Farmers Market Zucchini and Yellow Squash Fries
When zucchini and squash only costs 2lbs for $1... it's hard to say no. I made my own version of french fries - except I used zucchini and I didn't fry them.
For this reciepe I used three green zukes and two yellow squash.
1.5 tsp garlic powder
liberal use of Adobo All Purpose Seasoning (con pimienta)
salt and pepper to taste
3 tbsp olive oil
3/4 cup panko bread crumbs
1/8 cup parmesean chees
1. cut zukes & squash in half & then quarter. place in large bowl.
2. toss veggies in olive oil, garlic powder, Adobo seasoning, salt, pepper, and 1/2 cup of panko bread crumbs.
3. lay veggies out on ungreased cookie sheet. skins down.
4. mix remaining panko crumbs and parmesean cheese in small bowl, sprinkle mixture on top of veggies.
5. bake in oven at 400 for 12-15 minutes.
6. once they look like they are starting to turn golden brown, set oven to broil and keep an eye on them until they start to get crispy (about 4-6 minutes).
Remember last weekend when I hit up the farmers market? I bought a ton of sweet white corn for a BBQ. I am not sure why it took me until now to learn this trick - but it's simply amazing! I had a girlfriend from Missouri staying with me last weekend and she told me how her family makes corn on the cob with no shucking and no silk in your teeth! SO EASY.
To start, microwave corn in husk- 4 minutes per ear. No water needed. (I have done this with the corn in a pyrex and also just simply laying au natural on the microwave base/plate - both worked well.)
Cut off base of corn right near where it would attach to the stalk.
Squeeze the ear of corn out of the stalk. You might want to grab a kitchen towel or hot pad if you (like me) are too impatient to wait for the corn to cool down.
and... voila! now, you have corn on the cob! So easy. No shucking. No silk. Simply delicious.
Thanks, Justin, for taking pics along the way!
Keri Roberts has been teaching dance and fitness for the last 10 years and recently opened eMotion in Burke - a dance and fitness studio for adults offering smaller class sizes in a nurturing environment. Keri started dancing 20 years ago and started her journey with recreational class. She then began competing and eventually earned her BFA in dance at George Mason University. It was there she found her other love of fitness and became a certified trainer and group fitness instructor.
Keri knew she always wanted to own a studio but she needed to gain more experience. She continued teaching for many gyms and dance studios working with people ages 3-85. She’s worked with athletes, children with Down syndrome, and senior citizens. It wasn’t until she started working with adults did she realize where her passion was. She found that adults listened and wanted to learn. They had high expectations for themselves, and she found a special place for beginners. “I know so many people that have said they always wanted to learn how to dance, but they felt they were too old. They had been to classes that were too advanced or that were filled with kids. I want to create a place that catered to those that always wanted to learn how to dance and to those who used to dance as a kid and miss it. I want my studio to be a place that focused on quality instruction in a nurturing environment,” said Keri. Each class has no more than 10-15 students per class to allow for one-on-one attention. It gives enough space for the students to move around, and it allows the instructors to get to know each and every person.
How did you get the courage to open your own store and what motivated you?
I knew I always wanted to open a studio, and I finally realized that working 6 places doing what I loved for little money wasn’t working. If I wanted to make this a living and set it up the way I wanted, it was time to do my own thing. It was a scary thing to start considering it was only a few months away from my wedding and money was tight. My biggest support system has always been my parents. They told me to look at the numbers: how many people would follow me? How much would I need to charge? How much would a space cost? If the numbers proved it could work, then it would be a good idea. After sitting down with my dad, who is a successful business owner himself, and an accountant to work all the numbers out, I realized this idea would work! With the support from my parents and my husband and my passion for the idea, I was set to open my space.
How many hours do you put in?
Well at this point, I am the primary instructor teaching 12 out of the 16 classes we offer. It takes me about 2-3 hours per day to prepare for classes, plus the time it takes to market the business, work with my instructors to make them better, do the accounting, setting up events, etc. This probably totals about 40-50 hours a week plus I’m still teaching elsewhere in the morning at this point to help supplement my income.
How do you keep a positive outlook?
I love what I do! I love dance and movement and seeing people succeed. I’m working another job and would work another if I needed to to make this work. It’s not just about dance and getting in shape. To me, it’s a place that provides its students with confidence, friendships, challenges, and, most importantly, a family. The moment you walk into the studio you feel the sense of family, that sense that no matter who you are, everyone cares about you and wants you to succeed and feel special. I think everyone needs that. I just provide it through dance and exercise.
