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. ๐Ÿ™‚ Take a quick peek:     Then I had to celebrate with all the vegetables I brought home. As I said on my Garden Mandala postย earlier today, “Point me to a garden plot in late February and I’ll…

Lebanese Cheese and Watermelon Salad

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

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…

Eat Local Challenge : Grilled Corn and Chevre Stuffed Poblano Chilies

Slow Food International’s Eat Local Challenge continues and I am getting caught up on my posts! Going to the Farmer’s Market down town Fort Collins, Colorado was even sweeter as I encountered this amazing mural just across the street. The autumn mood was definitely present and influencing my choices for dinner that evening. There’s a…

Grilled Colorado Peach Caprese Salad

Colorado peaches are a treasure. Grown on the spectacular western slope of the state, the peach blossoms sometimes, some years, encounter spring snows, freezing the blossoms and wiping out the seasons’ harvests. So those blooms that make it, create a sublime peach that knows both cool night temperatures as are par usual, as well as…

Cooking with the Muse – a lovely warm book review for a cold, cold day

An unexpected gift turned out to be a lovely treasure. Thanks to an inquiry about finding an agent for my own upcoming cookbook Pachamama’s Beautiful Food, I was serendipitously connected with culinary book agent Lisa Ekus, and within one email, read I was being gifted a copy of this rightfully described SUMPTUOUS ย book. I had…