A Feast for a Long Weekend

Mountain Lake

We’ve been on many, many vacations over the years and the most memorable parts of the majority of our vacations revolved around the beauty of where we were and the food.  This past weekend was no exception.  We spent a wonderful few days with friends in the mountains of southern Colorado, USA.  Needless to say, the scenery was gorgeous, the stars were plentiful, and the wildlife was abundant.

Stars and the milky way

With this particular group of friends, the amount of food was also abundant and wonderful! We all love food and many of us love to cook.  So every few hours a couple of us were in the kitchen preparing the next meal, whether we were hungry or not.  We were all over the place as to what we prepared as you can see for the list of dishes below. One could say that the theme for the weekend was good friends and good eats.

A Feast For a Long Weekend


  • Breakfast crepes with cardamom-ginger sauteed apples, toasted pecans and maple syrup
  • Breakfast burritos with scrambled eggs, avocado, cheese and green chile and a side of Yukon gold pan roasted potatoes


  • Leftovers from supper the night before and a salad of whatever needed to be used
  • Chile con Queso and chips “made the way mother use to make it” – onions, New Mexico Hatch HOT green chile, tomatoes, and the coup de grâce – Velvetta.  Boy, did that bring back some memories.  It was so close to the Louisiana version of con queso that I grew up eating.  The only differences were that we used jalapenos in place of the green chile and added a can of cream of mushroom soup to the Velvetta.


  • Vegetarian lasagna with Boca sausage and kale
  • Appetizer of baked pita pieces, New Mexico Jack cheese, and salted cucumber slices
  • Two grilled pizzas –
    A vegetarian supreme with roasted bell peppers, onion, swiss chard, tomatoes, artichoke hearts, cheese, capers and fresh basil
    A salami pizza with pizza sauce, cheese, sauteed onions, and Swiss chard
  • Watermelon salad – watermelon, olives, feta, mint and balsamic vinaigrette
  • The appetizer seen in the picture – A potpourri of Brie, crackers, cheese and New Mexico green chile, Alaskan shrimp and cocktail sauce, and dry roasted almonds
  • Grilled Alaskan halibut and salmon (caught by one of our buddies and shipped back to New Mexico). The fish was prepped the Alaskan way  – smothered in mayonnaise seasoned with a variety of “special seasonings”, then grilled.  The sides were a veggie salad and nutty rice pilaf.

Needless to say – it’s time for yet another diet!

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6 Responses to “A Feast for a Long Weekend”

  1. Phyllis Parks July 14, 2011 at 9:48 am #

    I absolutely love your website, MJ! I’ve enjoyed your recipes and stories like this one about the great weekend with friends.
    Thanks for sharing these wonderful treasures – both the stories and the recipes – with all of us.

    • mj July 14, 2011 at 11:12 am #

      Thank you SO much Phyllis!!!!

  2. Kadri July 8, 2011 at 10:45 am #

    I like your photos, specially the night one. I like to sit by the fire in my garden and look at the stars in the sky.
    I am a big pancake/crepe lover and your cardamom/ginger crepe breakfast sounds very yummy. It’s a good idea for my next Saturday pancake brunch. Thanks for the idea.

    • mj July 8, 2011 at 1:13 pm #

      Kadri, Thanks! It’s amazing how many stars one can see when she gets out of the city and all of the light pollution. I hope you enjoy your cardamom/ginger pancakes. Let me know how it turns out.

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    • mj July 8, 2011 at 10:34 am #

      Thank you!

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