This Week In Food & Colorado Springs Fires
Beet tartare. Creamy ricotta with lemon zest and fine diced marinated beets and shallots topped with dill sprigs.
I have these friends. Oh, they are delicious. The sort of people who are warm and open and throw the best parties ever, ever. And I’m not just saying that. They really do.
Since I was travelling through Utah (wherein they live), I gave them a holler and asked permission to stay at their place for a night. In response, friend Greg slaughtered a pig so there’d be fresh pork for my belly and friend Letti baked Francois Payard’s favorite flourless chocolate cake. The meal was epic. The company divine.
Since I’m not baking this week, I took photos just to share. The basic titles of the recipes are listed below. Obviously, there’s a significant amount of prep for each of these dishes (that’s just how Greg rolls. He’s like Michael Pollan mixed with Alice Waters with the good looks of Jake Gyllenhall) so I haven’t included recipes, but thought you foodie friends might enjoy an inspiring lookie loo at that beauty that is homemade perfection.
Pork Tenderloin Street Taco. Marinated roasted pork tenderloin on a “street taco” corn tortilla with thin sliced radishes, radish greens, avocado, cilantro leaves, pickled ginger strings, and lime/shallot/jalapeno drizzle
Spaghetti with “Cime di Rape” and Hot Italian Sausage. Spaghetti with braised and sautéed turnip tops, swiss chard (or other bitter greens), garlic, lemon juice, hot Italian sausage, olive oil, and grated romano cheese
Apple, Bleu cheese, Toasted Walnut Salad with lettuce arugula mix and reduced balsamic vinaigrette
Confited Pork Belly with cannellini beans, sautéed bitter greens, and pickled onions.
We were tucked into the kitchen table, red and white wine readily offered to wash it all down. Conversation flowed and a deep gratitude settled in as the evening fell around us. Why is it, so often, that food makes for such perfect moments?
I’m still on the road this week. Thank you for holding me to low blogging standards. There’s not a lot of cooking in the kitchen, but I am cooking up tons of fun and clever ideas which will soon be yours. You’ll be so glad you waited!
And for those of you who’ve been kind enough to get in touch…our home in Colorado Springs is currently safe, but preevacuation orders are in effect for areas very near mine. After last years terrifying evacuation and devastating fire, I’m so sad to know that even more homes have been lost in this years blaze. So many families displaced. Please consider donating to the Red Cross. The organization is actively on the ground and helping our city in a real way. Then, take a moment to put all our most important documents and photos in a single location, near an exit in your home. You may not be at risk of wildfires, but knowing you can grab what you need and go in case of any natural disaster brings a tremendous amount of peace.
Wishing you a divine week. Sending you hugs across the miles.