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Whole Wheat Hamburger Buns

July 10, 2014 | Breads

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Sometimes I get the urge to make something that frankly my husband thinks is silly, like these homemade hamburger buns. His words: “Are those really going to be that much better than store-bought?” Even though I think they definitely are better – tasty buns with no artificial anything, with a slightly chewier texture – that’s […]

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Almond Ice Cream

July 7, 2014 | Desserts

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July is National Ice Cream Month, and that seems perfect here in Colorado where it’s been in the high 90s for the past few days. You’ll find lots of ice cream recipes on this sight just by clicking on ice cream in the Tag Cloud on the sidebar, but I decided to create something new […]

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Bacon-Onion Jam

July 3, 2014 | Condiments

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I’m having friends over this weekend for a casual, early Sunday night dinner. That’s what happens when your kids are grown and gone: you take advantage of “off nights” to get together, have more brunch with friends, and even go out on “school nights”. For those of you still in the thick of raising kids, […]

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What I Learned at the Aspen Food & Wine Classic

June 30, 2014 | Informational, Wine

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I haven’t made it to the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen for quite a few years – it’s expensive, I travel quite a bit already, and I just didn’t make time to fit it in. But when friends asked us to get a group together and go this year, I didn’t hesitate for a […]

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What I Write and Why

June 26, 2014 | Food for Thought

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I was recently asked by a fellow writer (MJ Evans) to participate in a blog hop – sort of a way for writers to share with their readers what they write and why, as well as introduce them to some other bloggers. Since I didn’t have another blog post ready for today, I decided to […]

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Building a Better Meatball

June 23, 2014 | Meat & Poultry

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I just spent the weekend in Aspen at the Food & Wine festival, and after eating and drinking myself silly for two days, all I wanted when I got home, for some odd reason, was a simple dinner of spaghetti and meatballs. As the dinner was simmering, both my husband and I remarked that we […]

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Restaurant Roundup: The Wild Fig, Gozo, and Session Kitchen

June 19, 2014 | Restaurants

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I’ve been awfully busy since I returned from Italy a few weeks ago, leaving very little time for cooking other than throwing a steak on the grill and pairing it with a salad – not really blog-worthy cooking or recipes! But I did manage to spend a couple of days in Aspen for the Colorado […]

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Simple Italian Cooking – Orecchiette Pasta with Pancetta and Cabbage

June 9, 2014 | Pasta & Pizza

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I’ve been a bit down since I returned from Italy, and frankly (just ask my husband), kind of cranky. I have that problem coming back after a few weeks in Italy, and I’ve even written a blog post about adjusting to the “real world” after a vacation. And yet here I found myself this weekend, […]

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Properly Using a Microplane to Zest

June 5, 2014 | Videos

lemons limes

Today’s video tip: how to get the best results when using a microplane to zest citrus!

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Making Your Chef Knife Work for You

May 22, 2014 | Technique, Videos

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Whenever I teach cooking classes, I spend a few minutes on properly using chef’s knife. Once you master that beast, you really will have very little use for most of your other knives. The biggest error I see most people make with the knife is to press down on the blade rather than cut through […]

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Cholaca: Chocolately Coffee and Chocolate-Chipotle Breakfast Muffins

May 19, 2014 | Beverages, Breads, Breakfast, Desserts

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A couple of weeks ago I received a nice note from a colleague in Colorado. After telling me that she still makes my Lamb Meatballs from this blog after being introduced to the recipe by another friend, she went on to tell me about a product she’s involved with called Cholaca. Cholaca is liquid cacao, […]

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One Dish Pasta Cooking Technique

May 12, 2014 | Pasta & Pizza, Technique

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I’ve got a little secret to share, but you have to promise you won’t tell my husband. See, for years I’ve been lecturing him about cooking a single serving of pasta in a tiny little 1-quart pot. The water inevitably boils over the side, leaving a scorched stove to be cleaned. I’ve tried explaining that […]

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Cinco de Mayo – A Classic Mexican Party!

May 5, 2014 | Menus

shredded beef brisket tacos

Mexican Style Baked Huevos Rancheros Casserole Cinco de Mayo is a big party in Denver, so I thought today would be a great time to share some of my favorite Mexican recipes that I’ve posted over the years on this blog. Starting with classic pico de gallo and guacamole through to a chipotle chocolate dessert. […]

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Beef and Vegetable Cannelloni with Bechamel

May 1, 2014 | Pasta & Pizza

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My husband, given a choice, would pass up almost every great dish I make in favor of a pasta dish – and if possible, a baked pasta dish of some sort. I joke about the popularity of the tongue-in-cheek blog post I did about his baked rigatoni pasta dish, but that’s just what he likes. […]

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Lemon and Greek Yogurt Pound Cake

April 28, 2014 | Breads, Desserts

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I have a group of friends – 3 women plus me – who have been exercising together on Friday mornings for over 20 years. Over that time we’ve raised children, battled cancer and joint replacements, celebrated successes, bemoaned our aging bodies, welcomed grandchildren, dealt with losses and grief, laughed, cried, and more. Yes, we exercise […]

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Spiced Roasted Cauliflower with Lentils

April 24, 2014 | Side Dishes

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Ever since my sailing trip in February, I’ve been keeping a list of recipes I’d like to make. Not clipped recipes, just ideas, things I want to create, and flavors I think will work together. I’m also always trying to find ways to like vegetables more, and this one is a winner!

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