Saturday, March 14, 2009

marinating chicken in buttermilk: bowl or bag?

the answer: both!

most importantly: buttermilk on sale at ideal for 69c/qt through friday, 3/20. if you eat chicken, and you haven't tried marinating it in buttermilk, you should try a cheap cooking experiment.

there's even a recipe on epicurious with only two ingredients. the pieces you see here were dredged in bread crumbs and browned in the grill pan before going into the oven to bake, in the same grill pan.

st. mary's fish fry: limited lenten engagement

when: fridays, from 5pm to 7pm, through the end of lent. (easter is april 12 this year.)
where: the basement of st. mary's church, on k street across from the capitol building.
what: the best fried fish anywhere.

i was thrilled to remember this from years past. every friday during lent, st. mary's has a fish fry... and i'm serious that it's the best fried fish i've ever had.

it's seven dollars for dinner. you choose one of the following: baked cod, tuna noodle casserole, macaroni and cheese, or two big tasty pieces of deep-fried pollock! then you choose tater tots or baked potato. they offer you cole slaw and bread and pickles. you'll see all the condiments you would expect. there's a dessert table with individually priced items on the other side of the room.

they offer cafeteria-style service and seating. if you eat there, you might look into the all-you-can eat option. if i remember right, it's eleven dollars and sounds dangerous.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

have you ever wanted soup from bread & cup on a sunday?

bread & cup has the most wonderful soups. and a great menu in general, and a very pleasant atmosphere for an affordable sit-down restaurant. and they're not open on sundays. which i completely understand, and yet totally resent in the best possible way.

good news! you can buy containers of soup from bread & cup-- at the mill in the haymarket, which is open on sundays. i assume it's day-old soup... if you have a problem with day-old soup, well, i don't know what to tell you.

a 12 oz container is 4.50. that's soup for one, or if you add a sandwich at home (grilled cheese!), soup for two. i wouldn't assume that they won't run out.