This summer has been gorgeous, but this last month has been so rainy here! The good news is that my garden is getting so big and I have been getting tons of kale and lettuce out already. There is something special about growing your own food. Even with some rainy days, I seem to crave light, fresh food in the summer.
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.
So it has been over two months since my last vacation… Which naturally means I have travel fever! My friends and co-workers are currently traveling in or are going to: Japan, India, Thailand and the Philippines. Notice a trend? This has had me craving Asian food!
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?
In recent efforts to reduce my added sugar intake, I bought a container of plain yogurt. Unfortunately my morning breakfast is just not nearly as delicious with plain yogurt. After about a week and a half I realized that the rest of the yogurt was just sitting in my fridge, waiting to spoil. Naturally Greek food came to mind.
There has been a lot going on with our society lately. It is great to see our country moving in the right direction, with social equality (yay gay marriage!) and food quality. This past week, the FDA took partially hydrogenated oils OFF the GRAS (generally recognized as safe) list! All companies have three years to phase these harmful oils out of our food system. Also, big name companies like Subway, Kraft and General Mills have taken the pledge to remove artificial ingredients from their food. It seems that we have voted with our dollars and won!
Summer has officially ended. There are no more leftover zucchinis lurking in my fridge, the cute little baby heirloom tomatoes are gone, and my herb plants have had enough. I just bought a new pair of snow boots, I added an extra blanket to our bed, and Arapahoe Basin has officially opened the white strip of death (this is when the ski hill opens with only one run).
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.
Colorado has been getting hit with lots of snow and cold weather recently, which has been making me crave hearty food. This classic Thai dish is hearty but healthy! Perfect for cold snowy days in Colorado or warm sunny days in Thailand. If you are feeling adventurous you can make your own green curry paste from my previous post here, if not you can purchase green curry paste from most stores. This recipe is the classic style for Thai Green Curry, but you can switch it up with whatever veggies or meat you desire.