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Green Chile Smothered Eggs

February 13, 2014 | Breakfast

green chile smothered eggs

I almost always eat eggs for breakfast. Ever since I discovered real farm fresh eggs from cage free and naturally raised chickens, I just can’t resist them. I’m lucky that I don’t have any medical conditions that prevent me from enjoying them every day, and on most days I simply have them over easy. In […]

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Restaurant Roundup: Session Kitchen in Denver

February 10, 2014 | Restaurants

session kitchen denver dining room

One of the things that happens when you no longer have young kids around is that your weekend days are blissfully unscheduled. I mean, we used to love watching our kids dive, play tennis, play lacrosse, wrestle, and more, but when that is removed from your schedule, you find an easy relaxed pace settles in. […]

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German Red Wine Cake – and a culinary adventure to Germany and France for 2014!

February 6, 2014 | Desserts

red wine cake

Do you remember my trip to Germany and France this past fall? It was an incredible adventure that began in Heidelberg, moved on to Baden Baden (with a detour to the story-book town of Sasbachwalden in the Black Forest), and into Strasbourg, France. Fortunately, my friend and colleague Kirsten, of My Kitchen in the Rockies, […]

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Bronco Orange Butter Cookies

February 3, 2014 | Desserts

orange butter cookies 4

I have had a recipe sitting on my desk since 2008. Yes, it was 6 years ago that I requested a cookie recipe from a woman after having her cookies at a holiday cookie exchange party. I’ve wanted to make them ever since, but just never did. Partly because I was afraid I’d eat the […]

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Restaurant Roundup: Steuben’s in Denver

January 30, 2014 | Restaurants

steubens blackened chicken club

Back around New Year’s, I announced, via Facebook, that I’d like to get to a bunch of restaurants in Denver that have been “on my list” for some time. Besides being on everyone else’s “must dine at” list, there is a recipe in my Tasting Colorado cookbook that then Chef Matt Selby had created for […]

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Restaurant Roundup: Spuntino in Denver

January 15, 2014 | Restaurants

spuntino denver tuna salad

I made a plan early this year to get to at least 12 restaurants this year that I haven’t been to but have been wanting to visit. That’s doable, right? So once a month, I’m making a reservation for a group and inviting my friends by posting the reservation on Facebook to see who wants […]

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Ten Things You Should Make From Scratch…and Why!

January 9, 2014 | Informational, Technique

julia child cooking

I’m sure it will come as no surprise to you that I would write a post telling you to cook for yourself. I mean, I’m no Julia Child, but I am a cooking teacher, caterer, sommelier, food writer, and cookbook author – so yes, I believe that everyone should know how to cook. But this […]

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Must Go Soup

January 6, 2014 | Soup, Technique

must go vegetable cleanse soup

I have a friend who has a dinner party occasionally called Scrap Night. It is very much like when my husband was a child and his family would gather with relatives, and his aunt would make meals that she called “must go” meals. As in, all of this food is getting old and simply must […]

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Restaurants: 2013 in Review

January 2, 2014 | Restaurants

linger denver ceviche with taro chips and avocado

I can’t tell you how often people meet me and ask me what my favorite restaurant in Denver is. Or how often I can’t answer that question. It’s not that I don’t love certain places, it’s more that I love so many restaurants and so many chefs. First I’d have to narrow down type of […]

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How to Sear a Duck Breast

December 30, 2013 | Meat & Poultry, Salads, Technique

duck breast skin scored

There is nothing glamorous or exciting about this post today – that is, of course, unless you’d like to serve your friends an upscale dish like sliced duck breast over mixed greens with a walnut vinaigrette. Duck alludes many cooks because it seems exotic and perhaps you just don’t know how to cook it. Well, […]

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge

December 27, 2013 | Desserts

chocolate peanut butter fudge 1

There is something about the holidays that transports us to our childhood memories. Perhaps it’s seeing old family ornaments hung on the tree. Or maybe it’s pulling out your grandmother’s Christmas china for a special dinner. Or maybe it’s just the simple gathering of loved ones and the inherent reminiscing that happens. No matter what […]

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Merry Christmas and Brunch

December 24, 2013 | Breakfast, Meat & Poultry

pork sausage links

Are you getting ready? Christmas is a magical time of year, and I hope you are spending it with your close family and friends. What are your traditions? Do you gather on Christmas Eve or on Christmas Day? Do you keep to a small group of just family, or do you like to widen the […]

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Today’s Resolutions for Tomorrow’s Well-Being

December 19, 2013 | Food for Thought

holiday resolutions

Get Old is an initiative developed by Pfizer to challenge people of all ages to rethink what it means to Get Old and take a more active role in their health and quality of life at every age. I was asked as a blogger to take part in this initiative, and it hit home with […]

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Travel – A Tool for Growing Old Gracefully

December 9, 2013 | Food for Thought

9 time with greg

I do many things to ensure that as I age, I do it gracefully and don’t “feel old”. Some of those things aren’t so glamorous: I try to eat healthy foods and exercise on a regular basis, I try to maintain a reasonable weight, and get 8-9 hours of sleep each night. But you might […]

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Quinoa Oatmeal Raisin Cookies, from The Quinoa Quookbook by Eliza Cross

December 5, 2013 | Desserts

oatmeal quinoa cookies

One of the first people I met when I was thinking of becoming a food writer was Eliza Cross. She’s a multi-talented, multi-published author, but more amazing to me is what a great mentor she has been for me. She helped me join the Colorado Authors’ League, she recommended me for freelance writing opportunities, and […]

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Acorn at The Source

December 2, 2013 | Restaurants

acorn denver restaurant duck confit tom yum noodle bowl

Have you been to The Source yet? It’s (in their words) “Denver’s newest artisan food market featuring 13 vendors including two restaurants, a bakery, coffee shop, butcher, brewery, florist, and cocktail bar.” In my words, it’s just a cool renovated industrial space featuring local food and wine, that happens to have a couple of good […]

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