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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Thank you...

...for another great year! Michael and I wish you and yours a happy, healthy, prosperous, exciting, loving, silly, creative, inspired, peaceful .... well, just all of the good things a year can be.

We will see you on Monday, January 4, 2010.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Countdown to Christmas

Panino Special
The Sicilian, grilled panino with turkey, pepperoni, pizza sauce, and melty cheese.

Soups
Chicken Chili Stew Creamy Mushroom (vegetarian)
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An unexpected consequence of opening the cafe is that people quite cooking for me. It's sad, really, but I seldom get a box of homemade cookies and dinner invitations are almost always offered with qualifications. So how excited was I to get my first homemade baklava for the holidays?! It's doubly special since it came from an employee. Ren rocks the baklava!

















Speaking of employees, have you seen our latest?

Monday, December 21, 2009

Monday Monday

Panino Special
The Sicilian, grilled panino with turkey, pepperoni, pizza sauce, and melty cheese.

Soups:
Chicken Chili Stew
Creamy Mushroom (vegetarian)

Saturday, December 19, 2009

SNOW DAY!

While I'm enjoying the snow from my living room, the intrepid staff of Carma's Cafe is whipping up hot drinks, Chicken Chili Stew and all manner sweet things. Prop your sleds outside and come in to warm up!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Better late than never....

I'm making a really hearty Chicken Chili Stew that smells crazy good. We also have Curried Cauliflower Pistachio Soup. We also have The Rowhouse Sandwich - sundried tomato/basil cream cheese, sprouts, cucumber, red onion, Swiss cheese on toasted ciabatta.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Thursday Specials

Harvest Split Pea Soup (vegan)
Pumpkin Black Bean Soup (vegan)

The panini specials are The Greenhouse - hummus, guacamole, havarti, cucumber & sprouts, Turkey Guacamole - turkey, guacamole, havarti & tomato

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Wednesday Specials

Tomato Basil Soup (vegetarian)
Harvest Split Pea Soup (vegan)

The panini specials are The Greenhouse - hummus, guacamole, havarti, cucumber & sprouts, Turkey Guacamole - turkey, guacamole, havarti & tomato and Curried Parmesan Tuna Salad.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Tuesday Specials

Tortilla Soup
Cauliflower Pepperjack Soup.

The panini specials are BBQ Chicken Breast & Provolone & Curried Parmesan Tuna Salad.

Peppermint Mocha Lattes and Peppermint Hot Cocoa.

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Well for anyone that hasn't heard I "fixed" our panini machine over the weekend. Sparks flew, a 220v breaker was destroyed, several frantic phone calls were made and even the professionals could not resuscitate it. So we've cobbled together a series of home machine until the new one arrives. Thanks for your patience if things seem a bit slower and try one of the no-grill sandwich specials.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Hello......ello...ello...ello...ello...ello

Where are you?! This place is Dead City and I just made a killer Cauliflower Pepperjack Soup. The panini special is The Sicilian - turkey, pepperoni, provolone and a sauce made with pickled Italian vegetables.

We also are rolling out Peppermint Mocha Lattes and Peppermint Hot Cocoa.

We've got just the stuff to warm you up, 'cause baby it's cold outside!

Friday, December 11, 2009

Warm memories

Panini Roast Turkey Stuffed Panini - all homemade, with cranberry sauce, sausage dressing, and gravy.
The Sicilian Panino - turkey, pepperoni, provolone and a sauce made with pickled Italian vegetables.

Soups
Gypsy Soup -- a sweet potato stew with lots of veggies and north african spicing (not spicy). (vegan)

Borscht (vegetarian)
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Nothing evokes comfort food cravings and memories like the bitter cold blast of winter. I suppose folks from more temperate climates have more subtle triggers, but for me the fourth of July is potato salad and country ham biscuits; falling leaves mean apple butter and pumpkins; winter is bean soup, macaroni and cheese and gravy (on anything - biscuits, potatoes, rice, toast....); and Christmas is brandy-soaked fruit cake and sparking Christmas cookies made with fresh lemon zest.