Describe yourself in three words: passionate, caring, positive
What do you consider your greatest professional achievement?
Since I’ve only been open for 5 months, I think my greatest achievement is knowing that what I’m doing is making people feel seen, heard and cared for.
What are your professional goals for the next six months?
I’d like to be a bigger part of my community and show my local area what we do. I’d love to continue to offer great workshops with some of the best instructors around.
How does your company stay connected through social media?
You can follow us on: Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, MeetUp, LinkedIn , Google+, Pinterest
What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
Hmm. It pretty much falls along the same lines, but I love teaching and so I’d love to mentor and help others become great teachers as well.
How do you maintain a work/life balance?
It’s definitely hard starting out, but my husband and I make Friday evenings for the two of us every week. My family lives in NJ, and I make sure we schedule a time to see them either there or here every month or every other month.
What website do you visit every day?
Facebook! I love seeing pictures of people’s kids and weddings, etc.
What is the first thing you think of when you wake up in the morning?
What am I going to have for breakfast! It’s my favorite part of the day, and I love starting it with a healthy meal.
What book do you casually put out on your coffee table to impress visitors?
I love photography. So any book that has great photos is one I love sharing.
What is your favorite spot to visit in Northern Virginia?
Burke Lake Park – I love walking along the trail. It’s so peaceful.
What is your goal for retirement?
Well, that’s a pretty long time away, but I’d love to be like my grandparents: eat healthy, workout, spend time with family and go on lots of vacations.
Do you have any advice for women who would like to start their own company?
I think the biggest piece of advice I can give is to find companies you think are great at what they do. It doesn’t even have to be the same type of business. Then contact the owner or someone who is a higher up who had worked there for a long time. I’ve spoken to some amazing people all over the world via email and in person. I’ve learned so much about business from them and it made me think of things I never would have considered otherwise.
my friend Jaime took these pics with her GoPro. I totally need one. Stat.
I visited my parents' house this weekend which is in the "country"... not really, but they have a neat little farmer's market next to a gas station by their house. We stopped in for some fruits and veggies... I walked out with 4 bags of veggies for 18 dollars. I'm talking like 15lbs of veggies (plus a loaf of pumpkin bread) for less than a Jackson.
· Three green peppers (larger than a soda can) for $1.
· Two eggplans (twice the size of the green peppers) for $1.
· my favorite steal: TWO POUNDS of fresh, local zucchini for $1.
Can I find deals like that at any local fruit stand/farmer's market?
i apologize for the grainy pic. my phone was getting a cloudy lens with the hot hot heat of the summer swelter.
Last night, I had a chance to meet up with some of my favorite local web celebs for a night out on the town - Old Town that is. And no, not Old Town Alexandria - we ventured into Old Town Manassas. According to some of my readers, Carmello's is the best spot in Prince William County - so, of course, we had to see what all the fuss was about.
I met up with Laura, Micaela , Kristina, Denise and Rebecca for a 7:30 reservation. I'll just go ahead and tell you up front - we didn't leave until almost 11pm (they serve more than just good food *wink wink*).
Carmello's has been awarded by Wine Spectator Magazine for two years in a row for their incredible wine list. Needless to say, this is what our table looked like 10 minutes after sitting down. I'm not gonna lie, Carmello's had me sold at "complimentary Moscato."
i am clearly not a photographer.
Jacob, the assistant GM, warmly welcomed us and brought out a tasting menu in tapas style.
Round One: VIEIRAS DO MINHO
Pan seared scallops, shrimp, and artichoke over saffron rice.
Round Two: LOMBO DE VITELLO
Medallions of roasted veal tenderloin wrapped in pepper bacon served in a wild mushroom sauce.
Round Three: RAVIOLI CARDINALE CON LAGOSTA
Homemade four cheese ravioli tossed with lobster meat in a rose cream sauce.
As if we had room to eat any more, Jacob told us that Carmello's owns a more casual restaurant and bar next door as well - and this was a little sample of their wood fire brick oven pizzas... The following is from Monza.
Round Four: BOLOGNESE PIZZA
Mozzarella cheese, ricotta cheese, sausage, veal, and marinara sauce.
Round Five: MARGARITA PIZZA
Fresh mozzarella, fresh tomato, basil, and marinara sauce.
