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May Things

May 18, 2016
May Things

DC dwellers have experienced a pretty gloomy May so far with rain almost every day. So I thought this would be a great time to lighten things up and share some of my favorites: recipes, books, shows, blogs. Let’s chat!

My favorite District Table recipe so far? It was a close call, but I would have to say it’s the Herb-Roasted Chicken and Potatoes. You simply cannot beat how easy the entire dinner is to throw together. And it makes a lot of food, bonus. I was most surprised by the veggie burgers. Since I’d never made veggie burgers before I was quite skeptical, but they turned out delicious. I’m proud that I tried my hand at mixology. And for the favorite dessert: strawberry cheesecake bars. (It’s almost strawberry season guys!!!!)

Skinny Strawberry Cheesecake Bars by The District Table

I’ve also been trying a few recipes from other blogs:

  • A new kind of Slow Cooker Pulled Pork was a mega hit at our dinner party.
  • Bailey’s-Dipped Marshmallows blew my mind.
  • So did these delicious Whiskey Rice Krispies. (I added sprinkles, and next time might even add more whiskey.)
  • I’ve finally found a simple White Bread Recipe that actually works! The bread is almost too light and fluffy to use for sandwiches, but works great for avocado toast. And with eggs. And PB&J. And did I mention it’s an easy bread recipe from scratch??
  • We tried the banana chocolate chip version of these Overnight Oats and loved it. Also the fact that breakfast can be ready to grab and go in the morning is a plus.

Back to Her RootsImage via Back to Her Roots

Along the same lines, here are food five blogs that I follow and love. Check them out for some recipe inspiration! (By the way, I use Bloglovin’ as a tool to easily track my favorite blogs, and I highly recommend it.)

  • The most recent blog I’ve stumbled upon is How Sweet It Is. I love the recipes and the writing and the pictures. Recent recipes include Chocolate Milk Iced Mochas, Grilled Chicken, Tomato, & Artichoke Skewers with Goat Cheese Dip, and Blueberry Glazed Doughnut Muffins. I want it all.
  • Back to Her Roots was one of the very first food blogs that I ever followed. I am still a loyal fan (and want to be Cassie’s best friend). Her Instagram is also fun and real; she covers everything from family to gardening to (of course) great recipes.
  • Adventures in Cooking. All I can say is, photography goals, dude.
  • If I ever want to bake anything I look first to The Pastry Affair. The only downside of following her blog is that I crave scones or rolls or pie alllll the time, since the recipes look so good. She also has some of the best food writing I’ve come across.

The Pastry AffairImage via The Pastry Affair

Other May things:

1. Currently reading: GULP by Mary Roach. So far, this book is hilarious and I like learning about why and how we eat. I just finished reading the eighth Outlander book, Written In My Own Heart’s Blood. No joke, it took me a year to finish (I have never taken that long to finish a book, even if it’s 842 pages.) I found it to be much slower than other books in the series, but I am so SO happy that the series is now a show on Starz. Next up I want to read The Nightingale, I’ve heard great things. Also because historical fiction is my jam.
2. Currently watching: Outlander, surprise surprise. And Game of Thrones, which is branching off beyond the written books. I have come to kinda love not knowing what’s going to happen. For some comedic relief Nico and I like to watch Silicon Valley right after Game of Thrones too. Did you see this week’s episode? Funniest this season. I want to see: The Lobster. Looks quirky, and cute, and funny, and oh yeah I’ve got a secret crush on Rachel Weisz.
3. Currently stalking: This Instagram account, because it’s weirdly mesmerizing. I also like following along with these old photos. And my favorite DC Instagram is definitely IGDC.
4. Currently supporting: my brave and amazing sister-in-law! She is right now traveling around the globe—catch up with her at Next she is on to Norway, the land of my people.
5. Favorite DC find: the gardens at Dumbarton Oaks, which may cost $10 to get in, but I could spend an entire day there. I absolutely love it and have made a mental note to take my family there on their next DC trip.

Dumbarton Oaks-494

6. Looking forward to: the beginning of league softball season (tonight!), and a little trip that my husband and I are planning for June. We’re heading back to his birthplace, merry ol’ England, and then on to Ireland! If you’ve got any tips or tricks I would love to hear them!

That’s all for now! I’ll be back with a new recipe tomorrow. Here’s a hint: it’s not your typical leafy green kind of ‘salad.’

So what are you reading/watching? Any recommendations for a good book? What would you like to see on The District Table? I would really love to hear from you. Thanks for being here!

3 comments on May Things

  1. Katty's Kitchen

    Thanks for the shoutout on the Maker’s MarkMallow Treats. 🙂 Happy spring from Katty’s Kitchen! >>^..^<<

  2. Rebecca Zornow

    I’m watching Game of Thrones too of course and I loved the books. I also recently read the Bone Clocks, it was a Christmas gift from my sister. Normally I fly through books, but my husband insisted he wanted to read it together book club style. I read as slowly as I could, but still he’s only half way through and I’m done!

    1. Rebecca Staple Post author

      The same thing happens when Nico and I try to read a book together, haha! How did you like the Bone Clocks?

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