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Fra Diavolo Sauce (Lobster Fra Diavolo and Chicken, Peppers, & Onions with Fra Diavolo Sauce)

January 22, 2015 | Fish & Seafood, Food, Meat & Poultry, Pasta & Pizza, Sauces


One of the classic ingredients you’ll find in dishes all across the south of Italy is this: pepperoncino flakes, sold in the US usually as crushed red pepper flakes. My friends there add the spicy flakes to olive oil to create a zippy little chili oil that they love to drizzle over just about everything. […]

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Mussels with Farro, Cannellini Bean, and Chickpeas

January 19, 2015 | Beans & Grains, Fish & Seafood, Food, One Dish Meals

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What is light, yet satisfying and quintessentially Italian in its use of ingredients? This is – a meal in a bowl, healthy yet bursting with flavor.

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The Easiest Ever Beef Bourgogne

January 15, 2015 | Food, Meat & Poultry

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When I was in Burgundy this fall with friends, my husband must have ordered Beef Bourgogne, that classic beef stew dish perhaps made famous by Julia Child, at least once a day, yet it was never the same. Sometimes it was quite thick and contained mostly meat, sometimes it had carrots and potatoes in it […]

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Calamari Salad

January 12, 2015 | Fish & Seafood, Food, Salads

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It took me a long time to warm up to any seafood, let alone squid. It started when I had the very freshest calamari at a small restaurant by the sea in Turkey – it was fresh off the boat, delicately fried, and hard not to love. Then I began taking clients to cooking school […]

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Meatloaf with Italian Flavors

January 8, 2015 | Food, Meat & Poultry

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I simply love meatloaf, but my husband? Not so much. I’ve spent many, many years making different varieties in the hopes that one of them will sing to him. I’ve tried adding lots of ground up vegetables for extra moisture, tried making it with pork and pancetta, even tried wrapping it in bacon like the […]

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Ringing in 2015 – Menu, Gameplan, and Recipe for Oven Fried Oysters with Celery Salad and Aioli

January 5, 2015 | Appetizers, Fish & Seafood, Food, Menus

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New Year’s Eve has always been my favorite holiday to celebrate with friends, but it wasn’t until recently that I actually put by finger on why. Author Buzzy Jackson said in a recent interview that for people who believe that what you do here and now on earth is what matters most, then New Year’s […]

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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

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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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