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Walking Wins

Good Day!

Another dinner out of my new favorite giant white bowl last night :). Have you noticed a theme lately?

As I was riding the metro home last night and contemplating what to make for supper, I just knew that whatever it was it should totally involve hummus and feta. Because what meal doesn’t taste good with those two on top?? I ened up with a fried rice dish. I suppose fried rice is Asian while hummus and feta are Greek – but the two work surprisingly well together. Well, to me anyway :).

To make, sautéed minced garlic in olive oil, then added a few handfuls of mixed veggies, cooked brown rice, roasted turkey, 2 beaten eggs, soy sauce, pepper and chili pepper sauce. Cook cook cook and there you have it. And then came my two toppings of choice. Easy peasy! And delish.

I suppose we should talk about exercise since the topic has been a bit lacking on Dining and Dishing as of late. To be honest, after my half-marathon I just don’t feel like it anymore! I was quite intense about working out all summer, then decided to focus my energies on a goal and signed up for the half. I took a planned week off after my race but then still didn’t feel much like returning to my routine. The intensity of my exercising habits vary based on how my mind and body are feeling and right now they’re just not feeling like it. What I do always love is taking nice long walks, so aside from a few (crappy) runs, that’s what I’ve been up to.

I’m a big fan of listening what my body says when it comes to eating and moving. Moving less means eating less and it’s been nice to not have to deal with the amount of hunger that comes with 10 mile training runs, you know? I’m sure one day I’ll feel like Body Pumping or race training or whatever again but right now I’m just not into it. Walking wins!

Question: Do you like to stick to one exercise routine or switch things up??

Beth

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Left-Over Bits and Bobs

With visitors in and out of our house all month long, we’ve got a ton of random fridge items left-over from various recipes. My goal this week is to avoid the grocery store and use some of these left-overs up, so they don’t all go to waste. It is requiring a bit of creativity!

But last night I made the most DELICIOUS sauce. I don’t think pictures will do it justice but I’m at least going to try :).

To make this sauce I used:

  • a drizzle of olive oil
  • a dollop of minced garlic
  • 1/2 a can of stewed tomatoes (left-over)
  • a forkful of capers
  • salt and pepper
  • a splash of white wine (left-over)
  • a splash of cream (left-over)
  • 1/4 cup of Monterey jack cheese (left-over)

To prepare, I browned the garlic in olive oil for a minute, before adding the rest of the ingredients and letting them simmer. While that was going, I cooked some whole wheat spaghetti. I let the sauce cook for a while, so that most of the liquid evaporated – leaving just the flavors in my pan.

Once the spaghetti was cooked and drained, I tossed the two together and slid them into a bowl, then topped with cheese.

It was so simple but soooo yummy. The saltiness from the capers, the punch from the wine, the softness from the cream – oh my. Although (for the safety of my company) I don’t cook like this when preparing food for others, my favorite way to make a meal is just to open the fridge and see what comes to me. Sometimes it’s a massive flop – but in this case the results were beautiful!

Question: What’s your favorite way to use up random ingredients left from recipes?

Beth

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A Seriously Delightful September

Here I am!

Just got back from a lovely 3-day weekend with my best friend Emily who came to town for a visit. Emily and her husband are expecting their first baby in a mere 6 weeks! So we had to make some time to hang before that little bundle of joy arrives. Em arrived in town on Saturday afternoon so that night we planned a meal in for everyone. Em and I made Fusilli with Sausage, Artichokes, and Sun-Dried Tomatoes, which was just delicious.

Thank youuuu Giada. Along with our pasta, I made a salad of spinach, tomatoes, feta and pecans and homemade vinaigrette.

My plate!

It should be noted that although this recipe told me it would serve six, the four of us barely made a dent in the top of the bowl! Luckily it’s made for some good leftovers :).

For dessert, Anna suggested we put her beautiful fondue pot to good use. Can anything top swirling delicious cookies and fruits in a pool of melted chocolate?? I think not.

Sunday we had big plans to go see the Baltimore Aquarium. We’ve been meaning to do it forever and having visitors in town is always a good reason to do something fun and touristy. A few months ago I went to the National Aquarium in DC and could not have been less impressed. It is (seriously) not much bigger than my bedroom. But the Baltimore Aquarium was wayyyy better! We had a fun day bopping around the museum and enjoying the waterfront that surrounds it. I think I have a bit of a thing for Baltimore…

But the REAL highlight came in the evening, when we had reservations at Woodberry Kitchen. Woodberry was recently named one of the “Top Ten Best New Restaurants” by Bon Appetit Magazine. My friends and I tried to go a few months ago but our plans were cancelled due to another Baltimore event the same weekend. So I was super duper excited to go on Sunday! Please enjoy this decadent parade:

Local petit verdot

 

Tilghman Island Crab Pot – Lump crab, cream cheese, sherry, toasts

 

The evening’s special: Fluke – pork belly, squash, wax beans, cherry tomatoes and herb mayonnaise

Beer ‘n Chocolate – Bittersweet ganache, popcorn caramel, pretzel tuile, Old Brown Dog sorbet, potato chip shortbread

It was totally incredible, start to finish. Not only was the food completely divine, the interior had just the nicest, coziest feel you could imagine. Don’t worry, I took a few creeper shots while the others were in the bathroom :).

Gorgeous, right!?

Post din photo op:

Emily (baby Wyatt!), me and Louisa.

 

hehehe 😀

And just like that the month of visitors is complete! It was a seriously delightful September. Really, is there anything better than a solid month of food, fun, family and friends??

See you tomorrow :).

Beth

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Tequlia Shower!

