Thanks to Lea Ann of Mangoes, Chili and Z, I am the recipient of Denver Junior League’s Creme de Colorado Cookbook. This cookbook contains a selection of recipes that reflect Colorado’s lifestyle and rich history. It includes nearly 700 recipes which are enhanced with color images by the renowned Colorado naturalist photographer, John Fielder. Lea Ann recently celebrated her Blogiversary…I’m 1…And A Giveaway and chose this beautiful cookbook for the giveaway. I am so excited and can’t wait to try some of the recipes in there.
Lea Ann’s blog features many mouthwatering dishes using good quality organic ingredients. Her posts has amazing pictures of the dishes prepared and is peppered with photos of the beautiful state in which she lives in. Visiting her blog evoked my own fond memories of living in Colorado. I hope you will visit her wonderful blog.
Here are some of my own pictures of Colorful Colorado taken when we were living there.
Entrance to Estes Park, Highway 34 approach. This particular picture was taken recently on our visit back to the state.
Estes Park in the fall. Those are the quaking aspens.
Trail Ridge Road at about 12,000 feet above sea level. Driving on this road was quite an experience. You want to be fully awake and paying attention!
Elk relaxing at the tundra, 12,000 feet
Snow shoeing in Rocky Mountain National Park, 10,000 feet. My boys were much younger then. Ro-Taro is now taller than I am and Ro-Jiro is catching up fast!
Ski lifts at Beaver Creek
Hiking down the ski slopes at Beaver Creek in the summer. This is a 4 mile descent. We took the ski lifts up.
A date with Thomas the Tank Engine at Durango. I remember how excited my boys were back then. How fast they grow up!
Riding the Durango & Silverton steam engine (narrow gauge railroad) hugging the San Juan mountains. That was an amazing train ride!
The cliff dwellings at Mesa Verde
The Great Sand Dunes National Park…..you can sandboard, sled, or ski on the sand
There are many blue and purple flowers in Colorado. Back here in Minnesota, these purple bearded irises remind me of Colorado.
Blue variegated leaves irises
And now for the hamburger cookout on Memorial Day. Nothing like grilling some good ol’ hamburgers outside on a beautiful day. Served with bean & corn salsa and corn on the cob. The burgers were moist and juicy, thanks to Ro-Ri San. It’s all in the grilling! The salsa was light and refreshing.
6 hamburger buns, split
6 slices smoked gouda, optional
1½ lbs extra lean ground beef
½ green pepper, chopped
1 small onion, chopped
¾ cup soft breadcrumbs from 1 slice of bread
2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
½ tsp chipotle chili pepper
½ tsp mustard powder
½ garlic powder
½ tsp pepper
½ tsp salt or to taste
In a large bowl, combine all ingredients except cheese and buns. Mix well. Shape into six ¾ inch thick patties. Let sit in the fridge for an hour before grilling.
Grill meat patties for 6 to 8 minutes on each side until no pink remains. Top with a slice of cheese for the last minute of grilling. Remove and serve on buns. Garnish with lettuce, tomato, and onions.
2 tbsp lemon juice
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
¼ tsp dill weed
½ tsp sugar
¼ tsp salt
¼ tsp pepper
3 to 4 dashes Tabasco sauce
In a small bowl, combine salsa dressing. In a medium bowl, combine corn, beans, onions, and parsley. Pour in dressing and mix well. Cover and chill for 2 hours before serving.
Enjoy…..and have a wonderful day!