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Homemade Pizza Sauce (is easy!)

July 27, 2015 | Condiments, Pasta & Pizza, Sauces


I’ve been cooking like crazy – not for my own personal consumption, but for the project I signed onto with Prairie Grove Farms. It’s fun, and I enjoy that I am photographing the dishes along with developing the recipes. I created a grilled pizza recipe using their Sweet Italian Sausage, and because they want all […]

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Easiest Trick to Peel Hardcooked Eggs

July 23, 2015 | Food, Technique, Videos


I recently spent a few days in Jackson Hole, having a reunion with some sorority sisters from college that I hadn’t seen all together as a group in over 30 years. We hung out at a friend’s home there and caught up with each other and laughed more than I think I’ve laughed in years!

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Smoked Sausage, Peppers, and Onions with Creamy Mustard Sauce

July 21, 2015 | Food, One Dish Meals, Pasta & Pizza

pgf smoked sausage with pasta and peppers

Have you missed me? Did you think I fell off the face of the earth after catering my niece’s wedding earlier this month? While I have been away – a reunion in Jackson Hole with some college friends I haven’t seen for over 30 years (post coming soon) – the big news that I’m bursting with […]

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Catering Your Own Wedding

July 13, 2015 | Food, Menus


If you are reading this blog post, it means I survived. Survived, that is, cooking 12 recipes for a wedding of 120 people for my niece this past weekend. Why in the world, you ask, would you ever do the food yourself for a family wedding? For one reason only: cost. The ingredients for these […]

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Cheesy Pasta Bake with Beef and Vegetables

July 9, 2015 | Food, Pasta & Pizza


You’ll have to forgive me – I’m not really back in the kitchen cooking very much since getting my knee replaced 6 weeks ago. Except for catering the food for 120 people for my niece’s wedding this weekend, that is. Yikes! I’m sure you’ll then appreciate knowing that there is something this delicious that can […]

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Homemade Goat Cheese (is really easy!)

July 6, 2015 | Appetizers, Food, Technique


This is a summer recipe – not because goat cheese is only good in the summer, but because it’s hard to find goat’s milk in the grocery store that’s anything other than ultra pastuerized, which won’t make cheese. But in the summer, when the farmers’ markets are in full swing, you can usually find farmers […]

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Extra Virgin Olive Oil Ice Cream

July 2, 2015 | Desserts, Food


I’ve been reading a lot about olive oil recently and I find it fascinating. If you don’t know much about the olive oil industry, I highly recommend the book Extra Virginity. It will educate you not only about the history of making olive oil and its many uses and health benefits, but the book provides […]

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Avocado Deviled Eggs

June 29, 2015 | Appetizers, Food


Back when I was getting ready for my knee replacement surgery, I found myself fidgeting, anxious, and cooking an awful lot, I think just to fill the time leading up to the big day. That’s when I actually made these deviled eggs, but it occurs to me they will be perfect for a summer 4th […]

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Whole Wheat English Muffin Loaf

June 22, 2015 | Breads, Breakfast, Food


Ever since my mom passed away in April, I find myself thinking of recipes she made, and cooking – a lot. She’s the one who taught me how to cook, so it’s only natural I guess. I find it both comforting to make these recipes, and also a bit bittersweet that I can’t pick up […]

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What Is It About Warehouse Shopping?

June 18, 2015 | Food, Food for Thought


I find myself amidst a sea of cars in the already jammed parking lot with even more cars circling like vultures, their eye on their prey – an open space close to the entrance. I pause to allow the train of fifty carts to pass, strapped together and engineered expertly into a neat line at […]

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Power Lunch: Quinoa Salad

June 11, 2015 | Beans & Grains, Food, Salads


The last couple of months were filled with a fair amount of stress for me, including the death of both my mom and my brother just one week apart. Understandably, I wasn’t sleeping particularly well, and I noticed I was having some heart fluttering, kind of like an irregular heart beat. I chalked that up […]

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Baked (or Fried) BBQ Pork Egg Rolls

June 8, 2015 | Appetizers, Food, Snacks


Back before I went in for knee replacement surgery, I had my kids and their “others” over for dinner. I don’t know what I was thinking, and I somehow cooked enough pork ribs to feed the entire block. We enjoyed them for dinner, and then I shredded all of the leftover meat off the bones, […]

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A Better Roasted Beef Stock (think less storage footprint…)

June 1, 2015 | Food, Soup, Technique


When I got back from my safari trip to South Africa in February, my friend from Slow Food had graciously delivered my bison share from the stock show back in January, and with it in the freezer I found several bags of bison femur bones. Those are the big leg bones that are just perfect […]

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Freezer Ready Meals

May 25, 2015 | Best of the Food Web, Food


Tomorrow I’ll be going into the hospital for a new knee. It’s not my first one – I had my left knee replaced three years ago – but I’m certainly hoping the procedure is easier and with less complications than my last one. I won’t be in the kitchen cooking much during the next few […]

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Asparagus Season!

May 21, 2015 | Best of the Food Web, Food, Vegetables

opus denver asparagus salad

There are lots of reasons to eat seasonally, but possibly the one everyone can get behind is that food just tastes best when it’s freshly picked in season. You know, would you rather have a winter mealy tomato or a summer vine ripened tomato? If you’re not sure when various things come into season, you […]

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Restaurant Roundup: Atticus and Sarto’s

May 18, 2015 | Food, Restaurants


If you ever get a great restaurant to move into your neighborhood, you need to make sure to go there often, to help them thrive, so you don’t lose them. That’s how I feel about Atticus. And you know I was really enjoying the food when I forget to even shoot a picture of my […]

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