Friday, June 02, 2017

June 2, 2017

Jed and I finished up our study of Poland today with a Polish food field trip.
The first stop was Pierogies Factory in Wheat Ridge.
The owner, Cezary Grosfeld, moved to Denver from Poland 10 years ago and uses his Grandma's recipes.  

We bought 6 pierogies, 3 pork and 3 potato and onion, with a caramelized onion topping.  

Pork pierogie.

Potato and onion pierogie.


We also bought bogis, but I had forgotten it was made of sauerkraut.  
At least it came with more pierogies!  :)

Jed got a chocolate croissant for dessert.  
He was a lot happier about it than he looks in this picture.  :)

Next we drove to downtown Denver to Rosenberg's Deli - 
the first Jewish deli I've ever been in!

We took this order home and had it for dinner this evening.  
First up was matzoh ball soup.  
I liked the matzoh, but I wish I had bought two balls - 
they priced the soup by the ball and I was being cheap.  :)

I was excited to try their kugel, but I was surprised to see that it was a muffin!  
I was pretty happy to find that it tasted very similar to the one I made, 
but it had apples in it, which really helped the texture. 

We got a potato knish and the last spinach knish!
What's not to love about mashed potatoes and pastry??

I was also excited to try hammantaschen for the first time...
I've been wanting to try making it for years, 
ever since I learned about it while studying the book of Esther, 
which talks about Haman, the man for whom the cookie is named.  
We only bought one cookie, a raspberry, 
and I was sorely tempted to drive back to Denver to pick up a few more.
I see another field trip in our future.  :)

Jed was pretty fascinated with the whole cooked fish.  :)

I am deeply grateful that last spinach knish was still there when we arrived
These were both so good.

Smacznego – Bon appetite!

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

May 30, 2017

We've been studying Poland in school. 
I am in love with that country...
it has tons of lakes like Maine, 
one of the oldest and largest market squares in Europe, 
some of the smartest people in history (Nicolaus Copernicus, Madame Curie, Chopin), 
and one of the most oppressed histories in the world - 
invaded or fighting for freedom 43 times from 1600 to 1945. 
We studied Polish immigration to the United States, and the Borscht Belt, which was fascinating...
even after the war, in the US,
Jews were not welcome at most resorts,
so the Jews in New York City flocked to the Catskills resorts for summer vacations.
Many of them were Eastern European immigrants,
and borscht was a staple in their homes.
It was served in all the resorts and became synonymous with Jewish.
It's a cold beet soup with a sour cream base, green onions and cucumbers, and it is yummy.
I wish I had a white bowl to show off that gorgeous color!

Our Polish food experiments included kugel, a custard dessert made with noodles or potatoes.
I made it with noodles, a touch of cinnamon, and raisins.
It has a lightly sweet taste and is pleasant,
but I think I would prefer just the custard, without the noodles.
I like the texture of custard and the noodles mask it a bit.
I shared it with two neighbors, both of whom have lived and traveled throughout Europe, 
and they thought it was good, so what do I know?  :)

Monday, May 29, 2017

May 29, 2017

After talking with Jed about Memorial Day this morning, 
we spent the afternoon visiting with this lovely couple from our church.

The area was new to us, so we did a little exploring after our visit and found this dude ranch -
wouldn't that be fun??

...and this dam on the Big Thompson River...

...and this bucolic scene on the other side of the river.
So much beauty!

Friday, May 26, 2017

May 25, 2017 - Part 2

The sky grew dark this evening
and then I happened to catch a glimpse of South Table Mountain from my window
and saw the sun shining brightly on the mountain
with the dark sky glowering in the background.  
I grabbed my camera and went upstairs to the balcony in the front of the house
and was shocked to find this rainbow!

After taking a few pictures
I ran to the back of the house
where there is another balcony
to see the other end of the rainbow
and was even more shocked to see how bright it was back there.
With a slight double rainbow too.

The interesting thing about this picture is
it was taken just moments after the picture above was taken
but apparently the sun had shifted in some way - 
look at the difference in the brightness of the tree and the house!

Thursday, May 25, 2017

May 25, 2017 - Part 1

We've been doing some fun stuff this week,
and there's more fun stuff coming up next week that I'm super excited about!  
We've been reading a book about textiles, and today Jed tried his hand at weaving...

...and at dying fabric and paper with natural ingredients.
It was interesting experimenting with purple cabbage, beets, celery leaves, coffee, lilac twigs and strawberries.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

May 18, 2017

It snowed all day today - May 18.
The Denver Post says Golden got 13.5" - you can see it here.
We didn't get anywhere near that amount of snow downtown,
but the top of Lookout Mountain, which is in Golden and less than 10 minutes from us,
is at 7,379 ft elevation, 1,700 ft higher than downtown.
This is what they got:

These pictures were posted by neighbors on the Next Door website.
It's unusual to see hummingbirds perched like that -
poor little things were probably frozen. 
Can you even imagine that this is May??

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

May 17, 2017

Brad and Jenn gave Jed this Suspend game for Christmas a couple of years ago,
and we have had the most fun playing with it.
You have to have nerves of steel to always surprises me when I do. :)