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Restaurant Roundup: Atticus and Sarto’s

May 18, 2015 | Food, Restaurants

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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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Creamy Tarragon Chicken with Mushrooms andLeeks

May 14, 2015 | Food, Meat & Poultry, One Dish Meals

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My husband loves a good pasta dish. So do I, don’t get me wrong, but sometimes I grow tired of the old standbys that we tend to make, and I want to branch out to something a bit different. This is an easy weeknight dish that’s creamy, but not too decadent, different, but not too […]

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Broccoli Casserole with Fontina Cheese Sauce

May 11, 2015 | Food, Vegetables

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I made it through my first Mother’s Day without my mom. Whew. I knew I would feel emotional, and perhaps it was best that my kids had to work on Sunday so came the night before for dinner and some fun family time. And although I know this is a bad habit, when I’m feeling […]

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Cooking Matters Colorado’s Chefs Up Front 2015 with Chef Troy Guard

May 7, 2015 | Food, Informational, Restaurants

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I tell everyone who will listen: Chefs Up Front, the signature fundraiser to help Cooking Matters in the mission to teach healthy cooking and nutrition as part of the effort to end childhood hunger, is by far the best fundraiser you will ever attend. Where else do you get 30 of the very best chefs […]

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Cinco de Mayo!

May 4, 2015 | Food, Menus

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Here in Colorado, Cinco de Mayo tends to be one big excuse to party. Lots of bars and restaurants offer up big menus and even bigger cocktails. But do you even know the reason the day is celebrated? I’m not the expert, but Eder and Hanzel Yañez-Mota of Chili Verde in Denver explained the historical […]

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An Amateur at Le Cordon Bleu

April 30, 2015 | Food, Food for Thought

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Cuisine des Amis. The one-day course at Le Cordon Bleu called Cooking with Friends sounded basic enough, so when I found I had a day to myself in Paris on a cold winter day in February of 2001, I quickly signed up. Although I had no idea at the time, I had just set in […]

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For My Mom

April 24, 2015 | Food, Food for Thought

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Cooking Thanksgiving dinner with my mom, 2005 This is what I remember. Brown cabinets with a peninsula countertop where we prepped food. A large wooden family table in the adjoining kitchen dining area with our dog Misty hanging out quietly under the table, hoping to get a scrap of food. A deacon’s bench on one […]

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Restaurant Roundup: The Populist

April 23, 2015 | Food, Restaurants

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I’ve been making great progress getting to my always growing list of restaurants to try in Denver, and it’s especially fun because I keep dragging different friends along. At this point I have made it to 8, and have 7 left on the list. Not bad for only 4 months! One thing I’ve noticed about […]

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Creamy Farro with Parsley

April 16, 2015 | Beans & Grains, Food, Side Dishes

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One of the things I learned from attending various cooking schools around the world is that a few ingredients are often better than more, and that the addition of one simple flavor element can take something ordinary and rather bland and turn it into something intriguing and flavorful. I’ve been staring at the farro I […]

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Fougasse Bread with Bagel Spices and Rosemary

April 6, 2015 | Breads, Food

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A friend recently invited us over for dinner and said just bring some bread and wine, I’ll make the rest. So on a day where I actually had little time to try something creative (I was teaching classes in 2 schools during the day), I decided to make fougasse. Turns out it’s pretty easy to […]

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Building a Better Lasagna

April 2, 2015 | Food, Pasta & Pizza

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If you’ve been hanging out with me via this blog for much of the past 8 years, you might have noticed that I’m always trying to build a better mousetrap with my recipes. Better doesn’t mean any single thing to me – it could be a lighter version, or a more decadent version, it could […]

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Roasted Cauliflower with Herbed Breadcrumbs

March 30, 2015 | Food, Vegetables

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I arrived home from my wine trip in Sonoma to find a head of cauliflower that was just beginning to show some spots on it, so I rushed to figure out something to make for dinner that would zip up the flavor just a bit. I’m not a huge fan of plain cauliflower, finding it […]

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Buttermilk Garlic Scape Salad Dressing

March 23, 2015 | Condiments, Food, Salads

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Spring is here! Spring is here! I can stop using #ihatewinter in all of my Instagram photos! I don’t know why, but every year I grow just a little bit more impatient for spring to arrive, a little more intolerant of the cold and snow and short, dark days. And with the warmer and brighter […]

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Balsamic Glazed Sweet Potatoes and Pears

March 19, 2015 | Food, Fruit, Side Dishes, Vegetables

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You gotta love the internet when it comes to cooking inspiration. Just google a few words and you’ll find photos, recipes, wine pairings, and more in about 3 seconds. I recently prepped food and styled it for a Good Morning America segment about the father of the Paleo Diet, and found myself left with some […]

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Chewy Mint Double Chocolate Cookies

March 16, 2015 | Desserts, Food

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Boy that title just draws you in, doesn’t it? I mean, what could possibly be wrong with a chocolate cookie infused with fresh mint and bursting with chocolate chips, right? Well, one thing that could possibly be wrong is the ratio of ingredients. Read on and I’ll explain while these cookies – which taste irresistible […]

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South African Bobotie

March 9, 2015 | Food, Meat & Poultry

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Whenever I come back from a trip to a new country, I seem fixated on the food, and inspired to try to create something at home that will transport me back. One of my favorite dinners on our safari included Bobotie, a ubiquitous custardy stew type of dish that comes in as many variations as […]

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