no cook tomato sauceTomorrow might be October 1st but it still feels like summer in DC. This is the perfect pasta dish to use the last of your farmers market tomatoes and zucchini.  Enjoy!

spaghetti with no cook tomato sauce and pine nuts


1/2 cup blanched pine nuts
1 pound cherry tomatoes, halved
1 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more
12 ounces spaghetti or linguine
1 beefsteak tomato, chopped
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 cup basil leaves, divided
2 small zucchini (about 8 ounces), coarsely grated
1/4 cup olive oil, plus more for drizzling
Freshly ground black pepper
1 ounce ricotta salata (salted dry ricotta), shaved


Preheat oven to 350°F. Toast pine nuts on a rimmed baking sheet, tossing once, until golden brown, 8–10 minutes. Let cool, then coarsely chop.

Place cherry tomatoes in a large bowl; season with salt.

Cook spaghetti in a large pot of boiling salted water, stirring occasionally, until al dente. Drain pasta, reserving 1/4 cup pasta cooking liquid.

Meanwhile, puree beefsteak tomato, garlic, red pepper flakes, 1/2 cup basil, 3 tablespoons chopped hazelnuts, and 1 teaspoon salt in a food processor until smooth; add to bowl with salted cherry tomatoes. Add zucchini, spaghetti, pasta cooking liquid, 1/4 cup oil, and remaining 1/2 cup basil leaves and toss to combine; season with salt and pepper.

Divide pasta among bowls, drizzle with more oil, and top with ricotta salata and remaining pine nuts.

*sub gluten free pasta if needed.

*recipe adapted from

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2120 Vermont Ave, NW #313
Washington, DC 20001
750 sf | $405.00 condo fee | $3,032 yearly taxes​
list price | $475,000

Modern 1 bedroom + den with an open floor plan, hardwood floors, granite countertops in bathroom and kitchen, stainless steel appliances in kitchen, new HVAC system in 2014, w/d in unit, balcony and garage parking. Building amenities include fantastic communal rooftop deck and grill and an exercise room. Pet friendly, 90 walk score, minutes to U St. metro, restaurants/retail. Across street from upcoming Shaw Whole Foods. Open house Sunday, 9/27 from 1-4pm.

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dc wise Invite

You might be wondering why I keep writing about DC Wise.  Last year, I joined this wonderful organization and it was my first foray into charity.  It’s deeply satisfying to give back and I love that we help women and children.

This year, our 2nd Annual annual fundraiser is going to be a blockbuster.  Our charity is FAIR Girls, an organization that helps exploited children. Our goal is to raise $50,000 to help FAIR Girls fund another social worker.

Our auction items this year are impressive. Buy your tickets now and help us meet our goal!

Arts & Entertainment
4 One-Day Park Hopper passes to Disney World
Author Karin Tanabe signed novels and Book Club Appearance
“What do I do with these pictures?” 2 Hour class for Moms
A family photo session – custom session up to 2 hours at location of your choice + 16×24 canvas of your favorite image
Personal or Professional Photo Session and 11×14 canvas of your favorite photo
2 Wizards Court side Tickets with autographed photo
Greenbrier Resort – 2 night / 3 day stay w/ golf, horseback riding or fly fishing
Washington Caps 2 VIP seats + food, drinks and parking
4 Front Row Tickets to a Nationals game
2 VIP Tickets to Studio Theater – an experience-opening night party with director and cast
Hand Carved Wood Bowl (made from an elm tree knocked down in derecho storm)
Jon Wye custom T-Shirt & Tour of Workshop

Health & Wellness
Private Rooftop Yoga Class for 4 People & Post Class Mimosas
30 Day ClassPass
Logan 14/Aveda Spa Hot Stone Mani/Pedi
Health Coach Nichole Ferrigno 90 minute pantry clean out and wellness consultation
Session with Personal Coach Leigh Perry
Soul Cycle 10 class pass
Barre class 10 class package plus water bottle, core ball and tote
Deep Pore Hydrafacial

Fashion & Beauty
Rag & Bone $400 gift certificate
Hu’s shoes $200.00 gift certificate
Personal Custom Eyelash Extension from Georgetown Spa
Closet Organization & Clean Out by DC Style Factory
2 hour styling by Sebastien Courret

Food & Wine
Le Diplomate dinner gift certificate
Private Wine Tasting at Total Wine & More for 20 people
Dinner for 2 at Zaytinya plus 1 bottle of wine, tax and gratuity
Dinner for 2 at Barcelona (does not include alcohol, tax or tip)
Lunch with the Ladies of DC WISE
Gift Basket of Goodies from Periwinkle Gifts

Home & Decor
Wall papering a powder room or wall
1 bedroom Home Staging from New Vision Staging

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applesIt’s the first day of Fall!  The Pope is visiting, Whole Foods is officially coming to the neighborhood and cooler weather is upon us.  Go forth and enjoy yourselves!

