Ginger Plum Butter

  Italian plums will always remind me of my mom when we were growing up, her delight when plum season arrived in the summertime, and her two bite technique for eating these plums out of hand, deftly plucking the pit from the halved fruit and forging ahead with the second bite without a hitch. She…

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…

Saturday Snow + New Potato and Leek Frittata with Spicy Greens and Feta

My eyes drank in the sunrise, waking slowly on this snowy Saturday morning. Freezing cold and spectacular the colors glowed, making my heart quiver as I absorbed in all this beauty. I made some strong coffee and began assembling breakfast. A big, delicious frittata. **I want to share with you that on my birthday this…

Lemon Cardamom Bundt Cakes and Last of the Year Treasures

No matter the trials, 2016 also has had many moments of beauty. Just a few days ago, I had the good fortune to be asked to house sit for friends who live in a sweet, big old farm house out in the country. This heart display, among many other things welcomed me. Remember to stop…

Tomato Nirvana: Heirloom Tomato, Basil and Goat Cheese Tortilla Pizzas

Here in Colorado we have finally reached peak tomato ecstasy. I think for me it is truly a deep down, ingrained, hereditary love. Of tomatoes. A gift of tomatoes is a treasure indeed. Hot off the vine. Recently, from my plants and from my CSA share, I happily, gratefully gleaned purple Cherokees, Valencias, Green Zebras,…

Grilled Vegetable Ratatouille with French Pistou

There are two main styles of cooking, as my eyes see it today. One celebrates the simple purity of the ingredients and aims to let each one shine through in a merged state of clarity with the others. The other style contains more emphasis on stylistic appeal, sophistication, complexity – not to mention ambition. Both…

Double Coconut Chocolate Brownies on a Perfect Fall Day

Now I truly don’t know which is better. These double coconut chocolate brownies, or this perfect fall day. I’ll let you decide. Go on. Sit yourself down and try one. There’s coffee, too, dark Italian roast from Steaming Bean out of Telluride. In French Limoges Haviland third generation china cups, on the old front porch….