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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

onion with knife

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

cannelloni beef and vegetables bechamel 1

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

pound cake w lemon and greek yogurt 1

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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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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How to Juice Citrus with No Special Tools

April 10, 2014 | Videos

lemons limes

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

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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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