Trout Almondine from JaJa French Bistro in Littleton
This is Salmon Saturday cheating at it’s best. You see, the traveling Doolittle’s rolled into town this week and plans for visits, dinners and restaurants found absolutely no time to prepare a meal for this week’s Salmon Saturday. Realizing my predicament, I had Larry snap a photo of his meal at JaJa Bistro. Trout Almondine. Our Rocky Mountain Trout are indeed in the Salmon family and after sneaking a bite of Larry’s meal, I certainly will be making this one soon. I googled for a recipe and found a great post with lots of good information for this classic French-inspired meal.
Setting excuses aside, let’s take a little tour our our week of visiting with our guests from Tennessee. Larry and Bev arrived last Sunday and parked their family and rig at Chatfield State Park. Chatfield is just a few miles west of where we live. It’s a man-made lake where the South Platt River was dammed to keep it from flooding Denver like it did in 1965. Sunday evening, along with our friend Heather and all our dogs, we headed out for a visit. Larry grilled burgers, I took my Best Pasta Salad Ever, Heather brought her Soba Noodle Salad with Asian Peanut Dressing. In between rain storms, we enjoyed a great meal, the dogs played, we drank some wine, then sat around the campfire and “camped.” We were having such a good time no photos exist.
Next on the agenda was a meet-up at one of our favorite Cajun cookin’ Highlands Ranch breakfast spots. NoNo’s. New Orleans themed, the menu is full of mouthwatering and satisfying selections. It’s a great place to take out-of-town guests in the Highlands Ranch area. Starting at the top, Heather and Bob got Grits, biscuits and eggs. The grits were really good with bacon and cheese stirred in. Below that is Larry’s selection. I arrived a little late for the shot as he had already smashed up his two eggs, quicker than you can say “over-easy” into his potato pie mixture. Bev and I ordered my favorite breakfast burrito. Filled with eggs, potatoes, bacon and sausage, I always order it half and half. Half of this giant burrito is smothered in green chili and the other in creamy country gravy. It’s delicious and enough for four meals for me. Pat ordered the French Toast.
Over coffee we planned our field trip for roasted chiles at Federal and Hampden. This open air stand offers bushel baskets of Hatch, Big Jim, Dynamite and Jalapeño peppers. Larry and Heather split a bushel of Hatch and the three of us a basket of jalapeño. Here’s Larry and the “roaster” talkin’ chile. They also offered green chile powder, Chamayo chili powder and a selection of locally grown fruit.
Our next outing took us to JaJa Bistro in Downtown Littleton. It’s our favorite local French Restaurant. Before dining we stopped at Savory Spice Shop, EVOO Olive Oil Shop and tasting room, and a Jakes Brew Bar to enjoy some beer and wine before dinner. A shot of the group in JaJa’s quaint dining room. Starting at the top, Bev got one of my favorite entrees Eggplant and Chicken (it’s incredible), Pat got Steak au Poivre, bottom right is a must order date stuffed with green apple and wrapped in bacon appetizer, then my duck breast in wine sauce served over seasonal vegetables and topped with a corn cake (it was to die for). Wine seems always involved…the last shot is of Jake’s Brew Bar
The last evening was dinner at our house. While the ladies went shopping at Idaho Springs, Larry spent the afternoon smoking ribs and chicken wings. Thanks to Larry for some of the best chicken wings I’ve ever eaten…ever, and some of the best ribs I’ve ever eaten…ever. Heather joined us and brought the best zucchini cake I’ve ever tasted…ever, and the rest of the shots were taken just so I can remember how, after Larry left. I served a cucumber salad and a side dish of Penny’s Potatoes, which I’ll blog about later.
What a great visit full of wonderful eats, great friends and good wine.
Trout Almondine … It’s What To Order at JaJa’s when you don’t have time for Salmon Saturday.