Saturday, June 25, 2011

Summer Food Series: Mom's Potato Salad


One of the great things about cooking is that it doesn't have to get old.  Each season brings new ingredients and foods that are unique to that time of year.  I thought it would be fun to bring some of these dishes to the blog as the year progresses!

There are some things that I just don't eat unless it is summer but I look forward to them all year long.  One of the things I crave come June is my mom's potato salad.  It reminds me of picnics at the park or the beach.  The ingredients are super simple and, I don't know about you, but that's what I like in a potato salad!

5 lbs of potatoes, peeled, cubed and boiled until cooked through
5 scallions, chopped
4 hard boiled eggs, chopped
1-1.5 cups of mayo to desired consistency
Salt and seasoned pepper to taste

The only problem with this recipe is that I make enough for an entire family and quickly remember that I am only one person.  Therefore I only make it once or twice each summer because I end up eating it for a while after I make it!!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Happy Father's Day!

Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there, especially mine - he is super great!

Everything but the kitchen sink...

I hope everyone had a good weekend!  Sundays are always bittersweet because a new work week is just around the corner and it is a reminder of how short our weekends are :-/.  I had a pretty laid back weekend, saw two of my friends get married (which is always so fun!), went shopping, got some exercise in, and once again did not clean my apartment when I promised I would :)

Tonight I had fun making dinner with the little bit of food I have in my fridge.  I need to go grocery shopping BAD, but managed to make something really good with what I had.  This pasta is summery and light and super easy.  Plus, anything with roasted garlic is going to be amazing and make the house smell like you have been cooking all day ....mmmmmmm....

1 head of garlic, roasted before hand and chopped
1 orange bell pepper, julienned
1/2 can of corn
a pinch of rosemary
a pinch of dried basil
salt and pepper to taste
feta cheese, to garnish

Cook the pasta according to instructions.  While it is cooking, chop veggies and saute with corn and garlic in olive oil until tender.  Add salt, pepper and spices to taste.  Strain pasta and add to saute pan, mix well.  Garnish with feta, enjoy!!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Bear Peak: Attempt 2

Today was my second attempt at Bear Peak...I really think I need to give myself more than 2 hours.  Got some good pictures though!

Friday, June 10, 2011

Summer Must-Haves!

Summer is my favorite time of the year.  The hot weather is here and I feel rejuvenated!!  During summer I feel like being active, being social and never letting my days go to waste.  Being from Southern California, I think I have been spoiled by growing up with weather like this almost every day, now it is hard for me to function in anything BUT sunny warmth.  Here are some things I feel are must-haves for a great summer, enjoy!

1 - I found this cocktail recipe and want to try it so bad!!  It's looks so summery and refreshing :)

2 - Everyone needs a grill...including me :)  BBQ's are the BEST in summer time.  Who wants to make donations to my "house fund" so that I will have a place to put my non-existent grill?
Can't make a donation?  Just invite me to your next bbq :)

3 - A veggie garden!!  Mine is apartment patio style, all in pots.  But so far I have tomatoes and bell peppers.  The herbs have died but I'll replace them soon :)

4 - Vacations are the best during the summer!  Of course an exotic beach would be the ultimate vacation, however I have seemed to go to places that are not known for their excellent weather the past couple of summers.  Still a vacation is a vacation and I love them.  This summer will be London and Paris!  Can't wait!

5 - A good concert.  One great thing about Colorado is Red Rocks and I try to catch a show there every summer.  This summer it will be Incubus!

6 - Bug spray.  Take it from me, mosquito bites are no fun :(  Maybe add some sunscreen for good measure!

Happy Summer!

Friday, June 3, 2011

Strolling Around Denver

Unfortunately I have been rather sick the last few days.  I started work this week as well.  Being sick your first week = no fun.  But the good news is that I really like the office I work in and all of the people who work there!

In terms of exercise, I haven't been able to do much this week, but over Memorial Day weekend I did some working out and a lot of walking.  One such trip was around Denver and the Highlands.  It was the first nice day in what has felt like FOREVER so everyone was out.  Here are a few of my favorite shots from the day:

Soon I will be posting more yummy food that I have made in the past couple of weeks, stay tuned!