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BREAKFAST

Fresh 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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Polenta and Peach Obsession

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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Caramelized Blood Orange and Polenta Cake

I woke up in the middle of the night to the sound of electronics switching back on and booting up. Lights that had been left on when the power went out were suddenly shining bright into my sleepy eyes. The storm of heavy wet snow had knocked out our electricity for...
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Blueberry, Vanilla and Mango Chia Protein Parfait {vegan} {gluten-free} {dairy free}

Someone recently asked me what I do with all of the food I make - surely, I'm not eating pounds of pancakes and cinnamon buns, am I? Some of the goodies go to bake sales benefiting various nonprofits, I often bake items ahead of time and freeze them when we have...
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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...
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Healthy Fruit and Chia Pudding Bowl {Gluten/Dairy-free and Vegan}

In the woods where we were walking, with China leading the way, all noise of the city below was frozen out by the muffling effect of the snowflakes and fog that was falling gently around us and it hushed the outside world. This is home. It hasn’t always been and may...
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Homemade 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...
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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...
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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...
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Rum Raisin Banana Bread

When I first opened my shop on Fishers Island, I spent many hours in the kitchen trying to come up with really unique recipes, but what I found people were most drawn to were the simple standards; lasagna, great grinders (a sub like sandwich), lobster rolls, the...
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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...
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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...
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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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The Privilege of Parenthood and Omelets

It’s hard to imagine myself being a more proud mother. Last night my son missed his flight connection while trying to get to San Francisco from New York. The snow in New York had him delayed for hours, so when he arrived in Denver in the middle of the night, his...
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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...
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Hearty Chilaquiles Verde

I started my day with this wonderful and hearty Mexican dish. I think every Mexican family has their own version of chilaquiles. The dish came into being as a way to use stale tortillas. I usually cook them with scrambled eggs and red sauce the way my grandmother...
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Quick and Easy Organic Strawberry Jam

Soon after buying our house, we discovered that our home was called "The Birdhouse" by many of our neighbors. It made sense to us since the previous owners had attached funky birdhouses around the exterior of the house in an attempt to stop the birds from pecking...
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When The Rain Doesn’t Stop

The silence was eerie after four days of pounding rain. I realized that my ears had become accustom to the sound of the raindrops hitting the roof of our house. What began as a strong concern for people of Boulder and the surrounding areas, after three days of nonstop...
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Blood Orange & Ricotta Crepes Suzette

Even though the weather isn't cooperating very well, we are doing our best to channel a little bit of spring indoors. With weather like this last week... ...which our pup thought was the best thing ever, and snow in the forecast for the next three days, we are keeping...
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A Good Morning for Eggs Benedict Florentine

We woke up to another glorious morning but had hardly a thing in the fridge. There was one homemade English muffin, some spinach, butter, a few eggs, a worn out lemon and some cilantro. Just enough to make Eggs Florentine to share with my husband along with one of his...
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Anyway you roll it

My husband and I joke about how Mexican food is just the same ingredients rolled in a tortilla a variety of ways and called something different. That is somewhat true when speaking of the basic day-to-day staples, however, there are many beautiful and complex dishes...
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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...
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Apple Dutch Baby Pancake

Seventy-seven degrees out, sunny, riding my bike with a warm breeze on my face and the next day I’m in Ugg boots, a cozy sweater, hat and gloves trudging through the snow with my pup who is ecstatic with the sudden change in her outdoor playground. Growing up in...
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Asparagus & Mushroom Quiche

Quiche is such a versatile dish that can be served for breakfast, lunch or dinner. It is a perfect entrée for entertaining as it can be made ahead of time, actually, it tastes much better if it is baked, allowed to chill for 24 hours and then reheated. This allows the...
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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...
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Aspen, Bears & Bread

We have just returned from Aspen and the raw beauty that makes Colorado so special. The fall foliage was in its full glory. Surprisingly, after all of the time I have spent either living or visiting Colorado, I’ve never experienced Autumn in the high country. I was in...
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Chili Cheese Omelet

There is a little restaurant in Newport Beach, California, right at the bottom of the Newport Pier that serves up one of the meanest breakfasts that can be found. Charlie's Chili, a Newport Beach landmark, serves breakfast all day to local surfers and tourist alike....
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Plum Crumble Cake

