Thursday, June 30, 2016

Kitchen Remodel week 1 recap

Crappy, cheap white kitchen

our make shift kitchen during the renovation

Kitchen renovation Pt. 1 week 1 recap

the back workroom

It’s amazing when you go away on vacation for a week, leave your mother in charge of your kitchen renovation what you come back to!

new kitchen in waiting, cabinets, appliances and tile  

My husband and I escaped to the Shenandoah Valley during  messiest and loudest part of the renovation. The major demolition was completed while we were gone. The crappy white cabinets-gone, the awful white tile-gone, the wall between rooms-gone! We came back to a big empty dusty room.  It should be about a six week project. 

All of the cabinets, wood floors, appliances, backsplash tile are in the house and have left us with a pathway from the front door to the back. I hope the progress keeps moving and there are no major problems.

Our designer stopped by and informed us that I could get a bigger cabinet by the stove. Who doesn’t want more storage space so I course I agreed. 
As we move along I’ll keep you posted,

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Biscuit Bash 2016

A sure sign of the beginning of summer is the annual Biscuit Bash sponsored by Art Smith's Art &; Soul restaurant. 12 restaurants are brought in to compete for best biscuit. There are always both sweet and savory creations. There are the secret official judges and then there is the Peoples Coice winner, that's were we come in. We get to sample the 12 creations and we get to vote on our favorite. It's a tough job but we were up for the task. After eating our way through the the competition it was time to critique the creations and to pick our choice... Sweet, savory, spicy,or unusual. Which would get my vote?

Rappahannock fried oyster with tomato jam

They were all good. And it was a tough choice. Do you go with unusual ingregoents such as octopus and foie gras from Rural Society, fried Rappohanpck oysters and tomato jam, a bahn mi on a waffle biscuit? There were the biscuits in sweet catagories-strawberries on a biscuit with thyme, peaches with vanilla ice cream from Goodies Ice cream truck.

BBQ Bus Bahn Mi biscuit

Mistitam Cafe's biscuit rabbit sausage

12 contenders, 12 biscuits who would win the night? For me it was a tie between three. But in the end my vote token went to the BBQ Bus Bahn mi BBQ biscuit. 
The people's  choice winner was.....  Chef Alex McCoy of Alfie's