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The Last Time and a Local Find.

April 12, 2011

Today was a prep day.

Our last prep day of the 2010-2011 Bobcats basketball season!

It started with cutting some sweet, juicy watermelon for a new salad being created tomorrow.

We also made mini parmesan cheese cups to be used tomorrow to house mini caesar salads.

Then I got all “last day of school”, and decided to take pictures of my crew!

From now on, all my sentences began with “This is the last time we’ll….”

This is the last time David will julienne carrots!

This is the last time that Bri will cut some meat.

This is the last time Heather will bake crostinis.

This is the last time we will get excited over bacon.

This is the last time Jaime will cut grape tomatoes like a champ.

The last time I’ll make dressings from scratch.

And complain about it [even though I secretly like it] 🙂

This is the last time Heather will have to grill artichokes.

Had enough of that yet?

Of course it’s not the last time we’ll do all of those things in our own lives.

However most likely some of us will go our separate ways.  So it’s the last time we’ll it together as a crew.

Since tomorrow is our last game day, I really want to make the food special.  So let’s knock it out of the park tomorrow rockstars! 🙂

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I’m scheduled to go out of town this weekend, so I’ve been getting resourceful in my kitchen this week.

The plan is to weed through the produce and leftovers in my fridge my Thursday afternoon.

Today I made some asparagus soup!

I just chopped up some asparagus ends, red onion, celery, carrots and garlic.

Then I sauteed them in some coconut and olive oil.

Once they were well on their way to getting tender, I added some spices [basil, thyme], salt and pepper.

I also threw in a handful of frozen peas to the mix.

Then I covered the vegetables in chicken stock and let it simmer for a bit.

Once it had simmered for about 20 minutes or so, I blended it up, added a touch of cream and lemon juice and checked for seasonings.

Then I had a brilliant idea for a quick topping to go on the soup, inspired by a local buy.

I forgot to mention that after work I checked out Atherton Mill Market in Southend.

It was smaller than I thought, but I loved it! Lots of local finds, from produce, to baked goods and freshly roasted nuts, to soaps and candles.

I was smitten with this local honey company.

It’s called Cloister honey.  They are the same people who have the bee hives on top of the Ritz here in Charlotte!

I was immediately offered a tasting, that I welcomed with open arms.

I tried so much honey.  They even had flavored whipped honey, like cinnamon and pumpkin spice! Mmmh.

I was dead set on buying the cinnamon honey.  That is until I tasted this baby.

Sourwood honey is unlike any honey I’ve tasted before.  It’s so smooth and heavenly.

Anyways, you all should support this local business!  It’s well worth the extra money.

Method to my madness?

Well I mixed together a drizzle of the honey with some softened goat cheese. Then I made quenelle to top the soup.  Although the quenelle was a bit too heavy for the soup so it sort of sank.  I promise it was pretty though!

I also topped the soup with some fresh lemon zest and a little truffle salt.

This was a hearty yet refreshing springtime soup!

Now I’m off to fold a massive amount of laundry.

Hope you all have a good night 🙂

Vanessa

P.S. I may or may not get a post up tomorrow night.  The game is an hour later so I’m not going to get home to later.  If not, I did not forget about you.  Thursday I’ll be back 🙂

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. April 12, 2011 11:31 pm

    Awwh… I feel your pain, tomorrow is my last day of class with everyone I’ve went to school with for the last 8 months… SO bitter sweet!

    Enjoy and good luck!!

    • April 13, 2011 7:12 am

      Ahh congrats on your last day of class! I’m sure that’s a bit of relief!! Thanks 🙂

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