Xitrous

Xitrous

Xitrous is a multifaceted school of good food, fun, learning, and so much more. Xitrous is about passion.

Passion for flavor, passion for learning, passion for taste. Spring 2016 will be the launch of this passionate adventure for us. We will be selling delicious, decadent, baked goods at several local Farmers' Markets in the Loudoun County area. We use only seasonal, local, organic fruits, vegetables, and meat. We grind our own spices, process our fruits and vegetables and prepare our food with passion and love. We want to share our passion for real food for real people.

Operating as usual

Xitrous 10/23/2023

Happy Monday!

Ok peeps. Just a few baked goodies available at the farm. The farm is open till November 1st. It will reopen the Friday after Thanksgiving.

https://nvwgrowers.com
40743 Charles Town Pike, Paeonian Springs, VA 20129

Xitrous will post the website sales and classes again shortly.
Looking forward to having your visits to pick up your goodies at the house.

www.xitrous.com

Tim and I are headed to Salem, MA, this Friday. We're going to spend the week in a historic place with lots of witches. Couldn't ask for anything better.

Xitrous     Thank you for visiting Xitrous!I hope to resume teaching classes in my home this year, but only once I feel it is safe to do so. Until then, I will continue selling baked goods weekly (check the Shop tab!) and posting about my food journey over on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!Read more...

Photos from Xitrous's post 10/16/2023

Well, it was a bit more intense than I thought. However, 37 jars (36.5 quarts) of pumpkin pureé are ready for the winter. There's nothing like a pie, bread, soup, cracker or anything that has actual pumpkin in it. NO CANNED PUMPKIN used at my house or in my recipes.

Thank you Liz and Ramesh for the wonderful pumpkins.

Northern Virginia Wholesale Growers Farm Market
https://nvwgrowers.com

40743 Charles Town Pike, Paeonian Springs, VA 20129

So started with 15 pumpkins and ended with 37 jars. NOT BAD!!

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Blog 3 — Xitrous 10/04/2023

Excited to have some new adventures!!

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Blog 3 — Xitrous 08/30/2023

Been a busy Summer!!
How was yours?

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Busy Summer!! — Xitrous 08/29/2023

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Busy Summer!! — Xitrous Well, here it is, the end of Summer 2023.  This Summer has been packed with activities, travel, fun, gardens, watering, processing, harvesting, quilting, test baking and every now and again, a bit of rest. I have spent time with my family.  My husband, children (2 and 4 legged), s

Summer Fun!! — Xitrous 05/23/2023

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Summer Fun!! — Xitrous Today is another gorgeous weather day. I am sitting here, on the porch with Olive. I have checked out my freshly planted veggies and herbs. They all look great. I was a bit worried yesterday when the sun was so hot. The newly planted vegetables and herbs looked very droopy. Happy to see that a

Photos from Xitrous's post 05/15/2023

Where did this Spring go? The weather seems like Spring, My gardens are in bloom. The irises are still in bloom. The Peonies are now in bloom. The summer day lilies and other flowers are getting to the point that there are buds. How quickly time flies.

This Saturday, May 20th, there are 4 flavors of Focaccia for sale.
Focaccia, for me, is the ultimate celebration of fresh herbs, garlic, rosemary, tomatoes and salt. The tender crumb, the crispy edges, the burst of flavor, and the joy of that first bite make this bread a memorable experience.

The four flavors are: (Fresh Herbs from my garden)

- Traditional - Garlic, Rosemary, and Maldon Salt
- Cherry Tomato - Fresh Cherry Tomatoes, Garlic, Rosemary, and Maldon Salt
- Capers - Brined Capers, Chives, Garlic, and Maldon Salt
- Sfincione - Tomato Pureé, Locatelli Pecorino Romano Cheese, Seasoned Breadcrumbs, and Oregano

Items are on sale, Sunday, May 14th through Friday, May 19th, 4PM.

Pickup of your bread is on Saturday, May 20th, from 10am till noon.

Delivery is available for a small fee on Saturday, May 20th in the afternoon.

www.xitrous.com/shop

Photos from Xitrous's post 05/15/2023

Focaccia and Summer!!

Where did this Spring go? The weather seems like Spring, My gardens are in bloom. The irises are still in bloom. The Peonies are now in bloom. The summer day lilies and other flowers are getting to the point that there are buds. How quickly time flies.

This Saturday, May 20th, there are 4 flavors of Focaccia for sale.
Focaccia, for me, is the ultimate celebration of fresh herbs, garlic, rosemary, tomatoes and salt. The tender crumb, the crispy edges, the burst of flavor, and the joy of that first bite make this bread a memorable experience.

The four flavors are: (Fresh Herbs from my garden)

- Traditional - Garlic, Rosemary, and Maldon Salt
- Cherry Tomato - Fresh Cherry Tomatoes, Garlic, Rosemary, and Maldon Salt
- Capers - Brined Capers, Chives, Garlic, and Maldon Salt
- Sfincione - Tomato Pureé, Locatelli Pecorino Romano Cheese, Seasoned Breadcrumbs, and Oregano

Items are on sale, Sunday, May 14th through Friday, May 19th, 4PM.

