This has been a pretty leisurely week. Other than window shopping our way through Old Colorado City and a few of Manitou Springs’ shops, eating at some local restaurants and picking up our little generator in Pueblo, we just took it easy.
We find the little local newspapers extremely helpful in finding just the right place to eat or what activities are going on in town that we might like to check out. This weekend, there are so many things happening in the Colorado Springs area that we have to choose.
First choice this morning was the farmer’s market at the park and we made a mistake before we got there…we ate breakfast at home! The first vendor we encountered had breakfast burritos and the last one had tamales, with pastries, mile high whoopie pies and a variety of other goodies in between. Cucuru, a local restaurant, was selling the biggest macaroons I’ve ever seen, the namesake of the restaurant. Next week, we’ll go there hungry! Some of the vendors we talked to were from Alamosa or LaJunta, but I think most of the prepared food folks were local. I bought enough fresh vegetables to feed us royally for days. This is just a bit of the bounty we brought home. And I didn’t have to plant, water, weed or harvest any of it!
The little round white squash are called calabacitas and they are Mexican squash. The man who sold us those was handing out recipes for his vegetables. Genius! You have to have all the ingredients, don’t you? I can hardly wait to try them. He says once you use calabacita, you’ll think twice about using any other squash again.
Those of my readers who know I haven’t always cared a whole lot about cooking may want to see this sign outside a local kitchen gadget store. It has to be the answer!
Next on our agenda today is an open house at the Olympics Training Center. We’ve been there before, many years ago. Today we are hoping to meet future Olympians who are training here. These dedicated young people work so hard for their dreams and I’d love to recognize some of them when the Olympics come around again.