Adventures in cooking sustainably, healthfully, and locally

Until Dave puts the kybosh on it anyway.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Bouquet... of Beer

What did I do for Dave for Father's Day?

I went Home Grown.  I got 2 dozen bottles/cans of beer, born and bred here in Colorado.  Not the Blue Moon one, mind. 

Some liquor stores have the Make Your Own Six Pack, so I made four of them from breweries found all over the state.  So far, he's enjoyed all but one and I can't remember which one that was... it was in a can, a reddish can, and it was some sort of ale.  I think it's fair to say that so far, you really can't go wrong with Colorado brewed beer.  Dave enjoys the red ales, pilsners, wheat beers, things of that nature while I like the stouts, IPAs, and porters.  I figure I get to have my Guinness when our wee one gets here, and since it was Father's Day why not make it a bouquet of what he wants, right?


Huge success!  A gift that is continuing to give.  I'll post when he gets to some of the funky ones...  I'm sure I threw a rye beer in there somewhere.

On a side note, recently we purchased more Colorado grown booze, including the following gin.

Colorado Gold.  Our first gin attempt was Bombay Sapphire.  I'm not much of a gin fan as I rather apply piney liquid to my floor for cleaning, but Dave didn't mind the Bombay Sapphire.  But he likes the Colorado Gold much more as that tell tale piney taste is markedly subdued. 

So far, Colorado really hasn't disappointed us in terms of booze.  Visitors have been happy so far too, so if that isn't motivation enough, I'm not sure what is. 

Maybe us attempting to change a cloth diaper?  I'm sure we could sell tickets for that...

Monday, May 23, 2011

At Last! Warmth!

Well, sorta.  Kinda swinging back and forth between ugly 40's and glorious 80's over the last month here in Colorado.  This week, despite the thunderstorms rolling in, we'll be seeing some consistently decent weather.  And considering we've been busting our butts for the last couple of weekends preparing the yard for bountiful harvest, I figured we'd better fire up the ol' Home Grown Nibbles for the season!

My bulbs from last year's planting were mostly successful:

 However, the tulips were Nibbled on furiously by deer and rabbits during the wee days of March when we had a fantastic warm spell and the woodland creatures got hungry and before I put down my staple deterrent (blood meal).  Ah well.

I wanted to get in the gardens as soon as May hit, but I was darn lucky I didn't.  We got snow!  In May!  So the weekend of May 14th, despite being wet and cold outside, was the chosen weekend instead:

 Farthest is seed zucchini, then jalapenos, then heirloom tomatoes, then strawberries.  Both gardens.  One of the pepper plants is a normal green bell pepper, but we wanted to try the jalapenos again. 

Then, this last weekend, we finally busted out our respective yard tools and got crackin' on our lawn.  I weeded our front berm, watered the gardens, and mulched and watered our still-fledgling shrubbery.  Dave dewinterized the lawn mower, mowed, and fired up the weedeater.

Yes.  We are both still ridiculously sore.  

Spaghetti squash, pumpkin, and popcorn experiment.

Oooh!  I almost forgot the experimental patch alongside the driveway, underneath the pines.  Sure, we really didn't amend the soil (it's likely super acidic from years of pine needles), but we figured hey!  Why not pop a couple of pumpkin, spaghetti squash, and popping corn and see what happens.

So far, in approximately a week... nothing has happened.  But then again, I don't expect to see anything for a bit yet.

On the Farmer's Market front, we attended the season opener and haven't been back.  But not for a lack of produce!  We scored some great onions, tomatoes, 1 jalapeno that we forgot to use, red potatoes, sausage, eggs, beer and cheese dip (mmmmm), and a big loaf of jalapeno bread.  Plus Dave and I may have shared a cinnamon roll.  With the baby of course. 

We do look forward to more excursions, but the frequency of those will be largely determined by how we adjust to the whole parenthood thing.  Regardless, we'll keep you updated!

In the meantime, we challenge you to consume more locally this season.  And we'll let you know, of course, how our own efforts turn out.

Here's to a fruitful 2011 season!