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    Foodie Friday–Chilled cucumber soup!

    by  • July 20, 2012 • Friday Posts • 0 Comments

    Howdy, Lovelys!

    Since this week has been filled with the summer heat, perhaps, today’s post can help you get some refreshing relief…

    Recently, I had a delicious chilled cucumber soup at Zaytinya.

    Even though I do not have their recipe, here’s a yummy alternative:


    • 3 cups plain yogurt
    • 1 large English (hothouse) cucumber, peeled,
    • halved, seeded and coarsely grated, plus 6
    • paper-thin cucumber slices with skin intact for
    • garnish
    • 2 garlic cloves, minced
    • 1 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
    • 1 1/2 Tbs. chopped fresh mint
    • 2 1/2 Tbs. chopped fresh dill, plus 6 dill sprigs
    • for garnish
    • 2 cups milk
    • 3 Tbs. white wine vinegar or fresh lemon juice
    • Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste


    Line a sieve with cheesecloth and place over a large bowl. Spoon the yogurt into the sieve and let drain in the refrigerator for 4 hours. Discard the captured liquid and place the yogurt in the bowl. Add the grated cucumber, garlic, olive oil, mint, chopped dill and milk and mix well. Stir in the vinegar. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour. Before serving the soup, season with salt and pepper. Ladle into chilled individual bowls and garnish each serving with a cucumber slice and a dill sprig. Serve well chilled. Serves 6. Adapted from Williams-Sonoma Seasonal Celebration Series, Summer, by Joanne Weir (Time-Life Books, 1997).


    P.S.  Cucumbers hail from Asia, but do you know which cuisine chilled cucumber soup originally comes from?

    (Have a recipe you’d like to share? Tell us about it and we’ll feature it on a Foodie Friday!)

    Foodie Friday–Truckeroo!

    by  • July 13, 2012 • Friday Posts • 1 Comment

    Hello GLN!  Are you ready for the weekend?  It is supposed to be hotter and more humid on Saturday and Sunday.  So if you want to spend some time outside within the next 72 hours, perhaps an event tonight is the best option, at least weather-wise. Monthly TruckerooDC is being held today from 11...

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    Foodie Friday–Middle Eastern Delights!

    by  • July 6, 2012 • Friday Posts • 0 Comments

    Hello GLNers! Don’t these treats look divine?  They taste even better than they appear! Um Ali is a bread-pudding-like dessert claimed by the Egyptians.  If you would like to try, you can either visit the Lebanese Taverna or make it yourself:  YouTube:  Video of Preparation of Um Ali. Enjoy! (Have a recipe you’d like to...

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    Foodie Friday–Creole Brunch!

    by  • June 29, 2012 • Friday Posts • 0 Comments

    Happy Friday, GLNers!  Who knew that brunch downtown D.C. could be so delightful?  A recent visit to Acadiana (901 New York Avenue N.W.) exceeded my expectations.  The scrumptious creole/cajun food had an unexpected twist.  For example, butter-jelly spread that came with the bread included creole seasoning–yummy!  The place is huge so there was no...

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    (Not Quite) Foodie Friday–Caipirinha!

    by  • June 22, 2012 • Friday Posts • 0 Comments

    Hello GLNers!  Are you ready for the weekend?  Do you like tasting new things?  Are you thirsty?  Do you like sweet & sour?  Are you 21 or older?  If you answered “yes!” to these questions, this post is for you! Caipirinha is the national drink of Brazil made with cachaça, an intensely sweet distilled...

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    Foodie Friday!–Lamb Tagine!

    by  • June 15, 2012 • Friday Posts • 0 Comments

    Are you ready for a gorgeous summer weekend?  If your busy social schedule allows, here is a fun dish to make and/or savor with friends:  a lamb tagine. TAGINE is a Berber dish from North Africa.  It is named after the special pot in which it is prepared.  A traditional tajine is made of...

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    Foodie Friday–A Meaty Mystery!

    by  • June 1, 2012 • Friday Posts • 0 Comments

    It may be Friday, but that doesn’t mean you can turn your brains off quite yet! Before everyone unwinds for the weekend, I have a little quiz for you. What is going on in the following picture? a) Lady Gaga’s latest meat dress is being prepared b) Someone was half awake and hung meat...

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