• Heirloom Tomato Caprese Toasts
  • Summertime ~ Roasted Beet & Fig Salad with Stilton
  • Lemon, Blueberry & Ricotta Pancakes
  • The Catty Customer and My Dreamy Eggplant Parmesan
  • Sixteen Boo-Boos and a Chocolate Chip Cookie
  • Harvest Crisp and a Midsummer Road Trip
  • Sweet Potato Shreds and Eggs
  • Rustic Strawberry – Rhubarb Galette
  • Kitchen Therapy ~ Sonoran Orange & Ginger Tart
  • The Privilege of Parenthood and Omelets
  • California Salad ~ Romaine, Kale, Almonds, Green Raisins, Avocado with a Lemon Honey Vinaigrette
  • Entering the Year of Grace 2015
  • The Modern Waldorf Salad
  • Olive Oil and Salt Roasted Sweet Potatoes & Beets

Giving Gatherings ~ Honey & Plum Rice Pudding

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I can feel it – it is definitely coming… a little too soon for me. I saw a school bus driving up the mountain to drop off excited and exhausted children returning from their first day of the school year and the light over the mountains and through the trees is changing ever so slightly. I… 

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Catalan Romesco Sauce on Fresh Spaghetti


One of the things I love about travelling is trying new types of food and experiencing local flavors. Being a vegetarian as I am, some destinations pose a bit more of a challenge than others as far as finding non-meat dishes. In Spain they serve a lot of meat, especially jamón, a type of cured… 

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European Cinnamon, Honey & Raisin Bread


I stood on a stool at the kitchen counter inside her English Tudor style home in Brentwood, California. She looked like Catherine Deneuve, ultra feminine with a translucent English complexion, vivid blue eyes with a petite and perfect figure. Even as a child, I could see that she was incredibly sensual in the way that… 

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Heirloom Tomato Caprese Toasts


I love summer get-togethers and entertaining at home but I also enjoy being a guest at someone else’s fete. We get invited to a number of small potluck style gatherings, which is such a great way to have a casual party without having the stress of making all of the food yourself, or the expense…. 

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Summertime ~ Roasted Beet & Fig Salad with Stilton

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The laziness washes over me after weeks, maybe months, of intense social happenings and work obligations. There is a quiet now. People are taking vacations deeper into the mountains and to far-away places so the neighborhoods are hushed and still. The afternoon heat makes a siesta in the hammock so appealing that I grab a… 

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Lemon, Blueberry & Ricotta Pancakes


My insomnia won last night, and sleep evaded me once again. I found myself lying in bed staring up at the octagonal window at the peak of our bedroom, watching the tree branches sway, ever-so-slightly in the light morning breeze as the sun slowly rose. It was the sound of our cat barfing, or coughing… 

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The Catty Customer and My Dreamy Eggplant Parmesan


Many years ago, there was a woman who stopped by my shop on Fishers Island to tell me that she had a dream about my eggplant parmesan that was akin to a sex fantasy. I had to laugh but she was taking the situation very seriously. She wanted to know what was in the sauce… 

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Sixteen Boo-Boos and a Chocolate Chip Cookie

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I was walking towards the end of the dock when she ran up behind me and said with great pride, “I have sixteen boo-boos on my legs” and then the six-year-old or so, jumped off the dock, water-wings and all. I was a sissy and lowered myself down the ladder – glacier fed lakes are… 

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Harvest Crisp and a Midsummer Road Trip


The second bicycle was tightly strapped onto the rack on the back of the car and our ever loyal companion, China, not the spry pup she once was, was gently lifted into the back of our SUV. One last run through our house to make sure plants were watered and doors and windows were locked,… 

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Sweet Potato Shreds and Eggs


My husband is so often subjected to listening to my long-time friends and me yap on and on about the good old days so it was a very special night to have two of his high school buddies in town and at our house for dinner. It was fun to watch these great guys recalling… 

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Baked Hummus with Black Olives and Toasted Pita Wedges


It’s beginning to feel a little like the northwest here in Colorado – cold, grey and damp. I’m sure I’ll be complaining soon enough because it’s too hot, but for now, I’m trying to stay warm with a snack of baked hummus and toasted pita bread in front of the fireplace. The truth is, the… 

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