Hello from Utah! We are here for a ski vacation this week and I still haven't closed out last weeks kitchen adventures! Our first night featured a fancy-pants dive bar with jazz music, local brews and some interesting food. We started by sharing the alligator cheesecake (left) which was more like a quiche. It wasn't particularly impressive but it was certainly tasty. We left feeling nicely buzzed, nicely full and ready for a full day of skiing the next day. There hasn't been any fresh snow, but what there is is pretty soft and we had a great time going through some mini powder. It kind of looked like what you see below, though that's neither of us.
Also of note are the muffins I made earlier this week. These were essentially the same as the Salmon Muffins I made for Mother's day 2011 and they received less enthusiastic reviews from Boyfriend. I thought they were pretty similar.
This recipe made 9 muffins (as you can see)
They cooked up nice and golden and were super tasty straight out of the oven.
In one bowl....
(Note this is one of the few exceptions I will make to my one bowl per mix rule)
4oz smoked salmon, chopped
4 servings (8tbsp) fat free cream cheese
Big handful of chopped dill
In another bowl...
2 servings Egg Beaters
1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1 tsp baking powder
Not shown: 1/2 cup 0% Greek Yogurt (Fage)
Baked at 375 degrees for 20 minutes (or until a toothpick comes out clean)
For about 100 calories a pop, these were super satisfying (fiber, protein, dairy....yum!) and really held up well.
I thought that the next day, they were a little hardish (but softened after a 30 sec nuke) but the ones I put in the fridge were just as good as new (also after a 45 sec nuke).
I also froze 2 and I imagine they'll taste just great!
A quick word about eating at ski resorts and other touristy areas. We try to stay pretty thrifty, and one of the major money sinks at ski resorts is the $20 you can pay for 2 lunches. The lunches are usually mediocre and wind up making you feel full and have a difficult time skiing. BUT, we make sure to make a quick trip to a grocery store, stock up on some gourmet cold cuts, some delicious craft bread and some fancy-ish cheese. For the equivalent of 1 day of lunch, we buy 4 days worth of sandwhich ingredients, snacks and fruits. On top of that, we also avoid a daily trip to Dunkin Donuts by keeping a few single-serving yogurts and a box of cereal for daily breakfast. The sandwiches that we make are superior than anything we'd find on the mountain and the yogurt/cereal combo is great and healthy. Just a suggestion for your next adventure trip! What do you all do in that situation? Does anyone know any place in salt lake city that's particularly good?
That's it for today, folks! Will blog soon!