Some food-related (mostly) things we enjoyed this past week:
Last football season, we made things a little more interesting (for me) by cooking a signature dish from each city whose team took on Dan’s beloved Steelers. Â Given the varied and ecletic mix of food in D.C., we had a tough time coming up with a dish when the Steelers played the Washington Redskins. Â We ultimately settled on wings in “mumbo sauce,” after discovering that many take-out joints around the District offer this unusual sauce with chicken wings. Â We enjoyed our homemade version very much, and were more than delighted to find it as appetizer on the menu at a fun restaurant near our hotel when we visited D.C. last weekend.
Upon the wise recommendation of a friend (thanks Chris!), we went out of our way during our D.C. trip to stop at Ben’s Chili Bowl, in the U Street area. Â We were not disappointed. Â Order the “half-smoke” with everything, and you will not be disappointed either. Â It was probably one of the best chili dogs we’ve ever had (even considering Dan’s award-winning chili!), and it was well worth the short metro ride to check it out.
Based upon the also wise recommendation of another friend (Hi Jim!), Dan brought home a few kolaches from a Czech bakeryÂ that was on his way home from a work trip to Austin. Â The sausage kolaches were amazing, and the pepperoni version was so good that we wanted to drive back for more. Â But the best part was seeing the bakery open and thriving, amid the devastation from the recent explosion in the little town of West, Texas, where it is located. Â Which just makes us want to go back there even more.
We joined about 40-50 other people volunteering at the North Texas Food Bank today, for yet another rewarding experience. Â Today’s task was portioning fresh tomatoes into bags to go to various food pantries. Â As a group, we processed 12,800 pounds tomatoes in a little over 2 hours. Â Learning that a few hours of labor translates into a healthy addition to more than 10,000 meals for hungry people in our area equals a pretty darn good end to the week. Â If you feel similarly inspired to help the hungry — hungry kids in particular — you can vote for the NTFB to win $45,000 for their School Pantry program.