Tasty Tuesday: Strawberry Rhubarb

Happy Tuesday!!

Today’s treat dates back to my childhood…mom used to make Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp every Sunday during the summer and I always looked forward to it! A few weeks ago, my rhubarb was growing out of control and craving a for a summer-y cobbler struck me hard. I needed to eat cobbler and I needed to use the rhubarb….immediately.

So, into the garden I went. I whacked down the giant-leafed fruit and unloaded stalks of it on my counter. Wanting a sweet dessert, I thought back on the days of mom’s Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp and found this recipe online. After a quick trip to the store for some strawberries, I got to work.

Unfortunately, I accidentally used too little corn starch so the consistency¬† was a bit more soup-y than cobbler-y. I served it to friends at a football party and it wasn’t exactly a touchdown. However, after a few hours in the fridge, it firmed up and I happily ate it for breakfast, lunch and dessert for the rest of the week. :)

Although, I admit this is more of a summer treat than a fall dessert, I thought some of you might still have rhubarb growing in your gardens (if not, I’m sure your local grocer has it). Serve it warmed up with a little vanilla ice cream – and this dessert is delicious any time of year. Give it a try and let me know if you like it!

Tasty Tuesday: NYC Edition

For today’s Tasty Tuesday, I’d like to tell you about a few of the places we ate while we were in New York City a few weeks ago. Even though we were only there for one day, we made quite a few stops for grub.

Our first stop of the day was for an early lunch at Katz’s Delicatessen. I’ve wanted to nosh at the famous eatery for years. And after watching several Food Network and Travel Channel shows featuring the legendary deli, I couldn’t wait to try their fare.

Upon arrival, we were ushered into a cafeteria-style line with a dozen cooks and countless patrons shouting orders at them (regular sit-down service with a waiter is available but we thought the counter offered a more exciting experience).

The spouse had to try to their famous Pastrami Sandwich and I opted for a Half-Sandwich & Soup Combo (Tuna & Chicken Noodle). We watched as the cook prepared our delectable lunch then slipped down the rest of the line picking up a microbrew for the spouse and a ginger ale for me. We grabbed a table easily despite the large crowds and took in the hundreds of photos signed by celebrities that decorated the walls.

Then we took a bite….DELICIOUS!! The spouse said, and I quote, “This is the best pastrami I have ever had!” He’s not an easy customer to please so that statement means a lot. I loved my meal and adored the atmosphere of the busy deli. I definitely recommend Katz’s for a bite to eat in NYC (but be ready for a hefty price tag for lunch).

After lunch, we headed down to Russ & Daughters to pick up an afternoon snack (which we saved for later…I was stuffed post-Katz’s!). Russ & Daughters is an appetizing shop that features smoked fish, caviar, and other high-quality foods. We went solely for the lox (how can you not get lox when in New York!?).

We sampled a few varieties and settled on a delicious serving of the best lox I’ve ever tasted (I can’t remember what it was called). When snack time rolled around, we sat in a park in the SoHo area and enjoyed our lox with a cold iced tea. I’m not sure I’ve ever had a more memorable snack – it was amazing! Good news…you can order your very own cured or smoked fish online from Russ & Daughters and pretend your livin’ it up in NYC at home. I recommend that you do!

Our last meal of the day was probably our most-anticipated…we had a reservation at Marc Forgione’s and I am a huge fan (thanks to The Next Iron Chef).

Here’s the truth: the atmosphere, appetizers, desserts, wine, and service were all INCREDIBLE but the entrees were not spectacular. Otherwise, it was everything I’d hoped it be; the rustic, dimly list room was a perfect setting, our server was attentive and energetic, our appetizers were mouth-watering, and the dessert was shockingly creative and served by their pastry chef. To top it all off, Marc Forgione himself was there! He walked through the restaurant several times and even waved to us at one point.

My fish was cooked perfectly but, to be honest, the flavor it wasn’t mind-blowing. The spouse unfortunately felt the same (actually he was even less-impressed) about his steak. It was a bit surprising that we weren’t head over heals in love with the entrees but everything else that night was perfect, so I’d still recommend them.

If you’re ever in the Tribeca area of New York, give Forgione’s a try and tell me if you loved it! I’m thinking I’ll have to go back to give them a second chance soon!

This photo was actually taken at a bar down the street from Forgione’s. I was so star-crazy from seeing Marc Forgione himself, I forgot to take pics!

Tasty Tuesday: Overnight Oats

I have to admit, I haven’t been feeling much like myself lately. I suspect you can sense that from recent my lack-luster, late-in-the-day posts; things are just a bit off.

I really felt weird the night I started craving oatmeal. Oatmeal?? It’s 90+ degrees outside! I realized then that I’m definitely not my summery self…I’ve even started planning out my fall clothing and getting excited at the prospect of chilly weather. Super weird.

But, as I tried to push my strangeness aside, I did not stop thinking about oatmeal. And, thanks to the 90+ degrees, I knew that I couldn’t enjoy a regular bowl of the hot stuff. So, I turned to the internet.

I’ve seen Overnight Oats on multiple blogs out there and have been intrigued to try them for some time. I ended up snagging the winning recipe from Oh She Glows (my favorite vegan blogger). Overnight oats is essentially oatmeal….without the cooking…and COLD! I know, I know, cold oatmeal doesn’t really sound appealing, but I thought I’d give it a try.

