Ah….Thai Peanut Sauce! Recipe

Ah….Thai Peanut Sauce!
Do you want to know what is stupid good?  (I don’t care for the term stupid – it’s actually prohibited in our home but I am quoting one of my students here). Thai Peanut Sauce. Ah, Thai Peanut Sauce.  Not only it is irresistible and totally worthy of eating right out of the blender it is surprisingly versatile.  I don’t remember where or how I came up with the recipe but this recipe rocks.  Seriously rocks.  Assuming you are ok with peanuts and cilantro.  If you are allergic to legumes or think cilantro tastes like soap, stop here. Read no further.  I can’t imagine making this sauce without either.  I ...

Do the Twist

Do the Twist
Remember the Play-Doh Fuzzy Pumper Barber and Beauty Shop crazy hair growing set from the 1970’s? Well, after two years of collecting dust on the shelf, I finally whipped out my spiralizer and flashed back to the 70’s while making zucchini noodles. Fun times! Check out my food column in The Daily Sentinel for more details….

Side in a Snap

Side in a Snap
It was discussed, but we never quite committed to attend the after school BBQ at my daughter’s elementary school as we have two kids; one in middle and one in elementary.  Commitments can be challenging sometimes.  When my husband is around, we divide and conquer.  The day before, we learned we could attend, so I quickly RSVP’d and signed up for a side dish then completely tossed the food idea out of my mind. The day of, we ran in circles taking care of last day of school business in addition to the craziness of let’s pack our gear and get out town for five days details.  Our lives were ...

Simply Asparagus

simply asparagus
During this morning’s hike there was no doubt that spring was in the air. The air was crisp, the sun was bold and there was trace evidence of warmth among the dirt and rocks. After the hike, I ran into the market to grab a few items and what do I see front and center? Beautiful spring asparagus! Now I know asparagus is not quite emerging on our ditch banks yet here in Colorado (the tags did say Mexico) but nonetheless, I was feeling it and made the purchase. I don’t remember loving asparagus as a child. I can not recall when the affair started but now I can not ...

Favorite “Oldies but Goodies” Recipe

juicy steak
We all have routines in the kitchen which tend to include the “go to” meals that can be considered last resort, quick, or so familiar that it takes no mental energy to throw together.  In our house I would have to say that pasta and burritos fall into that category.  However, sometimes I sit down to the computer and skim through my online recipes and discover an “oldie but goody” that we have not had in a some time, then bam! Suddenly an old familiar simple dish becomes remarkable due to its absence.  Not too unlike a loved one taking a vacation for you to realize how much you miss them. Welcome back Brown ...

Culinary Reads: “Kitchens of the Great Midwest” by J. Ryan Stradal

Culinary Reads Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal
You may have seen, heard or read some of the hype surrounding the One Book, One Mesa County book selection this year. If not, you should look in to it. I was excited to hear that the book for 2016 was a culinary read — “Kitchens of the Great Midwest” by J. Ryan Stradal — and could not think of a better selection to draw people together than a book about food.

2015 Christmas Feast

2015 Christmas Feast
2015 Christmas Menu: Avocado Crème Filled Eggs with Pomegranate Arils Gravlax on Rye Toasts with a Mustard Dill Cream Winter Pomegranate Salad with Fig Vinaigrette Bulgur Wheat Salad with Fresh Herbs, Lemon and Pomegranate Seeds Whole Roasted Prime Rib Brandy Au Jus Horseradish crème Fraiche Truffled Yukon Gold Mashed Potatoes Red Wine and Rosemary Roasted Cipollini Onions Roasted Root Medley

Fall is Approaching Fast

Fall is Approaching Fast
Mondays and Tuesdays are my busiest days in the kitchen menu planning.  Here is what I was working on today…I am tired!  But I love fall!! Simple and Rustic Apple Galette with Warm Caramel Pork Tenderloin stuffed with Sweetened Pears and Porchetta Plated Butternut Squash Risotto with Parmesan, Nutmeg and Fresh Sage Fresh Swiss Chard Salad I love all that fall has to offer! Think figs, mushrooms, apples, pears, quince, caramel, pumpkins, squashes, and more!

Palisade Peaches Why do I always buy so many?

Palisade Peaches – Why do I always buy so many?
  A peach is a peach, or is it?A Palisade Peach is not just a peach. Ask anyone from Western Colorado or anyone who has ever tasted a fresh Palisade Peach and they will tell you tales of plump, juicy, colorful tree ripened peaches that you can not resist. I moved to Colorado 20 years ago, tasted my first Palisade Peach and quickly decided I had never tasted a peach so supreme. I always look forward to peach season and fall victimto the temptations of the peach stands on every street corner. I can not just buy one peach or two or a evenbag. No, I haveto buy a box ...
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