Food & Wine!

As you know, I’ve been known as the Hotel Room Gourmet for being able to whip up amazing breakfasts, lunches, and dinners while I’m on the road for work.

It’s been awhile since I’ve blogged, but I’m back on again.

Every year around my birthday, I come up with a new goal for the year. Last year, it was a photo-a-day, which didn’t last too long because there are only so many photos of my husband and dog that I can post without losing interest.

This year, I decided to choose one recipe a week from the current Food and Wine and try to make it at home – or on the road, if the possibility exists.

This week, I’m trying the Bacon and Egg pizza from the October issue.

As soon as John bit into it, he said, “Hmmmmm, it tastes moldy.” (Thank you brie.) I was also not excited with it. I know that part of it was my error of not tossing the crust thin enough, so it ended up like Chicago style pizza, but the flavor was just plain BORING. I added salt and pepper, and that helped things a bit. As we were cleaning up, we discussed what could be done to make it better. John’s suggestion – Extra Sharp Cheddar. I think I might try that, but quite honestly, I probably won’t make it again.



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Positive Power

Wordle: Positive Power

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Posted by on March 18, 2013 in Uncategorized



Today was an amazing day!

For those of you who missed it, I’ve been keeping my own photo journal of my 50th year. This blog has suffered a bit, because it’s really easy to just pop a photo up with a short caption.

But today, I am sharing this because it was an epic day.

This morning at 8:00am, Telluride HeliTrax was hired by a few entities to release snow on Ajax – the peak at the back of our tiny box canyon. I have only seen this on a video from 1997ish, but in real life, incredible. Talk about the power of nature. The avalanche started off in slow motion and moved like cold smoke until the cloud of powder covered the Idorado tailings piles at the end of the valley. I do not even want to think about the power behind all of that snow.

Even though it was beautiful, you have to remain in awe of nature’s might and power.

Behold (and sorry for the underexposure…it was bluebird and everything was backlit.)

Waiting patiently


Moving Down…

..and down…

Cold Smoke


Gussied Up Composite

So, after all of that excitement, it was mandatory to go play! Only had a short period of time, but made it count. I think only one run was groomed! Can’t wait for next week!

Blurry from tired hands and body.

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Posted by on February 27, 2013 in Uncategorized


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Ok, ok, I know it’s been November 25th since I last posted. In fact, I haven’t posted on my hidden blog since I don’t know when. (Contents of which will be revealed on 04.10.2013 – European date.)

We have been up to our eyeballs in World Cups. Literally.Aspen Winter National and Ski and Snowboard Cross here at home. (BTW, could someone puhleeeeze update the photos….hint, hint @Telluride…) Needless to say, the last month has been insaa-aa-ne!

So today, we’re back on track with Meatless Monday.┬áBeing less than inspired to cook, since I was in 120sf hotel room for 15 days and logged 48 hours in 7 days of competition here in Telluride, I had no idea where to begin. I looked up a couple of favorite recipes, but nothing was grabbing me. So, I followed the KISS theory and simply jumped to the MM website.

Today, it was all about beans. And I was kinda craving Mexican, soooooo….


Make it, do it, try it…so freakin’ good, even the DH had seconds! Mmmmmmmm!

(Sorry! No photos, it’s gone…)

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Posted by on December 17, 2012 in Uncategorized


My new favorite thing!

Fast, easy, beautiful….pick three? All there. Just need to block and weave the ends in…


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Posted by on November 25, 2012 in Uncategorized



Hotel Room Gourmet

Well, we’re back on the road. This year in Aspen, our king room has been reduced to a queen room that has about 120sf. We do have a fridge and the microwave upstairs is at our disposal, so we’re making do.

Eating out in Aspen gets expensive very quickly, ($12.00 for a hamburger and fries?!), so we try to keep it close to the hotel and healthy. Hence, the Hotel Room Gourmet. I’m a little bit behind, so I’ll try to catch you up on our successes to date.

Saturday, I started out with something fairly simple, that turned out absolutely delicious! Chicken and dumplings. I added carrots, celery, and peas to give it more oomph and used fat free cream of chicken and cream of mushroom soups. I also quartered the amount of biscuits, but still ended up with, what I felt were, too many. Still, it was a hit and is on the ‘do again’ list.

Sunday, it was vegetarian lasagna. I’ve done this one before and actually took a microwavable lasagna recipe and just put it in the crock pot. It was a little gooshy, but still quite good.

Last night, we used “A Man, A Can, and a Microwave” cookbook and did a Meatless Monday One Fish Dish. This one was so easy. Took about 5 minutes to throw together, 9 minutes to cook, and less time to devour. Another hit on the ‘Make it Again’ list.


This was dinner on Monday. Cod in a tomato and corn salsa with a fresh green salad. All made in the hotel.

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Posted by on November 20, 2012 in Uncategorized


My office today


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Posted by on October 19, 2012 in Uncategorized


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