Savory Souffles made with Ricotta, Marscapone, Lemon Zest & Fresh Basil by Jill Mant
Sometimes in life we have grandiose dreams that don’t quite turn out the way we plan for them to. My experience has been that usually if we don’t resist what is happening , things often turn out better than we could have planned. The booth that Ansh and I shared at the Denver HaHo Market was a perfect example of this.
I had only attended this market once before and Ansh had never been. Noticing that there seemed to be an abundance of vendors selling vegan and gluten free pastries and cakes, we decided that we would buck the trend and stay away from baked goods. Our product line ended up being made up of Ansh’s to-die-for vegan Samosa’s with Chutney, two of her amazing hand crafted, small batch spice mixes (Garam Masala and a Tandori blend), my Watermelon Gazpacho and Avocado Coconut Popsicle’s.
Grilled Spatchcoked Organic Chicken with Roasted Carrots & Fennel in a Honey Orange Glaze & Spicy Kale Chips by Jill Mant
Now that we’re going into our second week of hundred degree days here in Colorado, the concept of cooking dinner has become far from appealing. There have been times when I couldn’t avoid turning the stove or the oven on, but they have been both few and sweaty! I find myself grilling most of our meals and each time that old, dependable gas grill on the back patio inspires my love and admiration more and more.
Yes, I’ll admit it: I did spend an afternoon at Hi-Tech Appliance coveting the outdoor kitchens and these awesome new stainless steel self cleaning grills, but I have to give credit where credit is due. My ancient gas grill, with it’s hot and cold spots, flare ups and lack of ability to clean itself, still produces meals like this one starring my spatchcocked organic free range chicken, complete with spicy and crispy skin and juicy succulent meat.
Simple, Succulent & Delicious Dinner all made in only one pan! by Jill Mant
Fridays, I don’t know what it is about them, but whether I am working or not, they seem to me to be miniature Christmas Eves. This final weekday ushers in a time of celebration, of time spent with loved ones, of relaxation accompanied by revelry. Yes, I know that seems like an oxymoron, but that is the way it is in my world. While there is often a flurry of activity in preparing for guests, their presence is anticipated with joy and cooking and cleaning feels more like a meditation than a chore.
This past Friday seemed particularly festive as I had been invited to a fellow food blogger’s home for lunch and had been treated to a Southern Indian Feast, complete with appetizers and of course, celebratory cocktails.
Kick Ass Kebabs, Potato Salad w Sun Dried Tomatoes, Kalamata Olives & Caramelized Leeks & Ramps by Jill Mant
Last night was one of those fabulous spring evenings I long for over the cold winter months. The temperatures had neared the 90 degree mark during the day, yet strong breezes made it palatable to enjoy a walk to the park and a good laugh as we watched the dog run from shade spot to shade spot. I must admit that laugh was accompanied by a tinge of guilt as poor Mack would really enjoy a trip to the groomers to be shorn of his shaggy coat which I find adorable and he obviously finds oppressive in this weather.
It was Memorial Day weekend and I had invited Anshie of SpiceRoots and her husband, Darshak, for dinner. I had been the lucky recipient of an beautiful spread of delectable Indian dishes for a lunch at her house a few weeks back, and I wanted to make an equally impressive meal yet I also wanted to enjoy their company.