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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...

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...

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...

Roasted Carrot, Avocado & Orange Salad for Two

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...

Heirloom Tomato Caprese Toasts

I love summer get-togethers and entertaining at home but I also enjoy being a guest at someone else’s fete. We get invited to a number of small potluck style gatherings, which is such a great way to have a casual party without having the stress of making all of the...

Baked Hummus with Black Olives and Toasted Pita Wedges

It's beginning to feel a little like the northwest here in Colorado - cold, grey and damp. I'm sure I'll be complaining soon enough because it's too hot, but for now, I'm trying to stay warm with a snack of baked hummus and toasted pita bread in front of the...

Mediterranean Flatbread

I woke up to the pretty picture out my bedroom window of big snowflakes still dropping on trees already thickly frosted with days of snow. The quiet that goes along with it, a fire warming the room, a hot creamy latte brought to me in bed by my sweet husband, rounds...

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...

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...

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...

One Lonely Pear ~ Two Hungry People

Sounds a little like the beginnings of a bad joke, "I walked into this bar and there was one lonely pear and two hungry people. The first hungry person said to the second hungry person"...and so on. There have been so many nights when I've called Ric as I'm driving...

Soups

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...

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...

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...

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...

Monte Vista Tortilla Soup

Monte Vista is the area where my grandmother's home in San Antonio is located. It is the house where I learned about spices and deep flavor profiles in cooking. It is the house my father grew up in and now it belongs to me. When my husband and I first met, I would...

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...

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...

Salads

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,...

Potato Asparagus 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...

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...

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...

Pickled Carrot & Roasted Beet Salad

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...

Roasted Carrot, Avocado & Orange Salad for Two

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...

Farmer’s Salad with Polenta Croutons

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...

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...

Romaine and Kale Salad with 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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Entrees

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

Navajo Tacos

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,...

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...