Weekend Favorites

IMG_3475 IMG_3480{Wildfire a Chicago style steakhouse at Tyson’s Galleria in McLean Virginia, where we had a bit of salmon and scallops along with gin martini’s before the filet mignon’s were served}

There is nothing like enjoying the weekend with family and friends after a hectic workweek; making time for dinner and a movie on Friday evening, leisurely perusal at the farmers market for fresh fruits and vegetables to make a tasty meal on Saturday and then popping into the National Portrait Gallery for a bit of art is always a great way to relax on Sunday.

IMG_3358 IMG_3483{Asian cucumbers piled high at the market and fresh collard greens only 89 cents a pound on the stove made with ham-hock and neck bones were cooked for dinner}

Fresh fruits and vegetables from the farmers market early Saturday morning made for a great pairing of delicious fried chicken with drop biscuits last night.

IMG_3429 IMG_3441{Spike Lee b. 1957 in Atlanta, Georgia is a provocative filmmaker with no fear of confronting issues of race or class in his documentaries or films, along with Mary Cassatt 1844-1926 b. in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania was a most prolific Impressionistic painter. Edgar Degas who was a good friend of Cassatt’s did this painting}

On Sunday afternoon, time is carved out for popping into the National Portrait Gallery on 8th and F Streets, NW in Washington, DC; and instead of reading about each person portrayed within the gallery one can peruse each floor to examine how the artist is depicting people within a painting, photograph or sculpture.

Pamper yourself stylishly,

Fresh from the Farmers Market

{Blueberry crumble muffins with chocolate and almond croissants for breakfast}

Our local farmers market opened today and it was sheer heaven to be able to amble through stalls of unbelievably fresh fruits and vegetables, freshly baked goods along with artisan cheeses and organic meats. The flowers were absolutely gorgeous and I wanted to purchase every bouquet that was situated in the mason jars, but decided to wait for mine to flourish at Heath.

My first purchases were aromatically baked blueberry muffins with almond and chocolate croissants to serve with freshly brewed coffee for breakfast this morning.

Next I was onto the “greens”, which consisted of a huge bunch of mustard greens, spring onions, leeks, asparagus and a few herbs; parsley, cilantro, thyme and rosemary.

{Several ears of freshly shucked sweet white corn to steam for today’s lunch}

You could get 12 ears of sweet white corn for $2.00 and boy did I dive in for the kill. Steamed corn was definitely on the menu for lunch today. I absolutely love corn with no butter or salt, and to have a bit of room to saw into several ears without question.

{Fingerlings to go with Sunday’s menu of steak and herb buttered potatoes}

And last, but most certainly not least were the fingerling potatoes that would be perfect for Sunday’s menu. Several of my friends and I from work have been experimenting this past week with herb butters to keep for various evening meals. Cynthia our culinary expert shared her recipes for garlic and shallot herb butters and I cannot wait to try them on either steamed or pan-fried fingerling potatoes.

Garlic Herb Butter
In a mixer combine, a stick of butter, several tablespoons of garlic and about a ¼ cup of Parmesan cheese with a dash of kosher salt. I added a touch of Herbs de Provence and et voila…. herb butter. Portion the mixture into a log using plastic wrap and that which you do not use may be frozen.

Shallot Herb Butter
In the mixer combine, a stick of butter, 1 small shallot, minced, flat-leaf parsley, rosemary and kosher salt with crack black pepper. Blend and form into a log using plastic wrap.

These flavored butters are great with crusty breads, on pan-fried steaks, potatoes or with fresh asparagus. The possibilities are endless!!

Market stylishly,