Warm Cranberry Honey Dressing and Winter Salad

Warm Cranberry Honey Dressing with Winter Salad. A beautiful, creamy option to dress up any winter salad! - BoulderLocavore.com

On the day I’m writing this, the snow has been falling delicately all day long.  We had snow earlier in the week with a day’s break leaving the sun to come out and illuminate the white foothills and snow-laden trees as the inside scene of a snow globe; flocked foliage and idyllic mountains.  The snow has again returned and has turned the day more into one feeling Christmas Tree shopping is in order rather than thinking of soul-warming dishes for Thanksgiving. I’m not exactly sure what happens when winter sets in regarding eating fresh salads but it feels like an oxymoron.  Crock pots percolate away rendering hearty vegetable mixtures but eating a salad seems best left for May and later. Regardless I begin to crave greens.  The year I decided to launch my locavore challenge … {continue reading}

Southwestern Turkey Shepherd’s Pie

Helping of Southwestern Turkey Shepherd's Pie. Soul-warming comfort food with a spicy twist! Great for using up holiday leftovers too. - BoulderLocavore.com

I’m hopscotching a bit from the new Thanksgiving recipes I’ve shared with you recently to what to do with the leftovers.  In case you missed any of the latest holiday recipes: White Wine Ginger Thyme Brined Roast Turkey, Haricot Vert and Mushroom Casserole with Gruyere and Lardons, Mini Pumpkin Pie Cheesecakes in Mason Jars, Slow Cooker Cranberry Pear Sauce with Ginger, Slow Cooker Pennsylvania Dutch Spiced Apple Butter and Pumpkin Polenta with Maple-Bacon Gravy. I would venture to say I may even enjoy the first full plate of Thanksgiving leftovers more than the first serving itself.  Why?  There have been days of cooking and preparation by the time Thanksgiving rolls around.  There are so many things to get done on Thanksgiving Day, it seems like hours in the kitchen before eating.  My … {continue reading}

Slow Cooker Pennsylvania Dutch Spiced Apple Butter

Slow Cooker Pennsylvania Dutch Spiced Apple Butter - BoulderLocavore.com

I love having the chance to delve into the background of foods what are cultural cornerstones of specific groups of people.  The chance to learn more about Pennsylvania Dutch Apple Butter was afforded thanks to an extra credit assignment my high school sophomore daughter received for her history class.  The teacher encouraged the students to research a food that was representative of a specific country or group of people (the list was long and covered everything they’ve studied for the first part of the year), to write a paper on its history and bring the food to school for an International Food celebration.  Don’t you love that? After traversing the globe looking for just the right recipe my daughter landed on Apple Butter as a food of the Pennsylvania Dutch.  Loving that it’s apple … {continue reading}

Slow Cooker Cranberry-Pear Sauce with Ginger & 100+ Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Recipes

Slow Cooker Cranberry-Pear Sauce with Ginger - BoulderLocavore.com

This post has been made possible thanks to my ongoing partnership with Udi’s Gluten-Free, striving to share gluten-free lifestyle information to make everyday just a bit easier! Thanksgiving can be a stressful holiday for everyone but certainly more so for those who are gluten-intolerant, or with any food restrictions.  It’s a holiday about togetherness and being excluded via menu items can sting more than on other occasions.  Early into our time of being gluten-free we experienced this and especially for my kids who were young at the time, being left out of delicious desserts was especially hard.  It’s really not a feeling one can describe unless they’ve experienced it personally. Fortunately there are so many gluten-free options for all the favorite Thanksgiving dishes and the … {continue reading}

Haricot Vert and Mushroom Casserole with Gruyere and Lardons {bacon}

Haricot Vert and Mushroom Casserole with Gruyere Cheese and Lardons {bacon}. A French-inspired remake of the iconic recipe to add creamy sophistication to your dining table! #thanksgiving - BoulderLocavore.com

Classic holiday recipes; we love them, we hate them.  On my quest to incorporate French-inspired dishes into our Thanksgiving menu this year, an old classic raised its head begging for a make-over: the Green Bean Casserole.  I’ll come clean right now.  Each year my husband suggests we need something green on our menu to accompany all the mouth-watering carb-loaded holiday staples.  I’ve successfully navigated around the green bean casserole instead substituting steamed fresh green beans (much more my style) or even a seasonal green salad. As I was brainstorming ideas to change this dish around my husband stealthily extracted one of our hundreds of cookbooks (for which only he understands the filing system) revealing the ‘American Century Cookbook: the Most Popular Recipes of the 20th … {continue reading}

White Wine Ginger Thyme Brined Roast Turkey

White Wine Ginger Thyme Brined Roast Turkey - BoulderLocavore.com.

For many families (usually mine included), Thanksgiving is the only time of the year a turkey is cooked at home. This means expectations are high; it must be succulent, with crispy skin, and well-seasoned.  It’s a toss-up whether to make it the same way every year or throw caution to the wind and try something new, isn’t it?  We tend to mix it up in the Boulder Locavore kitchen but there is one constant every year; wet brining the turkey. If you aren’t familiar with wet brining, it is soaking the turkey in a mixture of salt, sugar, and water (can include seasonings) for up to 18 hours before cooking it.  Lean meats such as turkey can lose up to 30% of their natural moisture during cooking.  Brining allows extra moisture to permeate the turkey, reducing the moisture loss to about … {continue reading}