*Happy Friday!*

Last night I met with my old roomies Beth D. and Nicole for dinner at Jose Andres’ Oyamel. Beth is quite the creature of habit when it comes to eating – she has certain foods that she just LOVES and tends to stick to them. This restaurant features most of her beloved dishes so it’s pretty much like the meal was MADE for her! The rest of us didn’t mind it too much either :).

We arrived a bit early for our reservation and thought we’d have to wait a while, but as luck would have it they’d just opened up outdoor seating and had a table available. It was a gorgeous evening and was much quieter outside than in, so it was perfect for conversation!

We started with an order of house-made guac for the table, which our sever mixed up in front of our eyes.

With green tomatillo, serrano chile, crumbled queso fresco cheese and a basket of fresh tortillas chips

Delish! You could really taste the citrus in there, which added a lovely fresh touch.

The restaurant is tapas style (2-4 small plates per person). For my meal, I had the scallop ceviche and Mexican truffle quesadilla.

Bay scallops with key lime, powdered ancho chile, blood orange and Siembra Azul blanco tequila

Hello beautiful! Unfortunately the ceviches took a long time to come out and I was pretty much ready to eat my arm by the time this arrived. So although it was exceptionally beautiful and completely yummy, I was a bit sad that the only edible part of the dish were those three little scallops on top! On the upside, our server spritzed them in a “tequila shower” before placing them in front of me. Have you ever heard of anything quite so fun?! 🙂

And this wasn’t far behind.

Traditional folded corn tortilla with Chihuahua cheese and black Mexican truffle

Although this was a fairly simple dish compared to many of the menu’s offerings, I just couldn’t help myself! Anything with truffles gets my automatic, undying love. And I’d never had a Mexican one before. Of course, it was fabulous.

And now for dessert.

Okay so this isn’t actually what I had. I had a tres dulche cake and while it was good, it does not deserve to be featured the way the above does. I WISH I had the full description but sadly it’s not available online. It was, a scoop of Mexican coffee ice cream with milk chocolate sauce, caramelized banana and cinnamon shortbread. HOLY AMAZING. Beth D. was the proud owner of this dessert and I was just toooo jealous :).

So there you go! Oyamel was a dream. And of course spending time with my old roommates was the nicest treat of the evening! Speaking of old roomies, my bestest friend Emily comes to town tomorrow morning for three days of fun. We met in high school but lived together in Charleston for a summer, so I think that qualifies :). I am SO EXCITED (as always) to hang with that lovely lady.

See you soon!

Beth

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Squashed

Hey Friends!

While shopping at Whole Foods the other week I was soooo excited to see the return of local squash. After a poor experience in college involving squash, imitation crab and peach schnapps (what!?) I have redeveloped a love for it. Although there were many to choose from, I just had to go with the fun one of the bunch – spaghetti squash.

It’s so simple to make but produces a totally unique dish! First, I split the squash in two, scraped out the seeds and roasted it at 375 for 30 mins. Then I spaghetti-fied it with a fork.  Once it’s been cooked and shredded you can really do whatever you like with it. I like to serve it like the real thing.

With marinara, bleu cheese and a little spring of basil, for photography purposes. Then I mixed it into one giant mess for consumption :). Yum!

Tonight I’ll be at Oyamel with my long-lost roomie loves: Beth D. and Nicole (Allison has moved to NYC). Although I’ve been gone for less than a month it feels like much longer! Very odd to go from seeing them every day to not at all. We vowed a while back that our very first reunion would be at Oyamel and tonight we’re making good on the promise. I wish I could live in one giant house with all of my fun roommates forever :).

Expect a delicious re-cap tomorrow!

Beth

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Sometimes, I am Lame

Good Afternoon!

Fall is most definitely in the air because it was a) dark and b) cold when I woke up this morning. I luuurve fall so these developments are totally okay by me :). DC had a freaking horrible snowy winter, followed by a blazing hot summer with very little spring in between. So I’m keeping my fingers crossed that Mother Nature will make it up to us with a beautiful fall.

I went for a nice long walk in our development this morning. I love how peaceful it is first thing. And after that – breakfast time!

A whole wheat bagel, toasted and topped with a warm mashed banana, Justin’s Maple Almond Butter and cinnamon. A classic :).

After a few days of exciting posts I feel like a big lame-o today. But fear not because there are lots of exciting things on my agenda for the rest of the week, including a roomie reunion dinner at Oyamel tomorrow and a visit from my very (pregnant) best friend this weekend!

See you tomorrow.

Beth 

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Apartment Tour

As promised – new apartment pics!

I took these pre-party and I admit our house did not look quite so beautiful following this weekend’s antics :). But at least we started out organized, right??

First and most important, the kitchen! Where all the blogging magic happens :).

And the family room….

And the main bathroom.

I considered posting bedroom pics too but then I decided it’s a little awkward to invite the whole world into our rooms :).

There are pros and cons to living in a new suburban apartment (like we do now) vs. an older city apartment (like I just left). I miss the hustle and bustle of the city and the apartment had a lot more character. But I do love how neat and calm our new hood is. Oh and did I mention cheaper?? Because it suuuuure is!

In today’s news, after a little over a week’s break post half-marathon, I got back to running this morning. It was not exactly easy! My knees really hurt. I ended up just doing a quick 20 minute run and then heading to our gym for 20 minutes on the bike. Not sure if it was the time off or if my body is having an adverse reaction to ever having to run again :). Ah well! I’m sure it’ll come with time.

Then, of course, a bowl of oatmeal.

Banana oats with coconut, chocolate chips, dried cherries and a peanut butter spoon. After a few weeks of fall-ish butternut squash and apple oats, these tasted especially wonderful.

Hope you enjoyed your little tour! I’ll see you tomorrow.

Beth 

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