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Avocado Deviled Eggs

June 29, 2015 | Appetizers, Food

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Back when I was getting ready for my knee replacement surgery, I found myself fidgeting, anxious, and cooking an awful lot, I think just to fill the time leading up to the big day. That’s when I actually made these deviled eggs, but it occurs to me they will be perfect for a summer 4th […]

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Whole Wheat English Muffin Loaf

June 22, 2015 | Breads, Breakfast, Food

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Ever since my mom passed away in April, I find myself thinking of recipes she made, and cooking – a lot. She’s the one who taught me how to cook, so it’s only natural I guess. I find it both comforting to make these recipes, and also a bit bittersweet that I can’t pick up […]

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What Is It About Warehouse Shopping?

June 18, 2015 | Food, Food for Thought

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I find myself amidst a sea of cars in the already jammed parking lot with even more cars circling like vultures, their eye on their prey – an open space close to the entrance. I pause to allow the train of fifty carts to pass, strapped together and engineered expertly into a neat line at […]

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Power Lunch: Quinoa Salad

June 11, 2015 | Beans & Grains, Food, Salads

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The last couple of months were filled with a fair amount of stress for me, including the death of both my mom and my brother just one week apart. Understandably, I wasn’t sleeping particularly well, and I noticed I was having some heart fluttering, kind of like an irregular heart beat. I chalked that up […]

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Baked (or Fried) BBQ Pork Egg Rolls

June 8, 2015 | Appetizers, Food, Snacks

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Back before I went in for knee replacement surgery, I had my kids and their “others” over for dinner. I don’t know what I was thinking, and I somehow cooked enough pork ribs to feed the entire block. We enjoyed them for dinner, and then I shredded all of the leftover meat off the bones, […]

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A Better Roasted Beef Stock (think less storage footprint…)

June 1, 2015 | Food, Soup, Technique

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When I got back from my safari trip to South Africa in February, my friend from Slow Food had graciously delivered my bison share from the stock show back in January, and with it in the freezer I found several bags of bison femur bones. Those are the big leg bones that are just perfect […]

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Freezer Ready Meals

May 25, 2015 | Best of the Food Web, Food

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Tomorrow I’ll be going into the hospital for a new knee. It’s not my first one – I had my left knee replaced three years ago – but I’m certainly hoping the procedure is easier and with less complications than my last one. I won’t be in the kitchen cooking much during the next few […]

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Asparagus Season!

May 21, 2015 | Best of the Food Web, Food, Vegetables

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There are lots of reasons to eat seasonally, but possibly the one everyone can get behind is that food just tastes best when it’s freshly picked in season. You know, would you rather have a winter mealy tomato or a summer vine ripened tomato? If you’re not sure when various things come into season, you […]

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Restaurant Roundup: Atticus and Sarto’s

May 18, 2015 | Food, Restaurants

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If you ever get a great restaurant to move into your neighborhood, you need to make sure to go there often, to help them thrive, so you don’t lose them. That’s how I feel about Atticus. And you know I was really enjoying the food when I forget to even shoot a picture of my […]

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Creamy Tarragon Chicken with Mushrooms andLeeks

May 14, 2015 | Food, Meat & Poultry, One Dish Meals

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My husband loves a good pasta dish. So do I, don’t get me wrong, but sometimes I grow tired of the old standbys that we tend to make, and I want to branch out to something a bit different. This is an easy weeknight dish that’s creamy, but not too decadent, different, but not too […]

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Broccoli Casserole with Fontina Cheese Sauce

May 11, 2015 | Food, Vegetables

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I made it through my first Mother’s Day without my mom. Whew. I knew I would feel emotional, and perhaps it was best that my kids had to work on Sunday so came the night before for dinner and some fun family time. And although I know this is a bad habit, when I’m feeling […]

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Cooking Matters Colorado’s Chefs Up Front 2015 with Chef Troy Guard

May 7, 2015 | Food, Informational, Restaurants

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I tell everyone who will listen: Chefs Up Front, the signature fundraiser to help Cooking Matters in the mission to teach healthy cooking and nutrition as part of the effort to end childhood hunger, is by far the best fundraiser you will ever attend. Where else do you get 30 of the very best chefs […]

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Cinco de Mayo!

May 4, 2015 | Food, Menus

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Here in Colorado, Cinco de Mayo tends to be one big excuse to party. Lots of bars and restaurants offer up big menus and even bigger cocktails. But do you even know the reason the day is celebrated? I’m not the expert, but Eder and Hanzel Yañez-Mota of Chili Verde in Denver explained the historical […]

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An Amateur at Le Cordon Bleu

April 30, 2015 | Food, Food for Thought

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Cuisine des Amis. The one-day course at Le Cordon Bleu called Cooking with Friends sounded basic enough, so when I found I had a day to myself in Paris on a cold winter day in February of 2001, I quickly signed up. Although I had no idea at the time, I had just set in […]

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For My Mom

April 24, 2015 | Food, Food for Thought

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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

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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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