Well….it was down right delicious! And so filling! It satisfied my craving for oatmeal, was quick and easy to make, a little sweet (I added PB & Honey to it!), and fueled me up for a productive day. I have to say, I recommend giving overnight oats a try.

Here’s the recipe, enjoy!

Oh She Glows – Easy Vegan Overnight Oats

Evening Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup regular oats
  • 3/4 cup almond milk
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1 tiny ripe banana, peeled and smashed
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Directions: Mix together the above ingredients in a bowl and place in fridge overnight.

In the morning, remove bowl from fridge and add toppings if desired (PB & Honey for me). Serve overnight oats cold.

Tasty Tuesday: Larkburger

I’m not much of a burger gal….not hard to believe since I don’t eat beef. I do enjoy the veggie burger or the turkey burger here and there, but rarely does a burger come to mind when I’m wondering what to eat.

That has now all changed.

On Sunday night, the spouse and I decided to try out the Colorado burger-joint chain, Larkburger. Walking in, I was immediately impressed by the clean, natural interior. Looking over the menu, I first thought it seemed limited but was intrigued by their “Keeping It Natural” message and quickly excited by the idea of Truffle Fries (yeah, you read that…Truffle Fries…YUM!!).

The spouse ordered the Truffle Burger and I ordered the Little Turkey with a Field Green Salad and we split an order of the Truffle Fries (oh my goodness, they are SO good!). I have to say I was very impressed with EVERY aspect of our meal! The Truffle Fries are clearly the winner in my world, but the spouse could not stop raving about his burger. If you know my hubby, you know it’s hard to find a restaurant that lives up to his high expectations. My turkey burger was also flavorful and the perfect size when paired with their fresh field greens salad. Overall, the food was incredible.

All Images via Samantha Baker via Westword Restaurants.

But the greatness didn’t stop there, the customer service was also outstanding. Fearing that we had waited too long for our meal, the manager visited us, apologized for the wait and then discounted our bill without any prompt from us! I hadn’t even noticed we were waiting! Everyone there was friendly and clearly concerned with our satisfaction. Big Points!

And last, the mission of Larkburger is one that any greenie can get behind. They are dedicated to “Keeping It Natural” which they describe as “minimizing their environmental impact while offering a unique dining experience.” Their menu and operations are built upon health-conscious and eco-friendly philosophies and, well, it results in a pretty fantastic experience!

I definitely recommend Larkburger to anyone in the Fort Collins, Denver, or Boulder area! Check ’em out!

Tasty Tuesday: Sherbet Floats

This summer is getting HOT!! Each day feels warmer than the last around here! To cool down, my spouse and I invented what has become our favorite after-dinner drink….Sherbet Floats!

I’m sure we weren’t the first to ever do this, but it feels like we were. One night we were just hanging out at the house and we had a container of rainbow sherbet in the freezer. As I pulled out the sherbet to scoop us a couple of bowls, I started to tell my spouse about a blended drink I used to make during my days as a fountain girl. He produced a can of lemon-lime soda out of thin air and said, “What if we make this a float?” And there ya have it. Sherbet Float Invented.

To make this simple concoction, simply go get your favorite fat-free sherbet (I prefer rainbow). Add three scoops to a cup.

Poor a lemon-lime soda over the scoops and voila! Sherbet float! Couldn’t be any easier!

Be sure you make enough for everyone though…these tasty treats will attract a lot of attention! Enjoy!

Tasty Tuesday: Huevos Benedict

So lately, I’ve been really into eggs. I’ve been craving eggs in every form from boiled to fried to on top of pizza (which sounds questionable but is actually AMAZING!). So, once again, this Tasty Tuesday is about the incredible, edible egg.

One of my favorite breakfasts is Eggs Benedict….but not in the traditional way. I’m not sure if I’ve ever explained what I do and do not eat on this blog so, real quick, here’s the deal: About 10-11 years ago, I became a vegetarian. That lifestyle lasted for approximately four years but I occasionally had fish (and some times hot wings…okay so I never went whole-hog vegetarian. Can you say whole-hog vegetarian? Seems wrong).

After those four years or so of lying about being a vegetarian, I decided to officially embrace chicken and fish as part of my diet once again. This has expanded to include turkey, the occasional Duck Confit, and I’ll give the random bird a try once in awhile – like if someone asks me to try a quail or something (which has actually never happened).

So, in a lot more words than I expected to use, I don’t eat red meat or pork. And since I don’t eat most meats, I like my Eggs Benedict vegetarian. Instead of using the traditional EB recipe of poached egg, fried Canadian bacon, toasted English muffin, and hollandaise sauce, I replace the Canadian bacon with a slice of tomato. You can also add fresh spinach and avocado if you’re feeling wild!

Speaking of wild, this post is call Huevos Benedict for a reason. For added spice and extra flavor, we kick up the hollandaise sauce too…..

Using this hollandaise sauce recipe, my spouse mixes up the yummy, yellow dressing and just before serving it, he adds several teaspoons of hot chilies. YUM! This spicy twist on on the Veggie EB provides a lip-smackin’ breakfast that everyone will enjoy (even my carnivorous hubby)! Try it out…tell me if you LOVE it (you will).