Denver Places – Steuben’s

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Paul and I ate at Steuben’s Food Service in Denver on New Year’s Eve. We didn’t want to go anywhere fancy, we just wanted some good food and a cool, kinda retro, atmosphere. Steuben’s turned out to be the perfect place! We both started with one of their cocktails. I had a Second Best and Paul had a Sazerac. Off to a good start! They had a special, huge, menu for the night. It was a great night to go because you could choose from their brunch and dinner items. It was an awesome selection, but also really hard to decide! From mac & cheese, to lobster rolls and even étouffée, (I love cajun!) I finally decided to try the chicken & waffles. I’ve been wanting to try it since college when I would see kids making their own waffles on fried chicken nights in the dining hall. I remember when I was younger we would sometimes drive by a restaurant simply named ‘Chicken and Waffles’ and we would all laugh about how weird that sounded. Little did I know, it’s gooooood. It came with maple syrup, red eye syrup, and white gravy. I liked alternating depending on what was on my fork. Just waffle = maple, just chicken = gravy, both = red eye. Paul had the skirt steak, which came topped with herb butter (yes!) and tons of fries. I had a bite and the steak was super flavorful – really good! We both cleaned our plates. The waiter told me how ‘proud’ he was of me for eating it all…I’ve come to expect waiter compliments when I eat all my food now. Hasn’t happened since, darn.

We really liked the vibe here and had a great time. After we left we wished we had come in later so we could have stayed for their countdown! It felt like a really fun, laid back place to ring in the new year.

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:: my Second Best. Really refreshing! (Pyrat Rum, Lazzaroni Amaretto,lime,pineapple and Angostura bitters) ::20130108-120706.jpg

:: chicken and waffles! I saved a hunk of waffle for ‘dessert’ – so good! :: 20130108-120715.jpg:: I told you the skirt steak came with lots of fries! ::

[EOTW] Spinach Fest

I bought a bunch of spinach this week and it managed to sneak it’s way into almost every meal I made. Luckily, I was able to keep it sealed up long enough to make some cookies that look like tiny little sand castles, thanks to a baking pan I got for Christmas last year!

This was my first time making my homemade gnocchi and my first time grilling steak. I have to be honest and say that both dishes photographed a little better than they tasted. They weren’t bad by any means though. The sauce that went with the sweet potato gnocchi was amazing and could easily be used as a light and healthy side dish. It just did not hold up well as a leftover. And the steak dinner was enjoyable, but I totally overcooked the steaks – eek! They were a little pink in the middle, but I was aiming for more of a medium rare.

But hey, this blog is not at all about showing what a great cook I am! It’s about my real, everyday life. And in my real everyday life, I love cooking, taking pictures of what I eat, and sometimes it doesn’t go as planned. C’est la vie!

:: Steak and guess what? More spinach! ::

:: No matter how hard we try, we just can’t find a good take out Chinese place nearby. So, I made it myself! ::

:: Cute little sand castle cakes! And gluten free! I used my regular blondie recipe but substituted this flour that I found at TJ Maxx recently ::

:: We loved the gnocchi’s spinach and mushroom sauce so much I remade it to throw into a quick pasta meal ::

:: OMG does the gnocchi look like giant Capn’ Crunch cereal or what?! Forming all these took quite a while so I put on some Gossip Girl in the background to entertain myself ::