After all of the tastings, Jacob mentioned that he'd bring us dessert. He must have known that we couldn't eatanother bite... because dessert was a Root Beer Float Martini with a scoop of creamy vanilla in the glass. AMAZING! I know doesn't look like rootbeer - at all - but there is a peculiar combo of coca-cola, alcohol, and cream that can give you a nostalgic feeling of front porch swings and warm summer nights.
After dinner, we took a tour of the kitchen and Jacob invited us to check out the bar at Monza. I'll let you in on a little secret: $5 Martini Mondays @ Monza. Jacob has crafted a list of over 55 specialty martinis - some of which we were itching to try.
My readers were right - Carmello's is one of the best spots in the land Prince William County. I never thought I'd say this, but now I can't wait to go back to Manassas! Carmello's was the perfect spot for a great girls night out - great company, amazing food, and incredible beverages.
Located in the heart of Old Town Manassas, Carmello's offers upscale fine dining. Fresh ingredients, innovative cuisine, and romantic ambience equal an unforgettable dining experience. The mixture of succulent Northern Italian and Portuguese cuisine gives you a choice between two cultures. Whether you're out for a special occasion or looking for a pleasurable dining experience anytime, Carmello's is a wonderful place to visit. Come try our extensive Portuguese wine list and taste for yourself what everyone will be talking about. We currently carry over 50 Portuguese wines from such regions as Alentejo, Douro, Doa, Estremadura, and Vinho Verde. Our list of Portuguese wines is one of the finest in the DC Metropolitan area and compares with many of the top Portuguese wine list on the east coast.
Connect: www.carmellos.com - 9108 Center Street Manassas, VA 20110 - (703) 368-5522
note: I recieved products or services by merchants mentioned in this post.
I dragged my neighbors out to The Winery at Bull Run on Thursday afternoon for their BBQ. While I was super excited to go, it was probably the hottest day of the year thus far. Miserable, sweltering heat. Luckily, The Winery at Bull Run comfortably fit the entire BBQ crowd in a gorgeous AC filled tasting room. I loved the atmosphere - large overstuffed leather couches and chairs, high top pub tables, and flat screen TVs.
I am not a wine connoisseur by any means, but I mostly enjoyed the wines at the tasting. Well, the wines that I could taste. I was pretty flustered with the fact that there was not even enough wine poured into my glass for me to swish it around or let it sit in my mouth. I had to ask the pourer twice if she could add a little more to my glass. Apparently, they were out of their branded wine glasses, so we were served in unlabeled glasses - and she couldn't tell how much she was giving us because there was no label on the glass. I was less than thrilled with the reasoning or the response. Justin ended up buying a bottle of the 2010 Viognier which was my top pick.
The BBQ was catered by Hill Country BBQ out of DC. It was yummy! But, there were no plates. I asked the woman behind the tasting counter and she simply said "No plates." Clearly, customer services was not her forte. Luckily (again), there was a really nice lady who gave us a Dixie plate out of her picnic basket to use. I am not sure if they were not expecting so many people or what, but I think this place has a lot to learn about event planning (and customer service). Some of their patrons were using the brown paper wine bags as plates... embarassing.
They have only been open for a few weeks, but this winery has the potential to be a great establishment in VA Wine Country... However, there is work to be done. I will definitely give them another chance once they have some time to work out all the kinks.
Following the huge success of their well known “pop-up” shops, 529 Kids Consign has decided to partner with local “mom-owned” online boutique Little Choux to host them as a “mini boutique” within their upscale shopin Old Town, Alexandria.
Please join 529 Kids Consign in welcoming “Little Choux” to Old Town. The launch is set for June 12 Little Choux is an online boutique specializing in unique toys, home décor and wearable accessories for children ages one to six. Products have been handpicked from more than sixty independent designer collections around the world, created by designers who pride themselves on quality, authenticity and precise handiwork. The collaboration between the two “mom-owned” businesses with enable you to shop higher end clothing and gear at affordable prices + find unique gifts and accessories for your little ones all in one great location.
don't you wish you lived in my cul-de-sac? not your average neighborhood bbq! check out all the details from Justin.
Hi! my name is Andrea and I'm a not-so-average Northern Virginia blogger, mom, and transplant from the Midwest. I host Girls Night Out events, meet ups, and write about events and my adventures in the DC area. I love to travel, brunch, and drink wine with my neighbors! I'm known to live on the wild side and order Venti iced double shots at 5pm.
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