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Why Food Works: A Dinner Party

This past Sunday I was very excited to participate in a fun dinner party, which focused on nutrition!  A Back on My Feet runner, friend, and blogger, Ericka of The Sweet Life, invited me to join other fellow bloggers for a delicious evening.  I was excited to learn a little bit more about the food that was chosen for this meal, as well as to meet new friends.

Why Food Works- group pic

From the left: Anne, me, Ericka, Sarah, Sarah, Amy

A DC Registered Dietician, Sarah, recently started up a small business- Why Food Works.  She hosts dinner parties at customer’s homes, prepares them a delicious dinner, and teaches them about nutrition.  To promote her new business, Sarah reached out to us and provided us with a free dinner, in exchange for writing about it on our blogs.

Why Food Works- Sarah

How it works:
 Where: Dinner parties are available around the DC area 
        (within a 15 mile radius from city center)
 Who: minimum of 4 guests, maximum of 8
 Price: $60 per person (the host receives 50% off); 
        $8 per person for wine pairing
 How: all food, kitchen gadgets, utensils, plates and 
        glasses included- you won't have to clean up!

Shortly after we all arrived, Sarah was ready with the appetizer and our first glass of wine.

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First, she showed us how to prepare a healthier version of a ranch or sour cream dip.  A more nutritious alternative is a Greek yogurt dip, with onion powder, garlic powder and chives.  Check out Sarah’s recipe for the Guilt Free Ranch Dip, and be sure to include this when you serve veggies next time!

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We snacked and enjoyed white wine while Sarah cooked- a perfect way to meet new friends!  Sarah and Anne are both RD’s, so we picked their brains about nutrition (what’s a healthy breakfast, steaming vs. roasting, nutritious snacks, etc), and it was great to have Sarah there to answer any questions about how to prepare the meal.  Yes, even food bloggers can learn new tricks!

Next up was the entree, which consisted of three parts: salmon cakes, risotto and roasted broccoli.

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The Savory Salmon Cakes were made using canned salmon- an affordable meal, and with greens it had an excellent flavor.

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It was topped with a goat cheese sauce that was phenomenal (goat cheese, milk, pepper mixed together)!  Sidenote: Sarah also makes her own beautiful pottery!

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I did learn something new- you can make risotto using steel cut oats!  A great way to add more fiber to your dinner.  This version included mushrooms, kale, garlic, onion and almonds.

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Lastly, the Roasted Lemon-Garlic Broccoli was delicious, and I can’t wait to add that hint of lemon next time we make ours.

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The evening ended with a No-Bake Coconut “Cheesecake”.  With a raw approach, the crust was made out of almonds and dates.  Meanwhile, the filling included Greek yogurt, coconut water, gelatin and coconut.  Sarah prepped it before she started cooking the main meal, so it set and was ready to eat after dinner.

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I still can’t decide what was my favorite part of the meal- I might have to recreate it and double-check!  This would be a perfect meal to make when we have friends over for supper club!

For anyone in the DC area, I highly recommend Sarah’s Why Food Works dinner parties.  The meal was delicious, easy to recreate what you’ve learned, and healthy.  I enjoyed learning more about why certain foods were better than others!

I thought this would be a great way to spend an evening with friends, a perfect alternative to cooking or ordering food!  Sarah has seasonal menus, or can alter various dishes to particular diets- and she’ll help you maximize nutrition by pairing foods.  If anyone is interested, I’d love to do this again!

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Thank you to Ericka for organizing this fun evening, and Amy for hosting it!  It was great to meet new friends!

November 2012 Review

And we’re back with the monthly reviews on Fifth Floor Kitchen!  What photos did I capture on my iPhone this past month?

Interested in past months?  Check them out: May June July August

November Review 1

This was taken on our last day of our honeymoon in Phuket, Thailand.  Check out our posts about it here.

November Review 2

First week back from our honeymoon and we were excited for food from the farmer’s market!  We got: arugula, turnips, a pie pumpkin, apples, pears, sweet potatoes, cheese & eggs from the Penn Quarter Farmer’s Market.

November Review 3

Don’t know what to eat for breakfast?  Check out this post on making Fall Granola– perfect to mix with yogurt or milk!

November Review 4

Sam and I visited our friend Beth in Baltimore.  We loved this place: Abbey Burger Bistro, make your own burger (and it’s got some good beers as well).

November Review 6

While in Baltimore we stopped by the Baltimore Farmer’s Market & Bazaar (check out the post about it here).  Sam pickled the cucumbers, and we enjoyed the spicy cheese & duck eggs.  But the honey butter is the best- have you had honey butter?  If not, you’re missing out!

