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Restaurant Roundup: Guard and Grace, Denver

February 26, 2015 | Food, Restaurants


When I heard that Denver Chef Troy Guard’s new venture was to be a large downtown steakhouse, I couldn’t help but wonder why we need yet another steak house in a town full of steakhouses. And I was more than a little curious as to how a chef known for more nuanced food at TAG […]

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Authentic Italian Pizza Crust

February 23, 2015 | Food, Pasta & Pizza


(Oops! Left that pizza in the oven a little too long and burned the toppings a bit!) You might recall my last attempt with making pizza crust – while the dough tasted delicious, I wasn’t thrilled with the texture. I’ve read quite a bit about “00 flour”, which is a very finely ground flour that […]

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Sicilian Style Shrimp

February 19, 2015 | Fish & Seafood, Food

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I’m planning a trip to Sicily this fall, so when searching for recipes for my New Year’s Eve dinner, I was drawn to things from the south of Italy. While I won’t make it to the town of Marsala on this trip, this recipe from Mario Batali just drew me in. I’ve modified it a […]

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Pizza Crust Testing – First Take

February 16, 2015 | Breads, Food, Pasta & Pizza

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I love a good pizza heaping with vegetables. Although I’m not in love with many vegetables, this is one of the few things in life where I prefer vegetables, lots of them, and no meat. I recently did a bread baking class with a friend who runs a cooking studio and it got me thinking […]

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Easy Chicken Chili

February 12, 2015 | Food, One Dish Meals, Soup

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I love a nice bowl of chili on a cold winter day. I usually make the pork green chile posole that’s in my Tasting Colorado cookbook. But sometimes I want something a bit lighter. I also happened to have a bunch of cooked chicken breasts leftover from an event that I didn’t want to waste, […]

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Creative Leftovers: Herbed Chicken Tenders with Orange-Red Pepper Sauce

February 9, 2015 | Food, Meat & Poultry, Sauces

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Did any of you make the Herb Crusted Baked Swordfish from my New Year’s Eve Feast of Seven Fishes menu? Well, when I made that I had about 2 cups of the herbed bread crumbs left over so I just stuck them in the freezer to keep fresh. And then I found myself with a […]

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Pork with Chile Garlic Sauce

February 5, 2015 | Food, Meat & Poultry

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When I first started using Pinterest several years ago, I started a board called Recipes I Want to Try. That board, just like every recipe I’ve ever clipped from a food magazine over the years, just hangs out there, with rarely even a visit from me. Well right after the first of the year I […]

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Grain-Free Cauliflower Crackers with Parmesan and Rosemary

February 2, 2015 | Food, Snacks, Vegetables

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Were you pulled into reading this blog post just by that title alone? Are you confounded to figure out how to make a cracker from a vegetable? Do you love cauliflower? Then read on!

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Restaurant Roundup: Old Major, Denver

January 29, 2015 | Food, Restaurants

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How can you not love a restaurant whose logo is seafood, swine and wine? I’ve had this place on “my list” ever since I fell in love with Owner and Executive Chef Justin Brunson’s food at the Cochon555 event in Denver last year. (How did I not blog about that incredible feeding frenzy of pig? […]

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Herbed Crusted Baked Swordfish

January 26, 2015 | Fish & Seafood, Food

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I have friends who tell me they really don’t like fish. Maybe you’re one of these people too. I know I personally didn’t start eating fish until well into my adulthood, despite growing up with annual visits to my grandparents on the water in Rhode Island. What turned me was a trip to Hawaii, where […]

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Fra Diavolo Sauce (Lobster Fra Diavolo and Chicken, Peppers, & Onions with Fra Diavolo Sauce)

January 22, 2015 | Fish & Seafood, Food, Meat & Poultry, Pasta & Pizza, Sauces


One of the classic ingredients you’ll find in dishes all across the south of Italy is this: pepperoncino flakes, sold in the US usually as crushed red pepper flakes. My friends there add the spicy flakes to olive oil to create a zippy little chili oil that they love to drizzle over just about everything. […]

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Mussels with Farro, Cannellini Bean, and Chickpeas

January 19, 2015 | Beans & Grains, Fish & Seafood, Food, One Dish Meals

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What is light, yet satisfying and quintessentially Italian in its use of ingredients? This is – a meal in a bowl, healthy yet bursting with flavor.

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The Easiest Ever Beef Bourgogne

January 15, 2015 | Food, Meat & Poultry

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When I was in Burgundy this fall with friends, my husband must have ordered Beef Bourgogne, that classic beef stew dish perhaps made famous by Julia Child, at least once a day, yet it was never the same. Sometimes it was quite thick and contained mostly meat, sometimes it had carrots and potatoes in it […]

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Calamari Salad

January 12, 2015 | Fish & Seafood, Food, Salads

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It took me a long time to warm up to any seafood, let alone squid. It started when I had the very freshest calamari at a small restaurant by the sea in Turkey – it was fresh off the boat, delicately fried, and hard not to love. Then I began taking clients to cooking school […]

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Meatloaf with Italian Flavors

January 8, 2015 | Food, Meat & Poultry

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I simply love meatloaf, but my husband? Not so much. I’ve spent many, many years making different varieties in the hopes that one of them will sing to him. I’ve tried adding lots of ground up vegetables for extra moisture, tried making it with pork and pancetta, even tried wrapping it in bacon like the […]

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Ringing in 2015 – Menu, Gameplan, and Recipe for Oven Fried Oysters with Celery Salad and Aioli

January 5, 2015 | Appetizers, Fish & Seafood, Food, Menus

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New Year’s Eve has always been my favorite holiday to celebrate with friends, but it wasn’t until recently that I actually put by finger on why. Author Buzzy Jackson said in a recent interview that for people who believe that what you do here and now on earth is what matters most, then New Year’s […]

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