Telluride Day 4

In this photo: a view of the mountains from Castlewood Manor
It was a gorgeous morning when I woke up this morning. The sun was shinning, the air was cool and crisp…it was a perfect day for skiing. 
Starting today, members from our family will be cooking breakfast, lunch and dinner…no more Chef John and Andie. We have quite the culinary family, and since most of us enjoy cooking, we no longer needed the chefs.  Breakfast was great. We had fluffy buttermilk biscuits, roasted potatoes with chopped peppers, scrambled eggs, applewood smoked bacon, and sausage links. Tasty!
In this photo: applewood smoked bacon, biscuits, potatoes, and scrambled eggs
After a leisurely morning, we hit the slopes for another day of skiing. Thankfully I’ve only fallen once, and technically, it wasn’t a “fall”.  Yesterday I “fell over” on a blue run. It was icy since it was 4:00 pm, the blue run was extremely steep, and my skis were nearly perpendicular to the slopes as I was maneuvering some intense switchbacks.  I only toppled over by 12 inches since the run was so steep.
Success was achieved today! No falls, nice and easy runs, and another perfect day of skiing. For lunch we came back to the house for some homemade chicken noodle soup (sorry, no picture this time). Chef John made it two days ago, and the flavor was great! I also liked how instead of egg noodles or spaghetti, the chef used fettuccine pasta. There were also huge chunks of chicken and large pieces of carrots and celery.  After lunch, we fininshed out the afternoon skiing.
In this photo: (back) Kristina, Will, me, Merritt, Sayer, Renee, Dale, Rusty, (front) Drew, Kaden

We arrived back at the house around 4:30 pm, and had less than an hour to get ready for dinner. We had dinner reservations at a nice steak restaurant at the New Sheridan Hotel in Telluride, called the Chop House Restaurant. We ordered Maryland crabcakes for an appetizer…the best crabcakes I’ve ever had! My husband and in-laws ordered the 10 oz. Prime Filet Mignon, and I ordered Coq au Vin. I’ve never ordered this before, so I was in for a shock when I saw that it was quite soupy! My Coq au Vin had smoked chicken, herb gnocchi (my favorite), and a seasonal medly of vegetables. For dessert my mother-in-law, Paula and I split the cappuccino cheesecake. I’m not a fan of coffee, but that cheesecake was amazing! The chocolate chips added a nice crunch, and the graham cracker crust was to die for! (As you can see in the half-eaten photo below.)

In this photo: Matt and I

     In this photo: Coq au Vin

In this photo: 10 oz. Prime Filet Mignon

In this photo: A more than half-eaten cappuccino cheesecake!

In this photo: cousins Sayer, me, Merritt, Kristina and Drew

To get home, we took the gondola, which was about a 20 minute ride from Telluride back to our house in Mountain Village. The ride was quite scenic as we could see the gorgeous city lights contrasted against the white snow and pitch black sky.
In this photo: the Great Room at Castlewood Manor

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