In the spirit of Meatless Monday…This recipe is a vegetarian dish for meat eaters. You will not even miss the meat! The quinoa and cheese provides the protein that you may be wanting from the meat. You can also add black beans, but I chose to leave them out for Ben. And I have to admit, as much as I am an advocate for making everything from scratch, I cannot stop buying the Roberto’s Vegetarian Burrito Sauce used in this recipe. It is just TOO good, you need to try it.
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!
Local, non-GMO Colorado corn is here! I always get so excited this time of year. I love corn, but usually am too afraid to buy it in the off season since 88% of all corn that is grown is genetically modified- yikes! Luckily there are still a few local Colorado farmers growing corn the right way- including Olathe sweet corn. Sweet corn is a little whiter than normal corn and, like the name suggests, is much sweeter. Plus, you can’t beat the 2 ears for a buck price tag!
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!
Wow, am I happy to have my blog back! As some of you may have noticed, Savour the Senses went MIA for about a week. I was going to switch web hosts, but realized how difficult it is to transfer my database and files without a web genius’ help! Luckily I was able to go back on my decision and didn’t lose anything. On another note, summer has arrived in Summit County and it is fantastic. My garden is planted outside and my greens just sprouted today!
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.
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.
I really don’t know why I haven’t thought of this before. I love Mac ‘N’ Cheese and I love grilled cheese sandwiches, but for some reason I have never made my favorite Macs into grilled cheeses. I have a feeling that this is going to be a first of many Mac-inspired paninis. I am also thinking I might turn some of my favorite paninis into Mac ‘N’ Cheese (Caprese Mac with a mozzarella cheese sauce sound good to anyone else?). Just the though is making me hungry!
With finals for culinary school right around the corner, my classmates and I have been scrambling to lock down our externships. When meeting with my advisor, I was told that I had the potential to pursue something big, even bigger than anything in Colorado. It really got me thinking and motivated me to settle for nothing but the best. I booked my flight to NYC and set up stages at a couple Michelin Starred restaurants, Eleven Madison Park and The Modern. Both stages went great; I was stoked! EMP seemed a little too military-like for me. Only Sous Chefs were allowed to plate the food and you weren’t allowed to talk in the kitchen. The Modern, on the other hand, let their cooks do much more and everyone seemed to be having a great time during service. I was offered a paid externship with The Modern and will be starting in April! I am excited to experience something new and take the next step in my career.