Garlicky butternut squash lasagna

From garden to butternut squash celebration today = many months. I was thrilled to create this absolutely delicious recipe – at the end of February, wind whipping up some mighty frigid air here in northern Colorado, the smell of garlic and lasagna lusciousness warming my kitchen and my heart. Scanning back over hundreds and hundreds…

Mexican Mole’ Pumpkin Coconut Soup

This week I picked the last marigolds from the garden, and harvested lots of fennel seed, chives and thyme. Loads of tomatoes, beets too, and butternut squash. With a chill in the air, and now having weathered our first snow of the season, my yearly reluctance to jump into autumn is fading a little, because…

Grilled Zucchini Sausage Pie

Is your garden producing any morning glory tipi takeovers? (I love mine!) Or how about Zucchinis Of Unusual Size?  Hmmm, yes. Zucchinis Of Unusual Size are a common phenomena with just about anyone who plants a garden. And while I didn’t grow zucchini this season (I’ve got sunburst pattypan and butternut squashes, and pickling cucumbers…

Your Personal Chef Adventure with Margaret

For the Fort Collins, northern Colorado area and special occasions elsewhere: Busy Family, Special Diets, Special Occasions, during Health Challenges, and Oh My what a Wonderful Gift! Margaret has 25 years professional cooking experience, including classical French working apprenticeship, natural foods high altitude bakery development, international and American regional cuisine menu design, banquet and catering facilitation,…

More Snow! and the “Cozy Factor” of Barbequed Baked Beans

We’ve had a lot of snow! Coming inside after shoveling for the 4th or 5th day in a row, invigorated by the cold, the idea popped in my head to make a batch of baked beans with my favorite barbeque sauce recipe, hailing back to the days of cooking demos at Happy Heart Farm CSA in Ft. Collins,…

I Had Dreams of This Tostada….

Yes, I dreamt up this tostada, fully awake but mesmerized, standing in and meandering through the fall garden, creating in my head with what was possible – given ingredients in my pantry and what could be harvested that day. Autumn in the garden is soo beautiful, with goldfinches landing on ripe sunflower heads, making them bob and…

Surprises in Life and the Garden: And Oh! the pang of unrequited love

Oh my! All is well. To everything, turn, turn, turn. There is a season, turn, turn, turn, and a time for every purpose under heaven….. I found out this morning a dear friend is considering a move to another country, and even the suggestion of this change wrenched my heart. Aching! Already, and nothing has…