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Split Pea Soup with Red Wine and Ham

Split Pea Soup with Red Wine and Ham |

Winter is a quiet season for a Colorado Locavore.  Unless one has resources who greenhouse grow (fortunately I know some farmers who do) our task is to live from our stores from the fall.  This generally means a lot of root vegetables, winter squash, apples, pears (though those pears stored are probably about out now) […]

20+ Gluten-Free Game Day Recipes

20 + Gluten-Free Game Day Recipes

As I’ve been reading about the possible last minute move of the Super Bowl due to expected inclement weather, it struck me what a big deal that would be.  I’m not just speaking of those spending several thousand dollars on tickets and travel but the tradition of it all.  ‘Super Bowl Sunday’ is one click […]

Crock Pot Garlic Chicken and a The Fresh 20 Giveaway!

Fresh 20 Crockpot Garlic Chicken #glutenfree Meal -

This time of year is crazy.  For me personally I’m juggling kids with three after school activities in opposite directions, finishing at different times, and an unending list of appointments for my family, me and my house.  And though I am a food blogger, I’ll admit on many days I feel like a deer caught […]

Spicy Garlic Sriracha Shrimp and Broccoli Stir Fry

Spicy Garlic Sriracha Shrimp and Broccoli Stir Fry -

Immediately after making this recipe (and devouring a few shrimp), I called a longtime girlfriend and left a message:  “why are we not making stir-fry e.v.e.r.y. DAY?!”  I love this dish.  Spicy, garlicky shrimp and crunchy broccoli fit for a Chinese food restaurant menu.  It’s not saucy but rather delivers the aromatic flavors straight-up, no […]

Gluten-Free Birthday Cakes: 20 Recipes & Cool Tips

Gluten-Free Birthday Cakes |

It’s birthday season in our household which means I need to gear up to bake gluten-free birthday cakes galore!  Most gluten-eaters do not realize the luxury of ordering a birthday cake from a local bakeshop or grocery store.  For some who are gluten-free, there are local bakeries offering gluten-free options (though often very expensive) but […]

20 {Gluten-Free} Cinco de Mayo Food & Drink Recipes

20 Gluten-Free Cinco de Mayo Food & Drink Recipes |

I cannot think of a cuisine in the United States that has a more broad appeal than Mexican food.  Granted my locality lends itself to an abundance of good Mexican food with influence from the Southwest as well.  I think for me discovering my love for the spicy, earthy flavors so young it’s my ‘go […]

Lemony Romanesco with Pine Nuts

Lemony Romanesco with Pine Nuts -

Though we are still getting dumps of snow, spring IS in the air.  There are subtle signs.  The snow quality is far wetter.  The duration it stays on the ground is fleeting, immediately melting on the pavement signaling enough warmth that winter is no longer welcome.  Most importantly the temperature between the snow showers feels […]

Baked Brie with Maple-Pumpkin Butter, Honey, Marcona Almonds and Pepitas

Baked Brie, Maple-Pumpkin Butter, Honey, Marcona Almonds, Pepitas -

This elegant, taste-of-fall Baked Brie could not be a more simple or fantastic appetizer!  Keep a secret?  It can be whipped up in about 20 minutes.  No one will ever know how easy it is! Along with cooler weather comes more entertaining.  Casual gatherings, dinner parties, holiday parties all prompt the need for innovative recipes […]

Roasted Pumpkin and Cannellini Bean soup

Roasted Pumpkin and Cannellini Bean Soup |

  They say you have to introduce a new food to a Toddler approximately 20 times before they’ll take a liking to it.  I find adults no different when it comes to shifting their palate.  What I mean by this is once you’ve taken to eating a lot of the same kind of food (e.g. […]

Calypso Bean Soup cookbook: Anasazi Bean and Roasted Chile Soup recipe and GIVEAWAY!


Last fall I introduced you to cookbook author, Lesa Heebner (click here for more info).  In a nutshell she lives in Southern California and was leading small cooking classes in her home featuring fresh, local, seasonal ingredients long before people were sporting t-shirt with slogans encouraging the same behavior.  She’d travel out to different farms […]

Slow Cooker Black Bean & Ham Soup with Cumin

Slow Cooker Black Bean & Ham Soup with Cumin-

I am of the belief that often the more simple food is the best.  In the cold weather months, rustic recipes always tug at my food sensibilities like an irresistible child begging for me to come along on one of their meanders.  I’m never disappointed.  Hearty flavors, chunky textures and some healthy, whole ingredients always […]

Yankee Beware Soup

Yankee Beware Soup |

Today is World Diabetes Day and at the prompting of fellow writer/blogger Carolyn Ketchum, author of the blog All Day I Dream About Food, I am participating in an effort to raise awareness about Diabetes through sharing information and a recipe.  Carolyn herself is diabetic and I’ve marveled at her nimble ease with integrating alternative […]

Spiralized Broccoli-Stem Carrot Slaw with Dried Cranberries

Spiralizer Broccoli-Stem Carrot Slaw with Dried Cranberries & Sunflower Seeds -

I’ve made no secret of my obsession with my Spiralizer* and creating delicious, fun recipes using it. I’ve challenged myself to use it and create a new recipe at least once a week.  I prowl the produce section of the grocery store considering the texture of every fruit and vegetable as my next conquest. I […]

Read Your Ingredient Labels and Check Your Expiration Dates People!

After all the Halloween mayhem subsided Sunday night, the culling through candy began.  When I was growing up the most menacing issue in my small town was whether someone stuck a razor blade in an apple.  We were free to have our candy and any fruit taken to the local hospital to be x-rayed before […]

Chicken Salad with Dried Cranberries and Almonds & Summer Picnic Lemonade Cocktail


During the summer my kids swim on a summer swim team.  I did also as a child and again in High School.  It’s a very fun summer sport with families setting up personal tents side by side to shield the beastly sun and catch up after the long chilly months of no contact. There is […]

Santa Goes Local for Christmas


It’s always felt funny to me when adults recount their Christmas holidays by listing everything ‘they got’.    Having said that I could not resist sharing some of my stocking stuffings for the local finds they are (not to talk about ‘what I GOT’!).  Very exciting and definitely got my local mojo going for the next season […]

Smokin’ Volcano Chocolate Cake (with GF option) and a Sneaky Tiki cocktail

Smoking Volcano Cake |

Normally I’m quite studious when approaching this recipe swap.  This month, however, I was stumped about the original recipe, ‘Busy Day’ Wacky Cake, as its ‘wackiness’ totally eluded me.  Fortunately fellow swapper Jennifer of The Adventuresome Kitchen popped to the forefront, breaking the code for all of us.  She explained the method behind the madness […]

Candy Cane Hot Cocoa Pops

Candy Cane Hot Cocoa Pops. Swirl this pop in a cup of hot milk for rich, creamy peppermint hot chocolate. With printable gift labels!

I’m finding myself circling around my holiday preparation this year rather than diving right in.  I have covered our Countdown to Christmas box contents.  I made sure St. Nicholas knew where the kids’ shoes were on the night of December 5th so he could fill them (wink).  And then it all comes to a full […]

DIY Orange Coconut Oil Sugar Scrub {all natural homemade gift idea}

DIY Homemade Orange Coconut Oil Sugar Scrub with free Printable labels -

My hands look about 164 years old.  Ok, that IS an exaggeration.  Not a day over 153.  We have entered the time of year, certainly in Colorado, where it feels that the moisture Gods have packed up for the season and headed to Florida or some other place that is more forgiving on skin.  It’s […]