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.
This cooler weather also brings the dreaded early season colds and allergies. It is important to build up your immune system this time of year. I have also had horrible allergies this year, which I have never had before. When you can’t stop sniffling, sometimes all you need is some chicken noodle soup.
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.
Hey, I warned you didn’t I? Another quinoa bowl. This one was especially satisfying because I used my first harvest of kale from my garden! No matter what you grow, it will always taste better freshly harvested from your own garden. No farmer’s market or grocery store can create that feeling of accomplishment that growing your own food can.
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.
Is is spring or summer? Sometimes, it is hard to tell up here. I have to say, I am torn about the title of this dish. Yes, the asparagus and peas are in season in the spring. BUT, where I live they are kind of in season all summer. In all reality, they are available year-around as well. Regardless, you should add this dish to your to-make list.
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.
Happy Friday! For once, I feel like this Friday is a weekend day; it feels great. I have two days off work and finally have a minute to take a breath and relax. I went to lunch with my roommate yesterday at a new restaurant called Jawaiian Irie Jerk Restaurant. It used to be a food truck, and was so popular that they turned it into a restaurant. Pretty cool story; definitely has added a little to my dream of owning a food truck! On another note, this friday we have a great guest blogger from the mainland; please welcome Kimby from A Little Lunch!
Sponge Cake with Lemon Sauce
Today is, yet again, the reveal day for Secret Recipe Club! I have been up to my ears trying to finish up school and get everything together to graduate while also preparing for my move to Hawaii in January. Needless to say I have hardly had any time to cook or come up with new recipes of my own. Luckily, Secret Recipe Club gave me a great blog this month to browse, which led me to a new festive recipe for the holidays.
Last weekend, I finally went snowboarding for the first time in SEVEN MONTHS! It got me thinking, has it really been seven months since I left for Africa? On top of that it has already been over a month since I left for Italy! It is kind of scary how fast my last semester of college is going. It is a bit bittersweet though, I can’t believe I am graduating, but so excited to move to Hawaii for eight months! I am still looking for a job, but hopefully will find one before I go! I know I promised to share a few recipes from my Italy trip, so here is the first one. Easy, but one of my favorites.