Avocado Citrus Chili Shooters

I have spent a fair amount of time this week considering the avocado. Unlike anything else, avocados can really make a dish. Whether in a taco, paired with a sticky, Asian grilled meat and rice or wrapped around a beautiful piece of raw fish, they are able to transform a good dish into something really spectacular. And it is painfully obvious when they are missing and you eat each bite thinking….if only. During this avocado ponder, I thought about the various pairings that were the best and how I could isolate them in a way that showcased the avocado itself … Continue reading

    A Pile of Greens

    Food52 recently had a contest for your best recipes using hearty greens. I had a bazillion ideas, but less free time than ever and a promise to myself to do a better job with priorities. I did, however, have kale and spinach and I do have to eat and feed my family so a few recipes got through. The results of the contest are not yet published, so I will type with crossed fingers. And regardless, these are just good recipes that will continue to be in my repertoire. This first recipe is a silky, umami-rich condiment made with spinach, … Continue reading

      Adventures in VB6: Day 2

      This morning I woke up to a velvety bowl of steel cut oats that had cooked slowly overnight in the crock pot. I had made it with almond milk and water and stirred in some almond butter and maple syrup. I know the diet says no white sugar and I’m hoping a touch of maple syrup is ok and if it is not, so be it. I can’t eat oatmeal or other breakfast porridges without some sort of sweetness though I am willing to try weening to just fresh fruit. And I put milk in my coffee again and that … Continue reading

        A Genius Recipe Found, A Challenging New Diet on the Horizon

        I was browsing some recipes on Food52 this morning over coffee and was reminded of Le Bec Fin’s Genius Balsamic Fried Eggs. They looked great and I had no choice but to get up and make them right then and there. It took all of 5 minutes total and was delicious. The balsamic turns a little syrupy and melds wonderfully with the butter (reminding me of the balsamic brown butter dressing I love to make). I poured the egg and sauce onto some toasted rosemary sourdough and topped it all with fresh tarragon and a sprinkle of grated parmesan. Now … Continue reading

          Forcing Spring

          “Go home Colorado, you’re drunk” is a common phrase making the rounds these days. Slurring, telling the same old stories over and over, falling asleep mid-sentence, Denver in springtime is a mess. After what seems like a fairly boring, but long winter decorated in dead grass and bare trees we experience a schizophrenic frenzy of promising warmth and t-shirts followed by a foot of snow. Usually on the same day. Packing for my kid’s day at school requires layers of short sleeves, long sleeves, two pairs of socks, snow pants, gloves and boots. I have photos in May of our … Continue reading

            Mushroom Broth with Smoked Eggplant Dumplings

            Years ago I had a bowl of dreamy soup at Aqua in San Francisco. It was a lightly-hued lobster broth with eggplant dumplings, peas and tiny, perfectly round carrots. While I don’t remember exactly what the eggplant flavorings were, I do remember that the earthiness of the filling paired so nicely with the slightly sweet broth and I am pretty sure I made happy noises through that entire bowl. I have often wanted to try to recreate that dish, or at least make something similar. And in looking through the vegetable bin I opted for a mushroom broth which I … Continue reading

              Sweet Potato Hummus Soup with Gremolata and Lamb Sausage

              If I were a cartoon, I think I’d be depicted walking around, living life, sleeping, with various ingredients and recipe ideas fluttering around my head like a swarm of butterflies. With all the cooking magazines, cookbooks and social media feeds I browse, these butterflies carry ingredients, methods, and techniques and often collide into what eventually becomes our next dinner. And that is exactly what happened last night. It started with a slow stroll through Whole Foods looking at produce and pondering a couple meals for the week. I passed some sweet potato hummus and was tempted to get it for … Continue reading

                Breakfast on a Warmish Winter Day

                Often, for shame, I leave fruit in a bowl on the counter to the point of moldy rot or rock hard, impenetrable skin. I try, I really do, and have the best of intentions, but have yet to master the skill of peeling a cutie every night for dessert or just picking up an apple and eating it the way apples are meant to be eaten. This seems to be the case for almost any fruit. Take grapefruit. Despite the fact that I consider the grapefruit to be a smell so perfect I insisted on having one in the hospital … Continue reading

                  Getting Better at the Simple and Soulful

                  Despite the fact that I love a complex, swanky meal and can twist my brain in knots dreaming them up, I have long aspired to a simpler life. Meals involving minimal ingredients, prep, equipment, time, money. I recognize that my simple is different from a lot of people’s simple, but it’s all relative, isn’t it? And lately I have achieved some true simplicity in dishes that have surpassed my expectations in flavor, ease and overall satisfaction. So I am creating a new category to house these gems so that I can browse them occasionally and bring myself back from the … Continue reading