Tomato Nirvana: Heirloom Tomato, Basil and Goat Cheese Tortilla Pizzas

Here in Colorado we have finally reached peak tomato ecstasy. I think for me it is truly a deep down, ingrained, hereditary love. Of tomatoes. A gift of tomatoes is a treasure indeed. Hot off the vine. Recently, from my plants and from my CSA share, I happily, gratefully gleaned purple Cherokees, Valencias, Green Zebras,…

Celebrating What Is, Including Lots of Kale, and Saag Panir

Celebrating what is. Each morning we get to wake up and decide what we cook up to place on our plate of life. I love and appreciate all the seasons, but summer, oh summer, is so easy to celebrate. Even amidst some hardships this season: super-strained knees, and a foot bent out of shape for…

A Midsummer Night’s Nicoise

It’s pure summer love. My inspiration began when I noticed the green beans in the garden were getting big enough to pick. And a few tomatoes gleamed from deep in their foliage. Salad Nicoise with a few liberties. You know, that French dish from long ago? Here’s to a  little breaking with tradition. What’s ripening…

Two Step Fresh from the Garden Thai Style Coconut Curry

I hope all your garden dreams are coming true this summer. It’s just about my favorite place to be, and favorite thing to do: garden as noun and garden as verb. ❤ This summer we seem to be blessed with few varmints in the garden, grateful for that. For this particular batch of curry, I did…

Grilled Asparagus, Balsamic Beet and Grapefruit Mixed Green Salad

  We’ve definitely entered into the salad days of summer. And northern Colorado has been hot, hot hot. I’ll bet it has been where you are too… though today begins in a gray, overcast kind of way, and that feels mighty refreshing. I created this salad, actually, back in March – in a spring kind…

Garden of Joy … and Coconut Milk Chipotle Ranch Dressing

My spirits are rejuvenated every time I head to the garden – this amazing space I’m sharing with friends. Here’s but a few of the delights coming on in full beauty this last June day. So much to be grateful for. To have this space to breathe in, and connect with. And once we’ve poked…

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…