A hearty cassoulet with crusty bread, a snifter of nice cognac, a fondue or racqlette with friends - all these I would share with you today (preferably by a fireplace), but the food memories that touch my primordial foodie brain are not so swanky. So on this frigid December day I share with you recipes from my childhood. In the left-hand cabinet behind the kitchen table, Granny Duff kept a Tupperware® container of each of these mixes. Go to the store and get the stuff together soon. On the next snow day stop by the cafe for a hearty breakfast of oatmeal with granola, hit Wyman Park for some sledding then go home to dry off and warm up with some Russian Tea and Hot Chocolate (maybe stir some of the hot chocolate mix into a mug of coffee oe heck, splash some cheap brandy in the Russian Tea!).

Russian Tea
3 c. instant tea
3 c. Tang
1 1/2 c. pre-sweetened lemonade
1 c. sugar
2 tsp. cloves
3 tsp. cinnamon

Mix all ingredients well and store in an airtight container. Stir 2 teaspoons of mix into one cup of hot water. A stand mug will take a heaping tablespoon. Note: all of the powdered drinks are available sugar-free and the sugar may be replace with Splenda®.

Hot Chocolate
2 lb Nestle Quick
8 qt box powdered milk
1/2 c. powdered sugar
6 oz Cremora

Mix all ingredients (I like to sift these together) and store in an airtight container. Combine 3-4 tablespoons of mix and hot water in a mug. This also makes cold chocolate milk, just add cold water or milk and stir well.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Thursday Specials

Roast Turkey Stuffed Panini, all homemade, with cranberry sauce, sausage dressing, and gravy.

Gypsy Soup -- a sweet potato stew with lots of veggies and north african spicing (not spicy). (vegan)

Roast Butternut Soup (vegetarian)

Borscht (vegetarian) later today

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Thanksgiving All Over Again

In a panini we stuff sausage dressing, roasted turkey breast (yes real turkey), homemade cranberry sauce, with a nice big side of homemade gravy.

Gypsy Soup -- a sweet potato stew with lots of veggies and north african spicing (not spicy). (vegan)

Roast Butternut Soup (vegetarian)

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Tuesday Specials

PANINI
Spicy Jack w/ Turkey, caramelized red onions, habanero jack cheese, and zebra sauce
Turkey Guacamole w/ tomato and havarti
The Greenhouse, cucumber, hummus, sprouts, and guacamole on health bread

SOUPS
16-Bean (vegan)
Potato Leek (vegetarian)
Roasted Butternut (vegetarian)(later in the day)

Monday, December 7, 2009

Monday Specials

PANINI
Turkey Guacamole w/ tomato and havarti
The Greenhouse, cucumber, hummus, sprouts, and guacamole on health bread
Pork Loin w/ cranberry chutney

SOUPS
16-Bean (vegan)
Potato Leek (vegetarian)

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Saturday Specials

Panini Special
Roasted Pork Loin with Cranberry Chutney
The Sicilian Panino -
turkey, pepperoni, provolone and a sauce made with pickled Italian vegetables.

Soups
African Peanut
(vegetarian)
16 Bean Soup (vegan)

ETA: And THE holiday shopping event of the season is today! Don't miss the Charm City Craft Mafia's Holiday Heap at St John's Church on St Paul and 27th.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Tasty Thursday Treats

Panini Special
Roasted Pork Loin with Cranberry Chutney
The Blue Ribbon
- turkey, farmer's bacon, tomato & herb bleu cheese aoli

Soups
French Chicken and Red Wine Stew (Coq Au Vin)
African Peanut
(vegetarian)

...and Kasey made Gingerbread Butterscotch Scones.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Riddle me this.....

Panini Special
The Blue Ribbon - turkey, farmer's bacon, tomato & herb bleu cheese aoli

Soups
Creamy Tomato Basil (vegetarian)
Pumpkin Black Bean (vegan)

.... how can the drive to Natural Bridge take five hours and the drive back take nine when there is no traffic? Well this answer is Carma and Michael did the "stop, shop and stroll" all the way home. There is a great book fair just outside of Harrisonburg that is held six times a year, one of which is always Thanksgiving weekend so this has become a bit of a ritual. This year in addition to many cookbooks I also got some DYI construction references and a biography of Colette by Judith Thurman. We staggered out of there under the extreme weight of our purchases.

My youngest brother is getting married next September so some time was spent scouting locations for his rehearsal dinner (and I think it's going to be crazy outrageous fun, but the details will have to wait). And finally, we had a sweet little dinner at Johnny Appleseed in New Market, Virginia.

There was much food and fun on this trip so make sure to check back.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Tuesday Specials

Panino Special
Tuna Curry Parmesan

Soup Specials
Pumpkin Black Bean
Creamy Tomato Basil