Better find your car keys

You’re gonna want to visit DC just for this. Yesterday we hit the jackpot at the Columbia Heights farmer’s market. From cherry tomatoes so sweet you can eat them like candy, to blackberries that look too good to be true (and taste even better), to rainbow chard for only $2…

But then. There were bison burgers. Call it a game changer. We’re already acquainted with the unparalleled and off-the-beaten-path deliciousness of bison from one of our favorite happy hours at Vinoteca. There they serve incredible sliders, in addition to crostini, olives, etc to pair with their $5 wines. So we knew we wanted to try it sometime. When we found local bison meat from Maryland at the market, we couldn’t say no.

So today, while watching the Women’s World Cup and enjoying some Sam Adams Summer Ale (can’t resist since our trip to the Boston brewery), we grilled to-die-for bison burgers. We topped them with flame-grilled onions and mushrooms and extra sharp Vermont white cheddar cheese. I still can’t believe I cooked this!



Char.

This is what summer time is all about. We spent a lazy 4th of July weekend devouring RedRocks Pizza on the patio,strolling through Eastern Market, grilling everything we could find, enjoying drag brunch at Nellie’s, and finally taking a nice long bike ride to the National Arboretum. Oh, and then we watched a 360° panorama of fireworks from the roof.

Life is good.


We made an excellent batch of kale chips to start. No, not on the grill. Wash and dry any variety of kale very thoroughly – drying is the most important part. Then shred into bite sized pieces, toss with olive oil, salt and pepper, and bake for about 15-20 minutes in a 300° oven until super crispy. Can’t be beat.


Next, Emily made eggplant bruschetta, using grilled eggplant slices in place of bread, fresh pan-seared tomatoes, basil and feta cheese. As vibrant in flavor as it is in color.


Now this was the kicker. Dijon-glazed salmon burgers, grilled to perfection and made all the more heavenly with bacon and arugula. Hell. Yes.


Salmon burgers, kale chips, and potato salad with radishes and celery.

…I hope you don’t think we stopped there.


Grilled cinnamon glazed peaches with ice cream (not pictured: fresh blueberries).

Yeah, this makes the summer heat all worth it.

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