.m., Sullivan County Roadhouse/4741 U.S. 220, Muncy Valley: According to Team TripAdvisor, service has been steadily declining since July 2012.
- July 27, 11 – 1 p.m., Milford Diner/301 Broad St., Milford: more love than hate for this vintage diner from Team TripAdvisor.
Dying to shoot a selfie in front of Doc Brown’s mischief-making ride but don’t see your town on the list?
“There is some flexibility in Troiano’s schedule for additional stops,” Troiano spokeswoman Rachel Vierling assures HOH. “We will also be using social media to ask potential voters places they suggest we visit while in each county.” Full story
June 30, 2014
The eating extravaganza that is the Minnesota State Fair may still be months away, but Sen. Al Franken is already beating the drum about the heart-stopping offerings that attendees will encounter along the midway later this summer.
— Al Franken (@alfranken) June 27, 2014
The fair, which is scheduled to wreak havoc on Midwestern waistlines from Aug. 21 until Sept. 1, is expected to field more than two dozen new foodstuffs. Those debut taste sensations run the gamut from moderately healthy (all-natural, frozen fruit smoothie pop, anyone?) to downright deadly (breakfast Juicy Lucys forged from twin, cheese-stuffed sausage patties piled high on an English muffin).
Last year, the Minnesota Democrat bowed to his constituents’ wishes and sampled an order of fried pickles accompanied by chocolate dipping sauce:
According to a spokeswoman, Franken is excited to sink his teeth into a Bison Dog (hickory-smoked, pasture-raised buffalo link smothered in pickles and peppers). The adventurous aide, meanwhile, said she was looking forward to experiencing the “chicken in a waffle” creation. Full story
June 27, 2014
While members counted votes and confused reporters in their final week before the July Fourth recess, John A. Boehner, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell sang to overcome the odds.
June 26, 2014
Utah’s cherry cobbler beat out seven other regional comfort foods in the final round of Roll Call’s Taste of America, becoming the only previous champion to regain the title.
Utah’s fruit-and-starch concoction, which won in 2012, beat out Oregon’s blackberry pie, Iowa bacon, Illinois deep dish pizza, Maine’s lobster roll, Maryland crab cakes, Kentucky fried chicken and North Carolina barbecue.
Previous winners include West Virginia pepperoni rolls in 2013, Utah cherry cobbler in 2012 and Northern Mariana Islands apigigi, from 2011.
Maine seemed to have the inside track and was early favorite, but sugar won out over protein for culinary dominance in America. Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, reacted with disappointment, yet class.
“My sincere congratulations to Utah on cherry cobbler’s culinary victory in the Taste of America Competition. For the sake of a united country, I will not demand a recount, though I couldn’t be prouder of the Maine lobster roll’s performance in this contest. In tribute, I’ll be enjoying one as soon as I get back home,” she said in a statement.
June 24, 2014
Local tastemakers are scheduled to take a crack at custom cocktail creation Thursday during a “Chefs Behind Bars” fundraiser benefitting Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign.
The debut competition is expected to take over the Liaison Capitol Hill’s rooftop deck (415 New Jersey Ave. NW) from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tickets to the glitzy evening — admission is $40 per person, and includes featured cocktails and passed hors d’oeuvres — may be purchased via NoKidHungry.org/Events.
Chefs tasked with whipping up crowd-pleasing tipples include:
- Alba Osteria’s Amy Brandwein (anticipated contribution: “Peaches & Herbs,” blending together peaches, infused whiskey and herbs)
- Art and Soul’s Wes Morton
- Bar Pilar’s Jesse Miller
- Bibiana’s Nick Stefanelli
- Cave Mezze’s Dmitri Moshovitis (anticipated contribution: “Melåni,” muddling together Grey Goose vodka, harissa syrup, St-Germain liqueur, lemon, mint and squid ink syrup)
- Liberty Tavern/Lyon Hall/Northside Social’s Matt Hill
- Pabu’s Jonah Kim
- Sunnyside Restaurant Group founder Spike Mendelsohn (anticipated contribution: “Diamond Brady,” a gin-oyster shot spiked with chili-infused bourbon, sherry vinegar and brined egg yolk)
The chefs will be competing for both critical approval (seasoned drinks slingers Derek Brown, Gina Chersevani and Duane Sylvester will join a handful of restaurant writers in passing judgment) as well as general love (people’s choice award). Full story
June 20, 2014
As summer approaches, members turned to flavored e-cigarettes, arithmetic and CIA analysts on acid to make it through the heat of the week.
June 18, 2014
Of all the “firsts” Sen. Mazie K. Hirono, D-Hawaii, has accomplished since succeeding retired solon Daniel Akaka, we’re most excited about the inaugural “Taste of Hawaii” event she’s cooked up for late July.
Why it’s taken this long for our friends from the South Pacific to have the culinary stage all to themselves remains somewhat of a mystery.
“No one had ever asked before,” Sherry Menor-McNamara, president and CEO of the Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii, said of the missed opportunity no one had apparently given much thought to before.
Until Hirono came to town. Full story
Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Ill., has issued a call for bipartisanship in the Taste of America competition, even as she took a subtle dig at the portion size of a fellow Midwesterner’s dish of choice.
After Rep. Bruce Braley, D-Iowa, called out Bustos in a recent press release touting Iowa bacon, Bustos responded with a tweet that still managed to slip in a knock at bacon by adding the hashtag, “#itsatoppingnotameal.”
— Rep. Cheri Bustos (@RepCheri) June 17, 2014
Braley issued a colorful statement on Monday about the competition, saying, “Look, I like a good casserole as much as the next guy, and I have a great working relationship with my friend Cheri Bustos from Illinois — but a contest between deep dish pizza and Bacon is no contest at all — bacon wins running away.”