Pork and Potatoes – A Classic Combination

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Pork Stomach

Throughout our time in Europe, we had many different variations of pork and potatoes together. Whether sausages or pork roast, potatoes pair perfectly with any type of pork dish.

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Bratwurst

We decided to take some leftover ham and combine it with scalloped potatoes and cheese for a quick and easy dinner. It isn’t a fancy dish by any means, but it is delicious and hearty. Perhaps pork and potatoes are combined because they are both inexpensive and easy to cook. We hope you enjoy our version of a ham and potato casserole.

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Ham and Potato Casserole

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 to 4 Medium Russet Potatoes
  • 1 cup Diced Cooked Ham
  • 1/4 cup All Purpose Flour
  • 1/4 cup Milk
  • 1/2 cup Shredded Cheese – We used a Monterey Jack Cheddar Blend
  • Dash of Freshly Grated Nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp Granulated Garlic
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
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Baked Casserole

INSTRUCTIONS

Peel and wash the potatoes. Slice the potatoes using a mandolin or by uniformly slicing them into 1/8 inch scallops. Place the potatoes into a pot with cold salted water and then turn the heat onto medium-high. Once the water comes to a boil, continue boiling for 5 minutes until they are slightly blanched, but not fully cook as they will finish cooking in the casserole. Drain the potatoes. Whisk the milk and flour together with 3/4 of the cheese, nutmeg, salt, pepper, and garlic. Layer the potatoes and ham in a casserole dish adding some of the cheese and milk mixture as you add each layer. Bake in a pre-heated oven at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Sprinkle the rest of the cheese over the top of the casserole and bake for another 10 minutes until the cheese is golden brown.

Driving Across Water

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Cars on a Ferry

In order to get to Copacabana on Lake Titicaca from La Paz, Bolivia, you have to take a ferry across a portion of lake. While you obviously don’t drive across the lake, it was fascinating to see large buses being ferried across the water. It took quite a while to get across and the water was a little choppy, but we certainly felt safe during the entire crossing. For this week’s Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge we are sharing photos from our ferry ride.

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Crossing the Lake
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About to Start Our Crossing
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Empty Ferry
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View from the Ferry
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Almost Across
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Enjoying the Crossing
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Bus on a Ferry

Skyline Beer Garden in Denver, Colorado

Denver provides a variety of special events over the summer to provide activities for the many tourists who visit the area. While it might not rival the beer gardens that we saw in Germany, the Skyline Beer Garden on the 16th Street Mall was definitely a lot of fun. There were games for kids of all ages as well as live music. We sat for a while and listened to the music and watched as families took advantage of the various games.

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Miniature Golf and Other Games
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Crowd Enjoying Music
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Jazz Musicians
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Underneath the Clock Tower

There was a miniature golf course, ping pong, cornhole (bing-bag toss), and foosball, all of which was completely free. There is live music on Friday evenings and Saturday afternoons and we enjoyed hearing a wonderful jazz band while we were there. Needless to say, there was a selection of beers available for purchase as well as a food truck with a variety of options to satisfy your hunger.

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Playing Cornhole
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Beer Varieties
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Flowers in the Park
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Food Truck

We stumbled upon the beer garden quite accidentally, but we were certainly pleasantly surprised. The beer garden runs from June 9th through October 7, weather permitting. The event focusses on Colorado craft beers and there are 12 varieties available. We decided to have a wheat beer, which was as close to a heffeweizen that we might have had during our stay in Germany. If you are in Denver over the summer, stopping by the Skyline Beer Garden and enjoying some games and refreshing beer would be a wonderful way to spend some time.

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Enjoying a Beer
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Beer Garden Entrance