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….

Watermelon Jalapeno Slushies and Granita + a Few Good Mom Maxims

It’s been hot. Incredibly. STILL SUMMER. 🙂 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…

Weekly Photo Challenge – Creepy

Creepy… or reason to cheer, if you’re a gardener.  Word Press Photo Challenge “Creepy” From September 18, 2012, Praying Mantis Encounter… “But, back to my tale at hand. I was out in the sun, sipping cider, picking green beans, when literally, I almost picked a praying mantis! Blending in with the surroundings, until I looked…

Golden Beet Fritters with Pesto Greens and Smoked Paprika Cream

A golden beet is like the Sun underground. Don’t you think so? We’ve had a glorious amount of winter sun this January, but it still made me smile to cut into these earthy orbs today. Last year, early spring, I had an idea their scrumptious goldenness might be amazing made into pan fritters. Today is…

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…

A Fish Tale ~ Colorado Kokanee Salmon

The alarm went off at 3:30 am and I truly leapt out of bed. Excited for an early morning adventure – I poured fresh brewed coffee into my mug, gathered my cooler and coat, then hit the road. I was driving through the dark morning hours up Highway 133 in southwest Colorado, making the right…

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 –…