"Plumble" is the name my husband gave this cake. A sour cream and almond coffee cake with a layer of moist plums in the middle and a cinnamon crumble topping. It is sooo good! I've made it here in a 9 inch spring form pan which makes it easy to remove. I also like to...
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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...
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Abraham and his Yogurt Maker

Yogurt..I wondered if I could make it without all of the gadgets, making it the old fashion way. Let's face it, back in 1500 BC they weren't making yogurt with electric yogurt makers. I remembered my mother making it back in the seventies and I recalled the taste...
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Bread Pudding

ser·en·dip·i·ty: an aptitude for making desirable discoveries by accident. Serendipity. It’s all over the place, at least that’s how I see it. I have "an aptitude for making desirable discoveries by accident". Call them coincidences, chance or kizmit, those moments in...
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Lemon Torta Capri

Like Limoncello, this torta reigns from southern Italy. It is simple and satisfying as a dessert served with a dollop of lemon curd on the side or afternoon treat served with a spot of iced or hot tea. Lemon Curd Recipe type: Dessert Author: Eva Marie Ingredients...
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Fresh Berry Roulade

"I wish there was a cookbook for life, you know? Recipes telling us exactly what to do", says Catherine Zeta-Jones character Kate, in the movie No Reservations. Ah, a little book to give us all of the answers and the directions, that if followed correctly, would lead...
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Bananas Foster & Waffles

I was sipping my morning latte when I glanced over at a couple of organic bananas lying around the kitchen counter. I looked over and caught them staring and calling out to me to be sautéed in a bath of brown sugar, butter and rum. I kept telling them we would all be...
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Saturday Stillness…

A slow start to the morning today. Needing some quiet and stillness, perhaps a hike in the woods with our pup. An oddly warm day for the beginning of January in Maryland. Still, a hot latte and a hearty breakfast is what I am craving... A simple and satisfying sweet...
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Pumpkin Spice Pull-Apart Bread

A few days ago I tried making a simple pumpkin roll recipe, but I really crashed and burned. I made a huge mess and then ended up throwing it in the garbage can in a huff. So this morning was the perfect time to redeem myself and make peace with the pumpkin by baking...
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Dutch Baby Pancake with Berries

I arrived back from our Texas to Maryland adventure with a terrible flu. After coughing and sneezing all week, this morning, I'm finally feeling a bit better so I've decided to make a pretty Dutch Baby pancake. This is a showy dish that will impress your family or...
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Huevos Rancheros

Every morning I wake up, put on my wedding ring and then put on a necklace that belonged to my grandmother, a special gift my father gave me the day before my wedding. It is a single solitaire diamond that hangs on a platinum chain. So each day I have that moment...
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Got Peaches?

With local peach season coming to a close, I wanted to take advantage of the sweet fragrant fruit with a couple of lovely home-style recipes. Today it was a beautiful, soft sweet ginger-peach kolache. I first became familiar with the kolache in San Antonio, where this...
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Challah French Toast

We are in California, waking to a soggy morning, but loving the salty smell to the air and feeling like it is a French toast and steaming latte kind of morning… California Dreaming Author: Eva Marie Ingredients 2 eggs 1½ cups milk ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon or...
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SALADS

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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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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Sweet Cherry & Arugula Salad

Sweet juicy cherries are finally back in season and I couldn’t be happier. I keep a bowl of these ripe organic gems out where I can graze on a few here and there throughout my day. Cherries pack a healthy punch, too. Here are some of the health benefits of eating...
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Pickled Carrot & Roasted Beet Tartare Salad {gluten-free}{vegetarian}{grain-free}

It happens every spring, so we weren't the least surprised when our warm seventy-degree days turned and began dropping big fluffy snowflakes on us. It means more time on the slopes and much-needed moisture, ensuring us a beautiful verdant season. With the change in...
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Roasted Carrot, Avocado & Orange Salad for Two {vegetarian} {gluten-free} {vegan}

Two things I love and could eat all day long? Roasted vegetables and avocados. Growing up in California as I did, avocados were a staple ingredient in our home. My mother would cut them in half, sprinkle them with a little salt and vinegar and then hand them over to...
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Farmer’s Salad with Polenta Croutons {gluten-free}

