Orecchiette pasta will forever remind me of the trip I took to Puglia, Italy with my mom to attend The Awaiting Table cooking school. We learned how to make our own little “ear” pasta; it was surprisingly easy! When I saw a box of orcchiette pasta on the shelves at the store, I couldn’t resist.
Yes, more corn. I love using in-season fruit and vegetables because the flavors are just so much better. Sometimes, this means eating the same thing for an entire week. Anybody who has ever grown their own zucchini knows what I am talking about!
Spring in Colorado… the ultimate tease. We had been enjoying warm sunny weather here in Summit County, until Mother’s Day weekend when got about a foot and a half of that wet, branch breaking, flower killing snow. Luckily, I had not planted any of my plants outside yet! Within two days, all the snow has melted and spring is trying to peak its head in. These bi-polar tendencies of Mother Nature in Colorado have made me indecisive on the food I want to eat.
We are back from our adventure to Panama! We spent twice as much money as we had budgeted, but we learned a lot about what we will do for our NEXT trip. This was the first time I have looked forward to returning from a trip. Don’t get me wrong, the trip was amazing… and two and a half weeks off work- awesome! But, for once in my life I have a job that I love and a home that I look forward to coming back to. Most of all, I was excited to cook for myself again. By the end of our two weeks in Panama, we had eaten enough onion rings, fish and chips and tacos for quite some time. I was excited to cook HEALTHY options!
So at this point in my New York restaurant review journey we have had American and Japanese; now let’s take a trip to Italy. This experience was unlike any restaurant experience I have ever had. The executive chef of the Armani Ristorante is the former chef de cuisine of The Modern. He was very good friends with one of my coworkers, so when he heard that we were coming in to eat he went all out. After he came out to say hello our waitress informed us that he had a menu in mind for us and asked if he had permission to serve us as he pleased. Of course we said YES! Each course was paired with a different wine and any dish involving mushrooms was garnished with more white truffles than you could ever dream of. I was in heaven.
If you ever feel like you are lost and spiraling into a path far from what you imagined your life being, take a minute to think about what your passion is, what you love, and what you miss doing that you used to do. The last few weeks have been beyond stressful for me, and finally I found my happy place again. I remembered why I became so obsessed with blogging, cooking and everything food. What was missing that was causing me to go so crazy? For me, it was the loud music in my kitchen and cooking my own recipes at home for myself and only myself. I find a peaceful place in my kitchen when I am alone and am not trying to please anyone but myself. I can take as long as I want on the dish, while listening to music, without a care in the world. I am so happy that my new job gives me nights off because now I know what has been missing.
Sorry in advance for such a short post. I am trying to keep up with providing you all with tasty recipes while also trying to live life to the fullest for my 8 months in Hawaii. I know you are all awesome, so I am sure you understand. I am writing this post at 12:15 AM before heading to bed so that I can wake up at 5:30 to head to the North Shore to watch the sunrise and surfing before I go into work again tomorrow afternoon. =)
The fall has begun to roll in and the garden veggies just keep on coming. It is kind of nice hardly ever having to go to the grocery store. Instead, I get to walk into my garden and look around for what my next meal is going to be. The spaghetti squash have also begun to grow and there are tons of tomatoes waiting to turn. Of course, the zucchini has been endless as well. I also got a lot of eggplants from my mom’s farm, so I decided to make this dish using my homegrown herbs and veggies. Here is the continuance of my never ending zucchini recipes.
In only a year, my olive oil collection has grown substantially. I seem to accumulate nice olive oils, then never use them. I always just buy the massive bottles from Costco to use instead. The other day my mom mentioned to me that she only had nice olive oils left, so she was only going to use them. I think I have some sort of mental block that I should save them for a “special occasion”. When will there ever be an olive oil special occasion? This has brought me to the decision that I am going to use my nice olive oils as well. I have begun using the oil that my mom got from her adopted olive farm, my chile infused olive oil from New Zealand (summer 2010!), a lemon olive oil, as well as my new DEVO Cilantro and Roasted Onion infused olive oil. When I heard of this DEVO oil, I was instantly intrigued. I had never heard of such an interesting flavor infusion- I had to try it! DEVO also has many other interesting infused oils, check them out!
I moved out of my apartment in Breckenridge today to move back to Boulder. Only one more semester of school in Boulder until I get to start culinary school! I am going to miss living in the mountains, the beautiful views from my front porch, the pace of life, and the cool weather. The one thing that I won’t miss about that apartment is the tiny piece-of-junk kitchen. When we first moved in, our stove would spark and pop every time we tried to turn it on- no it was not gas! This week’s Throwback Thursday recipe was made during this time, when I was afraid to cook anything on the stove. Instead I boiled the water for the pasta in the microwave to cook it!