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…

Roast Beet Caprese, and a Cup of Sangria

Every once in a while I have to throw a party. And go all out. Everybody dropped by that were in the neighborhood. You may remember — salivating — along with my friends when you saw this rose tea infused deglet noor date chocolate fudge in a post awhile back. And after a cup or two…

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…

Dark Chocolate and Date Oat Flour Muffins

I had gone long weeks without any sweets – other than apples, bananas and carrots – and that was grand. But I was ready to bite into a cakey, muffiny pleasure. I must confess, in all my gluten free days, I had never baked with oat flour. To be sure, unless the oats be gluten…

Winter Solstice Blessings, Love … and Pfeffernusse

From my hearth to your heart Winter solstice is a time of love. Speak it, think it, be it, do it. Let it shine! Stay filled with Light in this time of darkness. And while you’re at it, it’s a lovely time to bake some cookies. Pfeffernusse Besides being one of my favorite cookies to pronounce,…

A Fish Tale ~ Colorado Kokanee Salmon

The alarm went off at 3:30 am and I truly leapt out of bed. Excited for an early morning adventure – I poured fresh brewed coffee into my mug, gathered my cooler and coat, then hit the road. I was driving through the dark morning hours up Highway 133 in southwest Colorado, making the right…

Roast Pepper Potato Salad with Basil and Pearl Mozzarella

Where I live, we may have in no uncertain terms, officially reached the Dog Days of Summer some steamy afternoon during the last couple of weeks. But the garden is mightily loving the heat. I was out of town for 6 days, and came back to huge changes – a few dozen Japanese eggplants popping forth from…

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…

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…