On a recent trip to Denver's Union Station, my mother-in law ordered a wonderful salad at Mercantile Dining and Provision. The ingredient that really stood out was the polenta croutons. I decided to create my own version of the croutons which would make a great change...
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Summertime ~ Roasted Beet & Fig Salad with Stilton

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...
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California Salad ~ Romaine, Kale, Almonds, Green Raisins, Avocado with a Lemon Honey Vinaigrette

I needed to find a little slice of beach, some warm sand to dig my toes into and crashing waves at sunset. I wanted to trade in my ski gear for a cute bikini, one-piece and a soft towel to lay my head on. I love my Rocky Mountains and their majestic beauty, but I was...
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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...
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Mango & Fennel Citrus Salad

With so much rain this spring, it is a verdant paradise in Boulder right now. The mountains are as green as could be and the wild flowers are in full bloom with snow-covered peaks still in the background. It is a time of year that I love. Working in the garden pulling...
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Trains, Planes and Diners ~ Grilled Cantaloupe & Gorgonzola Salad

Leave it to my son to lead us to an unexpected jewel in Williamsburg, New York. For those of you who wouldn’t think of crossing the river from Manhattan to Brooklyn, you are missing out on an extraordinary culinary scene that you won’t find in the city. Stepping off...
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Fresh Tomato Tart

My husband and I have just returned from ten fabulous days of traipsing around the southwest. It was time for us to unplug and simply go where we wanted to go and see what we wanted to see. We loaded up our car with our bikes hitched onto the back and headed west with...
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Cool and Crisp…

Here is something simple to make as as a side dish or an accompaniment to grilled burgers or fish. Forget about the store bought pickles...these are cool, crisp, actually, I'm a bit addicted to these at the moment, eating them on sliced bread with a little mayo, a...
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Spicy Thai Noodle Salad

Fishers Island holds a special place in my heart as it was the place where my family would gather during the summer months, where I raised my son for the first years of his life and where I realized my true passion and talent for cooking. My husband at the time Tom,...
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Italian White & Green Bean Salad Terrines for a Picnic for Two

Along with some assorted cheeses. bread, pasta with pesto and fresh fruit, these Italian white & green bean salad terrines are on the menu for our picnic in the mountains. These little terrines are a wonderful way to package up a healthy and delicious dish, making...
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Warm Bucheron & Beet Salad

We are back from our fantastic week in Colorado. Friends, family, majestic mountains, intimate gatherings, big red wines, stinky stilton, Ric's excruciatingly delicious cheesecake (so good it hurts) and just about all of the indulgence I could handle. So now it is...
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SOUP

Peace in a Bowl of 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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Provincial Tomato and Canellini Bean Bisque {gluten-free} {vegetarian}

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...
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Vegan Burmese Kao Soi

Just the other day we had snow which felt a little unwelcomed so early in the season but a couple of days later it was in the high eighties and I was feeling grateful, as were my plants that struggle as it is to flower and ripen fruit in this high mountain air and the...
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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...
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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...
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Mango Lemon Soup

I knew we were getting closer when I saw this… Yes, welcome to Los Angeles, my home for so many years. I love and loathe it as so many others do. The weather is next to perfect, the people are a creative and engaged bunch, and yet, there are those superficial ones who...
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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...
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ENTREE

Tamales Nogoda with Chile Roasted Acorn Squash and Brussels Sprouts

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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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 Root Veggie 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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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...
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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 ,...
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Roasted Butternut Squash with Curried Quinoa Stuffing {vegan, gluten/dairy free}

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...
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Mexican Style Stuffed Poblanos

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...
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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,...
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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...
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Navajo Tacos ~ Santa Fe Style

Being such a prominent hub of Native American traditions, Catholicism and New Age practices, Santa Fe oozes mystery and ancient spirituality - it’s a melting pot of soulful and creative people, and wickedly spicy food. It is no surprise that there are fabulous shops,...
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Vegan Burmese Kao Soi

