Blueberry topped lemon curd tarts

A Dozen Recipes for Labor Day Weekend Cooking

While fall officially arrives on September 22nd, the unofficial goodbye to summer in the US is Labor Day weekend. The kids are back in school and Labor Day is the last hot three-day holiday weekend until Thanksgiving. Labor Day’s origins are about celebrating the American worker’s contribution to society, although I’m not sure the idea…

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10 Authentic Brazilian Recipes for the 2016 Olympics

With the 2016 Olympics opening in Brazil on August 6th, I thought it would be fun to cook a Brazilian dinner for opening night. After peeking through my recipes, I realized I have never cooked any Brazilian food. I’ve eaten it in restaurants, but never cooked it at home. I find that a little sad, since…

Sauteed Cabbage and Leeks with Pancetta

I’ve seen more varieties of cabbage in Ireland, then anywhere else in the world that I’ve been. The Irish love their cabbage. And I love both the Irish and their cabbage. Ireland is full of happy, cheerful people who greet strangers on the street with a smile and a kind conversation. I think it’s because…

Roasted Golden Beet Salad with Dijon Vinaigrette

12 Easy Last Minute Side Dishes

Thanksgiving is right around the corner and the December holidays are not far behind, so I decided to compile a list of some quick and easy side dishes that you can make at the last-minute and still impress your mother-in-law. 1. Buttery, Warm Southern Cornbread Just sweet enough to make everyone happy. Just make sure you…

Roasted Carrot Fries

Roasted Carrot Fries

I love the sweet, crunchiness of carrots. Toss in the different colored tastes and flavors of heirloom carrots and I am even more in heaven. Today, I am sharing a simple recipe for roasted carrot fries. Such a great replacement for French fries and so much more flavor. Eat them plain or make an aioli…

Finished Caramelized Onions

Back to the Basics: Caramelized Onions

As you know, we are traveling to Europe for a year, starting in late September. We have stayed in different locations around Denver for the past few months, so cooking sometimes becomes a chore and not a love. I must say it has been great practice for when we get overseas. We have learned A…

Roux

Back to the Basics: Roux

Roux is am important part of cooking for me. It is the beginning of the béchamel sauce that makes my mac-n-cheese thick and creamy. It thickens my soups and green chili. It is also the base to beautiful gravies. Roux simply is a combination of equal parts liquid fat to flour. The purist version is…