Lemon Basil Muffins with Ground Pistachios

It’s been a whirlwind of book publishing these last two months, and kitchen life has for the most part been pretty simple. Which has been great. Grilled cheese with tomatoes and basil from the garden. Blistered shishito pepper and garlic – from the garden – omelettes with red pasada and yukon gold home fries, you…

Celebrate Spring with this Asparagus Crimini Mushroom Herb Tart

It (truly) is the most glorious time of the year. Spring Equinox here in the northern hemisphere, and the renewal of all things green and alive is the launch into my favorite season. Celebrated below in the grandest way:   All of these things and more charged up my heart and spirit in the last…

Peach and Lavender Semifreddo with Elderberry Swirl

Summer = peaches. It’s that glorious time of the year. And oh man … …my first ever semifreddo (kind of a cross between ice cream and gelato) turned out so deliciously well … as you can see … This twist on a traditional Italian recipe celebrates classic dairy ingredients, plus, (*Colorado peaches*) and foraged elderberries,…

Feta Stuffed Squash Blossom Summer Casserole

It was magical in the kitchen today. And it all started in the cool morning garden. πŸ™‚ Take a quick peek:     Then I had to celebrate with all the vegetables I brought home. As I said on my Garden Mandala postΒ earlier today, “Point me to a garden plot in late February and I’ll…

Garden Mandala – a gratitude of bounty

Show me a garden plot at the end of February and I’ll be happy through November. July 30, 2018 So much to love How does Pachamama hold such beauty? Today: Rainbow chard, mixed lettuces, purple kale, blue lake green beans, burgundy beans, snap and snow peas and their greens, beets, squash blossoms, cucumber, and herbs,…

“You put the Lime in the Coconut” Banana Bundt Cake

Summertime … calls for light and refreshing life … And this beautiful, tart/sweet cake can help! It’s gluten free of course… I wouldn’t have it any other way πŸ™‚ I’ve been playing around – recipe development with bananas and cake and gluten free, whims and versions and revisions. This one is pretty close to perfect,…

Slow Food Nations, Denver, Colorado: Food for Change

The energy was palpable and positive, generous and forward thinking – for both years of this marvelous festival SLOW FOOD NATIONS – 2017 and 2018. Mid-July these last two summers, hundreds of organic farmers, ranchers, brewers, chefs, food activists and more descended upon Denver’s Larimer Square for a grand, beautiful summit and cultural display of…

Lebanese Cheese and Watermelon Salad

Are the dog days of summer already here?? In Colorado the answer is –Β whew! Yes! But so too are the wonderful days of the farmer’s markets. On Saturday I got to two of them in Fort Collins. I, along with I imagine millions of other people, was still reeling from the news of beloved Anthony…

Roast Golden Beet Carpaccio with Walnut Sherry Vinaigrette

Unexpected. And glorious. Plant based and gluten free. Light, and perfect for picnics or special occasions. I had an inspiration the other day, cradling the two golden beets I had just pulled from my refrigerator in my hand, not wanting to simply boil them, or roast them for that matter, but something … something different….

Yam and Azufrado Bean Hummus

I’ve had a few pounds of locally grown Colorado beans in my freezer since last October, when I bought them at a fall farmer’s market from a Greeley family farm. As you may remember, dear reader, I was gearing up for my three week Eat Local Challenge back then, ecstatic to find local beans to…