Friday, August 14, 2020

pesto starts in the fields -- Bloomingdale Farmers Market

From: Robin Shuster 

Sent: Friday, August 14, 2020 5:06 PM
Subject: Pesto starts in the fields - BFM!

Pesto starts in these Shenandoah fields. Then it is your turn.

Hi BFM fans

It's definitely pesto time. I was inspired by this glorious picture of Shenandoah's basil fields where the main ingredient of pesto is clearly flourishing. (In Garner and Reid fields too). Want Pesto or the French Pistou this winter? I purée some basil in olive oil, freeze it in ice cube trays and then put those cubes in freezer bags. Add the garlic, pinenuts and cheese after you defrost it for the freshest flavor.  If you want a deep deep dive into pestomaking with a strong conclusion for using a mortar and pestle by Serious Eats, go here.  Domenica has one inspired by the Sicilian Trapanese version with almonds and cherry tomatoes here. Italian cookbook guru Marcella Hazan has an unexpected secret ingredient in this version or this.  And if you want something completely unexpected, take a look at this very rustic cutting board pesto.    

Gather your basil, your garlic and even your cheese at the market.  Ask Mark at Swirly Girl for Tommy Goat an aged, mixed milk Parmesan style cheese that he adores.

(And if you don't feel like making your own, Cucina al Volo has their own pesto sauce for you.)

NEW or notable this week:

  • Lots of Heirloom Toms at Shenandoah Seasonal and Garner and Reid- German Stripeys, Cherokee Purple, Red Brandywines-- I have been slicing one for lunch every day,
  • Chileheads: lots of different hot peppers at Shenandoah, Garner
  • Sweet, heat-tolerant lettuce heads at Shenandoah
  • Hot Peppers- shishito, poblanos, serranos, jalapenos, Hungarian yellow wax and more.
  • Yard-long beans at Shenandoah and scroll down for Ali's tips on them.
  • Cocozelle Italian heirloom squash at Shenandoah and Reid -- nutty flavor and low on seeds.
  • New Potatoes
  • Tomatillos
  • Okra
  • Sweet Onions
  • Watermelon, Cantaloup and green fleshed Melons-- so good sprinkled with lime — Garner
  • Nik Sharma's quickly pickled nectarines with or without the chicken thighs marinated in mint, scallions and yogurt was a revelation. (Making it again tonight)

Shenandoah Seasonal: lots of BASIL, lots of heirloom tomatoes as well as classic slicers, tender Swiss chard, peashoots, salad mix, summer crisp lettuce, bok choi, celery,beets, herbs. eggplants, zucchini, summer crisp letttuce, Hungarian hot wax peppers, shishito and mixed variety of bell peppers. Have you tried the Cocozelle Italian heirloom zucchini.  Nutty without many seeds. Basil, parsley, scallions and garlic. Stir fry the green and red yard-long beans!

Ali's long bean Tip: Make a quick stir fry with garlic and curry powder, then simmer in coconut milk and add bok choi or swiss chard. 
Pre Order at

SWIRLY GIRL CREAMERY:  Try the Tommy Goat to make your pesto.  Are you ready for a Greek Salad with tomatoes, cucumber and WHIPPED feta? Yes, whip their feta and you will be delighted by what this simple change in texture does. Mark also likes to spread Winter morning on cucumbers

  • Morbier: this semi soft cow cheese with a layer of vegetable ash is a shout out to one of my favorite French cheeses and caused a formal French Diplomat to get so riled she threw a basket of it AT Mark.   
  • Winter Morning is their most popular, a bloomy rind cheese that Mark loves to spread.
  • Feta, Tomato Basil Bovre and Farmhouse cow cheeses are all great with pasta -- or on crackers.
  • You like Funky cheese, they have Firetruck and Cowttin.  Firetruck is a salty, hard, grater, Cowttin is similar to a triple cream.  The longer you keep it, the funkier it gets.  Very French.

GARNER'S PRODUCE: Orders for Saturday by 7pm Friday f you want one of their seasonal boxes: Be sure to mark BFM when you order,

Corn. Peppers in various shapes and heat and colors, eggplants.  Okra. Swiss chard, citrusy purslane great with tomatoes, kales, various types of squash and zucchini, collard, tomatoes (early girls, cherry,  heirloom), loose onions, stir fry greens, Salad mix, lettuce mix, cabbages, cukes, garlic. Stone ground grits and cornmeal, hot pepper jelly.  Hot sauces. Some herb plants. blackberries. New potatoes.  Green and wax beans. basil. cilantro. Melons!

