Cooking Healthy ?

I watched last night’s Chopped:Light Makes Right and was so so on the what was promoted as Healthy. Some fat and some sugar are not bad but in what forms? One of the cooks was using Honey, while I think this is a better form of sugar I would have grabbed the Agave. Coconut oil, is it really better than Olive oil. Spices can substitute for sugar and other ingredients but lack of spices will really put people off even if the food is healthy. As one of the chefs found out. Remember that healthy can be a relative term. You need some fats to keep your body healthy and a total lack of sugar can be bad as well. Be moderate when you changing your diet and you will have better luck.

4th Street Chophouse, Loveland Co.

Well after all the things we had heard about this restaurant we hoped for a really nice night out. We were disappointed. When we made the reservations we did tell them is was a birthday evening for starters. We got to the restaurant gave them our names and were sited. Our waitress asked us if we had ever been their before, our answer was no. She told us a number of things so we made our choices and for dinner. For the prices they charge a little more of the sauce with the “TOURNEDOS AU POIVRE”, the “HORSERADISH FILET” was tender but dry and had no flavor of horseradish. For Dessert, usually the birthday person get’s the creme brulee with a candle, but they never mentioned his birthday. So we ordered the special that night, bread pudding and a piece of cheese cake. She brought out the bread pudding with two forks but never brought the cheese cake. It was on the ticket, when we pointed it out the response from the waitress, “I didn’t bring that out” in the tone of of course I brought that out. They did take it off the ticket, we also informed her it was his birthday, so they gave us a creme brulee to go, free of charge. We were very disappointed, with the food as well as what happened. For the price we paid for dinner it should have been much more satisfying.

Vodka instead of Gin.

Yes, I like gin martini’s but there is nothing wrong with vodka martini’s either, James Bond likes them. It was one of those things that got me thinking about some old time drinks.
A Pink Lady, it’s usually made with gin and applejack, grenadine and an egg white. I’ve also seen it without the applejack or with a scoop of vanilla ice cream instead of an egg white. It’s also not bad if you switch from gin to vodka especially with the ice cream version.
Can you think of some others that might be good with vodka instead of gin?

A wonderful New Cookbook.

Being home sick can give you time to look at those things that have been showing up during the course of the month that you haven’t taken the time to look at.
The Tucci Cookbook Is one of those things. It was just released on the 10th of October. It has some amazing recipes inside. A few of the recipes have alternative ideas with them, which is something I always love. A few that I can alter myself, I may discuss in the upcoming months. Take a peek at this wonderful, making my mouth water cookbook.

Longmont’s Sushi Hana….good food…not just sushi.


At the North end of Longmont right next to the Perkins is one of the best Japanese restaurants in Longmont. Not a sushi fan, no worries they have great food besides great sushi. If you want to venture into the sushi realm they have sushi for beginners. Don’t laugh it helps if you haven’t really been big on sushi.
The meals range from close to $30 in the evening to great lunch specials for $9.50. They serve teriyaki as well as noodle meals and wonderful bento boxes. The atmosphere here is friendly and inviting. Sit at the bar and watch them make your favorite sushi or site in a quite booth or table. The wait staff is always helpful if you are not sure what to have and make you feel at home. Watching the chefs makes this a fun place to take kids. They have assorted wine and sake, green tea and for dessert fried ice cream and other sweets to cap off your dining delight. They are open from 11:00 to 2:30 Monday thru Sat. and 5:00 to 9:00 all of the week for dinner. Check out the menu and see what you can find.

Places to eat in Boulder, Co.

Good Food fun atmosphere will I can give you a couple places I’ve enjoyed.
The Sink in Boulder, Co., has been around since 1923 and it is still a favorite hangout on the hill.
Guy Fieri from the Food Network showed off the place in his Diners, Drive Ins and Dives.
Every week they have some far out specials of the week. The chefs here come up with the coolest food. And the menu full of great things. They have appetizers, soups, salad, sandwiches, burger, calzones, pizzas, vegetarian food and drink specials to help you wash all that down. Desserts also are available if you have room. If you go a lot talk to them about the S-Card. The atmosphere here is also something you have to see to believe. They call it the Off-The-Wall Gallery, this collection of paintings on the walls will make you laugh till you cry, and the ceiling has hundreds if not thousands of signatures on it. Dine in or take out, yes you can take out. Food ranges from $3 for soup to $29 for an XL Pizza. Don’t forget to get a t-shirt or bumper sticker while you’re there. If you need some fun and a good evening out with friends in t-shirts or whatever this is the place.

