Artichoke, Lemon and Hazelnut Tagliatelle

artichoke, lemon and hazelnut pasta

I bet you thought I'd gone missing.  There have been moments, this past summer of chaos, I often entertained the thought of going missing.  Or hiding under a rock somewhere. Maybe hiding at my sister's house, poolside, sipping a pretty pink … [Read more...]

Sweet Baby Peas and Mushroom Pappardelle tossed in Sherry Cream

spring peas and mushroom pappardelle in sherry cream sauce

Assorted lush shades of green encompass the landscape this time of year.  Spring, a time of revival, renewal and start over’s.  Yes, start over’s.  As in something keeps eating the spring greens in my garden, so now I have to start over. At least … [Read more...]

Herbed Quinoa Salad

quinoa salad with fresh herbs, aromatics and Asian dressing

Over the years I've had the pleasure of meeting several culinary, health and nutrition professionals.  Brilliant individuals who have grown their passions into successful careers and practices.  One such professional is Frances Arnold, a Registered … [Read more...]

Fresh Spinach, Arugula and Lemon Risotto

spinach, arugula and lemon risotto

One of my chicken gals laid an egg today!  Yes, I splattered the good news all over facebook, instagram, and twitter. After my little social media blitz, I joyously announced the good news to my two sassy gals.  To which the reply was less than … [Read more...]

A Little Spring Love

lemon, cilantro, olive oil, garlic, hummus

The song birds have begun their annual melodies of sweet tunes announcing the arrival of spring. Each morning, at the break of dawn, It sounds like a festival of  little bird choirs outside my window. Making me smile as I slowly wake, I listen … [Read more...]

Simple Is Sometimes The Most Delicious

Roasted Cauliflower Fettuccine with Garlic Bechamel and Toasted Pine Nuts

It begins with fresh, naturally grown ingredients.  Clean flavors,  bright colors or even brilliant whites.  Like waking up to a new snow that’s settled on the frozen ground. I like white.  Ask Ranger Craig.  He’ll tell you I have an obsession … [Read more...]

A Delicious New Year!

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One of my favorite things to do, is share the love of good food.  Being in the culinary business, I’m constantly surrounded by fabulous foodies, inspiring chef’s, passionate farmer’s, rancher’s and food artisans and in general, really great people.  … [Read more...]

Roasted Pumpkin Risotto

roasted pumpkin risotto

I probably have 20 different methods of preparing risotto.  Mostly because that's the one dish my youngest gal always requests. Suzie Q will request risotto for her birthday dinner, when she's sick, when she scores a perfect 100 on an exam, when … [Read more...]

Butternut Squash and Swiss Chard Lasagna

Butternut Squash and Swiss Chard Lasagna

The enchanting colors of Autumn are beginning to make their appearance. The beautiful colors remind me of harvest and make me crave Beef Barley soup, squash and hearty leafy greens and sometimes grilled cheese and apple butter on dark … [Read more...]

5 Sassy Sides

sweet potatoes

“A side dish, is a side dish, is a side dish”, said one of my sassy gals.  Until, of course, she tasted one of my sassy sides. A sassy side can rev up dinner and make it take off to new heights.  Especially when fresh, lovely produce is … [Read more...]

Spicy Gazpacho

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It seems chilled soups have made a comeback this summer and I must say I’m smitten.  I’ve always been a fan of the room temp or chilled concoction, mostly because that's when fresh ingredients taste strongest in flavor. Maybe that’s why I … [Read more...]

Roasted Mini Pepper and Fresh Basil Relish over Grilled Salmon

Roasted Mini Pepper and Fresh Basil Relish

My youngest gal told me this morning that I talk about food all the time. Really? This, after my subtle launch into why we don’t consume sugary chocolate cupcakes on an empty morning tummy.  (can you see her eyes rolling?) I know, I know, once … [Read more...]