Wednesday, April 25, 2012
D Bar. A quick eatery for small savory bites and dessert. We split our first course, which was baked mac & cheese made with 4 cheeses with a cheese nip & panko crumbs crust and simple salad. It was plated beautifully in a petite blue crock and I'm so upset I didn't get a picture of it. I will have to go back! For dessert we had a banana split!
Monday, April 23, 2012
Saturday, April 21, 2012
Alone in the Kitchen with an Eggplant. A collection of essays about what people cook for themselves when they're alone. In one of the chapters the author wrote that she would indulge in a poached egg over buttered pasta. I knew right then that I wanted it for dinner...I've had it quite a few times since. Don't judge it until you try it!
Friday, April 20, 2012
scone recipe and added 1/4 teaspoon each of ginger, nutmeg and cinnamon. And then mixed heavy cream and vanilla bean sugar together to create a thick paste and then painted this over the tops of the scones before they went into the oven. I wish I could remember where I got the idea to do this from...but these were just a delicious combination of spices!
Thursday, April 19, 2012
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Das Meyer is a pastry shop in Denver, Colorado. My roommate and I decided on getting two pastries to split. We got a blackberry and cheese danish and pecan brioche roll! They had lots of cakes and cookies to choose from but we wanted breakfast so we went for pastries. After we finished our delicious sweet treats we walked around the bakery and check out all of the cakes they had set up on display. Most of their cakes were buttercream but they did have some done in fondant. I wish that I had taken a picture of the four tier St. Patricks Day cake that they had. It had beautiful scroll work on it!
Sunday, April 15, 2012
Saturday, April 14, 2012
~dedicated to our special vegan, CC!
As MRS's Quinoa & Greens Burger recipe reveals, these patties are filled with good for you foods. I substituted swiss chard for beet greens and did not use the optional egg for binding. I used red & gold quinoa as these were what I had on hand. I always rate a good recipe based on the ease in which I can substitute ingredients. These were truly delicious...moist, held together, and tasty. To top it off, P< has been wanting to try the miso mayonnaise recipe published in the NYTimes Magazine Sunday, 11 March 2012. So we topped these yummy burgers with a healthy dollop of miso mayonnaise!
Friday, April 13, 2012
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Fresh baked turkey breast, provolone cheese, avocado spread, sliced cucumber, sprouts, lettuce, tomato, and mayo! 8 inches of heaven!
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
cupcakes above for Easter. It is her recipe with own variations. This recipe is really simple and fast because it takes 1 box of yellow cake mix and mixes it with 20oz of crushed pineapple. No eggs and no oil. Pop it into the oven and bake. I made them to bring to Easter Dinner and everyone seemed to enjoy them. I used toasted coconut and vanilla frosting to make my nests and topped them with whopper eggs. It was a wonderful springtime dessert and a great twist on a virgin pina colada!
Monday, April 9, 2012
The Incline. Even though this hike was one of the hardest workouts I've done I can't wait to do it again! Portman will be here in June. I hope he's up for the challenge!
Saturday, April 7, 2012
Friday, April 6, 2012
1 cup Thai Sweet Rice
1 mango, cut into bite-size pieces
4-5 Tbsp. brown sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
1 can coconut milk
1. In a large pot soak the rice in 1 cup water for 20-30 minutes.
2. Add 3/4 cup (more) water, plus 1/4 can coconut milk, 1/4 tsp. salt, and 1 Tbsp. brown sugar. Stir this into the rice.
3. Bring to a gentle boil, then partially cover with a lid. Reduce heat to medium-low.
4. Simmer in this way for 20 minutes, or until the coconut-water has been absorbed by the rice. Turn the heat off, but leave the pot on the burner with the lid on tight. Allow to sit for 5-10 minutes.
To make the sauce, warm (do not boil) the rest of the can of coconut milk over medium-low heat (5 minutes). Stir in 3 Tbsp. sugar. Serve by piling rice in a bowl and pouring the sauce over top. Place sliced mango on top of each serving. It should look like an English pudding with custard sauce, with the mounds of rice swimming in sauce.
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Downtown Colorado Springs is filled with amazing restaurants, cafes and ice cream shops. But it has one very special frozen yogurt place! And it is the best frozen yogurt place I've ever been! The people who work there are great and the yogurt is amazing...and a little healthier than ice cream! Buttercups is new to the downtown area and was recently opened by a college graduate. The interior is relaxed and modern, attracting a variety of customers from families to college students. I went here with my coworkers and we've been back several times...almost enough to fill our punch cards!
Sunday, April 1, 2012
the most visited mountain in North America and the second most visited mountain in the world behind Japan's Mount Fuji. Pikes Peak is at an altitude of 14,110 feet above sea level and is the 31st highest peak out of 54 Colorado peaks. The view from the top was worth the drive!