GROFF'S CONTENT: Lots of cuts of beef, pork and chicken this week at the stand this week

REID'S ORCHARD AND WINERY: I can see Fall because Reid now has FIVE summer apples:Honeycrisp, Sansa, Zestar, Pristine and Paula Reds. And lots of peaches and berries.  
 Red Haven yellow peaches, White Lady  white peaches, Summer Beaut yellow nectarines, Jade white nectarines, Saturn Whit donut peaches.  But not just fruit -- check out the vegetables as well.Green and yellow beans,  6 kinds of summer squash including Cocozelle Italian zucchini, cukes, cherry tomatoes, Heirloom tomatoes and yes, herbs to plants from the greenhouse!  Not too late. Their region famous cider, honey, apple and fruit butters. 

Here's a uniquely SAVORY Peach Salad: 

PANORAMA ARTISANAL BAKERY: Two French bakers means baguettes, croissants and French inspired breads.  Lots of breakfast pastries too. The breads freeze well in foil and a freezer bag.

KING MUSHROOM FARM:  Pre order available at   Order by FRIDAY for Sunday pickup at BFM. Shiitake, maitake, cremini, portobello, exotic mix, lion's mane, king trumpet, chestnut, oyster...Yes, you can order at the stand too. Grill those mushrooms. 

WHISKED:  6 Pack Cookies: Chocolate Chip, Salty Oatmeal, Molasses Spice, Hazelnut Swirl, Snickerdoodle, Pretzel Cowboy, Assorted, Flourless Mexican Chocolate (GF), VEGAN: Oatmeal Chocolate Chip, Lemon Poppyseed, Chocolate Blackout.   

Prime Pie Time: Cherry, Apple, Chocolate Chess, Strawberry Rhubarb, Key Lime.

The POPUP CHINESE STREET MARKET: (AKA Those DUMPLINGS) Handmade dumplings, buns, shumai, dandan noodles kits, chili oil sauce,  East Asian staple meals.

Pickles: Half Sours, Crispy Kosher, Honey Habaneros, Sunny Dills, Super Sours, Horseradish
Kimchi & Kraut: Sons Kimchi, Kicky Kimchi, Ramp Kraut
Veggies: Cider Masala Beets, Giardiniera
Kombucha: Original Ginger, Lavender Fizz, Peach, Watermelon

But if you want these, Pre order and they will have it for you at the stand. : Salsa So Verde, District Dills, Clean Kraut, Szechuan Sears, Sicilian Spears.  Any problems ordering? 202-570-4453   Pre Order market pickup.Order before FRIDAY at 7 am and specify 14&U FM:

CUCINA AL VOLO:  Keep some  of their pasta in the freezer for a quick meal that will not heat up the kitchen. Want a cold pasta salad? The green kale fusilli spirals are the very best -- they capture every little bit of cheese, meats and vegetables. See the recipe at the top of the email. Pesto Pasta is another great idea. Burrata and Butternut Squash Ravioli is an all seasons fave to keep in your freezer.  

Remember that a Pasta Primavera with bits of fresh vegetables is a classic, light dish.

Here is the list:

  • Burrata ravioli
  • Spinach and ricotta ravioli 
  • Beef brisket and Parmesan ravioli
  • Roasted butternut squash and mascarpone ravioli 
  • Egg fettuccine 
  • Smoked paprika pappardelle
  • Green kale fusilli 
  • Squid ink chitarra 
  • Egg strozzapreti
  • Hand made potato gnocchi 
  • Eggplant Parmesan (Take and Bake)
  • Beef lasagna (Take and Bake)


  • Pesto
  • Lamb ragu 
  • Bolognese sauce 
  • Cherry tomato sauce
  • Wild mushroom sauce 
  • Eggplant sauce 


Robin and Ted

NBC4 Washington: "Sen. Kamala Harris Shaped by Her Indian Heritage, Time at Howard University" > Bloomingdale resident is Senator Harris' AKA sorority line sister

 See this NBC4 Washington news story.

Note that Senator Kamala Harris' AKA line sister is a Bloomingdale resident.

Thursday, August 13, 2020

here is this week's The Dragon newsletter from St. George's Episcopal Church

 From: Saint Georges DC <

Sent: Thursday, August 13, 2020 5:01 PM
Subject: The Dragon

The Dragon e-News



The Dragon e-Newsletter Weekly


St. George's Episcopal Church


Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost ~ August 16, 2020


160 U Street Washington DC 20001


This Parish of the Episcopal / Anglican Church was founded in 1930 as an Episcopal Church for African Americans. St. George's witnesses to the Gospel of Jesus Christ as expressed through the Anglican Tradition. We serve as a guiding light for our parishioners as well as the larger community.  We bid you welcome in the name of the Lord! 


