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Sautéed Shiitake Mushrooms with Polenta

Sometimes people seem so perplexed when they find out I'm a vegetarian. "What do you eat?" I get asked all the time, and the answer seems so obvious to me - no animals. It is a personal decision I made when I was a child, and it stuck, but it has never been a...

Spinach and Ricotta Stuffed Shells

Sometimes you want something warm, creamy and comforting in your belly, don’t you? I do. Pasta shells stuffed with spinach and ricotta, topped with a tangy tomato sauce is the perfect meal for such cravings. I make a Simple Tomato Sauce, but if you want to keep things...

Preserved Lemons

Preserved Lemons are a wonderful addition to many recipes. A staple in Moroccan and Middle Eastern cuisine, they have become a more popular ingredient, adding a lovely and unique citrus flavor to chicken, fish, vegetables, rice and, my favorite, couscous dishes.  ...

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...

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...

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...

Spinach Quinoa and Strawberry Salad with Feta and Toasted Pinenuts

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,...