Ginger Plum Butter

  Italian plums will always remind me of my mom when we were growing up, her delight when plum season arrived in the summertime, and her two bite technique for eating these plums out of hand, deftly plucking the pit from the halved fruit and forging ahead with the second bite without a hitch. She…

Watermelon Jalapeno Slushies and Granita + a Few Good Mom Maxims

It’s been hot. Incredibly. STILL SUMMER. ūüôā 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…

Plums – under a rain soaked sky

I have been eating. Truly. I have been thinking about recipes, and making them, and then sitting down somewhere and actually eating them. But my recent move – back to the countryside ’round Paonia, Colorado from the city, has added fullness and textures and people that are being juggled, and huggled, sifted and arranged. I…

Summer Crepe Taco Stack with Bing Cherry Salsa

Excitement on a plate! Unique dessert crepe tacos – stacked in an irresistible tower for summer picnics, a lovely buffet, or just anytime…¬†These light, gluten free crepes can be held in the hand to eat! Arrange your stack as tall as you like in an alternating pattern of fruit and whipped cream filled tacos. Then…

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…

Pink Lady Apple Slaw with Toasted Fennel Seed and Lemon Oil

This simple vegan slaw contains wonderful medicinal healing ingredients, and a fresh, light flavor. With six ingredients, and about ten minutes prep time, it’s quick to prepare for a picnic or side. I’ve been experimenting cooking with organic lemon oil – usually reserved in the past for flavoring baked goods. I’ve tried it with steamed…

The April Fool’s Day Banana, along with a tasty recipe for Banana Jam

Long ago, in the cavern of time, when I was a young mom and my son was 8 or 9, there was the celebrating of every holiday together, and particular fun come April 1st. According to the scholarly words of Wikipedia: “April Fools’ Day¬†(sometimes called¬†All Fools’ Day) is an informal holiday celebrated every year on…

Cream of Roast Apple and Carrot Coconut Curry Soup

In this in-between-crazy-mixed-up-seasonal-phase here in northern Colorado, the calendar says spring, and the first garden plantings have begun. Then two nights in a row we had winter – skiffs, dustings, plus measurable snows! Irregardless, seventeen hills of high yield russet potatoes; red, yellow and white onions; snow, sugar snap and early shelling peas; plus mesclun…

God is in the Details ~ and the Christmas Pears

God – Goddess – Creator – Holy Spirit – Allah – Universal Light – is definitely in the details. However you perceive¬†the life force,¬†the movement of this un-nameable essence flows throughout everything. I pray we are moving towards that time when we realize we are all¬†believing in the same thing. And let go of the…

Haiku for a Melon

Grow mightily sweet in these dog days of summer, dream big, wee melon!

Chocolate Plum Buckle with Honey Whipped Cream

Oh, my my. Feeling decadent and rich with a sack full of fragrant plums, I decided to experiment the other night. Chocolate and spice and everything nice – gluten free, dreamy…. Summer is the time when you particularly get to choose to bake¬†– or if you are attending family reunions, perhaps get to partake –¬†of…

The Promise of Plums

The promise of plums like glowing constellations spark the midday sky      

Welcoming Bees … in the Apricot Blossoms

There is always something to be grateful for. The heady buzzing, dizzying swoop and impulses of bees. I stand near the apricot blossoms, opening today in April 3rd sun, and the bees navigate instinctively, intently, all around me, paying me no mind. What is¬†it like, guided by scent and temperature through the world? Diaphanous whir…

Bee Heaven, Elderberry Syrup, and a Sunrise Smoothie

When I first visited this amazing Paonia, Colorado home in July of 2011, and was taken into the back yard, I fell in love. The grape bower made of old tree limbs, with a¬†shady alcove to sit underneath -looking out at¬†a rich¬†garden plot beyond. And the towering bushes framing the garden, were loaded, LOADED¬†with elderberries….