8 DC Instagrams That Will Give You Cooking Inspo Just in Time for the Holidays

From decadent desserts to meals for the in-laws.

Seek out some cooking inspiration with these great DC accounts. Photo via Instagram user @sofies.choice

Switch up your dinner party menus with some help from these local food lovers.

1. @pan2pen

Cheers to the most wonderful time of the year! Here’s to one of our holiday tradition, Gingerbread cookies and house. I used cardboard cut outs for this from my story to keep it simple and manageable for kids. Perfect gingerbread cookies recipe from beautiful book, The Tivoli Road Bakery by @michaeljames77 , we will be using it for years to come. ✨ #weekendbaking #holiday #cookies

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Make your own bread instead of buying it, like this Maryland-based baker.

2. @apartment118

Chicken parm with a whole lot of…. parm ?

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You don’t need to leave the house for gourmet.


This chilly evening calls for a delicious carrot curry soup! Carrots are an excellent source of antioxidants and help protect against cancer and cardiovascular diseast. Eating carrots (or squash) every day results in a 60% reduction of heart attack risk, as well as a 20% reduction in postmenopausal breast cancer, and a 50% reduction in bladder, prostate, colon, cervix, larynx, and esophagus cancer, as well as lung cancer. They also promote good vision. Plus, warm and comforting and just YUM. . . . . . #whatveganseat #glutenfree #beautifulcuisines #realfood #joyfulfood #plantforward #foodblogfeed #inspirehealthy #hereismyfood #imsomartha #nutrientdense #edibledc #pinefor #pineappledc #food52 #eeeeeats #huffposttaste #feedfeed #healthyrecipes #cleaneats #igdc #iamwellandgood #buzzfeast #thekitchn #foodstagram #dcfoodie #littlegreendc #curry #soup #carrots

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Try these recipes for the best cold-night meals.

4. @nourishedblonde

Get better ideas for healthy snacks.

5. @sofies.choice

Experiment with stuffing recipes—they’re definitely not just for Thanksgiving.

6. @tylerwesterfield

Mini strawberry hand pies ??

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Try the classic pies on a smaller scale.

7. @paosaysopenwide

Get your tips from this District dentist.

8. @paleo_bee

Start your New Year’s health kick early.

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