Roger’s Tree

Roger’s Tree, Geneva, Ohio. When my husband Roger transitioned from this life, his cousins Dean and Ruth gifted the family a baby blue spruce. On Saturday, 34 years later, I got to stand beneath it, hold its living needles, smell it’s piney fragrance. The tree is at least 20 feet tall, healthy and beautiful, and…

May Day – Seeing Green in the garden

Gardening is embedded in my DNA, and reverberating in my heart. Growing, tending, dreaming, harvesting, cooking, sharing. Such bliss …. And another season of delight is beginning once again. This year’s garden is sprouting! Purple Peruvian potatoes … and the Red Sangres – Red and white, alternately planted onions. I bought these, and all the…

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….

Gratitude, New Year’s Sunrise, and a marvelous platter of leftovers

Wishing you all, and all beings, a night and life with warmth, security, love and Light. Happy New Year! Last year I started a new tradition – getting out and up to view new year’s day sunrise from Horsetooth Reservoir, in the Colorado foothills just minutes from my home. This second “first light” watching the…

Quinoa Flour Pumpkin & Chocolate Bread

I’ve been having a grand time testing this beautiful bread with different flour blends, and to me, this quinoa flour version creates the best: a fabulous, nutty bread with lovely, cake-like texture. The added bonus is grinding the quinoa flour myself, in my trusty coffee grinder. (I grind mine on the “fine” grind option, twice….

Reflections on #EatLocalChallenge : Day 21

Thanks to Slow Food International‘s 3 week #EatLocal challenge, I have become so much more connected to the community where I live, Fort Collins, Colorado, USA. We live just east of the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, here, at 4900 some odd feet above sea level, in the north eastern part of the state. As…

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…