Food and Drink


Getting ready to host our first Thanksgiving!

What better holiday could there be for a domestic diva?  It combines, baking, cooking, and decorating(the table) all in one holiday.  Not to mention lots of friends and family.  This year, since we now have a house, we decided to host thanksgiving.  We are keeping it somewhat small (8 people), which is nice for a number of reasons.  First, it will be more intimate, second, it is less stressful, and third, our table seats up to 8 people.

First, the most important part…the food!  Here is the menu I have put together with the help of some family members:

thanksgiving menu

You may be wondering what Texas Smoked Turkey is doing in DC.  The New York Times recently published an article, “A Spicy, Smoky Holiday Turkey” which was in turn read by my husband’s grandmother, who then decided we needed a Texas bird of our own, so she ordered one and it arrived on our doorstep yesterday.  I opened the box and felt like I was opening the door to the smokehouse as the aroma wafted out.  The bird is now sitting in our fridge, and I can’t wait to try it tomorrow.

Category : Entertaining | Food and Drink | Holidays | Blog

I’m not the only one who enjoys eating from the garden…

I went up to my garden to pick my very first tomato the other day.  It was a tiny grape size heirloom tomato, but I wanted to do something special with the first pick of the season.

Before they were eaten

I was so proud of my tiny little veggie successes!  And the one ripe tomato I picked made a great crostini with goat cheese and basil.

Tomato Crostini

The next day I returned to the garden to pick some more tomatoes only to find that the tops of all of my plants had been eaten.  Further investigation revealed hoof marks in the dirt and to add insult to injury, deer droppings.  The next morning, the suspects were caught red-handed!



I was mad at first, but then I looked at the little babies and who can stay mad at this face for long?

Suspect #2

After looking into solutions and dealing with 100+ temperatures this summer, I have decided that the revamping and completion of Zone 7 will have to wait until next year.  I have learned a lot from my yard this summer and plan to use my newfound knowledge in the future to better ensure gardening success. Tackling some of the other zones in my yard and my lessons learned posts will be coming soon!

Category : Food and Drink | Gardening | Blog

Tsukiji in Virginia!

Sushi Festival

Wegmans (my favorite grocery store of all time) recently had a sushi festival in their Fairfax, Virginia location.  Because I am such a huge fan of Wegmans, I am on their email list even though there isn’t a Wegmans close to us.  Last week I got an email announcing that they would be having a sushi festival including fresh fish flown straight from Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo (for those of you who don’t know, this is the biggest fish market in the world) and they would be bringing in their top sushi chefs.  Sadly, I am not very fond of eating sushi even though I really wish I was, but I love the art of sushi and my husband is a huge fan of eating sushi – so we were definitely going to be partaking in the festival.  We drove to Fairfax and arrived right when the festival was getting started.  It was so much fun and so beautiful.  They had all kinds of fish laid out and people preparing the fish.  They also had a sushi bar set up where they prepared the sushi as you ordered it.  And this is just one reason why I love Wegmans!  What other grocery store puts together things like this?

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