BRATS like you’ve never had them

BRATS like you’ve never had them

Sometimes when you’re walking through the Market, you want something to warm your belly and to put that smile on your face. Something homemade but you can’t quite put your finger on it. Next time you’re at One Loudoun Marketplace stop in and see Scott from Scott’s Brats. His homemade brats will make your belly and your face smile.

EatLoCo Launches Year-Round Farmers Market at One Loudoun

EatLoCo Launches Year-Round Farmers Market at One Loudoun

EatLoCo has launched a year-round farmers market at One Loudoun called One Loudoun Marketplace.

From left, along with some feathered friends, Dan Hine and Linna Walz of EatLoCo celebrate their new partnership with Julie Dillon and Bill May of One Loudoun.

The farmers market will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday at Exchange Street and Endicott Drive in the One Loudoun development, behind Okada Japanese Restaurant and Sushi Bar. The marketplace’s 24 vendors offer artisanal, farm-raised and farm-grown products from Loudoun producers, including produce, meats, eggs, dairy products, baked goods, and home goods such as soap and flowers.

A second marketplace, at Brambleton, will open April 1. Working with local leaders, EatLoCo also hopes to identify a location for a year-round, covered marketplace within the county.

The marketplaces, or farmers markets, are put on by EatLoCo, which raises awareness of Loudoun farms and food producers. As part of its focus on a healthy Loudoun lifestyle, EatLoCo educates home cooks and foodies, as well as local restaurants and businesses, on what’s in season and where locally grown food can be found. The EatLoCo.org website also offers a resource of farm-to-table restaurants, healthy lifestyle articles and recipes, as well as marketplace locations and vendor descriptions.

Click to read the article on Loudoun Now here!

‘Coffee Cupping’

‘Coffee Cupping’

Coffee cupping is term coffee makers use that helps you observe and appreciate the different tastes, flavors and aromas coffee has during the brewing process. Dave Carlson from Wicked Goat Coffee showed Dan and Linna (pictured) how the process is done at his facility in Loudoun County. We look forward to having Dave and Wicked Goat Coffee as a weekly vendor at our new EatLoco Brambleton Market beginning April 1.

Linna Walz trying out the ‘coffee cupping’ technique

Mushroom Stroganoff with Winter Greens and Mustard Vinaigrette

Mushroom Stroganoff with Winter Greens and Mustard Vinaigrette

THIS ARTICLE FIRST APPEARED ON FAMILY AND FORKS.

Beef Stroganoff is a winter family favorite. For us, the mushrooms soaked in sherry and suspended in a rich sour cream sauce, is undeniably our favorite part.

So, lately we omit the beef and instead add more mushrooms then spoon it all over a bed of buttered German egg noodles. Honestly, we don’t miss the beef at all. Mushroom Stroganoff with a side of Winter Greens tossed in a Mustard Vinaigrette is satisfyingly rich and filling making it a favorite way to feature winter market staples.

Mushrooms are a steady presence in the winter market and with the flu season in full force these days there is no better time to enjoy. Their fragile and rustic appearance belies their strength. Mushrooms, particularly shiitake, are believed to be a great support to the immune system with anti-viral and possibly even anti-cancer properties. Thankfully they are plentiful all year but I think they assume prominence during the Winter Market among the knobby (but equally wonderful) root vegetables.

Another constant presence in the market are hearty winter greens. Our local farmers have become impressively adept growing beautiful greens under cover of a high tunnel. Winter even makes some greens, like kale, taste their best during the coldest months. I find myself making an easy mustard vinaigrette to keep in a jar in the fridge throughout the week to quickly toss over greens with a sprinkling of shallots, or sometimes just a bit of minced garlic if we really need the heat and immunity boost…which we do right now.

Sherry, Worcestershire sauce and mustard are winter pantry necessities for us.   Our meals these days feature rich cream sauces when possible. To me, they warm from the inside out and keep us full when our bodies are in overdrive trying to keep warm.  I believe Sherry (or vermouth or Madeira) is a necessity in cream sauces and the occasional hit of mustard provides a kick. I also find myself reaching for Worcestershire sauce, slipping it into beef stews and soups. Used sparingly, it secretly rounds out flavors like nothing else. Use it with a heavy hand, and all you can taste is its distinct taste. Consider yourself warned.

