Unless you've been living under a rock, you've probably noticed that Denver has A LOT of professional sports teams. Before our population growth these past few years, I am pretty sure about 1 in 10 residents in Denver were professional athletes (trust me, I took a lot of math in college). I can't claim to be the biggest sports fan, but fate has delivered me a house full of fans obsessed with our local teams. Add that to the fact that we get tickets through work and here I am at the Nuggets playoffs!
I guess the only thing better than so many professional teams, is having a playoff level team (or multiple as in our case). Playoff games bring out a new level of intensity from players and fans. I witnessed a respectable (not obviously drunk) older woman who bore a slight resemblance to my mother in law get out of her seat many times to SCREAM at the ref. I became convinced part way through she must be a player's mom. I wouldn't say her enthusiasm was contagious, but it did add to my enjoyment level of the game. On the other side, my husband had to deal with this hand waving in his face throughout the game paired with colorful comments. The pinky finger started to remind me of Harry Potter's forehead scar.
Last year, my kids attended a FREE UC Health Clinic with the Nuggets. You do not know which Nuggets players will be there when you sign up, but again, it's FREE. By the luck of the draw, we ended up with Jamal Murray and Gary Harris. I barely knew who they were at the time, and had no idea how far these two would go with the team. I did see how important they were to the community and appreciated the fact they were giving back to their smallest fans. Even as a casual fan at best, I would love to see these guys win their first NBA Championship...and Rocky hit that backwards half-court shot.
My husband and I are serial house hunters. I can safely say I have checked new listings in Denver every day for 10 years. It could be the day after we moved our family of five plus dog plus too many belongings and I’ll call my realtor if something interesting pops up in my MLS feed. During slower economic times, it felt like a fun episode of House Hunters…Do we like the cute craftsmen with the picket fence, the Denver Square with the new kitchen, or the remodel in the up and coming neighborhood? These days it reminds me more of Supermarket Sweep (still trying to figure out why that’s no long on air btw), racing a dozen others to see new listings and get the first offer in. All cash, no contingencies and as-is? Perfect!
This mid-century modern caught my eye and I joined no less than 100 people at an open house. I was not familiar with the architect, who was quite famous in his day, but could immediately appreciate the design from the 50s. Trying to imagine my boys in the house was a bit harder to appreciate….if we had no kids, a large amount of spare time and budget, I would have thrown my best non contingent hat into the ring.
Though the quest for our dream home continues, I can't help but love this one even if its for the birds....
Two years ago Seth and I made the decision to leave our Denver neighborhood and head south in search of more space, specifically greenspace, for our three boys. Moving in the summer, we immediately loved the yard and the boys used more sunscreen that summer than in almost all the years past. Of course, we quickly realized living on almost an acre had its drawbacks too (you actually have to water all of it!), one of which was feeling a bit isolated. While we could have held hands with our old neighbor while grilling outside (I blame poor placement of patios for this one), we could now go weeks without seeing a neighbor. We went on a two-week vacation and NO ONE noticed- confirming my suspicion that the five of us could perish in our sleep one night and no one in the proximity would know. Before we instilled welfare checks and made the dog watch Lassie, we decided to renew our newspaper subscription and regularly invite some friends over for dinner. I never was a big entertainer- mainly because I don’t love cooking for large groups. I enjoy wine and cheese while chatting before dinner, not worrying about if I timed the courses right and trying to maintain conversation while not overcooking the chicken. But with the space almost wasted on the five of us, I started to perfect the role of a lazy hostess with a few simple recipes including this grilled salmon that I could seriously eat 3 nights a week or more.
Now, I did not grow up loving fish and only in recent years have become a fan of salmon. But this grilled salmon recipe is so easy and delicious, it makes a perfect meal for a summer bbq with or without friends. We have purchased the salmon filets at a variety of places from Costco to upscale meat markets, and all have been good thanks to the spice rub.
Salmon Spice Rub:
1/8 c. garlic powder
1/8 c. kosher salt
1/4 c. dried parsley
1/4 c. dried minced onion
1/4 c. dried basil
I rub the salmon with a little bit of olive oil, generously spread the spice rub (you will definitely have a fair amount left for a future meal), and let sit for a bit before grilling. We grill skin down to a desired doneness (exact time varies on size of salmon) and serve immediately. Even my kids will eat this (still working on table manners but at least they eat right?)