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Awards Season in the Publishing World

June 16, 2014 | Tasting Colorado Cookbook

co book awards logo

It wasn’t until I wrote a cookbook that I even understood that there was an awards season in the publishing world. But it makes sense, if you think about it, that this industry would try to honor the best in their art and craft just like actors or others do in other industries. I just […]

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Off the Page TV Show: The Story Behind the Making of the Tasting Colorado Cookbook

April 17, 2014 | Tasting Colorado Cookbook

Tasting Colorado Cookbook

Creating a cookbook takes many steps and includes many decisions. Photos with each recipe? Yes, I insisted. Clean modern styling or rustic? A bit rustic, to give a Colorado feel, I suggested. How many recipes and what types? In this case, 120 recipes covering breakfast through dessert. I was recently interviewed for Stacy McKenzie’s TV […]

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One Year Anniversary of Tasting Colorado

January 21, 2014 | Tasting Colorado Cookbook

buffalo red eye stew

It’s hard for me to believe, but a year ago in January I had just received my advance copy of Tasting Colorado, and was excitedly preparing for book launch parties and signing events. It was thrilling beyond belief to have my first cookbook published and I couldn’t wait to share it with all of you. […]

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Chili Chocolate Bourbon Cake from Tasting Colorado Cookbook (and an event!)

November 21, 2013 | Tasting Colorado Cookbook

chili chocolate bourbon cake

Chili. Chocolate. Bourbon. Cake. Need I say more? This recipe is for the classic dense chocolate cake featured for special celebrations at The Fort in Morrison, Colorado. Holly Arnold Kinney’s dad Sam Arnold was behind the restaurant and now Holly, who happens to be a neighbor of mine, runs the show. Because this cake is […]

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Chocolate Cherry Mousse from Tasting Colorado Cookbook

November 9, 2013 | Tasting Colorado Cookbook


I’ve been on a whirlwind schedule lately – leading a culinary tour in Germany and France and working on my next cookbook. But I’m also still very involved with events to showcase Tasting Colorado, and am excited to be part of the Douglas County Libraries Books, Bites and Brews event tonight. Local cookbook authors will […]

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Lamb Sliders with Tomato-Ginger Chutney from Tasting Colorado Cookbook (and an event!)

September 12, 2013 | Tasting Colorado Cookbook

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One of my favorite recipes in my Tasting Colorado cookbook is the recipe for these Lamb Sliders from the Stanley Hotel. They are packed with mint – almost as much fresh mint as lamb in the mix! – and are paired with an easy yet interesting chutney. You can make them as sliders, or simply […]

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Sweet Potato Falafel with Lemon Tahini Yogurt from Tasting Colorado Cookbook

July 29, 2013 | Tasting Colorado Cookbook

sweet potato falafel from tasting colorado cookbook

I can’t believe that it’s been six months since my cookbook came out! It has sold nearly 5000 copies in that time, and one of the biggest retail outlets for the book is, no surprise, Costco. I was in a Costco near my house last week and after seeing they had a display of over […]

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About the Cookbook


Tasting Colorado: Favorite Recipes from the Centennial State showcases the dazzling variety of Colorado’s cuisine, from classic Western fare to innovative fusions of  global flavors. Mouthwatering photographs complement 120 recipes both simple and sumptuous from Colorado’s finest restaurants, lodges, and bed-and-breakfasts. For a fresh take on fabulous food, sample these irresistible dishes from the Centennial State:

About the Author

Michele Morris, a chef and sommelier, is the owner of Cooking with Michele® where she offers private cooking lessons for both adults and children, leads cooking dinner parties, and offers small event catering. As a freelance food writer, she has contributed to numerous local and regional publications, and is the author of a popular food blog offering recipes, tips, menus and more. She is passionate about helping others eat local and seasonal food and volunteers extensively teaching school children and their parents just how easy it is to make healthy, real food at home. With her three children now independent young adults, Michele lives in Denver with her husband Greg and their two golden retrievers.