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…

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…

Dominguez Canyon Jalapeno Peach Hot Sauce

Peach season has come ’round again. This year, we had such a hot and cold spring that early blossoming orchards in the North Fork Valley where I live have been mostly ill-fated. But to the west, on the Colorado – Utah border, peaches have popped. Luscious, organic peaches from Dominguez Canyon …. I love to…

Perfect Picnic Thai Green Curry Pasta Salad

Thai green curry is an ongoing passion of mine. The herb-iness, the spice, the HOT, the coconut…… And, when I started to think about it, how perfect it is for outdoor summer eating adventures. Picnics. Instead of pesto in a salad. We grew a ton of basil last year as well as mint, and I…

Sugar Snap Pea, Carrot – Potato Salad with Fresh Dill and Capers

Sugar snap peas … fresh out of the garden yesterday inspired me to make this quick, lovely vegan salad. With a small, freshly pulled red onion and plenty of fresh cut dill, I was nearly set. These classic flavors are just perfect together. Potatoes are steamed until very tender, sweet carrots just a few minutes, so…

Watermelon Blueberry Gazpacho

Happy summer! I cannot even believe it has been over a month since my last post. My writing life recently veered off onto a photographing curve, (the flowers have been stunning in the morning light!) and I’ve been eating so simply (but deliciously) that recipe blog posts have really not been warranted. I first tasted…

A Magical Menu for Easter Sunday

 My son and daughter in law were able to get together with me yesterday, for the first time in a couple of months. It was great to spend time and catch up with them, cooking and laughing our time away. Went all out with a French-Italian vegetarian menu…it was so much fun creating. Took me…

Inka Chips and a Quechuan Style Ginger Avocado Dip

South America….magic realism… real magic – it’s been in my blood since I’ve been born. Back in 2000, I had the glorious good fortune to travel to Ecuador and be immersed in the Cotopaxi tribe’s culture in the Andean Highlands for a short, yet timeless time… We merged with Pachamama, sacred feminine presence of the…