Keep supporting your winter farmer’s market and you might be surprised by the treasures you can find. Mushroom Stroganoff is one of our family favorites and we hope it becomes one of your favorites, too.


MUSHROOM STROGANOFF WITH WINTER GREENS AND A MUSTARD VINAIGRETTE

Mushrooms soaked in sherry and suspended in a sour cream sauce are paired with a salad featuring winter greens in a mustard vinaigrette.
Author: Lisa Colburn Stewart

INGREDIENTS

For the mushroom Stroganoff:

  • 3 Tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 lb. baby bella or white button mushrooms, wiped clean,* stems removed and quartered or halved if small
  • 3.5 oz. (about 1 cup) shiitake mushrooms, wiped clean, stems removed and thickly sliced into ½-inch slices.
  • 1 large shallot, chopped
  • ¼ cup dry sherry
  • 2½ teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1½ teaspoons Dijon mustard (never yellow mustard!)
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1-2 teaspoons paprika
  • salt and pepper, to taste

 

For the Winter Green Salad with Mustard Vinaigrette

  • 4 large handfuls mixed greens, rinsed and dried with stems removed**
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons sherry vinegar (cider, red or white wine vinegar can substitute)
  • 3-4 Tablespoons best-quality olive oil
  • Sea salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 Tablespoon minced shallot (optional)
  • ¼ teaspoon minced garlic (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh or ½ teaspoon dried tarragon or thyme

INSTRUCTIONS

For the Mushroom Stroganoff:
  1. Melt the butter in a large stainless fry pan over medium heat.
  2. Once butter is melted, add shallots and saute until softened, about 3-4 minutes.
  3. Add mushrooms and a pinch of salt then stir quickly to coat in the butter and shallots. Keep cooking over medium heat for about 5 minutes. At first, mushrooms will be dry in the pan, keep stirring occasionally and mushrooms will begin to soften and release some of their liquid. When this happens, you are ready for the next step.
  4. Add the sherry to the pan and stir to scrape and deglaze the pan. Simmer for 30 seconds.
  5. Add mustard, Worcestershire sauce and stir until combined.
  6. Lower heat to medium low and add sour cream. Stir to combine and heat until hot. Taste and season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  7. Serve atop buttered noodles or rice and sprinkle with paprika.
For the Mustard Vinaigrette:
  1. In a small jar with a lid, spoon in mustard, vinegar and olive oil. Add shallots, garlic and/or herbs, if using. Add a pinch of salt and a few cracks of black pepper. Place lid on jar and shake until vinaigrette is completely combined. Dip in a leaf to test seasoning and add more salt and pepper, if desired, or thin with additional olive oil if you prefer a thinner vinaigrette.
  2. Pour desired amount of vinaigrette over a large bowl full of greens and toss to combine.
NOTES

*To wash mushrooms: Mushrooms are like little sponges absorbing any water immediately so they can become soggy quickly. Avoid this by cleaning mushrooms using a damp towel and wiping away any grit. Do not rinse.

**To rinse greens, place in a large bowl and fill with very cold water. Toss the greens in the water to stir around then let sit for a few minutes. Remove from the water by scooping up just under the floating greens and transfer to a strainer or salad spinner. You will likely see grit on the bottom of the bowl. If there is a lot of grit, you may want to repeat until the water is clear. If you are not using a salad spinner to dry the greens, strain then lay out greens on a clean paper towel or white towel and gently roll up then unroll and sit out for a few minutes.

 

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EatLoCo Finds New Home for Food Trucks

EatLoCo Finds New Home for Food Trucks

Finally, a place where Loudoun County’s food trucks can virtually park!

EatLoCo now has a designated page providing food trucks with a space to share their menus and location with dates of their appearances. Not only that, but Marketplace visitors will be able to munch on their favorite food truck’s local, rotating menu every weekend at One Loudoun as well as the up-and-coming Brambleton Marketplace.

Currently, you’ll find Flavour food truck, Parallel food truck and Egg Karne at the One Loudoun Marketplace. Stay tuned and check in on the Loudoun Food Trucks page for updates!

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