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Late Winter or Early Spring Dinner


We’ve been having some really dry, warm weather here in Boulder. Then the temperature drops and clouds form and I think, “Oh please snow!”  While the rest of the country has been experiencing winter, we here have been eerily deprived of winter. Thus the title of the menu. My sister-in-law came to dinner and I needed […]

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Aussie Foodie Donna Hay


Donna Hay is one of my flavorista icons simply because her magazine and her cookbooks make you want to cook – immediately! From Austrailia, she has been instrumental in leading the culinary trail there. She started her career in publishing at Marie Claire magazine. Now with 17 books under her belt (3.3 million books sold worldwide) […]

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Brownie Drops Everyone will love


These little gems were the result of an experiment with the coconut flour that I learned about from Elana’s Pantry.   The coconut flour or almond meal can be purchased from Bob’s Red Mill.  I made these with almond meal as well and they were equally as decadent and lovely. You need a pastry bag or a large ziplock in […]

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Umami – The 5th Taste


 The Fifth Taste is a cookbook but most importantly it describes the alluring fact that there is a another taste beyond sweet, salty, sour and bitter. Hard to discern and elusive to many American palettes,umami is the undescribable element of a things like oysters, shitake mushrooms, tamari, worchestershire sauce, fish sauce and Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese. Umami taste comes […]

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Paula Wolfert


Admittedly, I have too many cookbooks, but in my defense I do use them all. My cookbooks allow me to journey the world through food. Paula Wolfert is one of my most revered cookbook authors. She is an amazing researcher and loves the food that I also enjoy cooking. Mediterranean Grains & Greens has a plethora […]

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Interesting Things to do with Cauliflower, Part I

Interesting Things to do with Cauliflower, Part I

So I’m sure the title of this post has everyone salivating for the next great thing to do with this much “loved” member of the brassica family.  I think I can hear all of you running into the kitchen right now.  Nutritionally, there are very good reasons to eat cauliflower. Not only does it contain folate, […]

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Homemade Nutella (aka Gianduja)


     The Boulder Daily Camera had a wonderful recipe this week for gianduja – more popularly known as Nutella. Amy Scattergood confirmed what I thought to be true: The Nutella that they sell in the U.S. is different from that which is made in Europe. My first trip to France as a teenager with few […]

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How’d that get on my plate?


The Food Network show featuring Sunny Anderson, “How’d that get on My Plate?” is a great peek into how so many foods make it to the grocery store and ultimately onto our plates.  I loved the episode on “Super Sweet Corn” and I applaud the Food Network for airing such an entertaining (and educational) show.  […]

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The Ultimate Party Starter: Caramelized Bacon


Caramelized Bacon –  My mother first told me about caramelized bacon she had at a catered affair in NYC, she recalls it perfectly because some of the bacon fell into her favorite clothes that she bought from Fifth Collection Celine. She was immediately smitten and hounded the caterer for the recipe. While it isn’t rocket science, […]

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Ode to All Things Bacon


I know am not alone in my love of bacon. It’s probably the reason why I could never really be a vegetarian. I have a work colleague who has been a vegetarian for decades but says that when he goes to Vegas, he eats bacon. His reasoning: “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.” Elite […]

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