Sara Watkins was great - she performed with two others who played everything from the base guitar and piano to the banjo. If you know nothing about Sara Watkins know that this girl is dynamite on the fiddle! Her music is categorized as 'progressive bluegrass' and it pretty much sounded like the music I grew up with. While Sara Watkins was awesome to me what made the show was the opening act - a group named Field Report - out of Milwaukee, WI. They were touring with Sara Watkins for a couple of show and I was really happy that one of their shows happened to be in Albany. I had never heard of the band or their music before Saturday night but they were great and I can without question that they are band I would see live over and over again. During intermission I ended up buying their CD and got to meet the lead singer Chris Porterfield! I said his music is awesome and I hope that they come perform in Albany again soon - he said they definitely would so let's hope they keep that promise!
|Sara Watkins and company!|
|Sara Watkins and band + Field Report!|
|Field Report's CD|
Early shot of the gym before the 8 AM ride.
Later that afternoon I decided I wanted to make something healthy and delicious for dinner! Saturday morning I had watched Bobby Deen's show on the Cooking Channel 'Not My Momma's Meals' - not my favorite show but man he has some good recipes! From the show I decided upon a twice baked sweet potato! His original recipe called for shrimp and cheese but I amended it to exclude the cheese and used spicy andouille chicken sausage instead of shrimp. The recipe takes a little bit of time because you have to bake the sweet potatoes twice but the in between the create the filling is super simple. Here's the recipe.
Sweet & Spicy Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes
3 medium sweet potatoes (may vary depending on servings - 3 medium sweet potatoes for two people yielded leftovers for lunch)
2 links Spicy Andouille Chicken Sausage (I used Trader Joe's)
1/4 cup light sour cream
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp minced garlic
1 cup spinach
Pre-heat oven to 350 and place forked sweet potatoes on a raise baking sheet ~ bake for about 1 hour or until tender ~ once cooked allow the potatoes to cool then slice in half and scoop out the insides, placing the sweet potato in a medium mixing bowl and the potato shells back on the baking sheet ~ if not already mashed, mash the sweet potatoes ~ in the meantime slice the sausage into half inch pieces and allow to cook over medium heat until browned ~ just before the sausage is finished add the garlic, salt and spinach ~ allow the spinach to cook down ~ once complete transfer the spinach/sausage mixture into the mashed sweet potato bowl and add the sour cream ~ mix everything together ~ once mixed transfer the mixture back into the sweet potato shells ~ if desired top with cheese and bake at 350 for an addition 20 - 25 minutes. Enjoy!
Honestly - these were awesome! Probably one of the best things I have made in a while. I served the potatoes with a big chef's salad and that was dinner! The potatoes were simple, healthy, filling and the perfect mix of sweet and spicy. I can't wait to eat the leftovers for lunch today!