November Review 5

My friend Alix and I got a chance to see Deb Perelman from Smitten Kitchen!  There were so many people at Politics & Prose to see her!  Checkout her cookbook and blog for some great recipes!

November Review 7

We have 2 cats who have really enjoyed getting wedding gifts.  Well, mostly the boxes that the gifts come in- Van Gogh loves to relax among the bubble wrap and paper!  One of the many gifts was a cookbook- and we tried this Shepherd’s Pie recipe!

November Reivew 8

Another Penn Quarter Farmer’s Market week!  The goodies were: bok choy, yogurt (to go with Fall Granola), broccoli, cheese, apples, pear and arugula!

November Review 9

Last May, when I attended Eat, Write, Retreat (check out my post about it) I met a lot of wonderful bloggers.  One of them was Olga (blog: Mango & Tomato; Twitter: @MangoTomato), we tried out the new DGS Delicatessen in Dupont Circle for lunch, and I had a delicious Salmon Pastrami Sandwich on a bagel.

November Review 10

As I mentioned, we had a low-key Thanksgiving.  After running the So Others Might Eat Turkey Trot 5K– Sam, myself and his brother went to Hill Country Barbecue for an all-you-can-eat dinner.  As always, Hill Country did not disappoint!  Although my favorite was the green bean casserole- it’s been so long since I’ve had it!

November Review 11

The past week’s Penn Quarter Farmer’s Market finds were: eggs, turnips, cheese, pears, eggs & meat sticks!

The Food Matters Project

I am very excited to announce that Fifth Floor Kitchen is teaming up with a group of bloggers in launching a new project.

Sarah had contacted us about participating in The Food Matters Project.  The idea behind this project is to try a new recipe (each week) from Mark Bittman’sThe Food Matters Cookbook.  If you’re a food blogger and would like to join this endeavor- contact her at thefoodmattersproject@gmail.com

Each week a different blogger will choose 1 recipe to cook, and all other bloggers will participate.  The Food Matters Cookbook is a wonderful since all of us can do interpretations of the recipes.  All of us will post- which will allow you to pick how you’d like to make a certain recipe (or give you some great ideas)!

The schedule of recipes can be found here.

More details about the Project can be found here.  If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact any of the food bloggers listed here.  The Food Matters Project Facebook page can be found here.

Look forward to the first round of recipes tomorrow!


These are the recipes we have made for the Food Matters Project:

1. Squash with Chipotle Dipping Sauce
2. Seasoned Popcorn
3. Roasted Red Pepper Pesto
4. Rigatoni with Vegetables, Figs and Blue Cheese
5. Seared Bean Sprouts with Mushrooms
6. Hummus
7. Curry with Vegetables
8. Vegetable Coq au Vin
9. Vegetable & Bean Casserole
10. Cod in Spicy Rhubarb Sauce
11. Apple & Smoked Cheese Whole Wheat Pizza
12. Mostly Whole Wheat Bread
13. Asparagus & White Bean Soup
14. Black Bean & Corn Salsa
15. Bruschetta
16. Chicken in Green Salsa
17. Vegetable Burritos
18. Tomato, Leek & Brie Tart
19. Crunchy Fish Tacos with Chimichurri Sauce
20. Walnut Pâté Sandwich with Arugula & Pears
21. Beet Chips with Pistachio Dip
22. Fresh Corn Salsa
23. Chicken & Potatoes with Romesco Sauce
24. Asian Vegetable Rolls with Peanut Sauce
25. Greek Panzanella Salad
26. Veggie Stir Fry
27. Summer Tabbouleh Salad
28. Lemon Cornmeal Cake
29. Apples, Blue Cheese & Honey
30. Broccoli & Cherry Rice with Acorn Squash
31. Polenta with Mushrooms
32. Cardamom & Pistachio Pear Crisp
33. Lamb, Carrot & Turnip Stuffed Cabbage
34. Rice & Lamb Burgers with Spinach & Tzatziki Sauce
35. Provencal Pasta Sauce with Whole Wheat Spaghetti
36. Dal with Lots of Vegetables
37. Central American Red Beans & Rice
38. Spinach Cobb Salad with Caper-Anchovy Vinaigrette
39. Bulgur Wheat Mango Salad with Avocado
40. Spicy Grapefruit Scallops with Arugula
41. Kumquat & Orange Sorbet
42. Potato & Corn Fritters