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.
Happy Monday everybody! If you read my last post, you heard my side comment about my dream of opening a food truck. Many of you were intrigued by this, so I figured I would share a little bit about that with you all. I just love the idea of food trucks, being able to go where ever you want, the beach, a ski resort, main street, etc. I also love the fact that once you have made enough money you can pack up and go. Gives you time to do other things that you love. I would want to have a sandwich food truck; I love sandwiches. I think there are just so many possibilities and ways to be creative. My sandwiches would be super unique and out there, with the option to build your own as well. So there is a little bit about my dream of owning a food truck, haha. And yes, the squash are back. You didn’t think that winter was over yet did you?
It really is a good thing that Valentine’s day is right around the corner. No not because I have some amazing Valentine date. I will actually be serving everybody their Valentine’s day dinners at Morimoto. The reason it is a good thing, is it gives me validation for eating so many sweets and blogging about them! =) I promise I have a whole bunch of savory dishes up my sleeve for the near future, but for now feed your inner fat kid with me.
If any of you have worked night shifts for your job, you understand how my schedule works. I have the morning/early afternoon to cook or do whatever else I want. I have been waiting for my surfboard to be fixed, so lately I haven’t been going to the beach before work. Instead, I have been eating lots of breakfast food. It is kind of nice because I only have to buy food for breakfast, but then get free “family meal” at work and lunch/dinner and snack throughout the night. It has definitely been saving me money.
I realize it was a little backwards to post the dessert half of my spaghetti squash dinner first, but let’s be honest that is always the best part! (Also don’t forget to go over and enter my coconut oil giveaway here!) Here is how I used the other half of our seven pound spaghetti squash. I was kind of winging it with this recipe, which caused a bit of challenge naming it. This recipe is a great way to enter fall; you get to use your winter squash, but still get a summery feel with the Mediterranean flavors.
I am laughing while writing about this week’s Throwback Thursday recipe. Don’t get me wrong, the dish was delicious, I just had a few mishaps while trying to prepare it. This meal was my first time eating butternut squash. I spent ages trying to find a recipe that I thought would be a good intro for the new veggie. Finally, I decided to make gnocchi, something else that I had never made before. I ended up making the gnocchi way too wet and struggled to make well-shaped pasta. At the time I had no idea that the pasta was too wet and was dumbfounded on how people made their gnocchi have the cute little fork marks in them. To this day I have still not made gnocchi again. It is something I should probably think about doing in the near future.
I love exploring the flavors of foreign cuisines. Each country has their own unique way of doing things, that gives an exciting new twist to many foods. If you haven’t already, I highly suggest looking into the different flavors from around the world. I think that knowing different flavor combinations helps expand your cooking and keeps you from making the same dish over and over again.
This week I had some squash from my mom’s farm that needed to be used. I was in the mood for something a bit sweeter, so I decided on this Moroccan-style recipe. This dish has the perfect balance of sweet and savory. The raisins are a definite must, I even decided to add a few more to the recipe. It can also easily be made vegan/vegetarian by using vegetable broth and taking out the chicken. This recipe is simple to put together but looks sophisticated, a great idea for dinner guests.