Monthly Archives: August 2010

Eating in Alaska–In Pictures!

A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to travel to Alaska to visit my sister who works seasonally in Denali. Between delicious meals in Anchorage, Seward, and Denali–I thought I would just let some of these photos speak for themselves. We all need a little “food porn” now and then, right?

By far, the best meal that I had was at the “best restaurant in Alaska”, 229 Parks. The salads, flat bread, artichoke soup, Thai noodle soup, tamales, etc were all fresh and amazing. This is one of the nicer restaurants I have been to, with great service and amazing menu selections. If you are ever in Denali National Park, please make sure you put this restaurant on your list. 229, because it is at mile post 229 on the highway. Don’t drive past!! Also, don’t miss the Black Bear Coffee House–best Chai Tea I have ever had…especially when there is a bit of fresh nutmeg on top.

Vacation eats are the best–but I am certainly ready for detox. I think I ate more carbs in one week in Alaska than I have in the last three months! But, that is what vacation is for right?

Thanks to my sister and all the great people who cooked for us and shared some glorious meals!

Colorful Harvest–Sweet Corn Like Candy

I was very excited a few weeks back when Steven from Colorful Harvest contacted me about doing a review of some of their products. I was more than happy to do so and only a few days later a cooler of their amazing Ruby Jewel Sweet Red Corn arrived. When I peeled back the husks on the corn, I was so excited. It was some of the prettiest food I had seen.

This came with a few questions for me. How did the corn get to be such an amazing shade of red? Was it some kind of chemical? Was I actually eating corn…or was this the “idea” of corn after it had been tampered with? So, when Steven also sent me a few facts on this beautiful crop, I was even more impressed.

Ruby Jewel Sweet Red Corn gets its amazing color due to good old fashioned seed development for deep red color, sweet taste, tender skin, and high nutrition. There is nothing chemically altered about it. In fact, in the ruby color of this harvest there is a nutritional element that you don’t get with regular sweet corn. The red color comes from an antioxidant called Anthocyonin which 350% higher levels of antioxidants than ordinary white or yellow corn. Getting a cold? Not feeling so hot? Eat up some of this gorgeous corn and get some of those antioxidants!!

Colorful Harvest recommends that you not boil this great product because some of the color will bleed out and with that color goes the awesome nutrients with it. However, I had boiled a few cobs before receiving this information, and I can at least say, that it tasted amazing–even if some of that color bled away in the boiling process. I added just a little bit of organic butter, but didn’t need any salt. The corn was so sweet that it didn’t really need any. I was in a corn cob heaven. So, if you boil it, it isn’t the end of the world. However, try grilling with the husks on–adding a bit of butter–and you will keep that bright red color when you serve.

After tasting the corn and getting some more information on it, I knew that I wanted to come up with a recipe for it in which the corn was used raw. After a quick trip to whole foods for some ingredients, I came up with a pretty tasty recipe: Nosh Maven’s Ruby Jewel Sweet Corn and Bean Succotash. It was a big hit with a lot of people!

For this tangy recipe, you will need the following: (3) Cobs of Ruby Jewel Corn from Sweet Harvest, Great Northern Beans, White Beans, Black Beans, (1) Anaheim Pepper, Tomatoes (Colorful Heirloom Tomatoes look best), Fresh Cilantro, Green Onions, Juice of (1) Lime, Sea Salt, Red Wine Vinegar, Garlic (fresh or dry), Onion Powder, and Fresh Cracked Pepper.

First, you will want to drain all of your beans in a strainer and rinse them off with cold water. Then, shave the kernels off the 3 cobs of the Ruby Jewel Corn into the bowl you will use to mix the succotash. Squeeze the juice of the lime into the corn and mix. Add 3/4 of the stalk of green onions. Mix all of these items together well and add in the beans. After adding the beans, chop 1/4 cup of cilantro and add to the mixture. Then, chop your tomatoes (farily fine) and throw them in! Personally, I don’t love bell peppers. I understand this is a weird concept for some, but really, I think that their flavor overtakes everything they are added to. I wanted some kick of this dish, but I didn’t want bell peppers anywhere near it. Instead, I used 1 large Anaheim pepper, which worked perfectly. Cut the pepper down the center, get rid of the seeds, and finely chop.

To season, I think that everyone can pretty much season to taste, however these are the items I think that you really don’t want to skip on: First and foremost, red wine vinegar. I like the zing of it and it really brings out the flavor in these fresh veggies. I would say about 1/4 – 1/2 cup works well. Salt, pepper, garlic, and onion powerd to taste, and you are ready to roll. Kettle Brand Tortilla Chips with Chili Lime (organic) were a great addition.

