This summer has been gorgeous, but this last month has been so rainy here! The good news is that my garden is getting so big and I have been getting tons of kale and lettuce out already. There is something special about growing your own food. Even with some rainy days, I seem to crave light, fresh food in the summer.
Isn’t summertime just the best? I recently bought a SUP board and have been LOVING taking it out on Lake Dillon during these warm, sunny days. While temperatures around the country have been at record highs, Summit County has had a couple weeks of nice 70-80 degree weather. It doesn’t get much better than that.
I have to say that poke might be the best thing about Hawaii. I ate SO much poke when I lived there. Since being back in the mountains, I hardly have eaten it at all. Until recently. Ben and I are trying a Pescatarian diet, so we have been trying to find new ideas for meals. Now I am hooked again. This recipe is SO easy and SO delicious. This is great for lunch by itself or for dinner served with cilantro-lime rice.
We survived the Holidays! Sorry I have been MIA for a while. The Holidays are the busiest time of the year for a Catering Liaison; but we survived and are now enjoying the normal chaos of ski season in the mountains. There hasn’t been much snow, but it has been pretty cold! We have been eating a lot of comfort food, but are still trying to balance it with healthier options.
What a crazy summer it has been! I recently took point on our catering program at Whole Foods Market in Frisco, CO. It has been steadily growing and I am so excited for what is in store. Next week, we are going to be providing food for the Pro Challenge bike race when it is in Summit County. After that, I am going to start seasonal tasting events and cooking classes!
I cannot get enough of all the delicious stone fruit that is in season! I have been buying cherries for almost a month straight. It has had me daydreaming about having my own fruit trees and big vegetable gardens… Someday! For now I will obsess over my tiny patch in front of my apartment. I have harvested two whole green beans and a good amount of snow peas. My carrots, kale, mixed greens and broccoli are well on their way though!
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!
Fall is in the air in Summit County. The aspens are lit up like fire across the mountains, the mornings are brisk and the tourists have gone home for the summer. Life is good. I always say that I don’t want summer to end, but am pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoy autumn. As hard as it is to say during our amazing summers in Colorado, I really love all the seasons- especially right as they are changing. There is a cozy feeling about autumn that makes me want to bake- warm, fluffy bread.
There is something magical about potatoes. For some, they are an unhealthy, white starch- but for a broke twenty-something cook, they are a versatile, affordable delight. I love that you can use potatoes for so many different meals and in so many ways!
After being back in Colorado for a couple of weeks, I finally was able to go to the farmers’ market! I went to the Vail Farmers’ Market last week and stumbled upon some really great produce and meat. The Vail market is nice because you are so much closer to the farmers from the Western Slope. I was able to fill over half of a grocery bag with all kinds of veggies for only $10! I also got some great wine-poached goat cheddar and sage goat cheddar from Jumpin’ Good Goat Dairy, as well as a delicious grass-fed leg of lamb from Crystal River Meats. While all of this was fantastic, I have to admit that the perfectly-ripe assortment of heirloom tomatoes were the highlight of the market for me.