Jazz in the Park

Every summer there is a great series of concerts in Denver’s City Park called “Jazz in the Park.”

Well, I assume it’s great. Betsy and I have never actually been even though we swear every weekend during the summer that we will go. We always end up conveniently comfortable on the couch on Sunday night.

This weekend though we are going. I don’t even know who’s playing. We will be bringing a picnic and possibly some cold beers with koozies (you can drink beer in most parks in Denver as long as you aren’t a jerk about it).

Bring on that smooth, sweet jazz music.

The Poll (Leave a Comment)

I want to do a homemade trial this week. Leave a comment if you have anything you want me to test out for store-bought versus homemade! I’ll pick one from the comment list to run through the trials!

The Links

Summer Mix Tape Head Start – This is a fantastic line up of artists to add to your summer playlists. If you’re going for a road trip or just hanging out at the beach, you could do worse than these 20 songs. (@ Turntable Kitchen)

Grilled Whole Trout – As a kid, I went fishing a lot with my dad and we caught a ton of trout. Many times we would grill them similarly to this the same day we caught them. So good. (@ Hunter Angler Gardner Cook)

Cherry Cola Pie – I read this recipe while chanting “USA. USA. USA.” in my head. It doesn’t get more American than this! (@ Cupcake Project)

Cracker Crust Pizza – This is a fantastic pizza recipe for the home cook because the crust is thin enough to bake totally fine, even at lower house-oven temperatures. (@ Milk and Mode)

Have a great weekend everybody. If you need me, I’ll be swaying to the tunes, probably off-beat.

Amazing City Park photo by Casey Reynolds.

9 comments on “Jazz in the Park

  1. Some kind of energy bar would be fun. I have my go-to bars but my husband finds them a little too sweet and I haven’t been able to find time to tweak the recipe yet. I like Clif bars and PowerBars but sometimes I find that I need to chew too much.

  2. What about french fries, onion rings or sweet potato fries. We love to have bags of “Alexia” products and throw them in the oven while grilling but i have always wondered if I could do it healthier for less expense.

  3. Yogurt! I’ve toyed with making it myself, but I’m not sure it’s actually worth the time.

  4. Oh do go this year to Jazz in the Park. It will be glorious. I haven’t been to that venue, but music and a picnic it is such a different excitement. You know the only store bought cookies I buy once every 5 yrs is Oreos. A non-lard Oreo cookie would be awesome!

  5. Hey Nick, I’m trying to think of some that might actually give homemade a run for its money. Here’s what I can come up with:
    Something dairy (butter, yoghurt, cheese, kefir)
    A nut milk (almond, soy, coconut)
    Pie crust
    Empanadas/meat pies/etc
    Hot sauce
    Dog food or treats (hard to judge taste, though… haha)

    *For soda, yes you could get bottles and champagne yeast and all, but I was thinking more like a syrup to mix with club soda. I do that for sprite (fresh lemon and lime juice, sugar, club soda), ginger ale (simmer ginger in water, add sugar, lemon), and tonic water (requires cinchona bark – totally worth it if you’re a G&T fan). Haven’t tried root beer yet, but would like to at some point.

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