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Ned’s Impromptu Fall Dinner

October 30, 2009 at 12:00 am | Posted in Dinner | 4 Comments

Well WOO HOOO we are back from the South! And boy was that a trip to remember. 😀 So much pork, so many smiles and laughs, and what a beautiful married couple that Kelly and Elliot! So lets rewind about 2 weeks from today to a Sunday afternoon: I was driving back up I-95 from Fredericksburg and Ned was wandering around Wegman’s trying to come up with something original and seasonal to make for a fantastic Sunday meal. Well here it is folks! And this might be one of the tastiest Ned creations that has ever passed through our kitchen!

Chicken drumsticks and amazing glazed vegetables with a bacon and red wine sauce with lots of fresh thyme!

So I got nothing for a Halloween themed post, so go back and enjoy this one from last year and have fun traipsing around town! (I am going as a strawberry!! BIG surprise 😛 ) HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!

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Beachside in Kiawah….

October 23, 2009 at 12:00 am | Posted in Travels | 7 Comments

Well ya’ll… I’ll be seeing ya cause I am currently at the beach on Kiawah! Ned and I traveled here for my dearie Kelly who is going to marry sweet Elliot tomorrow! I’ll be back and posting in about a week I would say!

Here is us at Ocean City for her bachelorette weekend. It was a nice windy day that day… so hopefully the wedding day will be warm and breezy and perfect for walking around barefoot on the sand!

Marvelous Minato

October 21, 2009 at 7:00 am | Posted in Dinner, Entertainment | 9 Comments

Minato is a very chic restaurant with a NYC vibe (almost… this is Baltimore, come on!) and that is exactly what we wanted for the Mobbies Gala night! Interestling, I have been reading this book on sushi, Zen of Fish because I want to try to appreciate the true beauty that is sushi making and raw fish. I am halfway through the book and am very entertained with all of the chemistry knowledge that the author discusses. So I took my first foray into eating alot of raw fish that night and I am sooooo pleased that I finally took that plunge. (Our appetizer in Pittsburgh really turned me on to the sashimi experience!)

 

Minato was quite tasty and we had a very fun waiter. Mad props to Enoch! Even though I can certainly profess that I have no real taste expertise with this preparation of fish, I really enjoyed everything that I ate! Check it out below!
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Fantastic Fiesta Mexicana

October 19, 2009 at 12:21 pm | Posted in Dessert | 8 Comments

About a year ago I met Renee and about 10 minutes after meeting her and telling her that I was Mexican she told me that I had to go with her to this restaurant- Fiesta Mexicana!! Well FINALLLY Ned and I accompanied her and Aveline to this wonderful little gem. The owner Federico was so welcoming and remembered Renee from her many visits in the past couple of years!

This place was so hard to find, especially in the dark and without the sign lit up, so just go slow up Philadelphia Road and you should be fine!! The food was just great. Everything I had except for the tostadas, was up to my own Mexican food standards. Now lets see what Abuelita thinks when I take her sometime soon hopefully!

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Feasting at the Faire

October 17, 2009 at 10:00 am | Posted in Dessert, Dinner, Entertainment, Travels | 5 Comments

I have been taking trips to the Maryland Renaissance Fair in Crownsville, MD with my girl Sarah for several years now! It is always fun to be able to walk around with her and her man in the nice fall weather, do some window shopping and eat some crazy food, oh and do some major people watching!!!

Here is me as a 3 foot tall elf, it’s very becoming, no??? I don’t know what I’m holding between my legs though… a red pepper?? ah an apple. yummm apple cider for fall…. Now on to the feasting!

