Saturday, December 7, 2013

SOLD in Alexandria, VA!

Congratulations on our first time home buyers and their new house! Such an amazing view!!

2519 King St, Alexandria, VA, 22301

Hope this home brings them lots of happiness

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

SOLD in Capitol Hill!

Congratulations to our buyer! Great investment of a 2-unit townhouse with parking and a nice backyard blocks to H St Corridor.

611 10th St NE, Washington, DC, 20002

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

RENTED! Detached house in Downtown Bethesda!

Downtown Bethesda, with parking, minutes to metro, shops, and restaurants? A no-brainer. Easy rental that is perfect for my client.

4733 Bradley Blvd  #14, Chevy Chase, MD, 20815

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

SOLD! House in Sterling VA

Congrats to our buyers on their new home!

19 Halifax Ct, Sterling, VA, 20165

Great buy! .65 acres, 2 car garage, location is perfect for them, so much space and storage, they couldn't go wrong with this one. However, we will miss seeing them showing properties every weekend... but very happy for them :)

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Harvestini Time!

After a long day of work, some times you have to treat yourself to a little bit of a relaxing evening.
We call this Harvestini time!!! 

1 1/2 oz of Vodka
3/4 oz of dry Vermouth

Shaken, not stirred. pour in glass, add raspberries, orange slices, pomegranate seeds, whatever you think would taste delicious. Drink and Enjoy!

Happy Thirsty Thursday Everyone!

Friday, August 30, 2013

SOLD! Contemporary home in Potomac Maryland!

Pheww did this one get under contract quickly! We got full price and off the market in just a few days!

11105 Broad Green Drive, Potomac, MD, 20854
Congratulations to our sellers!

Friday, August 23, 2013

SOLD! Condo in Tenleytown DC!

Congrats to our buyers!!

4101 Albemarle St NW, Washington, DC, 20016
And what a view from their new condo! Such a great buy!

Friday, August 16, 2013

SOLD! Home in Silver Spring Maryland!

Congratulations to my Best Friend (@JulipMade)and her Fiance!!! So happy for them to start their new lives together in this cute and cozy house!

Silver Spring, MD

Let the painting parties and renovations begin!


Friday, July 19, 2013

Loan rates trend

Home loan rates have risen in the past few months, but still remain attractive compared to historical levels.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Trottoir au Pommes! aka Apple Tart

Nothing beats this Apple Tart. Make it year round, it's simple and oh-so good!

Apple Trottoir

Monday, June 17, 2013

SOLD! Beautiful Historic Home!

Couldn't have asked for a better location for my buyers!

Downtown Bethesda, Maryland

They haven't moved in yet, but I am very excited for their family to get settled into this gorgeous home, sipping on some coffee on a Saturday morning on their porch.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

SOLD! Single Family Home in Bethesda!

Congratulations to the buyers and sellers on the sale of this Charming home!

Bethesda,  MD
Looking forward to them fully moving in! 

Saturday, June 1, 2013

SOLD! Townhouse in Alexandria!

Congratulations to my friend and client on becoming a homeowner!!!

Alexandria, Virginia

Wishing him only good things in his new home!!

Friday, May 24, 2013

SOLD! Multiple offers on Condo in Bethesda!

So pleased we sold this wonderful condo in the heart of Downtown Bethesda Maryland!
Multiple offers came in, and by the first week, it was under contract!

The Christopher, Bethesda, MD


Sunday, May 19, 2013

In a bit of a Pickle... YUM!

Why do I want pickles right now? Because they are delicious!!!! Give me the choice between any kind of pickles (Kosher dill, bread & butter, cornichons, hot & spicy, sweet gherkins) or a piece of cake, I will 99% of the time chose the pickles. But that's just me...

Homemade Pickles!

This recipe makes about 2 jars:
  • 1 tablespoon sea salt
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 1/2 pounds small (persian) cucumbers, thoroughly washed and sliced
  • Few sprigs fresh dill, washed and dried
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 4-6 whole peppercorns (optional)
  • A pinch of red pepper flakes (optional if you want something spicy)

Combine vinegar, water, and salt over high heat in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil and remove from heat. Let coll completely.

Scrub cucumbers to remove any dirt. Remove any tails or pieces of stem and cut in half lengthwise, or slices, whichever you like. If you prefer them whole, expect them to take an additional 3-4 days to fully ferment. Divide cucumbers, garlic, and dill sprigs among jars, making sure to pack the cucumbers tightly.

