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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...

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...

Provincial Tomato and Canellini Bean Bisque {gluten-free}

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...

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 Torte {Gluten Free}

What’s the difference between a chocolate torte and a chocolate cake? Most American style cakes use baking powder and/or baking soda to make them rise, while European tortes are made with whipped egg whites to give them a bit of lift. Also, tortes are usually denser...

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 ,...

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...

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...

Organic Kale & Apple Chopped Salad

My husband and I came home from our fun weekend in New York and promptly came down with colds. We decided to lay low and focus on eating healthy to get us back on track. One of the things we have been eating is this delicious chopped salad that is loaded with good...

Monte Vista Tortilla Soup

A number of people have asked me for this delicious tortilla soup recipe that I posted on a previous blog a few years ago. This hearty and rich soup can be made a number of ways. If the cream and cheese are left out, this is a wonderful low-fat vegan soup, roasted or...

Autumn Butternut Squash, Cannellini Bean & Goat Cheese Bruschetta

We finally have our electricity and gas back on and are able to drive in and out of our canyon. Life for many in Boulder is far from normal as so many people lost their homes or will not be able to return to them for months but there is much progress and the downtown...

The Land of Trolls and Apple Cake

I grew up with little Norwegian troll dolls that relatives brought back from Norway. Legend has it that these mystical and often dangerous creatures who live in Norse caves and under bridges, have a proclivity for munching up naughty children who wander too far from...

Pumpkin and Fresh Ginger Pancakes

What simple and delicious way to begin your day with a big stack of pumpkin pancakes that have a gentle hit of fresh ginger! Serve these up with some warm maple syrup and you will get everyone off to a happy start! Pumpkin and Fresh Ginger Pancakes Author: Eva Marie...

Garlic and Cheese Grits – Southern Style

So many birthdays in August that it seems as if we have been celebrating and traveling all month! Actually, we have traveled to thirteen states in thirty days! A couple of weeks ago we were back in North Carolina. We were met in the driveway by Nate, one bad-ass...

Rocky Mountain Chili {Vegetarian/Vegan/Gluten-free}

Just before Superbowl Sunday rolls around, I always make a big pot of vegetarian chili for my husband and me and whomever else maybe joining us. It is the perfect dish to make ahead of time, and then reheat when needed. We make a habit of skiing Superbowl Sunday...

Wine Poached Pears

We are in Boulder this week visiting with family and longtime friends. I lived here for many years as a single mother working in the Natural Products industry. So now, when I return, there the sense of home and belonging. As I sit in a restaurant with my family eating...

Almond & Butter Fruit Thumbprint Cookies

These thumbprint cookies are so beautiful, tasty and easy to make! The melt-in-your-mouth buttery cookie with just a hint of almond flavor marries deliciously with the fruit making the perfect accompaniment with coffee, tea or some vanilla ice cream, and they'll make...

Sweet and Savory Apricot~Sage Baked Brie

So often I've been at parties where they are offering a baked Brie that is doused in the likes of brown sugar, cinnamon, nuts and Kahlua which is delicious, however, too sweet and dessert-like for me. Here is my sweet and savory take on baked Brie. With the apricot...