Pickup of your bread is on Saturday, May 20th, from 10am till noon.

Delivery is available for a small fee on Saturday, May 20th in the afternoon.

www.xitrous.com/shop

Photos from Xitrous's post 05/07/2023

Nutella® Knots!

Is there anything better than Nutella®? I know there is, but I can't seem to identify it.

Nutella was introduced to me in 1985. I lived in Germany and my German friend, Connie, brought a Nutella® sandwich to school for lunch. She asked if I had ever tried it. Of course, this Jersey Girl had never heard of it. Well, after one bite, I was HOOKED!!

Nutella® with butter on toast is a favorite. I love the flavor and texture so much that my other friend, Chris, frosted my birthday cake in it that year!! 'Nuff said!!

Nutella® is sheer heaven. Nutella® has the texture of smooth peanut butter and the flavor of chocolate and hazelnut. These tender, Nutella filled buns will delight your tastebuds and fill your senses. One bite and you’re hooked.

Enjoy these sweet, chocolatey, tender buns for breakfast, brunch, snacks, and dessert. The intricate 4” knots are a perfect size for enjoying one at any time of the day. I usually cannot stop with only one!!

Each box includes 4 Nutella Knots makes an exceptional treat.

Items are on today, Sunday, May 7th through Friday, May 12th, 4PM.
Pickup of your bread is on Saturday, May 13, from 10am till noon.
Delivery is available for a small fee on Saturday, May 13th in the afternoon.

www.xitrous.com/shop

A New Adventure! — Xitrous 04/18/2023

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A New Adventure! — Xitrous Today is one of those perfect weather days for me!! I’ve planted sunflowers and corn in the garden. My seeds are growing beautifully. Hopefully, all of the herbs and veggies will be ok while I’m on the other side of the country till May. Getting all my ducks in a row for my trip. Heading to San

Time to reflect — Xitrous 04/11/2023

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Time to reflect — Xitrous Life is complicated. However, I sit here on the exquisite day reflecting on so many things. I am blessed with my family. My husband and sons are amazing. They stand with me and support me as a person. Their combined wisdom and kindness continues to enrich my life in ways I thought was unattaina

Photos from Xitrous's post 04/04/2023

Bunny Breads on sale till tomorrow, Wednesday, April 5 at 4pm.

Pickup is THURSDAY, April 6 between 10am and noon.

Hop on over and order yours before they sell out!!!

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Photos from Xitrous's post 04/02/2023

Good morning April. It's about time. Bring on the warmth of Spring.

Every year my maternal grandmother, Nana, would make these breads for the family at Easter. They are originally a Portuguese Sweet Bread recipe. I asked her why an Italian woman was making a Portuguese recipe and she said, "Because that's what we make!!" OK. Question answered!!

This is my favorite sweet bread. The tender crumb is full of egg yolks and butter. The flavor is buttery and mildly sweet. The outer crust is soft and caramelized. My family enjoys a slice smeared with butter, just by itself, or toasted and buttered. It is the most delightful bread!

Each box contains 2 6" Bunny Breads.

Sale for these bunnies begins today and ends on WEDNESDAY, APRIL 5th, at 4PM.
Pickup is THURSDAY, APRIL 6th between 10am and noon.

Fill your holiday table with these delicious and adorable bunnies. You'll enjoy them and get excited to purchase again for next year.

HOP ON OVER TO THE SHOP! In the words of Elmer Fudd: "Sh...I'm hunting wabbits!!"
Ok. I'll stop.

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Photos from Xitrous's post 03/30/2023

NY Style Crumb Cake selling out. Order yours today, Thursday, March 30th till tomorrow, Friday, March 31st by 4pm. Pickup is Saturday, April 1st between 10am and noon. www.xitrous.com/ shop

Photos from Xitrous's post 03/30/2023

NY Style Crumb Cake selling out.

Order yours today, Thursday, March 30 till tomorrow, Friday, March 31 by 4pm.
Pickup is Saturday, April 1st between 10am and noon.

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Photos from Xitrous's post 03/19/2023

Out Like a Lion!

March is certainly unpredictable.

The crocus and snowbells have already bloomed off. The many types of daffodils are opening. Peonies are getting taller. Tulips have buds. Vegetable seeds are emerging in the shed. AND.... the birdbath was FROZEN SOLID this morning. What's up with that???

Spring officially arrives this week. YIPEE!! To celebrate the arrival of Spring, I have made bright, citrusy, Sicilian Orange Cakes. Sicilian whole orange cake is a moist and delicious crowd-pleasing dessert. It is called a whole orange cake because the entire orange is used, peel and all. (The white pith is removed) Perfect for any occasion, each mini-Bundt sized cake is full of bright orange flavor. Made with the addition of almond flour and fragrant with oranges. Enjoy these treats with a cup of tea or coffee.