Divide the water/vinegar mixture among jars, making sure to evenly distribute spices, leaving 1/4 of an inch gap at the top of the jars. Seal the lids and store in the fridge for at least 48 hours (longer if cucumbers are whole). Enjoy your homemade pickles for up to 2 months, mine never last longer than a week haha.

They are great with sandwiches, as an appetizer (cracker, Boursin cheese, pickle on top), or as part of a spread of antipasti (think cold cuts, olives, hard cheese, pickles, marinated artichoke hearts, etc).

In my family, we also make "Variantes," a.k.a. pickled veggies such as carrots, cauliflower, celery, green beans, fennel, onions... Will post a recipe for this soon!


Monday, May 6, 2013

Monday Happy Hour!!

Happy Monday Everyone!!

In order to celebrate the very busy week ahead, I invited a few awesome ladies in my life for a Happy Hour at my new house.

Monday Happy Hour

Nothing fancy, but was great to have them come over and everyone had a wonderful time.

Have a great week everyone!

Wednesday, May 1, 2013


Congratulations to the Landlords and Tenants of these properties!

Kensington, MD

Chevy Chase, MD

Potomac, MD (Avenel)

Bethesda, MD

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Olive Chicken Provencal!

This one goes to my mother. Every time she makes it I feel like a kid again...
Here is the article from The Washington Post the madre and I were in. Hope you like!!

Use a pressure cooker, and this dish is ready in about 20 minutes. Or it can be done on the stovetop in about an hour.
Potomac cook Michele Arnaud likes to use cracked olives with pits; she says the pits add flavor.
Serve with pine nut-studded couscous or polenta.

4 servings


2 tablespoons olive oil

3 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces, blotted dry with paper towel (about 1 pound total)

Sea salt

Freshly ground black pepper

1/2 cup flour

1 medium onion, finely chopped

4 cups homemade or no-salt-added chicken broth

5 large sprigs thyme

2 sprigs rosemary

2 fresh bay leaves

2 large cloves garlic, minced

1 1/2 cups cracked green olives, with pits, drained (you can use other types of olives)

Olive Chicken Provencal with Pine nut coucous

Heat the oil in a pressure cooker (without the lid) over medium-high heat, until the oil shimmers.Season the chicken pieces lightly with salt and pepper. Use just enough of the flour to coat them evenly, shaking off any excess. Carefully add the chicken pieces to the hot oil; cook for 3 to 5 minutes, then turn them over and cook for 3 to 5 minutes, so they are lightly browned on both sides. Transfer to a plate.

Add the onion to the pot; cook for 3 to 5 minutes, stirring, until the onion has softened. Stir in 1 to 2 tablespoons of the flour to form a roux; cook for a minute or two, stirring, then stir in 1 cup of the broth to form a creamy sauce. Return the chicken to the pot, along with the thyme, rosemary, bay leaves, garlic, the olives and the remaining 3 cups of broth. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Secure the lid on the pressure cooker, following the manufacturer’s instructions. Cook for 15 to 20 minutes, then de-pressurize the pot and uncover. The chicken will be tender and the sauce will be smooth. Taste and adjust seasoning as needed.

(Alternatively, if the chicken is cooked in a heavy-bottomed pot with a lid, cook for 45 minutes to 1 hour, stirring it every 15 minutes.)

Discard the bay leaves and thyme sprigs before serving, if desired. Transfer to a tureen or divide among individual plates. Serve hot.

...just don't choke or break a tooth... remember these olives have pits :-)

-Chef Cat

Friday, January 11, 2013

Devine Cheesecake!

Homemade cheesecake + fresh raspberries on top = Devine!

Raspberry Cheesecake

Happy Friday Everyone!!

-Chef Cat

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Bachelorette Brunch

Ahhh a love story within a menu... the best kind!
Our friends got married last year and asked my mother and I to showcase a brunch for the bachelorette group. The bubbly was pouring, the girls were eating, asking questions, all fun and games, just the way we intended it to be.

Prepping the ingredients before demonstrating the Brunch to the Bachelorette Party!!

We had one heck of a Saturday morning with the party. Of course, the first thing we did was make the champagne cocktail for everyone... always a good start.

Grapefruit, Pineapple, & Shrimp Cocktail!

Caramelized Onions, Tomato, Chives, & Goat Cheese Quiche! So Fluffy!

Bacon and Gruyere Gougeres! A+

Everyone was happy, with their stomachs full and giggly from the bubbly!
Now, for the pièce de résistance... Peach Clafoutis that melted in your mouth!

White & Yellow Peach Clafoutis!

Have a great Sunday Everyone!

-Chef Cat