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.
Autumn is in full swing here; although Winter may be making an appearance very soon. The last of the leaves are falling off of our Aspen trees outside my window and the ground has lost it’s green tint in exchange for an amber glow. These views and the cool fall evenings make you want to cuddle up with a nice cozy meal. This meals is perfect for this time of year.
Sorry for the long title, but I had to fit all the deliciousness into it. And that didn’t even include the fresh rosemary and gooey mozzarella cheese. Remember these Rosemary Balsamic Caramelized Onions from a couple weeks ago? Well they are back and even tastier in this dish.
It is back-to-school time again. For me, that comes as a relief. It means that all the vacationers will be traveling back to their home states and Summit County will get a much needed breath of fresh air. I love shoulder seasons in Summit; it allows you to truly experience what a small county it really is. It also gives me some time to focus on creating fun new recipes, like this one!
This summer has definitely had more rain than usual in the Rockies. Luckily, we finally have had some sunshine! My plants are just as happy about it as I am; especially my basil. I have four basil plants, two opal and two sweet basil, and they have gotten HUGE! I keep them potted indoors, since it is so cold up here at night. They love water and sunshine, but other than that are pretty low maintenance. If you aren’t growing your own herbs, you should try it! It is so easy and nothing beats fresh herbs on your food, especially when they don’t cost almost $5 for a package.
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!