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Chefs Up Front 2014: Coohills

April 22, 2014 | Restaurants

coohills denver chefs up front poached egg on brioche with truffles

Amuse Bouche Tempura Snail with Preserved Lemon Gremolata Where can you have an incredible 6-course dinner, prepared table side by the chef for your intimate dinner party of 10, paired with excellent wines, all in the name of raising money for a good cause? Well, that’s what Chefs Up Front is, and if you don’t […]

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Restaurant Roundup: The Squeaky Bean

April 14, 2014 | Restaurants

squeaky bean denver salmon with radishes 1

Seeded bread with house made butterWhen I decided to aggressively pursue dining out at places in Denver I’d been missing, it never dawned on me that many would be only open for dinner. I had originally planned to put out a general call for lunch and see whoever wanted to join. But alas, making a […]

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Video: How to Juice Citrus with No Special Tools

April 10, 2014 | Videos

Last summer, right after my Tasting Colorado cookbook came out, I was invited to host a cooking demonstration for the local PBS Cook’s CLub. I had almost no voice, having woke up with laryngitis that morning, but the producers of the show were kind enough to capture a few of my cooking tips on film, […]

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BBQ Beef Summer Rolls

April 7, 2014 | Appetizers, One Dish Meals

bbq beef summer rolls

I’ve had this recipe in mind ever since last December when I tested and photographed a recipe for my upcoming. In that recipe, the rolls use duck confit, and they are fried egg rolls. But when we did the photo shoot we sampled them wrapped as summer rolls without frying and we loved them that […]

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Restaurant Roundup: Atticus

April 3, 2014 | Restaurants

atticus BLT

I went to Atticus (part of the restaurant group that includes the well known Table 6) for lunch recently and had this great BLT. You know what happened? It was so good I went back 2 days later with friends for dinner. And that was a very good decision.

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Banana-Buttermilk Muffins with Almonds and Chocolate Chips

March 31, 2014 | Breads, Breakfast

muffins banana buttermilk almonds chocolate chips 1_edited-1

It seems my freezer is a never ending rotation: look inside to clean out old things that have been in there for awhile, and then inevitably refill the freezer with something that I made. It makes me happy, and I feel frugal (you know how much I hate wasting food). But nothing makes me quite […]

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Asian Braised Pork Belly with Pickled Radishes

March 27, 2014 | Meat & Poultry

asian braised pork belly with pickled radishes

Earlier this month I snagged tickets to the Cochon555 event in Denver. It’s part of the Cochon tour – an overall organization with a mission to teach the world about heritage breed pigs. I buy pork directly from my organic CSA, Monroe Farms, and am thrilled with the Berkshires they raise. The meat just tastes […]

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Stracciatella d’Europa in Honor of Artisan Gelato Day

March 24, 2014 | Desserts

stracciatella ice cream

A few years ago in Europe, the EU established today as Artisan Gelato Day. All around Europe today gelaterie were offering this year’s signature flavor – Stracciatella d’Europa – in honor of Enrico Panattoni, the inventor of the popular stracciatella flavor, who passed away last year. I love gelato, I love Italy, I love stracciatella, […]

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Oatmeal Bar Cookies with Coconut and Chocolate Chips

March 20, 2014 | Desserts

oatmeal cookie bars with coconut and chocolate

I have kind of a bad habit: when I’m not particularly thrilled about something (the weather, in this case, which keeps reverting to snow when I’m ready for spring), I head into the kitchen to cook something. I may have just eaten lunch, I may not even be hungry, and I certainly don’t have a […]

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Lasagna with Chicken, Spinach, and Bechamel Sauce

March 17, 2014 | Pasta & Pizza

spinach and chicken lasagna with bechamel 1

Do you get inspired reading food magazines? Or watching food shows on TV? Or browsing Pinterest? I certainly do, and it was one of these, although I can’t recall which, that led me to create this unusual white lasagna with chicken and spinach. I used up leftover shredded chicken from making chicken stock and a […]

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Suppli: the Best Way to Use Leftover Risotto

March 13, 2014 | One Dish Meals

suppli with asparagus mushrooms chicken marinara sauce

The Italians seem to have a brilliant idea for how to use any kind of leftovers. Day old bread becomes a panzanella salad. Bits of cheese are stirred into a creamy béchamel sauce. But one of my favorites is making suppli with leftover risotto.Let’s back up, to what started the chain of cooking that led […]

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Pork Blade Steak (or Chops) with Roasted Fennel and Onions

March 10, 2014 | Meat & Poultry, Vegetables

pork blade steak with roasted fennel and onions

If you’ve read my blog enough, you’ll see I have two very different types of blog posts: those that are well thought out in advance, done in daylight with the best lighting, on a day I have time to photograph every step; and those that are just a finished dish, snapped quickly before I settled […]

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Farro Salad with Roasted Carrots and Caraway

March 6, 2014 | Beans & Grains, Side Dishes, Vegetables

farro with roasted carrots and caraway seeds

Remember those roasted carrots I blogged about on Monday? Turns out they are pretty great used in a grain salad as well as on their own. This is one of those recipes I read about in a food magazine, although I didn’t really write down the recipe, just the idea. You don’t have to use […]

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Carrots Roasted with Pumpkin Seed Oil

March 3, 2014 | Vegetables

carrots roasted w evoo and sea salt fork

I recently suffered a crisis in blogging: I woke up one day and despite having blogged since 2007 a grand total of 1370 blog posts (not including posts I’ve done for other sites like Edible Front Range, Colorado Homes & Lifestyles, and more), I wasn’t sure I had the motivation to keep blogging. February 28th […]

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Seven (Yes 7!) Years of Blogging

February 28, 2014 | Food for Thought


I almost missed it. The day snuck up on me while I was busy, and I almost forgot to mention that 7 years ago today I did my very first blog post. If I’m honest (and many of you know I’m brutally honest), it was horrible. I had decided to blog about what I made […]

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Restaurant Roundup: Beast & Bottle

February 25, 2014 | Restaurants

beast and bottle denver pork tostados

pork shoulder tostada with charred tomatillos, sunny eggs, and queso panela If you’ve been reading along you know that I have a list going of places where I want to dine this year. One of those places was Beast & Bottle in Denver, and boy did I hit the jackpot this time! My plan was […]

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