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Metropolitan Cooking & Entertaining Show

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    Paula Deen and Jill Biden.
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    Bobby Flay.
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    B. Smith and Mary Kong-DeVito.
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    A selection of teas at Capitol Teas & Herbs.

W
here there’s butter, there’s Paula Deen.  The much-loved, charming TV personality with a megawatt smile was one of the featured presenters at Saturday’s Metropolitan Cooking & Entertaining Show.

She delighted audiences with Southern anecdotes and jokes about the arguably-excessive but seldom-denied use of butterfat.  Surprise guest Second Lady Jill Biden joined Ms. Deen on stage to give a special “God bless” to the military families in attendance.

Thanks to Operation Home Cooking, three-hundred military spouses were treated to a day of food samples, entertaining workshops and cooking demos.

Bobby Flay proudly butterflied a chicken with a deadpan, then roasted it with a chipotle-honey glaze.  All with the help of a beautiful assistant who tripped him up with her efficiency.

Graffiato’s Mike Isabella demonstrated how to make potato gnocchi with lamb ragu and spiced yogurt, over a boiling pot of water, effectively obscuring his face for any viable photos.  My apologies.

Frank Linn of Frankly Food taught knife skills to a crowd whose natural inclination was to emulate Steven Seagal or a scene from Psycho.

Hello Cupcake got ready to say hello to a second location in Capitol Hill as well as nationwide shipping, thanks to a flash-freezing method that will ensure cupcakes arrive as fresh and pretty as the day they were born.

For a more sophisticated pairing than candy that still appeals to the kid in you, Cookies & Corks makes gourmet cookies to pair with your favorite vino, including white cheddar-rosemary with Pinot noir and ginger molasses with a Gewürztraminer. An ideal snack to leave for Santa this year.

Looking to wake up your collection of seasonings?  Try s.a.l.t. sisters naturally-flavored blends like clove cane sugar, vanilla infusion kits, or ghost pepper sea salt.

For pickles without too much pucker, Tillen Farms offers exciting variety such as green beans, carrots and white asparagus.  Try the asparagus wrapped in prosciutto for a simple holiday hors d’œuvre.

The beautiful and ultra-friendly Barbara Smith of B. Smith’s was on hand to autograph copies of her new cookbook, “B. Smith Cooks Southern Style,” with recipes like Frogmore stew, Kentucky burgoo, bananas Foster, and root beer barbecued pulled pork.

With the cold weather fast approaching, stay warm with Mick’s Gourmet Soup like cream of crab or lobster bisque—impossibly rich and creamy, with satisfying bits of seafood.  Mick’s Gourmet Soup suggests completing the soup with half-n-half.  Paula Deen would approve.

BelGioioso won Best of Class at the 2010 World Championship Cheese contest with a thick, mildly sweet tiramisu mascarpone cheese that’s infused with real coffee. Try it with animal crackers for a healthy snack that satisfies your sweet tooth.

Kitchen Table Bakers invades my dreams with gourmet crisps made entirely of cheese.  There is garlic, jalapeño, and flax seed to name a few.  Thank you, Baby Cheeses.

Make a luscious lemon-confit maple syrup salmon with just five ingredients, thanks to Le Grand ready-made, cold-processed sauces.  Choose from 4 Nuts and Cheese Pesto, Spicy Olive and Sun-dried Tomato Tapenade, Lemon Confit & Pumpkin Seed, Tzatziki and more, available at Whole Foods.

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Mary Kong-DeVito

Mary grew up in New York where the food-centric city and her family's restaurants were literally her playground. Instead of eating dirt, she ate duck blood and rotten eggs. You never know what you'll find on the sidewalks.Mary is a veteran of the hospitality industry who's worked with numerous celebrities such as Barbra Streisand, Patrick Ewing, Vanessa Williams, Michael Stipe and Jane Krakowski. Her writing has appeared in DC Modern Luxury, Washington Post Express, Eater, Scoutmob, Washington Flyer and Washington City Paper.She eats "normal" stuff too, like cheeseburgers. Kangaroo cheeseburgers.

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  1. Korenna 27 November, 2010 at 21:36 Reply

    It was such a pleasure meeting you at the Metropolitan Home and Cooking Show last weekend at the Hello Cupcake booth. Thank you for mentioning the cupcake shop in your recent blog post.

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