Colorado

Pumpkin Seeds at Home

After Halloween we’re left with pumpkins of all sizes here and there. Here’s a simple pumpkin seed recipe. Everyone at home loves this pumpkin seeds recipe.

Ingredients:

– Pumpkin seeds

– 1 tsp of butter

– 1 pinch of salt

Directions:

– Heat up oven at 345 F.

– Take the pumpkin seeds out of a pumpkin. Wash them throughly and place on a round baking pan or big plate where you can spread them out well. Let them air dry for about 4-6 hours or overnight.

Heat the butter until it melts and add the salt. Mix well. Add the seeds to the butter mixture. Cover a baking pan with a baking sheet. Place the seeds on the pan making sure they are well spread appart.

– Bake for 40 to 45 minutes or until seeds are brown.

– Enjoy! 🙂

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Sforno Trattoria Romana in Boulder Colorado

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We were driving around the scenic route in Colorado to watch the change of colors in the Rocky Mountains Aspens. On the way back we stopped for dinner in Boulder. We found Sforno, a very typical Trattoria Romana. It offers excellent food in a beautiful setting.

We ordered pizzas and an Alfredo style pasta. Both had the traditional, authentic Roman flavors and we loved every bite!

I asked for their dessert menu and they recommended this Tiramisu which is honestly the best one I have ever had. It had the perfect soft consistency and balance in terms of sweet and bitterness flavors.

Enjoy the pics! 🙂

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The White Fence Farm. Delicious Fried Chicken and Petting Farm.

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Perfectly cooked juicy chicken. 🙂

The White Fence Farm is an inviting and family friendly place with mouth-watering fried chicken. Their menu is very simple with chicken and bottomless sides. The best and our favorite side was the corn fritters. If you prefer a lighter side, they also serve a variety of salads and vegetables to go with their juicy and perfectly fried chicken.

CORN FRITTERS! YUM!

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BEETS AND A PERFECT COLESLAW… Perfect combination!

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Some side of cottage cheese as well.

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They offered me a tour of their kitchen and I was thrilled! Here are some pics! Enjoy!

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If you are like us, we bring our kids everywhere we go to learn about a new place. This restaurant and petting farm was perfect for us. They have a petting farm with goats and sheep which the kids can be around.

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While you wait for your table, there are many fun areas for adults and kids.

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We basically have this place now in our list of things to do and places to visit over summer. It’s simply a lot of fun! 🙂

Southwest Dining – Pagosa Baking Company – 1 of 4

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What better way to experience the southwest than through dining? We went through Pagosa Springs, Colorado for the summer and loved the views, the relaxed atmosphere and the food. We had to stop at Pagosa Baking Company which has been around Pagosa for some time. If you’re looking for a relaxed lunch break with light, delicious menu options, this is the place. The decor is fabulous! We loved everything we ordered, but my favorite was the carrot cupcake (above photo)! We had to get extra forks because once it made it to our table, everyone had to have a bite! 🙂

The look of the place is absolutely charming with a cozy home entrance. It’s also conveniently placed in the heart of Pagosa Springs downtown.

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We ordered a chicken Waldorf salad, a BLT Panini (both from the daily special) and a veggie focaccia pocket. Yum! All of them were so worth the stop! They offer either a side of salad with lentils or quinoa or kettle chips! Great options. Here are some pics..

This is what I ordered and loved.. Chicken Waldorf Salad

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Chicken Waldorf Salad with great bread and fresh ingredients

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Refreshing! The bread was delicious too.. I ate it all!

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The paninis were great! I tried them all, risking some extra calories. In the end, I was not so worried as their ingredients were all fresh with perfectly balanced seasoning.

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BLT PANINI – GREAT BREAD AND GREAT SEASONING.

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Chicken Panini

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Carrot Cake

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Delicious Carrot Cake, moist to the last bite!

 

Great food, great atmosphere, charming decor. 🙂

“Quiero Arepas” – Venezuelan Inspired Arepas

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Owned by Igor (Venezuelan) and Beckie, “Quiero Arepas” food truck carries delicious ‘Arepas Venezolanas.’ Beckie told me their story. Igor used to bring Beckie Arepas Venezolanas to work. Daily observers of the daily lunch ritual grew curious and gave Beckie lots of positive feedback. At that point Beckie and Igor knew it was time to open their “Quiero Arepas” Food Truck business.

Their website (http://www.quieroarepas.com) is very well-organized. I was able to plan my trip and meet them at the Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. Without regrets, I drove over 20 miles to try the Venezuelan Arepas, and I was not disappointed. 

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I ordered a QUESO AREPA (cheese arepa), which to my delight was also vegan.

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My husband ordered “LA HAVANA”, a classical arepa with pork and cheese.

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I asked Igor if he was worried about the Latin food truck competition and he replied confirming their concept and winning edge. They don’t compromise, they are true to the Venezuelan tradition. In Venezuela, if you want an arepa you go to the areperia (an arepas food store.) It’s simple, honest, true and authentic, just like the arepas we enjoyed.

They promote fresh local products. They work hard to lower environment impact, not just by driving a natural gas truck but also by reducing human footprint. Check out the note posted at the bottom of their menu.

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I also enjoyed their art! 🙂

 

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We talked about Venezuela and Colombia, our rich culture, and how these two neighboring countries share corn flour as the main ingredient to diverse, exquisite meals. “Quiero Arepas” truly brings an authentic cultural experience.