Priest-in-Charge: The Rev Marilyn Jenkins


The Feast of

Saint Mary the Virgin, Mother of our Lord Jesus Christ

August 15, 2020


On August 15, the church celebrates the Feast of Saint Mary the Virgin. Mary, the mother of Christ, has been celebrated since the earliest days of the Christian church. Mary is prominent in the Gospels. When Mary greeted her cousin Elizabeth she filled with the Holy Spirit and exclaimed with a loud cry, ‘Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb." (Luke 1:42) Mary was often with the other women who followed Jesus and ministered to his needs. At Calvary, she was among the little band of disciples who kept watch at the cross. After the resurrection, she was to be found with the Twelve in the upper room, watching and praying until the coming of the Spirit at Pentecost.


Later devotion has claimed many things for Mary which cannot be proved from Holy Scripture. What we can believe is that one who stood in so intimate a relationship with the incarnate Son of God on earth must, of all the human race, have the place of highest honor in the eternal life of God. A paraphrase of an ancient Greek hymn expresses this belief in very familiar words: "Oh higher than the cherubim, more glorious than the seraphim, lead their praises, alleluia." (Holy Women, Holy Men)


O God, you have taken to yourself the blessed Virgin Mary, mother of your incarnate Son; Grant that we, who have been redeemed by his blood, may share with her the glory of your eternal kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. (BCP 243)

Sunday Schedule

The Next Sunday Service in Church will be determined by Public Health Indicators and implemented in a phased approach

7:30 a.m.      

Holy Eucharist RITE I with Sermon -- The Rev. Marilyn Jenkins


8:30 a.m.

Hospitality Hour


9:00 a.m.      

Parish Choir Rehearsal        


9:00 a.m. - Conf. Room     

Bible Study with The Rev. Marilyn Jenkins


10:00 a.m.  

Choral Holy Eucharist RITE II with Sermon -- The Rev. Marilyn Jenkins


11:00 a.m.

Hospitality Hour 


This Week


August 13 - 7:00 p.m. Vestry Meeting


Agust 15 - Kwanzaa



August 15 - Feast of St. Mary the Virgin


August 16 - 9:00 a.m. Bible Study


August 16 - 9:45 a.m.

Zoom Worship


Join us in praying

Prayers for healing and wholeness have been asked here for the names of those who need our prayers.

Add a name here.


Pledges are Up!

It's never too late to give


# Pledges: 45

Total $ : $165,392.00.


Presiding Bishop Curry's Sermon to the House of Bishops




St. George’s 90th Anniversary & Homecoming Virtual Celebration 


St. George’s 90th Anniversary & Homecoming Virtual Celebration 

Sunday, October 11, 2020 

12:30 p.m.


Theme: Moving Forward with Grace: Embracing Love, Hope, Diversity, Justice, and Peace


Guest Preacher: The Rev. Canon Rosemarie Duncan


Bible Verse: For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his faithfulness endures from age to age. Psalm 100:4 (BCP 730)



This Sunday's Worship

St. George's ~ St. Luke's ~ Calvary


This Sunday, August 16, 2020 we will again worship via zoom joining St. Luke's and Calvary live. Please join us on Zoom if you can. Or you may join us on St. George's Facebook page as we will stream the Zoom worship live onto Facebook and on St. George's YouTube Channel.


Sunday Worship:


Date: August 16, 2020

Time: 9:45 a.m.

Zoom Link:

Meeting ID number: 362-627-1076. If asked for password -- 001891


If you are calling in by cellphone, we ask you to use this number: 301-715-8592, meeting ID: 362-627-1076. 


If you must use landline to call in, use 1-877 -853-5247, meeting ID: 362-627-1076. Password is 001891 (this is toll-free, but it costs us)


St. George's Facebook Page Livestream Here


St. George's YouTube Channel Livestream Here

Zoom Guild will do all the training necessary. Please contact Anica Allen if you would like to join this guild.



Outreach: Serving the Community



Kwanzaa Kitchen: Janis has been able to come up with a unique way in which we will continue to feed the hungry in this important ministry. It involves fewer than 6 people and we will pack the food to go and place it outside on tables for people to take their breakfast with them. We will continue this way until we are able to gather groups together again.





Saint George's Episcopal Church |


St.Georges DC | 160 U Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

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