Colorful Roasted Spiralized Carrots with Mint and Dill

Spiralized Roasted Carrots with Mint and Dill  -  BoulderLocavore.comSpring seems to have sprung with buds on trees, daffodils popping up and new foods appearing at grocery stores.  Farmer’s Markets are quickly starting up in areas with more seasonal climates (unlike California which enjoys them all year round!).  I personally feel a surge of energy when the season changes.  Something about more light filling my house that makes it impossible to sit still for me.  I want to start planning my summer food garden, clean my house, get outdoors and cook light, flavorful foods.

Spiralized Colorful Spring Carrots  -  BoulderLocavore.com

The emergence of colorful foods after winter always get my attention.  With an eye toward Easter meals, I love the idea of a light carrot dish featuring fresh herbs.  Loving anything spiralized for the unique presentation, ease of preparation, healthy and quick cooking, made it a clear choice to transform some beautiful colorful carrots into an easy Spiralized Roast Carrots with Mint and Dill recipe.  The carrots are roasted for about 5 minutes allowing their natural sweetness to emerge still leaving them with a nice texture as well (not mushy!).

Spiralized Roasted Carrots with Mint and Dill  -  BoulderLocavore.com

I’m noticing at my favorite local markets that bags of each full size and baby carrots are becoming available in assorted carrot varieties.  Dragon Carrots are one of my favorites.  They are a deep purple tone and once cut, they surprise with a bright yellow core sometimes ringed with orange.  They add a beautiful touch to a meal and I find the intrigue prompts kids to eat more of them too!

This recipe may be made with traditional orange carrots and will be equally delicious!  I used a combination of Dragon Carrots, coral-colored carrots, yellow carrots and traditional orange carrots to keep the dish a bright focus on the dining table.

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How to Make a Grumpy Cat Cake

How to Make a Grumpy Cat Cake - BoulderLocavore.com

I’m feeling very sheepish about this blog post.  It really was never intended to be. Last month my son turned 12 and suffice it to say he’s obsessed with Grumpy Cat.  In the event you’ve missed Grumpy Cat (and maybe the viral odyssey of whether ‘the dress’ is blue and black or white and gold), whose real name is Tardar Sauce, she is a petite Siamesey looking cat sporting an under bite and feline dwarfism, leaving her with a permanent scowl.   In most cases we’d feel pity for the poor dear but Grumpy Cat is said to be worth $100 million (though her ex-waitress owner claims it’s less), has over 7 million ‘likes’ on her Facebook page and can be seen everywhere from the Wall Street Journal to the premiere of the Disney movie Cinderella, complete with a mini set of Mickey Mouse ears on.  Her … {continue reading}

Spicy Southwestern Steak Stir Fry with Cilantro-Lime Rice

Spicy Southwestern Steak Stir Fry with Cilantro-Lime Rice - BoulderLocavore.com

I have been loving making quick stir fry dishes lately.  Selecting fresh seasonal ingredients, favorite protein sources and preparing a scrumptious meal in less than 30 minutes.  When I recently shared Spicy Garlic Sriracha Shrimp and Broccoli Stir Fry, I was kicking myself for not making stir fry more often (and candidly a number of you commented to the same effect).  I’m not sure why it has not been coming to mind, perhaps with colder weather heavier comfort foods pop to mind more readily.  Today I have a fix for that! As I post this I’m traveling in the Southwest rounding some delicious recipes to share with you.  Southwestern cuisine is known for its earthy chilies which deliver not only some heat but really deep, serious flavor as well.  It truly is my favorite type of food and … {continue reading}

DIY Glitter Tape Mosaic & Satin Ribbon Tape Easter Eggs

DIY Glitter Tape Mosaic and Satin Ribbon Easter Eggs - BoulderLocavore.com

Last week I shared a cool method for decorating Easter Eggs which can be used as table placeholders as well:  DIY Chalkboard Easter Eggs.  I love how they turned out and the option to erase and redo the art of messages on them.  With the goal of creating a new method annually for decorating Easter eggs I thought that would be the solo method for this year.  However as luck would have it my muse was working overtime and I had another idea which was to make with Glitter Tape Mosaic and Ribbon Tape Easter Eggs.  Another dye-free method that are so fun to make and look so unique when the eggs are done. Washi tape and duct tape have been all the rage in the past few years to create not only art but decorative and functional items as well.  My son has been way into duct tape, creating … {continue reading}

Bikini Body Smoothie

Bikini Body Smoothie - BoulderLocavore.com

We are in Spring Break season.  Spring Breaks span almost a month between different school districts and colleges, all ready for some time off before the last push toward the end of the school year.  For many heading for the sun (especially after this winter), whether it be some beach time or pool frolicking in a sunny destination, is what it’s all about. In the planning and excitement there can also be a big ‘wah wah’ when peeling off the winter layers to examine ourselves in a bathing suit for the first time of the year.  Pasty white skin and perhaps not QUITE as toned physiques can layer a bit of body-angst into the vacation preparation.  Of course Spring Break is truly the gateway to summer which is hot on its heels a mere month or so away in some regions. I too am heading … {continue reading}

Cherry Chipotle Glazed Bone-In Spiral-Cut Ham

Cherry Chipotle Glazed Bone-In Spiral-Cut Ham Recipe BoulderLocavore.com

‘Tis the season of ham.  Well I guess it’s one of the two seasons, with Christmas being the other.  I always thought it was funny that most people only eat ham at the holidays.  What if I got a wild hankering on June 15th for a pineapple glazed ham from my own oven?  I probably wouldn’t crave ham in June because it’s hot and I’m conditioned to have it for the holidays, gorge madly on the leftovers so I’m sated until the next holiday.  Going into a ‘ham hibernation’ of sorts. I actually just experienced what might happen if I unimaginably had an untimely craving for ham and it set me off to learn more than I ever thought there was to know about procuring a ham.  In a nutshell, between Christmas and this time of year, it seems hams are held at suppliers until they are mass released to the … {continue reading}