I took this succotash on an outing with friends, and they raved. It was the prefect summer snack and I found people putting in on sandwiches, eating it with different items for dipping, and generally enjoying the flavor. The Ruby Jewel corn adds a sweetness (not to mention beautiful color), while the peppers and red wine vinegar add some heat and zest. It is a flavor explosion, to be exact. You could use this while cooking chicken or even for a pasta sauce.

I gave a lot of the Ruby Jewel corn to family and friends for them to try it as well. My mom cooked it a wonderful steak dinner (she even took a picture for me!) while some other friends BBQ’ed or boiled it. Not one person didn’t rave about the great flavor, quality of the product, or the beautiful presentation.

This corn is grown in California, but some local grocers carry the product. See Colorful Harvest’s website for details and also to check out some of their other chromatic produce!

Also, make sure to follow Colorful Harvest on Twitter and find them on Facebook!

Fat’s Grill–It’s Not Just For Pool

If you are a local of Salt Lake City or Sugarhouse, you have probably driven by Fat’s Grill several times and probably noticed that it looked like a pretty cool joint to hang out at(if for some reason you haven’t been there). I hadn’t been to Fat’s Grill in quite a while and I have never actually eaten there. A friend recommended that I check it out for Nosh Maven, and I thought it was a great idea. I am always on the lookout for new places to hang or play some pool…not to mention dine.

We decided to go in for lunch, which was great, because Fat’s has a different feel about it depending on the time of day you go. What is a jumping pool hall/dance club at night is actually a very mellow, laid back, fun place for a business lunch. And what better way to get away from the stringent work day than to knock a few balls around on a pool table? If you have been to Fat’s for a hang out, but haven’t eaten there, I highly recommend you check this place out next time for some serious and reasonably priced fare.

My friend had been raving about the Chicken Quesadilla for a few weeks, so of course, we ordered that. It was different than I expected, but tasty nonetheless. The tomato tortilla was stuffed to capacity with chicken, cheese, and awesome jalapenos. The salsa and pepperoncinis on the side were great–but I think that some sour cream and guacamole would have been nice also. I am one of those people can’t doesn’t do any kind of Mexican food without those two items!

We also ordered the Chicken Basil Tomato Pizza, which was divine. It was the perfect size for a single person and ordering a couple of Fat’s pizzas would be a great way to share. The chicken was fresh and tender and the tomatoes were ripe to perfection. Even the crust was mouth watering. I like dried basil, but I think for this pizza, the only thing that I would have rather preferred would be fresh basil–but hey, it was still a flavorful experience!

Another friend in our group ordered the Spicy Chicken Wrap–which came with chips and salsa. This was also on a tomato tortilla and looked awesome. It was bursting with chicken, lettuce, cheese, tomato, spicy sauce and ranch dressing. If there is one thing I hate, it is a dry sandwich or wrap, and this one looked juicy and delicious.

I asked the server what she recommended as far as my entree went and she quickly suggested the Fat’s Burger. I took her suggestion and I was glad I did. This was a simple, yet flavorful burger and came with some awesome baked fries on the side. Some were a little crispier than others–but Jerry, one of the owners, told me that they bake their french friends, not fry them…so I was happy about the crispy fries! The burger came with every condiment that I could have asked for, which I also appreciated because I hate having to ask for basic items when ordering a burger. Overall, I think that the burger was my favorite item that we ordered–Fat’s certainly has this one right; AND, they have several different burgers to choose from!

To top it all off, Jerry also treated us to some divine cheesecake for dessert! This was a very light, almost whipped tasting cheesecake and perfect for the three of us to each get our sweet tooth taken care of before we left. Thanks, Jerry!

Another thing about this menu that I love is how great the prices are. My burger was around 7 bucks, and I think we didn’t pay more than 8 for any of these items. Everything on the menu seemed to range from 5 – 10 bucks, which is very doable for a quick lunch or an evening out. For the price, you get a lot of grub for your doller.

Fat’s Grill is locally owned and operated, and I always give my support to those in our community who are running awesome businesses like this! Next time you are looking for a great hang out on a Friday night or a lunch in the cool Sugarhouse shopping district, don’t just drive past this great joint–go in and get some real Salt Lake City flavor and atmosphere!

You can find Fat’s Grill at 2182 South Highland Dr in Sugarhouse.

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