Just the other day we had snow which felt a little unwelcomed so early in the season but a couple of days later it was in the high eighties and I was feeling grateful, as were my plants that struggle as it is to flower and ripen fruit in this high mountain air and the...
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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...
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Four Cheese Tortelloni with English Peas, Roasted Beets & Baby Broccoli

Nobody has ever accused me of holding back when it comes to eating. Obviously, I love food. What I don't like is when things become too complicated, in life or food. Complex is good, unique is interesting, complicated in usually unnecessary. As it is, life throws...
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The Veggie Cuban Sandwich

We were out to dinner a couple of nights ago with some serious foodie friends - one of them being an accomplish food writer of many years, and the conversation made its way around to movies we had recently seen. One film in particular had us all gabbing, Chef. Have...
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Honey, Lime and Cumin Roasted Chicken

Four countries with one carry-on and a computer bag, that is what I packed for our whirlwind European tour. Our strategy was to keep moving so nobody would notice that we were wearing the same things day after day. No divas allowed on our trip. Our eight-hour flight...
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Super Aegean Pizza

Yesterday I started off my morning with a dance class filled with a group of forty or so women and a couple of men. It was a benefit called Dance for BoldeReach. The class itself was a blast but what made it so special was the coming together of people for the common...
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Warm Roasted Tomato Caprese

Once again, big fluffy flakes of snow were falling on my head yesterday as I walked from my car into Whole Foods. I was then met with the tease of spring when I saw the bins of bright and intensely colored flowers and I found myself craving the warmth, colors and...
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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...
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Asparagus & Mushroom Quiche

Quiche is such a versatile dish that can be served for breakfast, lunch or dinner. It is a perfect entrée for entertaining as it can be made ahead of time, actually, it tastes much better if it is baked, allowed to chill for 24 hours and then reheated. This allows the...
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Chili Cheese Omelet

There is a little restaurant in Newport Beach, California, right at the bottom of the Newport Pier that serves up one of the meanest breakfasts that can be found. Charlie's Chili, a Newport Beach landmark, serves breakfast all day to local surfers and tourist alike....
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Creamy Polenta with Spicy Summer Vegetable Ragu

Slow to get moving, we had a cup of hotel coffee that wasn’t entirely unpalatable and then a walk on the overcast beach before pointing the car towards the hills where more vineyards awaited us. Having driven this coastline before, I remembered a little sandwich shop...
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Detours, Diversions and the Path to Enlightenment or Ravioli

So often I make up my mind to follow a particular path or road on my journey only to find the diversions and detours are what make life truly interesting. For the most part, life experience has taught me to go with the flow and the path of least resistance. In truth,...
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Fresh Tomato Tart

My husband and I have just returned from ten fabulous days of traipsing around the southwest. It was time for us to unplug and simply go where we wanted to go and see what we wanted to see. We loaded up our car with our bikes hitched onto the back and headed west with...
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Spicy Thai Noodle Salad

Fishers Island holds a special place in my heart as it was the place where my family would gather during the summer months, where I raised my son for the first years of his life and where I realized my true passion and talent for cooking. My husband at the time Tom,...
Read More

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...
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Paneer and Cilantro Sauce

With Christmas only three weeks away, we decided to get out of the house early in the morning and head over to our local Christmas tree farm. It was a fun outing amongst all of the cheery people on the hunt for that perfect tree. There were lots of excited kids and...
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Butternut Squash Mezzaluna with Sage Olive Oil and Toasted Garlic

Once again I was inspired by local fare. Saturday was a stunning day with a cool breeze and sunny blue skies. We took a stroll through downtown Frederick where we stopped by our new favorite shop, Lebherz Oil & Vinegar Emporium. To be honest, when I first saw the...
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Comfort Food From Mexico

I am missing my hacienda in San Antonio and the spicy smell of the pantry which came from over eighty years of housing my great-grandmother and grandmother’s ceramic jars of dried beans, corn husks, assorted spices and chilies. Now working and living on the East...
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DESSERT

Polenta and Peach Obsession

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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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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Caramelized Blood Orange and Polenta Cake

I woke up in the middle of the night to the sound of electronics switching back on and booting up. Lights that had been left on when the power went out were suddenly shining bright into my sleepy eyes. The storm of heavy wet snow had knocked out our electricity for...
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Blueberry, Vanilla and Mango Chia Protein Parfait {vegan} {gluten-free} {dairy free}

