Mexican Mole’ Pumpkin Coconut Soup

This week I picked the last marigolds from the garden, and harvested lots of fennel seed, chives and thyme. Loads of tomatoes, beets too, and butternut squash. With a chill in the air, and now having weathered our first snow of the season, my yearly reluctance to jump into autumn is fading a little, because…

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…

Grilled Zucchini Sausage Pie

Is your garden producing any morning glory tipi takeovers? (I love mine!) Or how about Zucchinis Of Unusual Size?  Hmmm, yes. Zucchinis Of Unusual Size are a common phenomena with just about anyone who plants a garden. And while I didn’t grow zucchini this season (I’ve got sunburst pattypan and butternut squashes, and pickling cucumbers…

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…

Grain-free! The Perfect Almond Flour Bundt Cake

I have been so excited to finally, FINALLY bake with almond flour, and that moment actually arrived when I had the perfect occasion. My housewarming party. 🙂 I am loving my new environs, and couldn’t wait to celebrate and entertain a few friends. I was going all out in a smallish way, without a lot…

Saturday Snow + New Potato and Leek Frittata with Spicy Greens and Feta

My eyes drank in the sunrise, waking slowly on this snowy Saturday morning. Freezing cold and spectacular the colors glowed, making my heart quiver as I absorbed in all this beauty. I made some strong coffee and began assembling breakfast. A big, delicious frittata. **I want to share with you that on my birthday this…

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,…

Grilled Vegetable Ratatouille with French Pistou

There are two main styles of cooking, as my eyes see it today. One celebrates the simple purity of the ingredients and aims to let each one shine through in a merged state of clarity with the others. The other style contains more emphasis on stylistic appeal, sophistication, complexity – not to mention ambition. Both…

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…