The weekend started off perfect with some stormy weather and an opportunity for a home-cooked Shabbat dinner. I made a recipe given to me by my mom (shocking, as she’s the best cook in the history of the universe) called Opulent Chicken. I forgot to take a photo, but here’s the recipe:
- 4 chicken breasts
- 4 T butter
- 1/4 lb. Sliced mushrooms
- 1/4 tsp. Tarragon
- 1 1/2 T flour
- 3 T sherry or white wine
- 3/4 cup chicken broth
- Lg. Jar marinated artichoke hearts
Season chicken with paprika, salt & pepper and place in baking dish. Sauté mushrooms in butter. Add tarragon, flour, sherry and chicken broth. Arrange artichoke hearts over chicken, cover with mushroom mixture . Bake 40 minutes @ 375. I served with seasoned rice and it was DELICIOUS.
That night, Arion also brought home some slightly-sad looking bananas from work and what’s a girl to do, but make the family’s (moms) recipe of Chocolate Chip Banana Bread!
- 1/2 c. butter or margarine – room temp
- 1 2/3 c. sugar
- 2 eggs
- 3/4 tsp. baking soda
- 3 bananas, soft
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1/2 tsp. baking powder
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 4 T sour cream
- 2 c. flour
- 6 oz. chocolate chips
Cream the butter and sugar. Add beaten eggs, salt, sour cream. Ad flour, baking powder, baking soda. Mix well. Add choc. chips. Bake @ 350 for 50-60 min. in loaf pan or 9” sq. pan.
Followed by some Sons of Anarchy and I’d call that a perfect Friday evening.
Saturday was a beautiful day, so we started it off by having BRUNCH (yay!) with friends, Adam and Alison, at Mumbles. They make a mean breakfast burrito. Then, after some walking around and enjoying the weather, we headed to continue that tradition at Ashly and Jon’s housewarming party on their new PATIO! For those of you non-NYC’ers, this translates to amazing-ness. Literally, outdoor space off an apartment is a rarity and needs to be celebrated. And celebrate we did with friends, cupcakes, and homemade mojitos (Jon seriously has a talent with those mojitos, yum).
After feeling successfully sugar-overloaded, we headed to Mercadito with Sandy and Bobby! Unreal guac and tacos followed.
Just ignore that I had Mexican food twice in one day… that’s not even a record
Sunday, our four-some continued operation “awesome weekend”, with a trip to Cold Spring, NY. Arion was already planning to bike the 80 miles up there (confirmed: Crazy but Seriously Amazing Husband), so when we found out that Sandy and Bobby were planning to explore the area, as well, we decided to join forces. While Arion solidified his super-star status, Sandy, Bobby, and I drove up. On the way, we stopped at their wedding venue site… OMG (and I don’t really use that phrase, so it must be true), it was gorgeous!! After some oo’s and ahh’s, we continue on to the little town of Cold Spring and got BRUNCH at Hudson Hil’s (one L). I saw Huevos Rancheros on the menu and didn’t have a choice after that, so lucky for me, it was smothered in cheese and just the right kind of spicy. Oh and it was served with guac and sour cream. Slam dunk, Hudson Hil’s!!
Sufficiently full, Sandy and I set off to do some antiquing while Bobby did some work outside a quaint ice cream shop and Arion continued his ride up. Our favorite find of the day… this sign:
And since I keep talking about all this cycling business, here’s proof that not only is my husband bad-ass, he’s even more awesome because his cycling jersey flaunts his love for CO (I may or may not have purchased that for him ).
Enough gloating about my fit hub, after he finished, we helped him get some calories back into his system by getting the most amazing REAL ice cream. No fro-yo, people. This was the real deal. I am blanking on the name, but if you really want to go, I’ll email Sandy and ask. It was right on the Hudson River and was perfectly creamy and really fatty, just the way it should be. I think between the four of us we had vanilla with chocolate covered pretzels, vanilla with coconut and almonds, and chocolate with snickers. Now stop drooling on your keyboard.
Once rested and cool and full, we headed to hike around Bear Mountain (naturally, everyone hikes post-ice cream break, right?).
It was a gorgeous hike with perfect weather. At the bottom of Bear Mountain, there’s this adorable lodge that Sandy and I needed to explore before heading home, so we told the boys to lay around in the grass and got to it. Great grounds, gift shop, and a potential for winter vacation with friends! Hooray!
On our way back to the city, we stopped at a recommended place, Blu Fig. We had asked around at the lodge for a recommendation for a good pizza joint and the receptionist came through with this gem. As soon as she said the name, we were in love and luckily the food didn’t disappoint, either. We sat outside at dusk, which may be one of my favorite things, but it’s too long to put in a blog name, so just know I have a lot of favorite things. Anyway, the pizza was awesome and the apps, even better.
Of course, on our drive home, we did hit some traffic, but when you’re with awesome friends, time flies. So, here’s a toast to an awesome summer weekend and hoping there will be many more like this in the weeks to come.