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    DR Summer picnic -7/29/18 Noon to 5ish

    Sadly, I'm out. Will need to take care of some family matters that weekend. Was looking forward to meeting the DR group. Hopefully there will be some other events that I will be able to attend. I hope you all have a wonderful picnic.
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    DR Summer picnic -7/29/18 Noon to 5ish

    Thank you, that helps quite a bit! Currently I'm leaning towards making a non-chocolate dessert item... just can't think of too much savory picnic fair that does well sitting out at 90 plus degrees. Bread and biscuits are good options as is a tomato tasting.
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    DR Summer picnic -7/29/18 Noon to 5ish

    Well, I would definitely like it to be on the calendar and think it would be helpful to allow all members to add events to the calendar. Not sure about the tweeting but if others think that would be a good idea, I'm not opposed to it.
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    DR Summer picnic -7/29/18 Noon to 5ish

    Could this event be added to the events calendar or is that calendar only for birthdays? It would give folks another way to find this thread. I've looked at the spreadsheet to figure out what people are bringing and it looks like there are a lot of holes in our menu -- trying to figure out how much to bring and if it should be savory or sweet. Any advice or preferences to help me make up my mind?
  5. I've seen whole briskets at Costco, BJ's, and Restaurant Depot. There is a great butcher out in Catlett who probably has whole briskets -- if they don't have them in stock I'm sure they could get them for you.
  6. Glad to hear that The Canopy is still doing well! @curiouskitkatt welcome to pit beef! I'm glad you gave it a second chance.
  7. The Canopy is a separate establishment from Pioneer Pit Beef. It has been years since I was at either one but back then, the Columbia/Ellicott City Canopy was far superior to Pioneer Pit Beef.
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    DR Summer picnic -7/29/18 Noon to 5ish

    Definitely interested in a tomato tasting!
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    DR Summer picnic -7/29/18 Noon to 5ish

    Hoping to have the time to come and meet folks. The DR picnic is penciled in on my calendar.
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    Weezy, your cake looks beautiful and quite festive! Did the elderberry flavor come through?
  11. @Smita Nordwall thank you very much! Will give that a try -- probably next year.
  12. Glad to hear it turned out well! 55 minutes to delicious corned beef! Would you mind sharing your brining process / recipe? Also, how large was your corned beef & did you use natural or quick release?
  13. Funny you should ask... I decided to sous vide the corned beef at 60C for 57 hours. Turned out great but I still don't know how it would have cooked up in the Instant Pot. I think it that would also be very good and I need to give it a try. Sorry I can't report back on this yet. Cool that you corned your own! I'm curious how you think it compares to store bought corned beef. Good luck, I'm sure it will be great however you decide to cook it.
  14. Picked up a corn beef brisket at Wegmans and I'm planning to cook it in the Instant Pot. I usually cook it on the stove top -- we'll see how it goes -- I'm aiming for sliceable corn beef. The IP recipes for corn beef have quite a bit of variation; I may cook to the minimum time, check on it and see if it needs more cooking. Has anyone cooked corn beef in the IP?
  15. The Restaurant at Patowmack Farm has been on my list of places to try for quite awhile. I enjoyed Tarver King's cooking at the Ashby Inn and enjoyed it even more at Patowmack Farm. What a beautiful location, great service, wonderful flavor combinations! Currently they have three RDV wines available, by the glass. My group enjoyed the RDV Friends & Family and Rendezvous (sorry, but I do not recall the vintages). Per one of the waitresses, this is for a limited time only, and is because they will be having an RDV dinner 22 March. I inquired and there are still reservations available for the RDV dinner. I definitely want to return and try their Sunday Suppers and brunch. The outline of last night's menu, as borrowed from their website, with the details that I can recall (maybe I should take notes!). The first two courses were good but it was the last seven courses that impressed me. Snacks seed bread & cashew butter burdock root and a few other items Trading With The Piscataway Tribe “Cream of Mushroom Soup” this soup was delicious as was the croissant that came along with it Sea Scallop wonderful combination of textures and flavors “Bait Fish” included a small piece of fish on a skewer Sunflower this course contained lamb (from a solar powered farm), sunchokes, sunflower seeds, and a few other components Digestif lemon posset, Fernet-Branca gelée, sorrel Cheddar and Apples butter cake, quark, ice cream, dehydrated apple chip, pickled apple and finish with Sweet Little Bites caramel, lemon(?) & fennel pâte de fruit, mini cake, toffee with chocolate ganache