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Finally Friday- May 26th

by Michele Pesula Kuegler | May 26th, 2017 | Finally Friday
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As I was riding in the elevator to our place yesterday, a neighbor asked what plans I had for the long weekend. I said almost none, which prompted him to make a sad face. I know it’s the start of summer and we do actually have some plans, but it also feels like we’ve been on the road a lot, so it’s good to be based in Manchester for the weekend. I’m fairly excited to sleep in my own bed, cook in my kitchen, and explore some local places.

Things I Cooked

  • I’ve been home for a whopping 50-some hours this week as of 11:00 am on Friday, so there hasn’t been a lot of time to cook. However, I did do some recipe testing on desserts. In the coming weeks you’ll see a new recipe for a semi-sweet chocolate & peanut butter creation. The other dessert is finishing testing today
  • After eating so much restaurant food, I went with a veggie hash for Wednesday’s dinner. Lots of kale, a bunch of mushrooms, and some sweet potato made a fine base for over easy eggs. It was fairly filling but also healthy, a nice change of pace.
  • Last night I made a quick turkey chili- ground turkey, kidney beans, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, peppers, and onions. Ready in under 30 minutes, yummy, and healthy!

Places I Ate

  • Saturday night we were with friends near Monmouth Park and had a large crowd for dinner. We ended up at McGillicuddy’s Tap House, where I had their Italian Chicken Sandwich (turned into a wrap, of course). For a yummy, casual meal it is the right place.
  • We spent all Sunday at the races watching two of our horses run before driving back to Timonium. Arriving there about 8:30, we had a delightful dinner at Michael’s Cafe. I enjoyed a caesar salad and the mini crab cake appetizer as my entrĂ©e. (If you’re at Michael’s, you have to try the crab cakes!)
  • Monday was my birthday, which was different being away from home. My hubby and I enjoyed a romantic dinner for two at Stoney River. Being my bday, I indulged in caesar salad, petite filet with creamed spinach, and carrot cake. The slice of carrot was huge and amazingly delicious. Service was excellent and made for a festive evening.
  • On Tuesday we wrapped up our trip to the Mid-Atlantic region. Dinner that night was at The Firkin and Flyer at BWI. For an airport restaurant, the food is surprisingly good. Plus, they have an inviting lounge; however, the service on that side of the restaurant is almost nonexistent, so we ate on the restaurant side. It was worth the move- I adore their Parmesan Crusted Grilled Cheese. (Might as well eat one more splurgy dinner before the traveling came to an end.)

Things I Did

  • I spent parts of Saturday and Sunday afternoon at Monmouth Park, watching three of our horses run. None were winners, but the company was good. The weather was mediocre, especially to be standing outside in the paddock watching the horses prep for the race.
  • I think my favorite part of the trip was Tuesday morning. We were at our paddock at Pimlico at 5:30 am (Yes, you read that correctly!) to see our horses train and visit them in their stalls. I love petting them, offering peppermints, and getting to know their personalities.
  • I spent Tuesday afternoon at the Fasig-Tipton MidAtlantic Two-Year-Olds in Training auction. I skipped a good portion of the auction, as I have a food blog and a startup academy to run, but I did want to spend some time with the horses. I was able to meet the two year old Sky Mesa filly (pictured with hubby and me above) we bought.

A few more meetings and projects to complete, and then it’s time to enjoy a weekend in NH. Wishing all of you a wonderful long weekend!

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