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French Almond and Pear Tart

This is the season when I get to enjoy one of my favorite fruits in an almond and pear tart. The stronger flavored sweet almond filling is a little unusual for a frangipane style tart such as this - and it is delicious. The contrast between the juicy pears and the...
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Heirloom Tomato & Plum Salad with Basil-Mint Pesto and Burrata {vegetarian, gluten-free}

It has been feeling more like fall at our home than the middle of summer. Big thunder storms roll through in the middle of the night and we wake to beautiful crisp mornings. I grab a cup of coffee and sit on the deck with my pup, China, and watch the birds at work....
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Roasted Tomato Strudel {vegetarian}

Every summer I'm on a mission to grow vegetables at our home. Living in the mountains at an altitude of 7,000 feet makes this a great challenge. For the past two years, we have ceremoniously harvested two or three tiny tomatoes and a few basil leaves to make an...
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Sweet Cherry & Blueberry Pie

I’m crazy about anything cherry. They are pretty to look at and I love their luscious juicy flavor. As much as I enjoy a great sour cherry pie, I wanted to share this sweet cherry and blueberry pie as a delicious alternative. This is a great recipe to use when you...
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Spinach, Quinoa and Strawberry Salad with Feta and Toasted Pinenuts {vegetarian, gluten-free}

There was a stifling heat wave crushing its way across the country earlier in the week, so we hit the road. We wound our way up the mountain passes in search of one badass blues guitarist, and some cooler weather. Every time we take the drive from Boulder to Aspen,...
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Savory Chickpea Pancakes {vegetarian, gluten-free}

I’ve had a number of people asking about my savory gluten-free chickpea pancakes since I posted this photo of them on Instagram. These pancakes, made with Bob's Red Mill Garbanzo Bean Flour, are a great substitution for bread for a variety of recipes, including eggs...
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Lemon-Cherry Ricotta Cake

It felt good waking up with the sun this morning, pulling my hair up into a ponytail, skipping the make-up, throwing on sweats and a tee-shirt, knowing that I didn’t have to leave our little birdhouse today. As I stood for a minute sipping coffee at the kitchen sink,...
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Sweet Red Onion Marmalade

Who would have thought that simmering red onions, sugar, vinegar, and a couple of herbs could produce such a lovely compote that lends itself so beautifully to just about any savory dish? This Red Onion Marmalade is one of my favorite condiments. I dump it on fried or...
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Thai Green Curry

On a private beach in Thailand, a green curry simmered in a pot over an open fire. It was served as part of an incredible lunch spread on an epic day of boating through the Ao Phang Nga National Park. It was served over rice but I decided to try it with Udon noodles...
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Lemon and Ginger Scones

Spring is most definitely in the air. A crisp whisper of a breeze, blue skies and the greening of our mountains is a lovely thing to wake up to. It’s warm enough to walk outside onto our deck in bare feet with my pup to survey the new plants and trees that are finally...
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Tamales with Roasted Vegetables

Every year around this time I try to come up with a new holiday recipe that can serve as a vegetarian entrée or a side dish. This year I made a Mexican Nogada sauce, which originated in my family’s hometown of Puebla, Mexico, and paired it with corn and cheese tamales...
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Southwest Butternut Squash and Poblano Soup

November has been a historic and wild month for us Americans. The political scene has made for an emotional rollercoaster and a myriad of distractions. Now that the election is over, I hope for peace, kindness, inclusion, compassion and for love to prevail. As John...
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Eggplant Romesco

As I walk through the farmers’ market, still a little foggy and not quite awake, the beauty of the flowers, fruits and vegetables, the crisp fresh air and the smell of the food trucks preparing an array of dishes, rouses my senses. I find the displays of vivid colors...
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Rustic Vegetable Pie

We sat outside overlooking the tall pine trees as the sun was setting and the temperature dropping. A couple of candle-lit lanterns gave us just enough of a glow to see the cheese and crackers we were munching on and the red wine we were sipping. Four people, two dogs...
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Salsa Verde – Tomatillo, Green Chili and Apple Salsa

I went on a little garden raid this past week. Friends were away traveling and leaving over-flowing apple trees and vegetable gardens behind. I picked a huge basket of apples at a friend's home, making sure there were plenty left for the local bears to munch on in...
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Potato and Asparagus Garden Salad

The man with the colorful knit hat picked up a guitar and began to strum a tune. Someone sitting across the redwood balcony over-looking the tall Colorado pines began thumping on an African Djembe drum. Ric picked up an acoustic guitar and began playing, our host...
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Polenta with Peaches

I've been a little obsessed with eating beautiful ripe organic peaches with soft and warm organic polenta, with just a sprinkle of brown sugar. The flavors of the corn and peaches are surprisingly complimentary and make for a comforting and satisfying breakfast, or...
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Heirloom Tomato, Peach and Burrata Salad

Often times nature gets it so right that doing less is more. This is definitely the case with summer vine ripened tomatoes, fresh peaches, just picked basil leaves and local or garden grown greens. There is no need for dressing other than a sprinkle of fine quality...
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Organic Blueberry Mini-Galette

We are on our way to a  fun trip in Las Vegas today. The flight is finally giving me a few minutes to sit down in one place and write a little. Busy is good, right? However, it is important to remember to mix some fun in with the hard work, so that's our plan for the...
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Summer Entertaining 101

Seems like only yesterday I was whining about the snow and cold, and now Memorial Day weekend is upon us. Okay, truth is, two weeks ago, it was snowing at our place, but now it is green and beautiful. Perfect for a holiday get together and weekend cookout. Here are my...
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French Almond and Pear Tart

This is the season when I get to enjoy one of my favorite fruits in an almond and pear tart. The stronger flavored sweet almond filling is a little unusual for a frangipane style tart such as this - and it is delicious. The contrast between the juicy pears and the...

Roasted Tomato Strudel {vegetarian}

Every summer I'm on a mission to grow vegetables at our home. Living in the mountains at an altitude of 7,000 feet makes this a great challenge. For the past two years, we have ceremoniously harvested two or three tiny tomatoes and a few basil leaves to make an...

Sweet Cherry & Blueberry Pie

I’m crazy about anything cherry. They are pretty to look at and I love their luscious juicy flavor. As much as I enjoy a great sour cherry pie, I wanted to share this sweet cherry and blueberry pie as a delicious alternative. This is a great recipe to use when you...