Holiday Gifts

Brown Sugar, Rosemary and Cayenne Candied Red Walnuts

Brown Sugar, Rosemary and Cayenne Candied Walnuts October 27, 2014

For too many years I only used walnuts because, well, because I don’t know why to be honest. I never loved them; thinking they had an inherent bitterness that bothered me and since I loved pecans I would often just substitute them for walnuts when making something and I never heard a rallying cry from […]

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Pumpkin Spice Popcorn

Pumpkin Spice Popcorn - Cinnamon, Sugar, Nutmeg and Ginger add an extra dimension to buttered popcorn October 23, 2014

I love popcorn. Period. I even love movie popcorn with that awful butter. I love caramel corn and popcorn drizzled with white and dark chocolate. I even made popcorn once with a bourbon caramel drizzle. But the truth is that even though some of those sinful creations are FANTASTIC, the real nitty gritty is that […]

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Boiled Cider Syrup and a Ciderhouse Whiskey Cocktail

Boiled Cider Syrup and a Ciderhouse Cocktail October 10, 2014

In certain parts of apple country, most notably western New England and along the eastern slope of the Blue Ridge Mountains, a long-favored tradition was the making of boiled cider. From the colonial period until the 1920s, wherever orchards proliferated, this syrup was a pantry staple, a general-purpose sweetener that cooks reached for in the […]

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Bahlsen Waffeletten Espresso Cake with Espresso Chocolate Caramel

Bahlsen Waffeletten Espresso Cake with Espresso Chocolate Caramel September 8, 2014

  I’m grateful I was asked to bake a cake this week. For this first time in forever, my daughter does not live in the same town I do and her birthday is this coming Sunday, September 14th. September is actually the No 1 birthday month and the single most popular date for birthdays all […]

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Coors Beer Bread

Coors Beer Bread July 17, 2014

I’m bringing this post about Colorado Beer Bread out of archives today for one reason…I made this bread recently and when I decided I wanted to post about it I found I already had. Twelve years ago. No photos, just recipe. I have a lot of those from the days when I was simply keeping […]

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Brown Butter and Molasses Chocolate Chip Cookies

Brown Butter and Molasses Chocolate Chip Cookies June 19, 2014

Really…I’m not on a tangent about BESTS all of a sudden, it just happens that after a discussion on how I best like to make mashed potatoes that I wanted to post these cookies. I have tried so many recipes that people proclaim as the best. Whether they really think they are or are simply […]

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Maple, Bourbon and Balsamic Caramel Sauce

Maple, Bourbon and Balsamic Caramel Sauce December 19, 2013

Caramel Sauce…love it or hate it? Truth is it wasn’t until the other night that I met someone who doesn’t care for it. I immediately put my hand to his forehead to see if he was feverish; that could have been the ONLY excuse right? Why yes, I am talking about you Nate! What I […]

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Best of Holiday Cocktails featuring Hot Buttered Rum

Best of Holiday Cocktails featuring Hot Buttered Rum December 6, 2013

I love making cocktails over the holidays; everything about them is festive. Pretty, red, sparkling and filled with the scents and colors of the season. Cranberry, pomegranate and champagne are balanced with the indulgences we allow ourselves during this season when a warm drink with tequila, hot chocolate or coffee fills the bill perfectly. I […]

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My Favorite Christmas Cookies Include Pecan Butter Balls + More!

Pecan Butter Balls December 4, 2013

I first posted about these cookies a couple of years ago; back when my dog was my most loyal reader. Since today is National Cookie Day I thought it perfect to offer them again along with other holiday favorites. I love these cookies and so does everyone I make them for so timing was perfect […]

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Pumpkin Beer Bread with Pumpkin and Honey Butter for #FallFest

Thumbnail image for Pumpkin Beer Bread with Pumpkin and Honey Butter for #FallFest October 3, 2013

One of the first regional foods I made when I moved to Colorado over 25 years ago had nothing to do with chiles or fajitas; elk or antelope. Nope…it was for Coors Beer Bread. I had never seen nor heard of a bread made with beer and though I was not a big fan of […]

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Brown Sugar and Chocolate Chip Pound Cake with Maple-Espresso Glaze

Brown Sugar and Chocolate Chip Pound Cake with Maple-Espresso Glaze September 5, 2013

I wanted to pull this post out of archives and give it a once again. Why? Well, I made it for a Labor Day barbecue and it was just raved over and I thought that maybe, just maybe…someone new might love it as much as we did! It was also interesting to read this post […]

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Salted Chocolate English Toffee with Toasted Almonds

Salted Chocolate English Toffee with Toasted Almonds for a Homemade Father's Day Gift June 10, 2013

I’ve loved toffee since I can remember…I mean I actually remember when my mom would take me to the neighborhood ‘five and dime’ and all I wanted (and begged for) was a Heath bar. Every. Single. Time. True confessions? I took one once when she said no and put it in my pocket. I had […]

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Citrus and Vanilla Bean Butter from the book ‘Flavored Butters’ by Lucy Vaserfirer

Citrus and Vanilla Bean Butter from the book 'Flavored Butters' by Lucy Vaserfirer May 7, 2013

This was a tough assignment for sure; this reviewing of a book all about compound butters. First there was the huge effort of deciding sweet or savory…that was almost unfair so I decided to try both before making a decision. One savory version using caramelized onions was terrific; we used it on baked potatoes and […]

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‘Irish Coffee’ Cake and a Great Cause for Children – St. Baldrick’s Foundation

Irish Coffee Cake with Irish Whiskey and Espresso March 4, 2013

I first published this post a couple of years ago and thinks it’s worth sharing again. Yes, this is now something that hits closer to home but it also hits family’s everywhere and I’ve long had such great respect for what St. Baldrick’s does in the fight against cancer; I did a fundraiser for them […]

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How to Make Dulce de Leche (Cow Milk) or Cajeta (Goat Milk) Caramel

How to Make Dulce de Leche or Cajeta (Goat Milk) Caramel January 30, 2013

If you recall, I recently tried my hand at making goat cheese. I loved it but with almost 5 gallons of goat milk remaining in the freezer, I had a burning desire to make something else…and it didn’t take a lot of convincing for me to turn to Cajeta. Dulce de Leche (milk candy) is […]

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