I am so excited that Spring is here! I love this time of year because it is the beginning of vegetable surprises at the Farmer’s Markets and grocery stores. Where I live, it is officially asparagus season. The organic asparagus at the grocery stores around here are MASSIVE! I have never seen such huge asparagus. While I usually prefer skinny asparagus for roasting, these jumbo asparagus are perfect for a shaved asparagus salad! All you need is a potato peeler to create beautiful ribbons that will add great texture and flavor to any salad. Continue reading
Spring in Colorado… the ultimate tease. We had been enjoying warm sunny weather here in Summit County, until Mother’s Day weekend when got about a foot and a half of that wet, branch breaking, flower killing snow. Luckily, I had not planted any of my plants outside yet! Within two days, all the snow has melted and spring is trying to peak its head in. These bi-polar tendencies of Mother Nature in Colorado have made me indecisive on the food I want to eat. Continue reading
We are back from our adventure to Panama! We spent twice as much money as we had budgeted, but we learned a lot about what we will do for our NEXT trip. This was the first time I have looked forward to returning from a trip. Don’t get me wrong, the trip was amazing… and two and a half weeks off work- awesome! But, for once in my life I have a job that I love and a home that I look forward to coming back to. Most of all, I was excited to cook for myself again. By the end of our two weeks in Panama, we had eaten enough onion rings, fish and chips and tacos for quite some time. I was excited to cook HEALTHY options!
Winter has finally arrived in Summit County. I have to say, those days of 40+ degrees were pretty nice. Luckily I leave for my trip to Panama in less than a month! For now, I’ll spend my time snowboarding and hiding in my tiny little kitchen.
The Holidays are FINALLY over! Hooray!!! Work has finally begun to slow down and I have had some time to go snowboarding and cook for myself again. I made it through with only having two sick days. *Knock on wood* My herb plants have gotten huge, leaving me with an abundance of sage, rosemary and thyme. I also planted the bottom stalks of my scallions and they grow like an inch a day! If you have never tried replanting your scallions or celery you must try it! Here is a good article about plants you can re-grow: 12 Vegetables That Magically Regrow Themselves. I have tried, and succeeded, in regrowing bok choy, celery, scallions and lettuce. I think I will try the pineapple and avocado for kicks!
As many of you know, I have had the privilege to play around with a new SousVide Supreme water bath over the last couple of months! I have worked in many fine-dining restaurants that use sous-vide to cook proteins for their menu. I was very curious to see how a home sous-vide would work.
The holidays are just around the corner; what will you be making? For those of you who are not sure, I’ve compiled a list of my top 30 favorite holiday recipes. There are some sweet, some savory, some for the early morning and some for late night. Enjoy!
I officially bought my first Christmas tree. It is a living 1 1/2 ft European Cypress. I am so excited that I found a living tree! Ben also got us a pine candle. Needless to say we are feeling quite festive here in the mountains. The Christmas spirit has also made me want to cook festive food, even dessert- something that I don’t normally crave.