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South African Bobotie

March 9, 2015 | Food, Meat & Poultry


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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Restaurant Roundup: Bistro Barbes, The Plimoth, Brazen

March 5, 2015 | Food, Restaurants


It just goes to show: putting a plan in place to get to new restaurants is working much better than just letting it happen. It’s just two months into the year and already I’ve been to 6 of the 14 restaurants on my list to try this year. The three spots I’m reviewing in this […]

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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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