My family and I live in Western Colorado in the Rocky Mountains, nestled snuggly on the Western slope about 30 miles from Aspen. Although every season here is magical for its own reasons, fall in the mountains is something to behold. This weekend we took a long “Sunday” drive up and over McClure Pass then over Keblar pass to the quaint little town of Crested Butte. This time of year the scenery is absolutely jaw-dropping with an amazing display of fall colors offset by the deep green tones of the evergreens and the high jagged peaks of the Rocky Mountains. When we set off on our little adventure it was a typical fall day, about 75-80 degrees, with the sun shining brightly and a nice breeze blowing. By the time we left Crested Butte and began our return trip a typical late-summer/autumn storm blew in and showered the changing leaves and Rocky mountains with a cool rain.
We returned home feeling very lucky that we live here, yet tired and hungry from the long day. After seeing all the beautiful fall colors and enjoying the afternoon storm nothing sounded better than one of those hearty fall dishes. Simple, comforting, food that just makes you feel good. On this beautiful, cool, autumn evening I prepared Braised Chicken Thighs with Italian Stew, kind of a modified version of Osso Buco, and served it over a creamy polenta. The meal was met with oohs and ahhs, which of course is always music to my ears. I think everyone in my family was anxiously awaiting the time for fall-type foods.
From my family to yours, we encourage you to get out and enjoy the beautiful colors and weather fall has to offer – and of course, finish it off with a delicious fall-type meal.
More of my favorite fall entrees:
• Beef Stew
• Buffalo & Potato Chili
• Baked Potato Soup
• Potato & Leek Soup
• Pasta with Meat Ragu
• Coq au Vin
• Braised Short Ribs
(By the way, I do not work for the Colorado Tourism Council, just an avid fan of the beautiful Rocky Mountains.)
- Chef Jessica