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August 2012 Washington DC/Baltimore Dish of the Month: Nomination Thread

Dave MP Jul 20, 2012 12:15 PM

Based on the success of Cookbook of the Month on the Home Cooking board, we started a new project on the San Francisco board in July: Dish of the Month. Our first dish, Asian Fried Chicken, was a great success, so we're expanding it to other boards, including Washington DC & Baltimore.

The idea is this: choose a 'Dish of the Month' for Washington DC & Baltimore and then collectively try as many versions of this dish as possible, reporting back with details and photos.

The project should be limited to the specific month (i.e. you must eat the dish during that month—not sometime in the past—and it must be at a restaurant/shop in the area covered by this board.

The dish that gets chosen might be something very specific (minestrone soup, xiao long bao) but might also be more of a dish category (stuffed pasta dishes, Asian fried chicken). It's up to the users on this board!

I'm thinking that the criteria for choosing a dish should be that it's something readily available, but not too generic (i.e. pizza and tacos are perhaps too broad) and also affordable for most people (i.e. average cost of the single dish is less than $8)

This is the nomination thread for August 2012…you can nominate as many dishes as you want, but once we do the voting thread (which will start on July 25), it will be one vote per user.

To nominate a dish, post it in ALL CAPS in the responses below. This thread will be open until July 25.

Looking forward to getting this started, let the nominations begin!

Dave MP

To see the reporting thread from this month's San Francisco Dish of the Month, visit: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/856748

  1. Dave MP Jul 26, 2012 12:10 PM

    The voting thread is up! http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/860480

    1. d
      drewpbalzac Jul 26, 2012 09:25 AM

      or more generally

      Are naturals for DC/Baltimore in August.


      Is also good.

      1. Dave MP Jul 25, 2012 03:31 PM

        Any other nominations? I'm keeping this thread open until tomorrow morning (Thursday the 26th) PST. So this is the last chance to nominate or second someone else's nomination.

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          Hue Jul 25, 2012 09:12 AM

          Soft Crab!!

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          1. re: Hue
            crackers Jul 26, 2012 09:52 AM

            it isn't soft shell season

            1. re: crackers
              Hue Jul 26, 2012 01:22 PM

              When is soft shell season???

              1. re: crackers
                drewpbalzac Jul 27, 2012 09:10 AM

                Sorry crackers - crab season is "soft-shell" season. Crabs molt throughout the summer.

                From: http://www.marylandseafood.org

                "The shedding cycle of the Chesapeake Bay blue crab runs from late May through September and produces the delicious soft shell crab."


                "A blue crab may shed (or molt) its hard outer shell 18 - 23 times during its three-year life span."

                Watermen and crab shacks often have peeler tanks with Bay water circulating through them so that they can hold peelers until they have molted so they can be sold as soft shells.

            2. Dave MP Jul 22, 2012 01:12 PM

              I really like the suggestions of CRAB CAKE and CUMIN LAMB. Keep the nominations coming!!

              1. Dennis S Jul 22, 2012 08:30 AM

                CUMIN LAMB

                1 Reply
                1. re: Dennis S
                  PollyG Jul 23, 2012 07:44 AM

                  Second cumin lamb!

                2. d
                  dining with doc Jul 21, 2012 11:53 AM

                  CRAB CAKE

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