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…

Grain free Gingerbread Layer Cake with Pumpkin Maple Mascarpone Frosting

I ALWAYS think I’m going to hold out on summer forever, and then – something happens… It may have something to do with pumpkins ripening – looking so earthy and appealing, and the Canadian geese honking overhead as chilly days commence. Whatever it is, gingery, spicy, pumpkin pleasures were on my mind as I conjured…

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,…

Carrot Top Pesto – “root to stem” deliciousness

Aside from the fact that carrot top pesto is just plain delicious, using the whole plant from root to stem is a thoughtful thing to do, in the theme of  Waste Not Want Not. As some of you dear readers may remember, I just took part in the 2nd annual Slow Foods Nation in Denver, Colorado, where not…

Feta Stuffed Squash Blossom Summer Casserole

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

“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 🙂 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,…

Lebanese Cheese and Watermelon Salad

Are the dog days of summer already here?? In Colorado the answer is – 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…

GF Fresh Fennel Picnic Cake with Lemon Marscapone Frosting

Ah, the warm, green days of summer … I remember you well and am hankering for your return! I began this post in the explosion of that green and expansive energy, thrilled to have inherited a community garden plot with volunteer FENNEL sprouting up and maturing several plants plus an absolutely prodigious number of seeds….