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For My Mom

April 24, 2015 | Food, Food for Thought


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

shrimp prepared

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

babel spice pizza dough-1

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

chicken chili 2-1

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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