Each box of 4 mini-cakes is perfect for any event. Serve for breakfast, brunch, snacks, afternoon tea, and dessert.

Shop is open today, Sunday, March 19th and closes on Friday, March 24th at 4PM.

See you Saturday!!

www.xitrous.com/shop

Photos from Xitrous's post 03/16/2023

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!

Sourdough Irish Soda breads selling out.
Order yours today, Thursday, March 16th, by 4 pm.
Pickup is tomorrow Friday, March 17th, between 10am and 6pm

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Photos from Xitrous's post 03/12/2023

Erin go Bragh!!
Meaning "Ireland forever" in Gaelic.

Everyone deserves to celebrate holidays.
Even if you're born to a different culture, everyone is Irish on St. Patrick's Day.

I'd like to say that I only bake Irish Soda Bread on St. Patrick's Day. However, my family and I love the taste, texture and deliciousness of this bread throughout the year.

In my own household, I am sure to make this for our corned beef and cabbage but make it throughout the year because we just love the texture and taste. My Italian mother would always make a Corned Beef, Cabbage, and Irish Soda Bread dinner on St. Patrick's Day. My Irish father loved it and so did we. Salty brisket, grainy mustard, soft boiled cabbage and toasted Irish Soda Bread. That's the stuff of Irish American families.

This Soda Bread is slightly sweet with a bit of sugar and lots of black currants, enhanced with crushed caraway seeds and sourdough starter. I recall this bread being on the dry side as a child, but mine is moist, flavorful, and incredible when toasted – I love toasting it for breakfast with a pat of butter and a dollop of jam.

According to a New York Times article,
For Purists, a Classic Version of Irish Soda Bread
By Melissa Clark
March 8, 2013 5:25 Pm

Available in an 8″ loaf (2.25lb) for $12.
Irish Soda Bread is on sale today, Sunday, March 12th through Thursday, March 16th, 4PM.
Pickup of breads is Friday, March 17th, from 10am till 6pm.
Delivery is available for a small fee on Friday, March 17th after 5pm.

These popular breads sell out quickly.

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Photos from Xitrous's post 03/10/2023

This cold and rainy weather makes it a perfect combination for warm, comforting Scones.

Last chance to purchase today, Friday, March 10 by 4pm.

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Blog 3 — Xitrous 03/09/2023

Been another busy week.

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Busy week! — Xitrous 03/09/2023

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Busy week! — Xitrous This week has been once again busy. One of the nicest parts of this week has been gardening. My gardens are waking up. I have so many flowers already blooming. I go out everyday and observe the wonders of Spring. I have daffodils, hyacinth, crocus, and hellebore in full bloom. So many colors

Photos from Xitrous's post 03/09/2023

Scones selling out! Order yours by tomorrow, Friday, March 10 at 4PM. Pickup is Saturday, March 11 between 10am and noon.

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Photos from Xitrous's post 03/05/2023

I don't know about you, but March is the month of sunshine, flowers opening, and quick breads. Scones and Irish Soda Bread are what I crave.

Each 8" Tray has 8 Slices.
There are 5 flavors available AND 2 new trays

Traditional:
• Plain
Savory
• Cheddar/Chive
Sweet
• Blueberry/Lemon
• Chocolate Chip
• Cranberry/Orange
Samplers
• Sampler 1 Tray has 2 slices each of Plain, Blueberry/Lemon, Cranberry/Orange and Chocolate Chip
• Sampler 2 Tray has 4 slices each of Plain and Cheddar Chive

I am working in my pastry book this week. Cremé Anglaise and Creme Patisserie. Thinking of making Île Flottante (Floating Islands) and Trifle with these creams. Keeping my fingers crossed.

I am really enjoying your comments. Keep them coming.
Looking forward to your comments on the blog.
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Each tray is $12.
Store is open from Sunday, March 5 - Friday, March 10 at 4pm.

www.xitrous.com/shop

Photos from Xitrous's post 03/04/2023

Round 1 ready for pick up.
My house smells wonderful.

Photos from Xitrous's post 03/03/2023

Last call for Cinnamon Buns. Shop closes at 4pm today.

Pickup tomorrow between 10am and noon.

www.xitrous.com/shop

Photos from Xitrous's post 03/01/2023

Thank you all so much for your support and continued patronage. I am so excited to hear about your delight.

So many of you have been asking me about my journey.

This week's blog, hopefully, answers your questions.
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Cinnamon Buns for sale this week. Order yours before they sell out!!

Shop is open today, Sunday, February 26th and closes on Friday, March 3rd at 4PM.

See you Saturday!!

Photos from Xitrous's post 02/26/2023

Happy Sunday.
This Saturday, March 4 - FAN FAVORITE- Cinnamon Buns!!
Shop is open today, February 26 - Friday, March 3rd at 4pm.
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