Happy Monday, broccoli fans!
I hope you all had a wonnnnnnderful weekend! Mine was fantastic and should I even go as far as to call it MARVELOUS?! Oh yes, yes I shall! 😉 Come,
walk with me, talk with me, read with me, as I take this Monday morning to recall the delicious memories that were made!
*Cue foggy/blurred scene fade in*
Finding my FAVORITE apples at the farmers’ market on Saturday morning!
Step aside Honeycrisp, as of last fall, my new love is Mutsu! <- which always makes me think of a mutt puppy…like at the pound…like I “adopted” them from the market and now I’m going to EAT THEM ALL!! Muahahaha! Wait, ok…so forget about the whole puppy thing…we’re talking apples here, not Chinese food! Oh, but I DID adopt a bug! That little black speck in the top center one? Yep, that would be a gnat…talk about FRESH, right? 😉
Getting INSPIRED in the kitchen with some of the last bits of summer fruit!
AND having decent lighting for photography! Even if it DID mean being
an hour a teensy bit late meeting the man-friend for lunch! Just shows how much I love you guys! Recipe coming tomorrow…as long as you keep our little secret! 😉
Having my MIND BLOWN by the one freakin’ incredible sandwich!
Yeah, that lunch date with the man-friend? Well, we had another successful Yelp experience on Saturday after searching for a good sandwich place for lunch. Mitchell Delicatessen in East Nashville DEFINITELY held up to their high rating! I was in love with the place from the moment I spotted this turkey, apple, and brie with cranberry jalapeno relish on the menu, but even more so once I found out that they only use natural and seasonal ingredients from local sources! That whole wheat bread? It came from Silke’s German Bakery right here in Clarksville!
The sight of perfectly melty ooey gooey #CHEESEPORN!
Enough said. 😉
Spending the rest of the day RELAXING with the man-friend.
And talking, and shopping, and scratching our tomato butts out in the garden! 😉
Perfectly warm, crusty edges yet doughy on the inside HERB-FILLED BREAD!
The man-friend and I had intended on grilling some steaks at his house, but after a long day of shopping and butt scratching, we decided to go out instead. 😉 We tried another new place, a family owned and operated restaurant called Ellendale’s. Based out of a historic farmhouse, the decor was rustic, yet elegant. I loved that the live music wasn’t too loud and we actually had one of the dining rooms all to ourselves!
This seemingly average house salad with an amazing BASIL VINAIGRETTE!
Originally, I didn’t think I wanted a salad but when the man-friend let me have a taste of his dressing, I quickly flagged down the waiter and got one of my own! It was fantastic…a little citrus and a lot of basil but not in a way that was overpowering.
A perfect filet mignon topped with caramelized onions, mushrooms and TRUFFLE BUTTER!
Oh yeah and a really delicious baked sweet potato and some asparagus…but let’s talk about the life-changing amazingness that IS truffle butter!! I’m not really a steak sauce kind of gal, and up until this point, I’d chose to either have my steak plain or maybe with some blue cheese topping, but when I saw the truffle butter on the menu, I knew I had to try it. HOLY friggin’ CRAP, I about had a Harry Met Sally moment…especially when I used that perfectly crusty yet doughy bread to soak it up off the plate! Do me a favor…when you bury me with those coconut chips, be sure to throw in a good drizzle of this stuff too!
Sorry, but Godiva has got you people FOOLED! 😉
Have you ever tried truffle-flavored butter, oil, etc?
What was the MOST marvelous thing from your weekend?