Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Hey everyone! We are hanging out in Arlington, VA for the holidays! Hope you all had a great holiday and a lovely time with your family and friends. Pictured above: snow in Ottawa, tree at my parent's house, the Christmas dinner spread, and my new knives and pasta maker!
Surprisingly, we haven't made much by the way of new recipes. We did a pretty traditional Christmas dinner and we've been invited to friends' houses for the past few nights. For Christmas, we had a heritage turkey from a farm in Virginia. We were a little bit skeptical about this skinny looking bird. Our turkey was allowed to fly and roost in trees and was raised organically and cruelty-free. It was one of the most delicious turkeys ever. We brined it using this recipe. We also had a gorgeous prime rib, that my dad stuffed with garlic cloves, crusted with rock salt and herbs, and cooked on the BBQ. The rest of the meal included: green bean, feta, and bacon salad; bourbon sweet potatoes; stuffing - a combo of two recipes; slow cooked kale; arugula, pomegranate, and apple salad; mashed potatoes; and sautéed brussels sprouts. We finished the meal with pecan pie.
A few other tidbits about my visit so far:
We went to the Union Market in DC to do a little shopping and exploring. While there, we had the best peppermint ice cream ever, maybe even the best ice cream ever, from Trickling Springs Creamery. We had tacos from TaKorean for lunch. We picked up some delicious pickles and of course, we got our turkey. I had a delicious latté from Peregrine Espresso, made with the farm fresh milk from Trickling Springs. The sandwich pictured above is from The Italian Store, near my parents place in Arlington. It is amazing and reminds me of my childhood; their sandwiches and hoagies are awesome, and so is their pizza!