Watermelon Jalapeno Slushies and Granita + a Few Good Mom Maxims

It’s been hot. Incredibly. STILL SUMMER. ūüôā I bought a watermelon a few days ago, and in my mom’s words, I thought today –¬†“did your eyes get bigger than your tummy?” Sometimes I go on a spree, remembering all the goofy-wonderful maxims our mom would say. “You girls would forget your heads if they weren’t…

Roast Beet Caprese, and a Cup of Sangria

Every once in a while I have to throw a party. And go all out. Everybody dropped by that were in the neighborhood. You may remember — salivating — along with my friends when you saw this¬†rose tea infused deglet noor date chocolate fudge in a post awhile back. And after a cup or two…

Of Butternut Squash Coconut Curry Soup, Trumpet Vines and Impermanence

Good morning from my porch in Paonia … there’s just a bit of a chill. Sit and face the sun, breathe in birdsong, and train whistle. Coffee. I can imagine the winter squash ripening … not in my garden this year, but just like this photo from the¬†¬†2012 patch.¬†I have to say, growing squash gives…

Dominguez Canyon Jalapeno Peach Hot Sauce

Peach season has come ’round again. This year, we had such a hot and cold spring that early blossoming orchards in the North Fork Valley where I live have been mostly ill-fated. But to the west, on the Colorado – Utah border, peaches have popped. Luscious, organic peaches from Dominguez Canyon …. I love to…

The Glorious Green Smoothie

So simple, so delicious. Variations – all with scrumptious kale, have been my “first breakfast” for several weeks. “Second breakfasts” are usually local eggs and potatoes, or home-made cornbread and honey, or, whim of the moment…. When I started out¬†my green smoothie routine¬†I was using kale still available from the garden – a sweet mix…

Glass Gem Corn Grinding Day

One of my wildest garden to table dreams came true. We grew a package of Glass Gem corn from Native Seeds out of New Mexico – and the harvest was a kaleidoscope, a celebration of awe. I posted ecstatically about this corn a while back in¬†The First Magical Ear. But I am so happy to…

Plums – under a rain soaked sky

I have been eating. Truly. I have been thinking about recipes, and making them, and then sitting down somewhere and actually eating them. But my recent move – back to the countryside ’round Paonia, Colorado from the city, has added fullness and textures and people that are being juggled, and huggled, sifted and arranged. I…

My New Farmhouse Kitchen

My spirit has pulled me this way and that in the last year or so. And I find myself, now, back home again. In the valley. Just outside Paonia, Colorado. It’s a little bit like heaven on earth. And a bit of a story, too. The short version is, my heart won out over –…

A Magical Menu for Easter Sunday

¬†My son and daughter in law were able to get together with me yesterday, for the first time in a couple of months. It was great to spend time and catch up with them, cooking and laughing our time away. Went all out with a French-Italian vegetarian menu…it was so much fun creating. Took me…