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Making Croissants from Scratch

Northern VA, Healthy HostessCarlene ThomasComment
Making Croissants from Scratch 

I learned how to make croissants this weekend. Like from scratch. And it was the most amazing thing ever. You all have heard me rave (I mean, really, I always talk about this) about the bread I make from a starter every week. We no longer buy bread at the store. I only make this olive oil foccocia and lovingly feed my bread starter. Well, the same amazing woman who taught me that bread recipe also offers a croissant class. CROISSANTS PEOPLE! Needless to say my friend Katie (also a dietitian- trust us, it's worth it) and I were all over that and we spent all of Sunday learning the art of from scratch croissants from Melinda at Knead and Know in Northern Virginia. 

I think it's also worth mentioning my philosophy on 'treat' foods again. I'm sure if you're a first time reader of the blog you're thinking 'Dietitian nutritionist + croissants? How does that equate?'. But my food reality is that I believe in quality and savoring. The bread I make is not whole wheat because that recipe will not function as a whole wheat recipe. The bread I make at home, from scratch uses a fermented starter. No junky  preservatives. No sugar or honey or whatever that's in a lot of store breads. And it's delicious. As far as croissants? I will take fresh croissants at the ready from my freezer once a month instead of mediocre doughnuts once a week. It's about making the treats count. They're a luxury for your health. Treat it like a luxury purchase. Hence, learning how to make croissants.

Making Croissants from Scratch 
Making Croissants from Scratch 

Let me start by saying croissants are definitely not easy. But they are doable. They just take time and luckily they need not be completed start to finish all at once. After making the dough which includes the same starter I use for my foccocia, the dough gets rolled out and butter is placed in the middle. You essentially fold it all up, roll it out, fold it up again, roll it out and create the flaky wonderful layers in croissants. 

And this dough isn't JUST for croissants. You can make little cinnamon rolls with raisins. You can make what basically amount to really sexy Hot Pockets filled with veggies or ham or cheese. And it all freezes beautifully so you can make it on demand. 

I can't say enough about this class, or any of the bread classes Melinda teaches. If you're trying to think of a gift for yourself or someone this holiday season, book a class at Knead and Know! Her classes fill up FAST, so jump on it!!!

Wedding Wednesday: Middleburg Events Studio and Open House

Weddings and Events, Northern VACarlene ThomasComment
Middleburg Events Studio

Earlier this year I mentioned that I now had two additional offices besides my home office. The first, Creative Collective in Georgetown (DC) I already told you about. The second office space/studio is Middleburg Events Studio in Middleburg, VA. This studio space is 100% dedicated to weddings and to helping brides have weddings in the Northern Virginia/ Piedmont region of Virginia....AKA: horse and wine country. While I'm not 'at' the studio like I am in Georgetown unless I have a meeting or event scheduled, I encourage you to drop in and check it out! Specifically for.....

Open House & Bloody Mary Bar

The Studio is hosting an Open House on Sunday, November 9th, from 12-3:00PM and featured on the Visit Loudoun 2014 Fall Wedding Tour!  Come visit, meet other studio members and affiliates and enjoy the mimosa and Bloody Mary Bar courtesy of Red Fox Inn and Tavern. 

 

Middleburg Events Studio
Middleburg Events Studio

Creamy Hummus Salad Dressing and Sabra DC Pop Up Restaurant

Northern VA, Healthy HostessCarlene ThomasComment
hummus salad dressing 

Let's just start this hummus post off on the right foot with my all time favorite search term that has led to my blog: "Does hummus make your boobs grow?". Favorite. Ever. If that statement was indeed true, the dietitian nutritionist population would be so buxom we might be mistaken for another industry all together. So sadly, no. More hummus does not equate to more upper body curvaceousness. 

Throughout the month of October, Georgetown has been hosting the Sabra Hummus Pop Up Restaurant! When they invited me to their opening, I was SO excited to see what they had in store for DC. Their chef really wanted to push the limits to show how hummus could be used outside the typical 'dip, scoop, eat' method. With a takeout area or a dine in section, definitely go and experience the shop before it closes at the end of October (Note: service is kind of hit or miss...when I went with the girls from my CCM office our server was not good at all). 

But if you're not in the DC area, I want to challenge you to think outside the hummus tub. One of my favorite things I tried at the opening was a hummus dressing. It's creamy, higher protein and way more nutritious (haaay minerals!) than something like a typical creamy ranch dressing. It also really clings to super greens like kale or shredded brussels sprouts. And if you think those greens typically are too bitter because you're a super taster, having it with this creamy dressing will help mitigate those objectionable experiences. This is also a WAY healthier creamy dressing for those of you who want to eat healthier but need help cutting out the ranch, thousand island and honey mustard dressings. You can do it! 

hummus salad dressing 

Hummus Salad Dressing

/// Ingredients ///

  • 5 oz hummus,  red pepper Sabra
  • 1/4 c olive oil
  • 3 T cider vinegar
  • 1 t sesame oil
  • chive flowers for garnish

/// Directions /// Whisk all ingredients (sans chive flower garnish) in a bowl until combined and smooth. It will take a minute or two for it to come together. Keep whisking! Top with chopped chives. Serve over shredded kale with shredded carrots and red pepper. Need a protein? Chicken is perfect with this blend!

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