Sweet Root Village and I will be co-hosting a Mother's Day DIY event and flower pop-up shop at the Georgetown Anthropologie. I just met the Georgetown Anthro ladies last week for the BHLDN preview, and they're a BLAST. Can't wait to work with them!
Get ready to get your crafting groove on because we'll be making macrame hanging plant holders...amidst flower shop haven, brought to you by Sweet Root Village. Spaces are limited and an RSVP is required...so don't wait! Click here to RSVP! See you on the 4th! #AnthroEvents
Have a blessed Easter weekend!
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
On Saturday evening, we all drove back out to Berryville to one of the most scenic areas of VA (actually located on a monastery) for a Spring potluck and bbq. Melissa, who grew up in Berryville and whose father farms this land, brought together a fun bunch of friends - old and new - and we chatted the evening away, all while taking in the 100+ year old farmhouse and 1,100 acre farm. I brought my signature dish: a big Caesar salad and Leigh helped me put together an quinoa salad. Laicie baked us some of the tastiest pies we've ever had. Why is rhubarb pie so darn good?
The potluck was a wonderful time, and it reminded me why I love gathering together with friends and family over a shared meal. When people - even total strangers - are united around a table, sitting intimately close, and breaking bread together, there is so much opportunity for fellowship and good conversation and friendship. If we hadn't needed to get our little Zoe home to bed, we would've lingered for hours and hours, roasting marshmallows around the bonfire and simply enjoying each others company. Next time, friends!
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Local Roots Restaurant, and chatted the hours away...planning and scheming for our August workshop.
I picked up these baby greens at the Purcellville Community Market this weekend...I cannot wait until more produce is available from local farmers. Nothing compares to fresh greens...they're so crunchy, full of flavor, and they just taste young and new! I'm a salad person (and thankfully, Joe is too, so I can get away with salad dinners), and am always looking for healthy ways of adding protein into the mix. For yesterday's lunch, I decided that I'd boil some lentils and quick pickle onions and he result was a deliciously simple salad. Here's what I did:
Baby Greens with Lentils and Quick Pickled Onions
- 1 cup lentils
- 4 cloves garlic, peeled
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 sprig fresh thyme
- baby greens
- quick pickled onions (recipe coming tomorrow!)
- olive oil
- salt and pepper, to taste
- First, cook the lentils. Dump lentils into a pot and add 3 times water, garlic cloves, bay leaves, thyme, and a bit of salt. Cook for about 20 minutes. Check occasionally as you may need to add water, and you certainly don't want to overcook them. When finished, drain and allow to cool. I added more salt after they were cooked since I like salt.
- Rinse and dry baby greens. Make your salad....place greens in salad bowl, add a pile of lentils and a few pickled onion slices. Then drizzle with olive oil and a bit of the onion brine. Add salt & pepper. Et voila! Your salad is ready to enjoy.
What I love most about this salad is its fresh simplicity. The onions (instructions coming tomorrow) add a delicious tangy crunch, and the lentils give it substance. And the greens...I've already gushed about the greens. I could eat them plain they're that good. Can't wait for next Saturday because I'll be stocking up for the week.
Friday, April 4, 2014
Earlier this week, Zoe and I drove into DC for Spring brunch with our new friend, Christine, one half of the powerhouse duo behind the brand new seasonal, farm-to-table menu planning service, Huckle & Goose (they're launching late May). What a wonderful Tuesday afternoon it was! Christine served the tastiest egg salad sandwiches (complete with crunchy radishes layered on top), homemade granola with greek yogurt (and the yogurt was sweetened with pear butter...brilliant).
The table was simply lovely. I didn't want to move away (or stop staring at her side board full of delicious kitchen props). I could have taken 1,000 photos (but limited myself to 4 so Christine didn't think I was obsessed, ha!). I find it intriguing to share a meal in friends' homes ... to see how they decide the menu, prepare the food, set the table, take care of their toddler, etc. I always leave inspired and encouraged. And Tuesday was no exception...I am so impressed with all that Christine has managed to do, all while being a mama to the cutest 2 year old (and with baby number 2 due mid-May)!
I am so very excited to be collaborating with Huckle & Goose later this year. What a blessing to meet like-minded creatives in the DC area! I can't wait to share more about what's in store for this year...and help them celebrate their launch come May!
I have a lot planned for the weekend...cleaning the house today...which is no fun. I'll be honest, I don't like cleaning. Then tomorrow, I'll be visiting the farmer's market tomorrow, hopefully working on a few blog posts, stopping by the farmhouse where we're holding Gathering from Scratch (my August workshop-retreat with Beth Kirby...which is SOLD OUT...thank you, friends!! If you missed a retreat ticket, we still have about half of the Thursday evening dinner tickets available!), and spending time with my family. On Sunday, I'll be heading down to Roanoke to grab brunch with Beth, who's in VA for the weekend. (Another friendship made through blogging...and we're just meeting in person for the first time...so fun!) Follow along the adventures through instagram! Have a blessed weekend!
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Cheese has got to be one of my favorite food groups, if not my all-time favorite. I can munch on almost any variety and I frequently find myself finishing off a block. All by myself. Cheese satisfies a desire to experience something hearty and simple. Complex yet uncomplicated. Something gooey, creamy and salty. I first tasted Manchego cheese at a friend’s 30th birthday celebration. The theme of the evening was a wheel of Manchego cheese. We paired the Manchego with figs, freshly baked baguettes, honey, roasted walnuts, grapes, and wine. The menu was divine, and we spent hours talking about the rich, nutty, textural wheel of Manchego.
Mac & Cheese with Brie, Manchego, and Mushrooms
- 1 lb organic whole wheat pasta
- 2 slices sprouted grain bread (I used Ezekiel flax bread)
- 1/2 cup raw pecans
- 2 tablespoons organic coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 lb mushrooms, cut into quarters
- 1 8-ounce Président Brie Round, chopped and with wax grated off
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- Salt and pepper
- 1/2 cup dry white wine
- 1 tablespoon whole wheat flour
- 1 cup whole milk
- 1 5.2 ounce Président Manchego block, chopped
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Boil water for pasta and cook according to instructions on package.
- Place bread and pecans in food processor and process until well blended and pecans are nicely chopped.
- In a medium-large frying pan, warm 1 tablespoon coconut oil, then add bread crumb mixture. Toss with the butter and cook until slightly browned. Remove from pan and put aside.
- In same frying pan, warm one tablespoon of coconut oil and one tablespoon of olive oil, then add minced garlic. Cook for about 1 minute, then add mushrooms, and salt and pepper to taste. Let mushrooms cook for about 3 minutes, then add white wine. After simmering for a few minutes, remove mushrooms from pan with slotted spoon. Put aside.
- In same frying pan, whisk the flour into the liquid, then add milk. Stir constantly until mixture begins to thicken.
- Remove pan from heat and add Brie and Manchego cheeses. Continue stirring until cheeses are melted.
- Add pasta and mushrooms and mix completely.
- Place pasta in 9x13 baking dish (or individual oven-safe serving dishes) and sprinkle with bread crumb mixture. Bake for 15 minutes.
- Serve piping hot with roasted veggies or a salad.
- Serve piping hot with roasted veggies or a salad.
Recipe adapted from TheKitchn.
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