Tuesday, July 21, 2015

My First Meal Back at Home & the "Ms. Jennifer"

This evening I prepared my first meal since returning from Cordova, Alaska last night. I spent a good part of the day as a zombie and the rest unpacking, doing laundry and trying to reassure Spike that every time I walked out of the room I wasn't going to disappear for another week. LOL  I kept our dinner super simple tonight because I knew I didn't need to be handling anything hot or sharp with my bumbled brain. I had hubby grill some Chipotle seasoned chicken thighs and I served that alongside a salad of baby romaine and baby tomatoes (a/k/a Jet Lagged Chicken). It was quick, simple and good.

This evening I realized that a number of you (my blog followers) don't have Facebook, too, which means that you didn't see the few posts and updates I made on it during the past week I spent in Alaska. So, I will share one of my favorite photos of a boat named "Ms. Jennifer" which was my daughter's favorite boat (since it's named after her...LOL). She was my traveling companion on this trip. I won't go into a lot of detail about my trip because it deserves a better rested brain than the jet lagged version I have at the moment but it suffices to say that the people of Cordova were amazing and deserving of a post dedicated just to them.

During my visit to Cordova I had the privilege to be among other very talented bloggers; Gina (of Running To the Kitchen); Michelle and her beautiful baby, Cullen (of The Runner's Plate) and Savannah (of Primal Revolutions). I still have at least 1,000 photos to go through but am looking forward to sharing this once in a lifetime experience with all of you. I have loved Copper River Salmon for years already...but it holds a very special place in my heart after visiting Cordova. I snapped a quick photo of tonight's simple meal and included a photo of "Ms. Jennifer" snapped with my iPhone. Enjoy!

"Ms. Jennifer" docked at the harbor in Cordova, Alaska



Andrea at Opulent Cottage said...

Can't wait to see your photos! You can't post too many for me :)

Unknown said...


I am very glad you are back from your wonderful vacation with lots of pictures. And glad that I realized that you are on FaceBook too......I look forward to your blog everyday and just never thought to like you on FB.....Your blog is the only email that I eagerly open and read the moment I discover it in your inbox. Just wanted to say that and give you a big ole North Carolina THANK YOU!

Gourmet Girl Cooks said...

Hi Andrea,

Thanks! I hope to post more this weekend after I've had a chance to go through them. I took a lot more than I realized! :-)

Gourmet Girl Cooks said...

Hi Ken!

Thank you SO much! Glad you found me on FB too. My internet connection was quite spotty and mostly non-existent in Alaska unless I was in a place that had wifi so I found it easier to quickly hop onto Facebook and post a quick photo. Glad you look forward to my posts....and I'm sending you a big old Georgia thank you right back! :-)

GrannyMumantoog said...

Sounds like a wonderful trip. Looking forward to more pix & stories. Thanks for thinking of those like me who hate facebook :)

Gourmet Girl Cooks said...

Thanks GrannyMumantoog! :-)

unter der laterne said...

Hi Ayla, so glad that you had a little break, I never get used to the short vacations that Americans take, but I think this was something different, arranged for bloggers, n'est ce pas? You know that my brother in Germany gets 7 weeks of vacation! I feel bad for our citizens here !
Last night I had my grandchildren for dinner and I wish you could have seen how they loved your recipes, it was priceless as they gobbled down the food and had no time to talk! (That almost never is the case ) I served the cauliflower mash with the chicken enchilada sauce, to which I added more green chiles . I had no time to prepare the tortillas, which in a way was a good thing because everybody loved this combination . I added some colorful vegies .The cauliflower mash is always at hand, everybody is crazy about it. Since I cook it so often I shortened the cooking and prep time. I always worry about destroying the vitamins and minerals, so I cook half a head of cauliflower in 3 Tbs of water and microwave it for 5.5 minutes .I process it with 3 tsp. of chicken bouillon (organic Better Than Bouillon), the cream cheese and butter . It is very fast and very delicious and I have never left overs! I also used the sauce too make a delicious green chili bisque .
So we really love your food creations Ayla. Thank you!

unter der laterne said...

Welcome back dear Ayla!
I just lost my comment which took me forever to write(2 fingers) 30 minutes,
lol. I am so mad! I can not write it again ! It has to wait !
My grand children adore your food ! Bis bald! Barbara

Gourmet Girl Cooks said...

Hi Barbara,

You'll be happy to know that I actually received your longer post! Somehow it came through 3 times? Must have been some type of glitch in the system or something.

I'm so happy to hear your grandchildren love my food/recipes! How great is that they will eat healthy foods like that? I'm impressed! Not sure I could have gotten my now grown children to have eaten cauliflower when they were younger.

Yes, it was nice to get away and yes, this was a trip for food writers and bloggers. We had an amazing but exhausting time. I saw and did so much in a relatively short amount of time. I'm hoping to finish going through my pictures of the trip this weekend. I have over 1,000 so need to really do some serious weeding out. I'm finally just about recovered from the jet lag and hoping to catch up on sleep this weekend. I don't sleep that much to begin with and with the long 20-hr days and no "black-out shades", it was even more difficult for me to sleep, but I had a great time, met some nice folks and learned so much about my favorite Copper River Salmon. Hope you are doing well and rest assured your message came through! :-)