Another great stop is the Baker Street.
This restaurant with the Sherlock Holmes theme is part of a chain of restaurants from Texas to Colorado. The food is great and the prices can make most people happy. Most meals range from $5 to $11. They have everything from the usual pub fair of fish and chips to burgers, steak, tacos, sliders, sandwiches and soup, with chicken, fish, and beef on the menu you can always find something good to eat. Wine, cocktails and beer are also part of the fair as well as desserts. The atmosphere is every bit the English country pub. Great place for gathering with friends or family for an afternoon lunch or evening dining this restaurant is fun for all.
Our group had The Guinness Beef Stew, Fish and Chips, Shepherd’s pie, London Platter, House of Parliament Burger and the Spinach Artichoke Dip. Everyone was full and happy. Most pubs are a good bet when you are out looking for something filling and good, this place is no exception to that rule. In Colorado there are 4 of the Baker Street Pub and Grills, Denver, Westminster, Lakewood and Boulder, drive out for the weekend and find one in your area.

Cookies….Cookies!


Here are a few from this fun plate.
Cranberry Walnut Oatmeal Cookies (Crisco Recipe)
3/4 cup Crisco Butter Flavor Shortening or 1 Butter flavored Baking Stick
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 large eggs
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup All Purpose Flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. salt
2 3/4 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1 cup dried cranberries
1 cup chopped walnuts
Makes 3 dozen.
Heat oven to 350 degrees. coat baking sheets with no-stick spray. Beat shortening, sugar and brown sugar in large bowl at medium speed of electric mixer until blended. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt in small bowl. Beat into shortening mixture until smooth. Stir in oats, dried cranberries and walnuts. Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls about 2 inches apart on prepared baking sheets. Bake 10-12 minutes or until light brown. Cool on baking sheets 2 minutes. Place on cooling rack to cool completely.

Almond Lace Wafers (can’t remember where my mom found this recipe, it’s really old.)
3/4 cup ground unblanched almonds
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon flour
1 tablespoon heavy cream
1 tablespoon milk
Ground almonds until mealy. Combine nuts with all the ingredients in a saucepan. Cook over low stirring constantly until butter melts. Then remove from heat. Drop by teaspoonfuls on non-stick cookie sheets about 3 inches apart, they will spread. Bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees for 5 to 6 mins or until they turn a light caramel color with bubbly enter. Let stand on sheet for about 1/2 minute then transfer to paper towel to cool. They will be very fragile but very delicious.

Chocolate Scotcheroos (very old recipe too)
Bring 1 cup sugar and 1 cup light corn syrup to a boil in a 3 quart saucepan. Remove from heat. add in 1 cup peanut butter, mix well. then add 6 cups Rice Krispies. Press into buttered 13″ X 9″ pan. Melt in another pan a 6 oz. package of semi-sweet chocolate morsels and 6 oz package of butterscotch morsels. Spread over krispies and chill till firm.

Rum Balls (although this year I also used Kahlua)
1 cup vanilla wafers crushed
1 cup chopped nuts, I’ve used everything from walnuts to pecans, even almonds.
1 cup powdered sugar
2 tbsp. rum
2 tbsp. brandy
2 1/2 tbsp. Karo syrup
2 tbsp. chocolate powder

Mix it all together and roll into balls. Then roll in extra powdered sugar.
You can substitute whiskey or other alcohol for the rum and brandy.
We tried the new Cinnamon Spice Kahlua for one batch, it was great.

It’s that time of year…..Turkey time.

Yeah we are getting close to Thanksgiving and the time for turkey. Inject it this year, try Spatlese.

This wine is slightly sweet and white and will make your bird moist and delicious.

Or try putting butter under the skin with oranges and lemons, little sage. Almost any bird is great with fruit and spices tuck under between the breast and skin.

But say you are tired of turkey or ham for the usual Thanksgiving meal, do what the first Pilgrims and Indians did!

Try pheasant, quail, duck, goose, elk, buffalo. Remember turkey may not have been on the menu back in the good old days (1600s).

Take a chance, try something new. Give the turkey a rest for a little while longer.