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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...

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...

Thai Green Curry {vegan, gluten-free}

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...

Eggplant Romesco {vegetarian, gluten-free}

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...

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

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...

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

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...

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

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...

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...

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...

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...

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

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 {vegan, gluten-free}

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...

Eggplant Romesco {vegetarian, gluten-free}

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 Root Veggie Pie {vegetarian}

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 ,...

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...

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,...

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...

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,...

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...

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...