It has been a snowy week up here in the mountains; we got over 2 feet of snow total! Not to mention, the temps were as cold as -15F some nights (with a windchill of -30F!). This kind of weather calls for some serious comfort food. Thanks to Jamie Oliver for, yet another, delicious inspiration!
Fall is in full force in the mountains. My sister-in-law sent a video of her lawn today and it was still BRIGHT GREEN! Definitely not the case here. The trees have almost lost all their leaves and we have even gotten a few days with snow. Luckily, apples are in season and I had a HUGE acorn squash from Ben’s Mom sitting in our pantry. Bring on the comforting flavors of fall!
Man, that title is a mouthful. Rightfully so. This dish is big, rich, in your face… and SO delicious. Ben always makes fun of me for my “dinner-lunches” (a lunch that should be eaten for dinner). If you can have breakfast for dinner, you can have dinner for lunch!
I have to admit, I am usually not a fan of one-pot meals. Why? Because one component of the dish is usually compromised to cook everything for the same time at the same temperature. This is not the case here. You will probably want to bake some potatoes or cook some rice to go with it, but everything in this one pot comes out perfect!
So it has been over two months since my last vacation… Which naturally means I have travel fever! My friends and co-workers are currently traveling in or are going to: Japan, India, Thailand and the Philippines. Notice a trend? This has had me craving Asian food!
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.
Orecchiette pasta will forever remind me of the trip I took to Puglia, Italy with my mom to attend The Awaiting Table cooking school. We learned how to make our own little “ear” pasta; it was surprisingly easy! When I saw a box of orcchiette pasta on the shelves at the store, I couldn’t resist.
Brr! I have officially declared it Snowvember. It took a while to get here, but the snow just keeps coming. All the ski resorts are rushing to open new terrain for their opening weekends. I am definitely going to have to get out there soon. But for now, I am cuddling up in my apartment with a nice bowl of this Malaysian curry.
It’s official, I have full-blown travel fever. Ben and I have been looking into planning a trip to Germany for a while now, and it has gotten to me. I have been glued to my computer for two days researching and checking prices on all the places we are planning to go. All we need is approval from our bosses to book our tickets for next August/September!
As the cool weather becomes more common, I find myself wanting to sit and sip my tea slowly. The idea of a big extravagant dinner is not always there. Sometimes it is better for the classics. Roasted chicken reminds me of my childhood. For me, it’s hard to beat a nice crunchy piece of chicken skin.