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Lemon Rosemary Bread

She is an old girl now at nearly seventeen years. In dog years, that is a significant age. Her life has been filled with adventure, friends and travel of which many humans would be envious. When we decided to take our most recent trip to California, we were hesitant...

Apple Fennel Tart

I wish I could tell you that this apple and fennel tart was my brilliant idea, but the truth is, I tasted something similar at a friend’s house last year. It was different and delicious, so I filed the idea away in my brain to reference later down the line. The...

Spiced Olive Oil and Butternut Squash Cake

I'm not a big cake eater. It seems that most of the cakes I've been served at restaurants or parties are dry with overly sweet frosting. While the ingredients in this cake may sound a little strange, this Olive Oil and Butternut Squash Cake is a delicious! It has a...

French Almond 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...

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...

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...

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...

Southwest Butternut Squash 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...

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...

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...

Provincial Tomato and Canellini Bean Bisque

Rustic and provincial dishes are very appealing to me. I enjoy the rough edges and textures. This tomato soup has all the right elements; smooth, with bits of chunky vegetables and cheese covered croutons to soak up some of the delicious bisque. I can imagine being...

Wellness Tea

So it's true, yesterday I was in my pjs so late in the day that after I finally showered, I wasn't sure if I should just get back into my jammies or get dressed (I decided to get dressed). This morning I woke up to the beautiful sight of big fluffy snowflakes falling...

Buttermilk English Muffins

Today, most Americans think of Thomas’ when English muffins are mentioned. Jane Austen acknowledges the muffin man in her novel Persuasion and of course there is the old English nursery rhyme, “Muffin Man” from the early 19th century. The type of muffins that were...

Brown-Butter Brandy Bundt Cake

It’s hard to believe another year has gone by. It was a good one for sure. Ric and I are feeling so blessed for our wonderful children, family and friends, and the joyous experiences and adventures that 2015 brought us. This year has also brought me many new...

Swiss Lattes and Hot Cocoas

In the quiet space of my kitchen, I meditate. It is a peaceful place where I unwind and allow my creative nature to be expressed. I don’t think of how I’m going to impress anybody, I cook for myself, and my husband will confirm, there are plenty of recipe flops as...

Flourless Chocolate Cake

This is a lovely and rich flourless chocolate cake that is a moist and dense dessert that can be dressed a number of ways depending on the occasion and personal preferences. It can be flavored with cinnamon, as I did here, or coffee to give it a mocha flavor, topped...

Pumpkin & Chocolate Twists

We could hear the wind before it arrived and see the fog, in the form of a low, snow filled cloud, moving across the foothills, making its way to our house in a matter of minutes. This is the fun part of living up in the mountains.Once the temperatures drop and there...

Roasted Butternut Squash, Red Onion & Sage Lasagna

Evidence of cheese making dates back to 6,000 BCE, so the recent study likening a cheese addiction to that of heroin really didn’t worry me too much. I don’t smoke, rarely drink, eat a vegetarian diet and live a healthy lifestyle overall, so if cheese is my drug of...

Red Onion Tarte Tatin

France has always been a happy and comfortable place for me to visit. There is an approach to the day-to-day lifestyle that appeals to me. From Paris to the small mountain villages above the Cote d'Azure, I am always excited by the history, architecture, food, and ,...

Roasted Butternut Squash with Quinoa Stuffing

Today I was quiet, recovering from an insanely busy few weeks that culminated with a meaningful, fun and gorgeous gala to benefit an organization that rescues women and children from the sex trafficking trade. It was a lot of work, but to see it all come together with...

Stuffed Poblano Peppers

I often joke with friends about what a pain it can be to entertain in Boulder. It seems everybody has some dietary need or preference. While I realize that allergies and food sensitivities are a very real thing that can be life threatening, in Boulder, it is a bit...

Honey & Plum Rice Pudding

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...

Chocolate Chip Cookie

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...

Yeasted Waffles

Today the Christmas tree finally comes down as our last houseguest of the holiday season has left. Our home is quiet, but still, a faint echoing of our grown kids exists in the walls or maybe just in my heart. We had such fun with ski trips to Aspen, Vail, Beaver...

The Modern Waldorf Salad

My favorite girl and I have just returned from a big road trip to Arizona to visit with family. China and I have done this many times over the years – the two of us hanging our heads out the windows with the wind blowing in our faces. Tooling our way down through...

Olive Oil and Salt Roasted Sweet Potatoes & Beets

The weather has been a bit funky here and I can't figure out what to wear or eat because one minute it is eighty degrees and the next minute it is cold and rainy. Part of me is looking forward to the fall and all that comes with it, but there is the other part of me...

Vichyssoise Corn Chowder

I am reposting this soup recipe for my friend Helen and her family who live in San Antonio. I originally wrote this while I was still spending most of my time at my home in Texas.  While Helen and her family were visiting us for a ski week, I made it for them and...

Organic Apple & Cranberry Galette

We had sort of a sprawling holiday season with our children visiting here and there, skiing in Aspen and Vail, and lots of entertaining in our home. It was such a fun and hectic frenzy filled with lots of love and laughter – just what life should be. We took my...

Norwegian Gløgg

Every holiday season, my mother would make a Scandinavian drink called Gløgg. A traditional Christmas spiced drink in Norway, it is loaded with brandy, port and red wine. Now that my mother is gone, it is holiday tradition that my brother and I carry on and share with...