Saturday, July 31, 2010
We had nice conversation over the phone about a week later. It's definitely different for me to be on the "giving" end of an interview. As a writer, I'm so used to interviewing people that it felt kind of weird to be providing the answers for once! But it's exciting to talk about the blog and something I really enjoy doing. I got to tell her about why I started the blog, what some of my favorite posts and experiences were and more.
If you can get your hands on a copy of the August issue, check out p. 22 (there doesn't seem to be an online site for the magazine). I'm featured along with three other Milwaukee bloggers.
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Thanks for reading!
Monday, July 26, 2010
For the shrimp, we used this Sassy Seasoned Shrimp recipe, which a bunch of tweaks:
-Rather than 2 lbs. of shrimp, we just bought 3/4 lb. raw shrimp and halved just about the entire recipe (except for the juice--I forgot I was halving the recipe, and added all of the juice the recipe calls for).
-I didn't get fresh ginger, and just used about 1/2 teas. powedered ginger.
-Instead of green onions, I used up some of the yellow onion I had on hand.
-I couldn't find mango nectar (juice) at the local Pick 'n Save, so I bought papaya juice. It seemed to work just as well!
-For the chili-garlic sauce, I used Sriracha.
-We let everything set in the marinating bags for about 1.5 hours, rather than the recommended 2.
As for the veggies, I used zucchini, yellow squash and eggplant, all from the CSA. I used this simple Shrimp Kabob Recipe for the veggies. I followed the recipe exactly, figuring I probably had about 1 lb. of veggies. I marinated these for about 1.5 hours, too.
We put everything on wooden skewers we store in the freezer, and we grilled everything on low. First, we grilled the veggies, for about 20-25 minutes, and the shrimp for about 10-12 minutes.
In addition to the shrimp and veggies. we had some leftover black beans I had made earlier in the weekend. The black beans included red onions, red pepper, jalapeno, spices like cumin, coriander and garlic.
Everything was delicious and came together really well. I'd definitely make both marinades again.
In addition to the beer, we had some great food. I tried to make a few things with beer as one of the ingredients. We made brats which we first cooked in beer and then had sitting in beer for the rest of the day.
Here is the recipe I used. I followed everything, except I forgot to dust the tops with powered sugar. I'm not sure it was even needed!
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I wanted to post some pictures of the food we ate and mention the places we visited.
In Fort Collins, we tried something we've never had before: Nepalese cuisine. We had the lunch buffet at Mt. Everest Cafe. I can't remember everything we had, but it was all very good. It was very similar to Indian food, but seemed less spicy. I do remember we had naan, vegetable samosas and eggplant curry. The item in the upper left-hand corner, with the peas, was some kind of chicken dish. It was divine!
Also in Fort Collins, we had great, unique pasta dishes at Rasta Pasta. I had the Natural Mystic, jerk chicken and pasta in a pineapple curry sauce. I asked them to kick up the heat, too, and they sure kicked it up! Each dish comes with great garlic bread and a salad. Try the green pepper dressing!
This wasn't a restaurant meal, but great, nonetheless. We packed a picnic lunch to have while we drove throughout Rocky Mountain National Park. It worked out well. We parked at a beautiful overlook and sat looking out at the mountains. Earlier that morning we had stopped for bread, ham, cheese and grapes, and the Sun Chips we had were offered at our hotel the night before.
In Glenwood Springs, we had a huge, greasy and delicious breakfast at Rosi's Little Bavarian Restaurant. The breakfast burrito came recommended, and I'm a sucker for breakfast burritos. This one was great. It was filled with sausage, cheese, hash browns and veggies. I loved that they also had fresh, homemade salsa on every table and Cholula Garlic Hot Sauce (you can find this stuff on just about every restaurant table in Colorado. I love it!).
In Aspen, we ended up at Little Ollie's, a Thai/Chinese/Asian restaurant. We had a great, reasonable meal. We started with pork egg rolls, and then I had tofu massaman curry. It was soooo good.
Back in Fort Collins, we stopped at a great sandwich place for lunch one Saturday. At B&B's Pickle Barrel, I had the "Christy" sandwich, which included Havarti cheese, mushrooms and avocado and I had grilled tofu added to it. I also had Boulder Canyon chips for the first time, which are great. I just discovered they're available at Outpost. Score!
In Grand Lake, we stopped for what we thought we be a nice, light breakfast before hiking. It wasn't as heavy as the breakfast burrito, but filling, nonetheless! Since we couldn't quite decide what we wanted, Nate and I split a lox and bagel and this delicious-looking granola with yogurt, fruit and nuts. Unfortunately, I can't remember the name of the restaurant.
In Salida, where Nate spent some time growing up, we went to a great brew pub/pizza place called Amica's. We each had a great micro beer, split a house salad and then I had the pizza al pesto, which included pesto, of course, pine nuts, sun dried tomatoes, Roma tomatoes and mozzarella.
Again in Fort Collins, we stopped for a quick breakfast at The Red Table. I didn't take a picture of the food--we each had an egg, cheese and veggie breakfast bagel sandwich--but I thought the outside of the place was cute!
It was a great trip, with great food! I'd like to figure out how to make that jerk chicken and pineapple curry sauce ... I'm drooling just thinking about it!