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Thanksgiving Potato Side Dishes

November 23, 2015 | Food, Side Dishes, Vegetables

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I know for Thanksgiving, the turkey usually takes center stage. But the more I discuss this with friends and clients, the more I hear from people that they don’t really like turkey all that much. In fact, when I was in NY with my family one Thanksgiving, where everyone goes out to eat, not a […]

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Bearnaise-Style Compound Butter

November 19, 2015 | Condiments, Food, Sauces


As a cooking teacher and caterer, I get asked all the time to make food substitutions and accommodations for people with food allergies. I roll with it (sometimes while rolling my eyes) when people make seemingly obscure food decisions like “I’m not eating cinnamon this month” (you’ll be entertained by the number of really strange […]

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Potato and Apple Hash with Canadian Bacon

November 16, 2015 | Breakfast, Food, Side Dishes


There is something about the first snow falling in Colorado that makes us hunker down a little, crave something that sticks to the ribs just a bit. Sure, with our sunny high altitude skies that snow might be gone within 24 hours, but still, we know that it’s months until spring makes its return. I […]

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Mushroom and Cheese Arancini

November 9, 2015 | Appetizers, Food


Southern Italians are many things: warm, friendly, and humble come to mind when I think back on the people I met on my recent trip to southern Italy and Sicily. They are also quite frugal, not only because of the history of poverty in this region, but because of the ongoing unemployment and challenges they […]

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Spaghetti Aglio Olio

November 5, 2015 | Food, Pasta & Pizza


When I was recently in southern Italy and Sicily, I think I had pasta almost every single lunch and dinner. I rotated through the selections to be sure I sampled the specialties of the regions, but I was fixated on two that I just couldn’t get enough of: spaghetti con vongole (spaghetti with clams) and […]

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Balsamic Rosemary Grilled Pork Chops

October 26, 2015 | Food, Meat & Poultry


It’s that time of year in the northern hemisphere, especially here in Colorado. Warm enough that you still want to grill, but cool enough that our bodies start craving heartier, comforting foods. This pork chop recipe, that I developed for Prairie Grove Farms, is the perfect “in between” food.

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How to Cool Your Burning Mouth!

October 8, 2015 | Food, Informational


I am in southern Italy this week, loving every minute of my time in this gorgeous baroque city of Lecce. That’s my hotel window view above – now don’t you want to come with me next year on this trip? Here in the south, the love their chile flakes – the steep them in extra […]

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Two Easy Spreads for Crostini

October 1, 2015 | Appetizers, Food


Buongiorno! Today an excited group of guests will be joining me in Rome for the first part of our fabulous food and wine adventure in Italy. We’ll be here for a few days, and then we will make our way south to Puglia for a week-long cooking school at The Awaiting Table in Lecce. Want […]

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A Local Bison Dinner with Slow Food Denver

September 28, 2015 | Food, Informational, Local Sources


What do you get when you put together 16 guests, bison from a local Colorado rancher, and 3 chefs? Well, if it’s orchestrated by Andy Nowak, the national school garden leader for Slow Food USA, then you get an incredible Sunday night dinner, enjoyed alfresco in an urban garden setting, alongside hops and chickens.

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Restaurant Roundup: Avanti, Pioneer, Atticus, Izakaya Den

September 24, 2015 | Food, Restaurants


After spending the first half of the summer at home rehabbing my new knee, it seems I’ve been making up for lost time the past month. I’ve been eating out with my husband and friends, and meeting people for lunch or dinner who I didn’t get to see during the summer. A fun place to […]

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Poblano and Yellow Pepper Sauce

September 21, 2015 | Food, Sauces


I went searching for this recipe on my website the other day and was completely surprised to find that I’ve never posted it. I think I originally learned the basic recipe from Bobby Flay at an early Aspen Food & Wine Festival, possibly before I even launched my food business. But over the years I’ve […]

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Ham Salad

September 14, 2015 | Appetizers, Food, Meat & Poultry, Sandwiches


Ham salad, where have you been all of my life? I guess because I don’t particularly love ham, I would have never thought to make ham salad, even though I’ve made egg salad, chicken salad, potato salad, and more. But when Prairie Grove Farms asked me to create recipes using their products, one of the […]

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Creative Leftovers: Pasta with Corn, Tomatoes and Basil

September 10, 2015 | Food, Pasta & Pizza


Once you make a fresh corn and tomato salad with basil in the summertime, it’s almost a crime to have to refrigerate leftovers. You can certainly eat it again the next day, but that refrigeration takes some of the freshness out of the tomatoes for sure, and can even discolor the basil. But fortunately, you […]

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Sweet Treats from Zucchini

September 8, 2015 | Breads, Desserts, Food


It’s that time of year – you just don’t know what to do with all of that zucchini your garden keeps spitting out! I was a gust contributor over at CilantroCooks.com today, and I offered up three sweet treats to use up that overachieving vegetable. Check out the recipes!

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Summer Salads: Tomato, Corn and Basil

September 7, 2015 | Food, Salads


It seems funny to be writing a post about summer salads when it’s already September. Just where exactly does the time go? This is a big month for me – my oldest child is getting married, I will celebrate my birthday, and I head to Italy with another group of clients for cooking school. Interested […]

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Simple to Super Side Dishes

August 27, 2015 | Food, Side Dishes


This is one of those incredibly simple dishes that I decided to make for a summer dinner for friends, and at the last minute decided this is worth sharing. Not because it’s made from anything special, but because it’s not made from anything special, and yet the dish is special. It’s this little bit of […]

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