Donna Cooks

I’m Still Alive… and Loving Muscat Grape Season
March 25, 2007, 3:58 pm
Filed under: 15-Second Rave

I haven’t posted in over two weeks, but I’m still alive and well!  A spring break trip to England and Scotland for 9 days spanned most of that time (look for related food travelogues coming soon!), and I’ve spent the rest catching up on errands, work, and school work.

I did manage to make it to Central Market to see what kinds of exciting produce is available this season (after 9 days of eating cream, butter, and gravy heavy foods, I was like a child in a candy store with the wide variety of fresh locally grown produce at Central Market).  My excitement peaked when I turned the corner from tomatoes and potatoes to fruits.  It’s muscat grape season, folks.


I first discovered the joy of the muscat grape last year when a trip to Central Market introduced me to these tiny bursts of delightful, slightly tart, sweetness.  What makes this grape so different from a regular white grape?  It’s smaller, sweeter, thinner skinned, and wine aficionados will immediately recognize the familiar flavor found in muscat based dessert wines and the sparking Moscato d’Asti.

I will probably finish the 2 1/2 pound bag in less than a week 🙂


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So Donna’s become an epicure… something I definitely never expected to hear (from your parents, yesterday in NYC, in case you’re going “huh?” right now), but it’s absolutely great to see!!! It makes me want to start a rival site, “Ben Tastes,” since my own cooking is DEFINITELY not suited for your refined palate, and I am full of + and – opinions about all sorts of restaurants in the DC region… my new goal in life is to become more popular than you are 🙂

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