Someone recently asked me what I do with all of the food I make - surely, I'm not eating pounds of pancakes and cinnamon buns, am I? Some of the goodies go to bake sales benefiting various nonprofits, I often bake items ahead of time and freeze them when we have...
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Sunshine Lemon Roll with Mascarpone Cream

Nothing captures the taste of sunshine like citrus fruits, especially, lemons. In the midst of winter, while some of us are experiencing some cold and grey days, treating yourself to a bite of bright and sunny lemon roll, could chase away your mid-winter doldrums. I...
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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...
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Flourless Chocolate Torte with Meringue and Red Wine Poached Pears {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...
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Rum Raisin Banana Bread

When I first opened my shop on Fishers Island, I spent many hours in the kitchen trying to come up with really unique recipes, but what I found people were most drawn to were the simple standards; lasagna, great grinders (a sub like sandwich), lobster rolls, the...
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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...
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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...
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Sixteen Boo-Boos and a 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...
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Harvest Peach and Berry 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...
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Rustic Strawberry – Rhubarb Galette

April began with visits from our sons, one coming from the east and one from the west, to share Easter with us. It was a casual holiday with lovely warm weather, family get-togethers, skiing and lots of laughs. But, once again Mother Nature lulled us into a false...
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Kitchen Therapy ~ Sonoran Orange & Ginger Tart

The first day of Spring is right around the corner, and I couldn’t be more excited! The sun is shining, the snow melting and the mountain grasses are turning green again. In Colorado, winter is mostly colored in muted tones highlighted by the white of snow, but spring...
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Vanilla Meringues with Fresh Peach & Raspberry Coulis

Yesterday I was inspired by the morning light that I saw peeking through our bedroom curtains with a hue of pink and yellow, similar to the honeysuckle in our yard.  I made my way down the stairs with our pup and kitty in tow. Outside on the deck, the wood was cold...
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Stephenie’s Blueberry Peach Cobbler

I awkwardly twirled and swayed, feeling every bit of my fifty-three years. Pretty people, mostly in their twenties and thirties, rocked about me shouting and whistling, urging the guitarist, my husband, on with his riff of fingers moving fast and furious across the...
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Pavlova With Fresh Berries

This lovely dessert is my final ode to our trip and England. Not that it is really considered an English dish, I believe the Russians and Aussies are still arguing over who invented it, but the Pavlova is a sweet that is served up a lot in England and it was the...
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Andalusia & The White Hill Villages

From Seville we rented a car and drove through the Andalusian Mountains, visiting a couple of the White Hill Villages where most of the town is painted, you guessed it, white. The color of the green grass covering the rolling mountains was almost unreal looking, as...
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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...
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Lemon & Honey Cookies

So after this third blast of snow in April, we are heading south to Texas to grab us a spot of heat. I  just need to get me a little bit of San Antonio. Hot food, warm sultry nights along the river walk... ... the ever-present music and dancing, Tex-Mex style......
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Blood Orange & Ricotta Crepes Suzette

Even though the weather isn't cooperating very well, we are doing our best to channel a little bit of spring indoors. With weather like this last week... ...which our pup thought was the best thing ever, and snow in the forecast for the next three days, we are keeping...
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Lemon Glazed Southern Plantation Chantilly Cake

Following our recent busy schedules of traveling, moving and both of us recovering from nasty bouts with the flu, we are celebrating Easter with a quiet brunch for two. Poached eggs over a sweet and Yukon potato hash with smoked salmon and hollandaise sauce, hot...
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Grandpa’s Fudge Cream Pie (Big Easy: part deux)

Walking into the chilly morning bluster of sun and wind, I was on a mission to find the building that once belonged to my grandfather, the building which housed his restaurant and inn. Rounding the corner onto Lafayette Square on Saint Charles Street I spun around...
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My Valentine

It was a long-awaited sip of something sweet and profound in a glass of Syrah Voluptuous, soft, and juicy, oozing with possibilities But with this particular drink of serendipity that I had ventured back for a deeper moment, a wisp of time that I would never forget...
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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...
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Pear Melba ~ Poached Pears with Raspberry Coulis

