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Restaurants: 2014 in Review, What’s Up for 2015

January 1, 2015 | Food, Restaurants

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I set out in 2014 with a strategy to make it to a growing list of new restaurants in Denver that I wanted to try. I even put out a call to friends to join me for lunch, and managed to get that done a couple of times. And although I did make it to […]

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Easy, Silky Chicken Liver Pate

December 29, 2014 | Appetizers, Food

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When I was in Washington for my book tour back in September, I tried to stop in for lunch or dinner at as many restaurants that had contributed to the book as I could. That was hardly rough duty, as the chefs always took extra care of me. When I arrived at Restaurant Marché on […]

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Oven “Fried” Chicken

December 26, 2014 | Food, Meat & Poultry

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Something happens to me during the dark days of winter leading up to Christmas. I lose all perspective about eating healthy, and just want to curl up on the couch and watch television. I suspect the lack of sunlight leaves me feeling sluggish. And I know that the holidays, while meant to be festive, often […]

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My Favorite Christmas Sweet Treats

December 22, 2014 | Best of the Food Web, Desserts, Food

chocolate biscotti

If you’re celebrating Christmas, you’re probably into the final stretch of getting ready for your holiday dinner. I’ve posted my menu for Christmas dinner before – I always make lasagna on Christmas Eve (you’ll find several different recipes here, here, and here) and then on Christmas day I make a beef tenderloin for dinner. (You […]

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Chicken Lasagna with Bechamel Sauce

December 18, 2014 | Food, Pasta & Pizza

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I’ve been busy catering holiday parties this month, and for a couple of them I made the BBQ Chicken (Duck) Egg Rolls from my latest cookbook, A Taste of Washington. That left me with some egg roll wrappers and some cooked chicken that I decided to turn into this simple lasagna. If you haven’t made […]

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Restaurant Roundup: Comida at The Source, Stoic & Genuine, Mercantile Dining & Provision

December 15, 2014 | Food, Restaurants

union station denver stoic and genuine oysters

It’s the time of year when people head downtown – to see the lights, for holiday parties, or just for a special meal out with friends. I get texts frequently saying “Where should we eat?” Well, these three are “can’t go wrong” places for a great meal this holiday season.

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Holiday Traditions Old and New: Spritz Cookies

December 11, 2014 | Desserts, Food

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Holiday traditions are something that are developed over time, and reinforced as the traditions are repeated, year after year. It could be a family outing to cut down the tree together. A Christmas eve caroling party. Making gifts for family and friends.

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Orange Balsamic Chicken Breast (Sous Vide)

December 8, 2014 | Food, Meat & Poultry, Technique

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I’ve been on a bit os a sous vide kick ever I got my Sous Vide Supreme machine. When I was given the machine in return for developing four original recipes for the company, I knew that making a tough cut of meat tender yet still medium rare would be a no brainer and probably […]

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Building a Better Tuna Melt

December 4, 2014 | Fish & Seafood, Food, Sandwiches

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There is a reason that comfort foods are comforting. They tend to be high in fat and simple carbohydrates, which send our brain chemicals flying, and they do comfort us – temporarily. But they aren’t always the best food choices, and often I set out on a mission to find a way to enjoy the […]

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Chicken and Rice Casserole with Broccoli

December 1, 2014 | Food, One Dish Meals

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I always make more food than I need for a meal. Partly because I’m used to feeding a full family and might never get used to cooking in smaller quantities, but also partly because it’s so easy to make some great dishes out of simple leftovers. In this case I had roasted a couple of […]

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Apple Harvest Salad with Olomomo Spiced Pecans and Noosa Honey Yoghurt

November 24, 2014 | Breakfast, Food, Fruit, Salads

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As a food blogger, I get asked frequently to try out new products and to blog about them. I rarely do that – simply because it’s so time-consuming to create a quality blog post with a recipe and photos. But when I am contacted by a company whose products or business philosophy really speak to […]

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Thanksgiving is Coming – Top Five Tips!

November 20, 2014 | Best of the Food Web, Food, Informational, Menus

china table setting

It seems like planning Thanksgiving dinner is a challenge for many people. What to cook, how to get the work done ahead of time, how to make sure special diets are met, how to enjoy the day without stressing yourself out – this must resonate with many of you out there as I’ve taught three […]

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November 13, 2014 | Breads, Breakfast, Food

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I have just returned from France (more about that soon!) where the croissants are tender, flaky, buttery, and available just about everywhere. Having been to France before, I knew what a treat I was in for, so to help me get in the French frame of mind, I made homemade croissants the week before I […]

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Spicy Plum Mustard Sauce

November 10, 2014 | Condiments, Food, Sauces

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Remember how full that sink was after my plum harvest? Well I continued to work my way through it, drying over 800 plums, and when faced with the final colander full, I had an afterthought: spicy plum mustard sauce, like you get in a Chinese restaurant.

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Soft Cooked / Poached Eggs with Fingerling Potato Swiss Chard Hash

November 6, 2014 | Breakfast, Food, Technique, Tools

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How do you get a perfectly poached egg? I mean, without years of culinary training and practice. It’s one of those things that is very hard to achieve, which is why chefs are often asked to cook this in their stage before being hired on. Personally, I stink at it, so had pretty much given […]

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Restaurant Roundup: Native Foods

November 3, 2014 | Food, Restaurants

native foods denver vegan tofu rice bowl-1

I don’t usually do restaurant reviews for chain restaurants, but every once in awhile something sticks with me. I’m solidly a meat eater – I have a standing freezer in my garage with half a hog, a full lamb, a share of bison, grass-fed beef, and free range chickens. I buy meat from local ranchers […]

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