- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 19, 2008

First Thanksgiving

CommonWealth, the People’s Gastropub, will serve its first Thanksgiving dinner family style - for $25 per person, plus tax and tip.

After a mug of soup or arugula salad, chef Jamie Leeds is offering diners a choice of roast turkey with cranberry sauce or roast beef with shallot port jus. The vegetables and sides are a cornucopia of seasonal delights: mashed potatoes, baked sweet potatoes, collard greens, green bean casserole, two kinds of stuffing, and bread and butter. Dessert is a selection of homemade pies, followed by coffee or tea. CommonWealth is open from 1 to 11 p.m., and Thanksgiving dinner is served from 1 to 8 p.m. The address is 1400 Irving St. NW; the phone, 202/265-1400, or visit www.commonwealthdc.com.

From Chicago

The HomeMade Pizza Co. began 10 years ago in Chicago and recently opened one of its unique shops at 4857 Massachusetts Ave. NW, in the Spring Valley area. Another store is to open in early December at 13300 Franklin Farms Road in Herndon.

HomeMade’s pizzas are made fresh and are not baked and put in a box. Instead, customers take their pizza order - placed on parchment paper - home and bake it in their own oven and avoid soggy crusts and semimelted cheese if they bake them long enough. These pizzas are made fresh to order. The varieties include wild mushroom, spinach pie, barbecued chicken, and sausage and caramelized onion. There are prosciutto, chevre and Asiago cheeses, artichokes and other toppings.

Salads, sweets and children’s kits also are available. The hours are 3 to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 1 to 9 p.m. Friday through Sunday. Call 202/966-1600.

‘Worst’ winner

The winner of the American Egg Board’s second Search for America’s Worst Cook, is Ginger Anderson of San Diego. According to www.AmericasWorstCook.com: “Ginger’s loving husband [Daniel] already considered her a top contender for this honor and spilled the beans about the time she boiled a box of frozen vegetables - literally, box and all - in an effort to win his affection.” The prize is a trip to New York City and cooking classes at the Institute of Culinary Education.

Quick dressing

Kraft Foods’ Stove Top Quick Cups are available in servings for one; the dressings come in two flavors, chicken and cornbread. Kraft says they microwave in 45 seconds. For recipes using Quick Cups, go to brands.kraftfoods.com/stovetop and click on Quick Cups.

At the Willard

The elegant Willard Room’s five-course Thanksgiving Day meal is served at seatings from noon to 9 p.m.: $99 for adults and $50 for children 5 through 12, free to those younger than 5. The price does not include tax and gratuity. Children have their own Thanksgiving buffet at brunch in the Grand Ballroom of the Willard InterContinental, Pennsylvania Avenue and 14th Street Northwest. Seatings are at 11 and 11:30 a.m., 1:30 and 2 p.m. The price is $65 per adult and $30 for children 5 through 12 and free for those younger than 5. Plus taxes and tip.

Willard on Wings is a carry-out holiday feast that includes a 10- to 12-pound turkey serving four to six people for $150 or a 22- to 24-pound turkey serving or eight to 10 for $250. Included are cranberry sauce and gravy, four side dishes, freshly baked rolls and pie. To order, call 202/637-7305. To pick up an order, call 202/637-7466, pop the trunk and, presto, dinner. There also is a 17 percent service charge plus tax. Orders must by placed by 3 p.m. Monday.

- Richard Slusser

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