As some of you may know, our very own gansie has been on a mission to find the best grilled cheese in DC. One place she hasn’t yet ventured is my kitchen. What you see above is a mac ‘n’ cheese grilled cheese. Only you ESers would appreciate something as beautiful as this and wouldn’t mind that it means you have to hit the gym or an extra hour or two (or in my case actually going for once).
Instead of watching elephants balance on their hind legs and 90-pound women fly through the air, I ate lunch in the Pie Car, the dining area for the 300 or so members of the Ringling Bros circus. What does a circus performer eat? It’s certainly not the cotton candy found at concessions, but it’s not health food either. A few D.C. food writers were invited to eat in the dining car and try Chef Michael Vaughn’s food.
Think wedding food. Hotel meeting food. It’s not easy to cook well for hundreds of people, and in a tiny traveling circus train kitchen, it’s no different. The chef prepares breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks totaling 3,000 meals per week. Performers live 11 months out of the year on this train so everyone has some sort of cooking device in their “room,” from a microwave to a full-fledged range.
- First things first: our sincerest apologies for missing the national holiday that took place earlier this week. erica:
I have to say, i’m slightly disappointed at ES’s lack of National Chip n Dip Day coverage. (not to be confused with National Chip Day). I’ve been thinking of some Tim’s dipped in that olde sour-cream-lipton-onion-soup-mix dip stuff ALL DAY.
We promise to celebrate belatedly this weekend.
March 25th is National Pecan Day! Do your part and grab a handful….We won’t judge.
(Photo: Judy Baxter)
We’re in the home stretch, just one more episode and we’ll have our very first Top Chef All-Stars winner. But not before the three remaining chef’testants cook a meal to die for, preparing a dinner for chefs Morimoto, Michelle Bernstein and Wolfgang Puck.
Keep reading to see who packed their knives and missed out on being crowned All-Star.
Spring is officially here! Which doesn’t explain why I see snow on the ground and there still isn’t a goddamn thing worth buying at the farmers’ market. Seriously, screw you apples and potatoes. I’m done with you. Because arugula was basically the only thing providing a shade of green at the far mar this weekend, here are three vintage ES arugula recipes to get you through until we start seeing some serious spring veggies.