It’s already the middle of April and summer is approaching. How many people made a New Year’s resolution to lose weight or who realize that bikini season is almost here and you probably need to lose a few pounds? Continue reading
Have you noticed how easy it is to get off the wagon?
Specifically for me in the last 10 days it has been diet, exercise and blogging.
The diet and exercise are easy to explain: family and work. Having family, with young kids, in town for a week makes eating junk food fun; and you feel like it’s what you’re supposed to do. Continue reading
Think back to your past and I bet everyone has dishes that were served at the family gatherings, at special occasions or things that only one other person in the family made that you loved to eat. My family is no exception and my trip to Gallup was another reminder of those foods and a chance to find out more about those recipes. Continue reading
In the infamous words of Homer Simpson, “mmmm, beer goood…”
Devon and I are very fortunate to not only have a radio show, but a radio show with sponsors, including Westlake Wine and Spirits who allows us to drink beer once a week, and review the beer on Friday.
We know a lot of people aspire to have sponsors for their blogs, heck, we do too, so it is nice we can share our love of beer with you, our listeners and make our sponsor happy.
Jim, the owner of Westlake, picked this weeks beer in honor of all the graduation ceremonies going on the next few weekends. The thought was simple: there will be a lot of people having celebrations in their backyards, lot’s of meat on the grille and this would be the perfect beer.
Last night was fajita night at the Lucero household and this double bock by Ayinger Brewery was the perfect match.
As you can see, the beer pours a dark chocolate/caramel color; it has an amazingly smooth and creamy texture on the tongue, and the molasses taste is not sweet but the right flavor to make this the perfect beer for any celebration.
Make Celebrator part of your summer celebration – ideally you will get your four-pack at Westlake but regardless of where you live, pickup a four-pack today.
Quick, can you guess which is store bought and which is elk?
Yes, the darker meat is elk that has been hand processed by me and a friend with 20% fat included. As you can see, the natural color of the elk meat still dominates.
I love the ease of being able to buy food at the grocery store, including hamburger, but given my druthers I would choose wild game for every meal that called for meat in the recipe.
As the AM Colorado nutrition challenge with the University of Colorado Health-Northern Colorado comes to a close I have realized a couple of things about my food choices; the challenge was given to us to see who could make healthy and colorful meals. I liked the challenge of trying to use new foods but was frustrated that my kiddos were not always open to colors beyond green, yellow and brown. I also realized we eat very little red meat, other than hamburgers, because we simply are not a red meat family and prefer chicken, fish and pasta dishes.
The biggest thing I learned is that I am a good cook but to give a meal 100% every night actually requires more time than I have. My time in the spring and fall revolves around getting my kids from school and to and from all their after school activities. By the time my chauffeur duties are finished everyone is starving and I’m too tired to care about making or eating dinner.
Though not all the side dishes were a hit with my kids they did seem to like the new variety of dinners this month and they thought the process of watching me plate my dinner so I could get a good photo was hilarious (just like dinner and a movie entertainment). I know that I will continue to try new foods, especially after recently joining a food co-op, and hopefully will teach my kids that foods are worth trying and you might actually like a wide variety of vegetables. The food co-op does not give me a choice of what fruits and veggies I receive but it has helped our budget a little bit, made me look up new recipes for preparing foods I would not normally buy and has provided us with great tasting fresh foods.
Here are some of my dishes to add to the nutrition challenge:
- Chicken marinated in chocolate fig balsamic dressing, roasted sweet potatoes with thyme & rosemary, edamame, corn & wine
- Grilled white fish, marinated cucumbers, steamed carrots, bruschetta with sun dried tomato spread
- Grilled steak, red & white carrots and mango-habanero spread (this was perfect on the steak!)
- Mixed green salad with salmon, apples, mandarin oranges, dried cranberries, feta cheese, walnuts & raspberry vinaigrette dressing
Now that we’re almost finished with the cooking challenge thanks to our friends at the University of Colorado Health, it is time to share some lessons.
- Devon likes to talk trash!!! Regardless of how much she says I am competitive she is a trash-talking machine, and deep down wants to win as badly as I do.
- When you start photographing the foods you’re eating, you’re more conscious of what you’re eating.
Thanks to a successful hunting season this winter, I am able to cook with a lot of wild game, and that means lower bills at the grocery store since I don’t have to buy meat. Unfortunately we are getting to the end of our wild game meat supply, therefore I have started paying a little more attention to the price of meat while shopping – OUCH!
I don’t have to tell you that the price of food has been increasing, but it would appear since the last time I purchased beef the price has increased by 33 percent.
What is interesting when looking at the increase in beef prices is that the government tells me prices are not going up dramatically. In fact, according to the government, inflation has been hovering around 1.5% the last year and a half. If that is the case, then the price of meat should have only increased by 3-5 percent, but it hasn’t.
Did you know that when the government calculates inflation they do not include the increase costs for food and energy? Seems odd that two of our most basic expenses every week are not factored when calculating inflation.
Do you feel like your dollar is buying as much as it did last year? Is it harder to eat healthier if food prices are increasing?
Core inflation is a measure of inflation for a subset of consumer prices that excludes food and energy prices, which rise and fall more than other prices in the short term. The Federal Reserve Board pays particular attention to the core inflation rate to get a better estimate of long-term future inflation trends overall.
Devon and Tom spend a lot of time talking about serious issues, yes they have fun, but sometimes fun means letting you hair down and drinking beer.
They are blessed to have a great sponsor, Westlake Wine and Spirits, who sponsors a “Beer of the Week” segment every Friday at 8:20. Grab a beer and join Tom and Devon!
Action Cooking Photo…
Devon likes to talk smack about Tom’s outside the box thinking during the April cooking challenge with the University of Colorado Health – well, Tom’s done it again, this time with an action photo of food cooking. With seven days remaining in the challenge it was time to step it up to another level….
This is a quick and easy to make omelet: Asparagus, ham, potatoes and mushrooms sauteed in olive oil.
Of course the photo is of the ingredients cooking, if the eggs were included you couldn’t see the actual ingredients.
Just waiting for the sarcastic comments from Devon in 3,2,1…..