It is harvest season! That time of the year when you don’t know what to do with your copious amounts of (insert vegetable here). For me, it is lettuce, kale and zucchini. I try to eat salads daily, but it seems like it has all grown back by the time I finish my stash in the fridge. After letting some of my kale sit in the fridge for a little too long, I knew I needed to use it up ASAP. I also had half of a bunch of green onions that were looking pretty sad. Voila! Sad looking vegetables turned into a match made in heaven.
Summertime is Fish Taco season. With all the fresh wild caught fish coming into stores, it is the best time for us Colorado mountain folk to get our fix of fish. I usually use swordfish, cod or some other white fish for fish tacos, but this time I decided to splurge. Halibut has a much better texture than other white fish and makes a MEAN fish taco.
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.
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.
The rain has finally slowed down here in Summit County; although Fall is peaking her head in from time to time. It is hard to believe that it has already been a year since I left for my trip to SE Asia. I am trying to hold on to every ounce of Summer that I can! These Fish N Chips are literally the best I have ever had- even compared to restaurants!- and so easy to make!
It has been a rough past few days for me. On Friday I went swimming off one of the piers near Waikiki; while climbing up the rocks to get out, I slipped and stepped on Wana, a Hawaiian sea urchin. Let me tell you, you do NOT want to come in contact with a sea urchin. Ever. I had probably over 40 spines in my big toe and second toe. A nice local man helped me pull a lot of them out, but I still had a dozen or more that had broken off in my toes. After missing two days of work and spending the weekend soaking my foot in vinegar they are still not completely out or healed. Not to mention I also got almost 20 mosquito bites Friday as well…. Even in Hawaii, life is not always perfect.
It is official. I am done with college assignments for EVER! I am so excited to be done. Without school to think about, I was able to cook up a storm last weekend while dog sitting for my parents’ 8-month-old golden retriever, Ellie. The great thing about cooking in my mom’s kitchen is that her pantry is always stocked and she has the greatest food photo lighting tools and accessories. This recipe was a little experiment that I did with my avocados while there.
Being a food blogger is great. I get to share my delicious recipes with all of you great people, plus I have them all stored in one handy place. I also get to participate in cool things like the Driscoll’s berry twitter event and Secret Recipe Club. On top of all that, I get to look at other food blogs constantly, all filled with AWESOME recipes. I have a notepad on my desktop that has been filling up with links to recipes that I “must” make. It is hard trying to think up your own original recipes sometimes when you are surrounded by so many other delicious ones! I have been on a spree lately making all sorts of things from other bloggers. This specific recipe is from one of my favorite blogs, Taste With the Eyes. She has complex recipes with awesome food photography.
Have you ever had your freezer melt and lose all of your food? Well, this almost just happened to me. I had all of my proteins in the basement freezer, including a bag of salmon, a bag of shrimp, a bag of mahi mahi, a 3 lb tri-tip, 2 strip steaks, 1 pack of bacon and 6 chicken breasts. While cooking dinner last week, my roommate came upstairs with a bag of dripping, melted, rotten bananas in her hand saying, “You might not want to eat anything in that freezer down there….” Of course, I immediately panicked. Luckily, the door hadn’t been open long enough to melt all of the proteins; I only lost the pack of bacon and two strip steaks. Now all of my proteins have a new home in my mini fridge freezer.
One thing I love about summertime is the Farmer’s Market. During my last visit to the farmers market, I got these delicious heirloom tomatoes and Palisade Peaches (some of the best peaches in Colorado!). I knew I had to make something delicious with them. If you have never eaten an heirloom tomato, I highly suggest that you get on it! They are so delicious and not to mention super cool looking! I love just looking at all the different heirloom tomatoes in the bunch.