1. Apple picking in Virginia

There are many apple orchards within a mile of DC and you can grab your fill.  Stribling Orchard and Hartland Orchard are located in Markham, VA.  Check their websites for the days and hours they are open.


2. Hiking in Harper’s Ferry

As the weather cools off and the leaves start to change, hiking in Harper’s Ferry is a Fall favorite.

cheering crowd concert

3. Landmark Music Festival for the National Mall

If you’re a DC centric kind of person (raises hand), the Landmark Music Festival on the Mall would probably be the event for you.  It’s this weekend and it’s 2 days of concerts with over 40 different performers.

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Last night, I hosted my first client appreciation party. I don’t know why it’s taken me this long to throw one because I love my clients.  I didn’t think anyone would show up but I guess the open bar convinced them.  Or the kick ass sandwiches from Sundevich. Or my glowing presence? One of the three, right? Anyway, the point of this post is to say a big fat “thank you.”  I wouldn’t be successful without you and every time you refer a friend or colleague, I’m eternally grateful.  *hugs and high fives*

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3512 Lowell St., NW

Washington, DC 20016

7 bedrooms | 6.2 baths

6000 + square feet

list price | $7,000,000

sold price | $6,300,000

The largest sale in August 2105 was a Beaux Arts mansion in Cleveland Park.  Built on .6 acres with an enormous yard and fantastic view of the National Cathedral, it’s a show stopper.  It has a formal living and dining room, sun porch, renovated kitchen, breakfast room and seven bedrooms upstairs.  There’s a master bedroom sitting room and bath en suite.  The back yard has a 40′ pool and a 3 car garage.  For the full virtual tour, click here.


listing courtesy of Marylyn Page, Washington Fine Properties.  It was an all cash deal.

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re-ru-sep15links top to bottom: NY Times, Washington Post Urban TurfCurbed

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new-living-room-2015After months of plotting and planning, the new living room furniture is here!  Squeeeee!

While I wish I could take credit for all this loveliness, I can’t.  I had an interior designer help.  Sometimes you have to admit your weaknesses.  I’m really good at furniture (I found the chair and the couch) but not so good at rugs and art.  I had been contemplating updating the living room for years but was paralyzed to choose a rug.  There’s a million choices and they’re expensive!  Through Emily Henderson’s blog, I started following her former co-worker Orlando Soria.  He works with Homepolish and the rooms he designed were spectacular.  Intrigued, I found Homepolish offers their services in DC and I signed up.  My designer was Lauren and she found my incredible rug, those beautiful lamps, pillows and the art.  It’s everything I imagined and very, very me. I wanted something colorful but comfortable, a mix of classic and modern.  I think she nailed it!



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pool malibu

It started with this pool.  It’s been hot and humid in DC and daily, I wish I had a pool.  My own private pool..not a pool to share with the masses.  Then I looked at the rest of the photos of this house and I was impressed.  I see a lot of great real estate but this place is stunning. For the entire tour, go to Domaine.

kitchen to dining malibu

master bath

All photos from Domaine Magazine by Tessa Neustadt

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Save the Date dc wise

Please join me and the rest of the DC Wise women for a night of cocktails, nibbles, sweets and a silent auction. This year, DC Wise is raising money for FAIR Girls, a non-profit that helps girls escape exploitation. Buy your tickets here (early bird pricing till September 8th!) If you already have plans, you can donate here. Every dollar helps. Our goal is raise $50,000 to help pay for a full time social worker.

Auction items include (+ more!):

*Court side seats to a Washington Wizards game
*Nationals tickets behind home plate
*Wine tasting for 20 or more at Total Wine & More
*4 pack of tickets to Disney World
*Dining experiences at local restaurants
*Family photo session

Sponsored by


DC Wise, Inc. is a registered 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization. Your gift is tax deductible to the full extent of the law.


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