Fall is in full force in the mountains. My sister-in-law sent a video of her lawn today and it was still BRIGHT GREEN! Definitely not the case here. The trees have almost lost all their leaves and we have even gotten a few days with snow. Luckily, apples are in season and I had a HUGE acorn squash from Ben’s Mom sitting in our pantry. Bring on the comforting flavors of fall!
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.
Local, non-GMO Colorado corn is here! I always get so excited this time of year. I love corn, but usually am too afraid to buy it in the off season since 88% of all corn that is grown is genetically modified- yikes! Luckily there are still a few local Colorado farmers growing corn the right way- including Olathe sweet corn. Sweet corn is a little whiter than normal corn and, like the name suggests, is much sweeter. Plus, you can’t beat the 2 ears for a buck price tag!
Wow, has this sunshine been great! Every sunny summer day in the mountains makes up for an entire week of rain/snow. Everything has gotten so green, my plants are all finally growing and the farmer’s markets have started. Life is good. I have been enjoying the abundance of fresh product as well!
Wow, am I happy to have my blog back! As some of you may have noticed, Savour the Senses went MIA for about a week. I was going to switch web hosts, but realized how difficult it is to transfer my database and files without a web genius’ help! Luckily I was able to go back on my decision and didn’t lose anything. On another note, summer has arrived in Summit County and it is fantastic. My garden is planted outside and my greens just sprouted today!
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.
The Holidays are FINALLY over! Hooray!!! Work has finally begun to slow down and I have had some time to go snowboarding and cook for myself again. I made it through with only having two sick days. *Knock on wood* My herb plants have gotten huge, leaving me with an abundance of sage, rosemary and thyme. I also planted the bottom stalks of my scallions and they grow like an inch a day! If you have never tried replanting your scallions or celery you must try it! Here is a good article about plants you can re-grow: 12 Vegetables That Magically Regrow Themselves. I have tried, and succeeded, in regrowing bok choy, celery, scallions and lettuce. I think I will try the pineapple and avocado for kicks!
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).
As some of you may know, I am applying to the Basque Stage Sammic Rising Stars Scholarship. If I win, I get to do a 3-month stage at Xarma restaurant in San Sebastian, Spain! If you follow my blog, you probably already know about my addiction to food and experiencing new cultures, and how excited I get when I can combine the two! As part of my application, I had to create a dish to share. I wanted my dish to represent who I am, as well as my style of cooking.