I am crazy for poached pears! I love the texture, taste and the way they marry so beautifully with other flavors. Serve them with chocolate syrup, a red wine sauce, or even a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of aged balsamic vinegar (I know it sounds weird,...
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An Empty Nest and the Next Big Wave

Sharing a cozy fusion meal of satay chicken, spicy noodles and flan l'orange in front of the fireplace with my newly empty nester brother and sister in-law as the first flurries of the season were getting ready to drop some snow on us, we chatted about about the next...
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Aspen, Bears & Bread

We have just returned from Aspen and the raw beauty that makes Colorado so special. The fall foliage was in its full glory. Surprisingly, after all of the time I have spent either living or visiting Colorado, I’ve never experienced Autumn in the high country. I was in...
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Plum Crumble Cake

"Plumble" is the name my husband gave this cake. A sour cream and almond coffee cake with a layer of moist plums in the middle and a cinnamon crumble topping. It is sooo good! I've made it here in a 9 inch spring form pan which makes it easy to remove. I also like to...
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Fig and Almond Tart

Not everyone is a fan of the fig, but I love them and I think a lot of people just don't know what to do with them. They are delicious eaten fresh on their own or simply cut and served on a cracker or bread with blue cheese, but for me, when these beauties are baked...
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Organic Peach Cobbler

Summer may be coming to an end in a matter of weeks, but the last of those amazingly delicious tree ripened peaches are still available at many of the farmers markets and stores. Here in Colorado we were able to pick up of a flat of organic Palisade peaches at our...
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Mango Lemon Soup

I knew we were getting closer when I saw this… Yes, welcome to Los Angeles, my home for so many years. I love and loathe it as so many others do. The weather is next to perfect, the people are a creative and engaged bunch, and yet, there are those superficial ones who...
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Classic Pound Cake with Lavender Lemon Curd

Summer is officially here and the heat is definitely on. I love the colors of summer... The flowers, the ocean, the playful mood that the extra shot of sunshine and vitamin D puts us in. Hanging at the beach, barbeques, family gatherings and hearing all of the kids in...
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Fresh Peach & Berry Crisp

I LOVE peaches and especially like them served warm. They are lovely grilled and served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or, as I have done here, sprinkled with a crumble and baked into a crisp...yummmm... For the topping: 3/4 cup all-purpose flour 1/4 cup packed...
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Abraham and his Yogurt Maker

Yogurt..I wondered if I could make it without all of the gadgets, making it the old fashion way. Let's face it, back in 1500 BC they weren't making yogurt with electric yogurt makers. I remembered my mother making it back in the seventies and I recalled the taste...
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Bread Pudding

ser·en·dip·i·ty: an aptitude for making desirable discoveries by accident. Serendipity. It’s all over the place, at least that’s how I see it. I have "an aptitude for making desirable discoveries by accident". Call them coincidences, chance or kizmit, those moments in...
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Lemon Torta Capri

Like Limoncello, this torta reigns from southern Italy. It is simple and satisfying as a dessert served with a dollop of lemon curd on the side or afternoon treat served with a spot of iced or hot tea. Lemon Curd Recipe type: Dessert Author: Eva Marie Ingredients...
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Lemon Kisses & Raspberry Cream Sandwiches

Here is another spring berry treat that is easy to make, looks pretty and is luscious! With just a hint of lemon and sweet juicy raspberries, how can you go wrong? For the kisses: 4 eggs 1 cup flour 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup sugar 1...
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Fresh Berry Roulade

"I wish there was a cookbook for life, you know? Recipes telling us exactly what to do", says Catherine Zeta-Jones character Kate, in the movie No Reservations. Ah, a little book to give us all of the answers and the directions, that if followed correctly, would lead...
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Bananas Foster & Waffles

I was sipping my morning latte when I glanced over at a couple of organic bananas lying around the kitchen counter. I looked over and caught them staring and calling out to me to be sautéed in a bath of brown sugar, butter and rum. I kept telling them we would all be...
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MOST RECENT FOOD POSTS

Fresh 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...

Summer Entertaining 101 ~ Home Cookout

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...

Homemade 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...

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