Wow, has this sunshine been great! Every sunny summer day in the mountains makes up for an entire week of rain/snow. Everything has gotten so green, my plants are all finally growing and the farmer’s markets have started. Life is good. I have been enjoying the abundance of fresh product as well!
These longer days have been so great! I love getting up after the sun has come up and going to bed when the sun is just finally setting. For the most part, my vegetable garden is loving all the sun, too! Although, we have most definitely still had our fair share of rain here in the Rocky Mountains. I made this recipe on a lazy, rainy day a little while back.
There has been quite the trend going around the food world. I am sure many of you have heard the term Zoodles or of the new “spiralizer” gadget. It seems that people have discovered a healthier way to eat noodles- and I am on board. I was skeptical at first, but after trying them myself, I am officially a “Zoodle” fan. I, unfortunately, do not own a Spiralizer. BUT, I was able to create these delicious zucchini noodles on my mandolin. I just put in the wide julienne insert and adjusts the thickness to my liking- voila! I am excited to try some other vegetables!
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!
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!
Winter has arrived in Summit County. We have been getting feet on feet of snow! I am struggling to keep my plants alive in my little apartment. As for my eating habits, I am in winter-mode full swing. There have been a lot of potatoes and winter squash in my life. In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I wanted to share a delicious Turkey recipe with all of you. I have been eating turkey quite a bit for the last few weeks, but somehow am still not sick of it! I have been playing around with my new SousVide Supreme also and have some delicious creations to share with you over the next few weeks.
Sometimes I wonder what people did before food blogs, FoodGawker, Yummly and Food Network began… All I know is that my cooking wouldn’t be nearly as diverse if it weren’t for them. I know there is a lot of hype about coming up with your own recipes, but personally I like hearing about everybody’s great ideas. It enables me to think out of the box and develop my own recipes as well. And sometimes, I just enjoying cooking a recipe straight from another blogger- that is exactly what I did for this. Thank Mel!
Can you believe it is already almost Father’s Day?! Father’s day falls on my own dad’s birthday every few years- which makes the day extra special for him. If I know dads- I know that food will win them over anytime! So, spice things up and surprise your own dad with this cheesy, rich, to-die-for (no pun intended) Mexican chicken recipe.
Our new Whole Foods has been open for a few weeks now and it is awesome. I am so excited to be working such a great company, plus it is so nice to finally have good food available to us up in the mountains! The only downside is that I am tempted to buy everything, every time I work. Although I think I am going to need to pace myself when it comes to buying things from work.
It may be spring where most of you are, but in the mountains spring means warm sunny days scattered throughout big wet snowstorms. We have started lots of herbs in our window, but are just waiting for REAL Summit County spring (aka summer) to come so that we can plant our vegetables outside! As the saying goes, April showers bring May flowers right? Next time you are stuck inside on a rainy day, enjoy this comforting and absolutely delicious dinner. The recipe calls for only a half a bottle of wine, which means some left over to enjoy while you relax and listen to the rain.