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Plum Membrillo (Plum Paste)

September 29, 2014 | Appetizers, Condiments, Food

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Every year I search for new things to make out of plums. I have two Italian prune plum trees, and they never disappoint. But when faced with thousands of plums, even after sharing with friends and food pantries, I need recipes!

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Mac and Cheese for Adults

September 25, 2014 | Food, Pasta & Pizza

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Do you ever hear about some food, and then feel compelled beyond your control to get in the kitchen and make it? A friend of mine recently told me about a mac and cheese cook off that she was able to enjoy in Aspen just a few days before Eater Denver ran a piece about […]

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Plum Brandy

September 22, 2014 | Beverages, Food

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Guess what I have in my pantry? Yep, that is some hooch in the making. To be exact, it’s 12 mason jars, filled with plum brandy, fermenting for the required 90 days. I would not have ever thought of this unless the moms who came to harvest plums with their kids hadn’t tipped me off. […]

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IFBC 2014: Making the Most of a Food Blogging Conference

September 18, 2014 | Food, Informational


I just arrived in Seattle last night, and I’m gearing up for the IFBC conference that starts tomorrow night. This isn’t my first blogger conference – I’ve been to BlogHer Food, a Foodbuzz conference, and IFBC in the past – so this year I’m working to maximize my time here, combining the conference with a […]

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Jalapeno Plum Chutney

September 15, 2014 | Condiments, Food, Fruit

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It’s the height of plum harvesting season around here, and every year I’m looking for something new to do with all of my plums. I have quite a few recipes already on this site, but not a chutney – at least until now.

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Harvest Season and Why I Love It

September 11, 2014 | Condiments, Food, Technique

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Every year, as we laze through the last hot days of August, I watch the kids return to school, wandering past my plum tree on the way, and I start getting excited for the harvest season. My plum trees are barely a few years old, but I get fruit in giant clusters that look like […]

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Holiday Cooking Classes

September 10, 2014 | Food, Informational, Technique


Do you stress out about how to get the perfect holiday meal on the table? Do you end up so exhausted doing it that you just can’t enjoy the day with family and friends? Well fret no more! In October, I’ll be teaching a special cooking class as part of Douglas County Libraries Season’s Eatings […]

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No Recipe Required: Pasta Primavera Carbonara

September 8, 2014 | Food, One Dish Meals, Pasta & Pizza

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This is a short lesson in how to cook without a recipe. It’s how I cook at home for dinner most nights. It’s how I learned to really become a cook, to break free from recipes, to become comfortable with creating.

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Italian Chicken Sausage with Peppers and Onions

September 4, 2014 | Food, Local Sources, Meat & Poultry, One Dish Meals, Pasta & Pizza

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I’ve been in search of a source for locally raised, high quality, all-natural chicken for awhile, and thanks to a friend, I found my source: Boulder Natural Meats. As they say on their website, there are very few producers of poultry in Colorado, and before they began their operation in 1985, 99% of all poultry […]

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Top Ten Zucchini Recipes

August 28, 2014 | Food, Vegetables


If your garden is anything like mine, then your zucchini plants are producing like crazy at this time of year. Here are my top ten things to do with zucchini!

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Lunch for One: Vegetable Frittata

August 25, 2014 | Breakfast, Food, One Dish Meals

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I work from home, and that means I eat lunch at home most days. When I first started working from home (a very long time ago, back in my corporate career), I loved that I could just grab something easily for lunch. But that something more than often turns out to be either leftovers (which […]

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Pesto Goat Cheese

August 21, 2014 | Appetizers, Food

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We had an engagement party recently for my son and his fiancé – they’ve been dating about 5 years, and we couldn’t be happier about the upcoming wedding!

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Lemon Orzo with Zucchini, Onion, and Parmesan

August 14, 2014 | Food, Pasta & Pizza

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Simple pasta dishes are what I recommend for cooks who are beginning to experiment with cooking without a recipe. You can just add flavors together that seem like they meld, and it’s hard to go wrong. This dish, similar to Spaghetti Alla Nerano that you’ll find near the Amalfi Coast of Italy, seems to hit […]

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Creamy Pineapple Coconut Sorbet (Dairy Free)

August 11, 2014 | Desserts, Food

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I really struggled with what to call this dessert when I created it. It’s not ice cream – it doesn’t contain any dairy at all. It’s not sherbet – but the texture is a little like sherbet in that it’s kind of creamy, but kind of icy. It’s definitely fruity – it’s made from only […]

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Summer Vegetable Strata with Swiss Chard, Tomatoes, Green Onions, and Goat Cheese

August 7, 2014 | Breakfast, Food, One Dish Meals

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I love making a strata just like I love making savory tarts, stir drys, and pasta dishes. Why? Because you can pretty much throw anything you want in, which makes them perfect for using up leftover ingredients before they spoil. In this case, it all started when I got a bunch of Swiss chard in […]

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Salad Trifecta: Potato-Chicken-Egg Salad

July 31, 2014 | Food, One Dish Meals, Salads

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It’s summertime here in Colorado, and that means picnics, salads, and anything else we can do to get out of our hot kitchens. Last summer when we were on vacation with friends I was introduced to the idea of adding hard cooked eggs to potato salad – my friend Florine adds almost as many eggs […]

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