Adventures of a Cookbook

Like I preface most of my conversations about the journey of creating my cookbook Pachamama’s Beautiful Food, I begin this post with the same sentence. I have no illusions of grandeur. No thoughts of huge fame, and surely not fortune, but a joy that this long term dream of mine wriggled through the recipe filled…

Rustic squash, olive and cheddar galette … and the first snow of the season

Yesterday was beautiful … and bittersweet. The first snow of the season happened, in midst of the October eruption of golden leaves and fall prairie flowers.  The familiar changes are always, to me, a bit startling and therefore so entrancing, creating magical landscapes in the tiniest and grandest of details. The afternoon before I had…

Fresh corn, sweet pepper and basil soup

The flavors of late summer are so bright. Harvest at the farmer’s market, here in Fort Collins, Colorado. A genuine balm for the winter to come. And this soup is so simple and absolutely fresh, perfect for this fall week, taking advantage of the last of this season’s corn. You will love the flavors of…

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…

Oh Joy! Pachamama’s Beautiful Food Cookbook is coming soon!!!

I am so thrilled to share with you – my longggg term dream is becoming a reality! Dear Readers and Friends, Gluten Free Eaters and Pachamama Lovers, My first job getting paid to cook was 41 years ago at a little diner in Iowa City, Iowa.  From then to now there has been a whole…

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…