Isn’t it funny how cooking styles vary from person to person? Ben likes to sauté meals, even the proteins. Me? I like to throw everything in the oven, sit back and relax with a glass of wine. I especially think winter is a great time to pull out your dutch oven or casserole dishes. Which do you prefer?
What a crazy summer it has been! I recently took point on our catering program at Whole Foods Market in Frisco, CO. It has been steadily growing and I am so excited for what is in store. Next week, we are going to be providing food for the Pro Challenge bike race when it is in Summit County. After that, I am going to start seasonal tasting events and cooking classes!
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!
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.
I feel like I am constantly hearing about new products and health facts. First they say artificial sweeteners are better for you, then they say they will give you diseases. They say don’t eat this, then they realize you should. It is hard to keep up sometimes. One of my main issues is whether to use real butter, margarine, olive oil, or something else. I recently learned about cooking with coconut oil, and am really excited that I did! Coconut oil has saturated fats, BUT they are actually a good kind of saturated fat. Coconut oil contains lots of antioxidants, helps the body absorb important nutrients and minerals, eliminates harmful bacteria, and fights the signs of aging. It can be substituted for fats in recipes, such as butter, olive oil, etc. If you are substituting it for butter, I would suggest using about 3/4 cup coconut oil for every 1 cup butter.
Once everybody had refilled their drinks at my Foodbuzz 24×24 party, I brought out the salad. One of my friends exclaimed, “There is alcohol in the SALAD!?” The answer to that is yes of course! I made a tequila citrus dressing with orange and lime juice. It is important not to put too much tequila in the dressing, since it isn’t cooked, but it mellows out the strong citrus flavors in this tangy dressing.
To kick off our Foodbuzz 24×24 party we made mojitos and margaritas, We began by making an agave hibiscus simple syrup by boiling down hibiscus leaves with agave nectar. Once we had our syrup, it was time to make mojitos. We are lucky enough to have our own orange mint plant in our garden this year, but if you cannot find orange mint regular mint works as well. These mojitos are very unique, the hibiscus flowers give them a great pink color and a hint of floral flavor; very refreshing on a hot summer day.
This week’s throwback recipe is very memorable for me. I cook frequently for friends, especially my roommate. She is not a big seafood fan, but I have made her eat a few things this winter. This was one of the few salmon recipes that she liked, so I felt pretty accomplished! I think it also helped that I paired it with her favorite thing that I make- oven roasted potatoes. They are so easy, but so delicious!
So this week you get two throwback recipes. The first, a spicy salmon filet with a sweet orange glaze. The brown sugar and orange marmalade offset the spicy for a sensational taste. The second, seasoned oven roasted potatoes. These are easy to make and serve as a great side dish for tons of different meals. Definitely one to keep in mind.
February 3rd marks the first day of the Year of the Golden Rabbit, according to the Chinese zodiac. According to Chinese tradition, the year of the rabbit brings a year in which you can calm your nerves and catch your breath. For Chinese New Year, here is an easy recipe for a classic Chinese-American food.