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Stumbling into Never On Sunday

October 15, 2009 at 9:19 am | Posted in Dinner, Entertainment | 14 Comments

Well on this trip I didn’t necessarily stumble into Never On Sunday, but past trips have been such! So Ned and I went to the Oktoberfest celebration at  Timonium Fairgrounds for a good while on Saturday and then later in the evening headed down to Canton and Fells Point. He went to watch the Buffalo Sabres win and I went over to my buddy Renee’s house to catch up on some things!! We met up later in the night for dinner at 11:30 and stopped by our late night standard- Never on Sunday. Usually when we come to this establishment it is fullllllll of crazy intoxicated fools, but at 11:30 pm it is very respectable and we even chatted with the owner for a while!

It was pretty hard to get a shot of a corner building, but it wasn’t hard to get a picture of my crazy darling and our eats, so check it out below! And a FYI to my readers, this post begins my own “restaurant” week, since I have had many events to attend to out and about, I have not been cooking dinner!

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Laurita’s Baked Apples with Spiced Cider

October 13, 2009 at 7:10 am | Posted in Dessert | 3 Comments

So this is actually Martha Stewart’s recipe, but Laurita, my tall little sister, made these all by herself for our enjoyment! 😀 She wanted to make some kind of goodie to go with the spiced cider I was making to take the haunted forest on Friday night. She took one look at the old apples sitting in the bowl in the kitchen and decided she would bake them. I instantly thought back to Martha Stewarts jail time and that she would bake apples as a nice treat in the microwave.

Well this recipe worked great! The flavors of the spices were so tasty and this was pretty healthy (if you “forget” about the butter…) After they were finished, Laura cut up some paper to make leaves for our photo shoot. Mom recently color-coded Laura’s massive amount of colored pencils and so we brought them out too! Oh Fall is here and it is so glorious! Check out the recipes below!

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Elise’s Dad’s Stuffed Peppers

October 11, 2009 at 12:00 am | Posted in Dinner | 6 Comments

Since peppers are so cheap at the farmer’s market I wanted to do a simple and healthy meal for a fast Wednesday night dinner. (Gotta have time to watch Top Chef, ya know?!?) I thought about stuffed peppers and so went to my new favorite website (other than Deb’s) to find a simple and delicious recipe, Simply Recipes! Auntie Helen just loves that site and little by little I am becoming enamored too! Elise’s dad knows where its at when it comes to peppers, as it was a great combination of flavors. Although I could have kicked up the garlic amount or probably just added a ton more salt and it would have been absolute flavor perfection!

The green peppers are four for a dollar at the JFX farmer’s market right now and I love being about to converse in Spanish with the granjeros! And instead of choosing ground beef, Ned and I picked out some ground bison meat at Wegman’s to switch it up a bit. My favorite part was the ketchup/worchestershire/cholula topping- such great flavor. I think next time we make these I’m going to put that throughout the whole filling! So now we are off to watch Top Chef, Go Kevin!!! Check out the recipe here or below…
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October Charm City Cookbooking!

October 8, 2009 at 12:00 am | Posted in Cookbooks, Dessert, Dinner | 7 Comments

This month was Renee’s turn and so she chose The Inn at Little Washington (a cookbook we tried to choose earlier in the year but fell through!) The cookbook proved to have very tasty recipes, although the measurements and directions were off a bit at points, but we succeeded in the end! Here is the appetizer that I made, a marinated shiitake mushroom tomato concoction atop vermicelli! I don’t know if it was the hunger pangs or what, but we all just devoured it!

So go now and check out the rest of my post on our updated Charm City Cookbook Club site!

Deb’s Black Bean Confetti Salad

October 6, 2009 at 12:00 am | Posted in Dinner | 8 Comments

Deb did it again! This quick and fresh salad was a hit! See recipe here and below!

There is something just so magical about cutting up tons of fresh beautiful peppers and then mixing it with black beans. Why you ask? Because this dish rocks my world! Especially the mexican part of me! Screw salsa, you need to try this on a tortilla chip. STAT. So the next time I need to bring appetizers to a party, I’m bringing this and maybe wearing the dress you see in the picture! The bowl will be empty in no time and I will be oh so stylsh. 😀

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