Sky Meadows Hike

Just catching up on the pictures from 2 weekends ago....dinner with recipes from Vedge and The Gramercy Tavern Cookbook.  First up, Saffron Cauliflower Soup with Persillade.  I omitted the saffron because I am cheap.  I also wondered how its delicate flavor would hold up to the Old Bay Seasoning.  My dun-colored soup was well received by the family, but you may want to use the saffron after you see the picture in the link below.

Prettier than the finished product--because I was too cheap to use saffron.

Prettier than the finished product--because I was too cheap to use saffron.

Here are several recipes from Vedge.  After trying the brussels sprouts this past weekend at the restaurant, they are now on my to-do list along with the fingerling potatoes with creamy worcestershire sauce.

Ian and I gorged ourselves on Gramercy Tavern's baked clams.  I couldn't find the larger clams, but these worked nicely-especially since the filling included nearly half a pound of scallops.  I bought the seafood at the local market and wished I had waited until I went to the Great Wall Supermarket where I bought everything else.  I was colder in that grocery store than on our hike the next day.

Baked clam jackpot.

Baked clam jackpot.

Sky Meadows is located ~1 hour from our house, perfect for day hike with scenic views and sections of the Appalachian Trail.  We saw a couple of white tail deer and lots of evidence of cows but no actual cows.  We took the scenic route home, stopping in Middleburg where we ate lunch on the patio, watched people with more money than sense fail at parallel parking, and resisted over-priced chocolates.

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Picturesque valley with hubcap sized cow pie in foreground.

Picturesque valley with hubcap sized cow pie in foreground.