Grasshopper Pie Milkshake

Grasshopper Pie Milkshake -

When the idea of Milkshake Week popped up, I found myself with more ideas for milkshakes than I’d ever considered.  When my kids got wind of the project, that list quadrupled quickly.  Everyone loves a milkshake, am I right? My first contribution to the week was a Cherry-Cola Milkshake;  featuring my not-so-secret-anymore indulgence of Cherry Coke in the form of a shake-meets-float idea that was slurped down by my taste testers faster than I could time.  The second idea that popped to mind was a suggestion from my kids, haling to a family favorite dessert:  Grasshopper Pie. I personally have loved Grasshopper Pie for as long as I can remember.  My mother did not serve it often but it seemed so exotic in the minty-green hue bursting with chocolate mint flavors.  Each my mother and … {continue reading}

Don Ceviche {recipe} and Ceviche Peruvian Kitchen cookbook {giveaway}

CPKT Don Ceviche - Sea Bass Ceviche |

Summertime is burgeoning with the spirit of travel.  The recent weeks of the World Cup have lured many of us to Brazil, whether it be live or on our televisions, giving a glimpse into the warm, spirited culture of South America.  Live travel is not always possible however travel in one’s kitchen can be equally transporting; experiencing the tastes and seasonings of another country’s food.  I have just read a summer-perfect cookbook that makes my mouth water each time I hold it’s uniquely, cool, faux tiled cover in my hands:  Ceviche Peruvian Kitchen by Martin Morales.  This cookbook proves unequivocally one does not need to hop a plane to go on vacation. Admittedly I knew nothing about Peruvian food prior to reading Ceviche Peruvian Kitchen.  However within a few pages of starting … {continue reading}

Cherry-Cola Milkshake

Cherry-Cola Milkshake -

I’m a mindful eater.  That doesn’t always mean I eat all my vegetables or that I don’t ever eat dessert.  I generally stay away from soda however I became smitten on a road trip through West Texas with Cherry Coke and have never looked back. I live in the land of reusable personal water bottles.  We all have a complete wardrobe of Camelbak’s, BPA-free plastic bottles with flip up spouts, zippy looking Sigg metal bottles with sport lids and more.  Everyone I know packs water everywhere they go and if not they buy bottles of water; so it never occurred to me there are places where bottled water would not be sold as a norm. On this particular road trip we spent a few days in Lubbock Texas tracking all the best BBQ joints as recommended by locals.  One place, which proved to be the … {continue reading}

Americana Desserts for Summer

Buttermilk Peach Buckle- BoulderLocavore

This time of year offers a bounty of naturally ripened fruits great for eating raw or folding into a delicious dessert to please the whole family.  Personally I love more vintage Americana desserts that feature the fruit as a headliner rather than tons of sugar.  I also love the easy construction and relaxed appearance of these desserts that mirrors the summer dining table.  They invite lazing over a meal and keeping the pace slow. As we head into the heart of summer I wanted to share some Boulder Locavore favorites that might grace your table this summer as peaches, plums and raspberries come into full season.  Some of these dishes are from my Grandmother and Great Grandmother’s recipe boxes.  Others undoubtedly could be on the Sunday Dinner menu from multi-generational kitchens around … {continue reading}

Sparkling Lemonade, Raspberry Blueberry Tarte and The Hundred-Foot Journey movie

100 Foot Journey July 4th Recipes

Fourth of July this year is wonderfully situated on a Friday giving way to a weekend full of old school picnics, outings, grills parties and more lazy summer dining.  We were excited that in our area small non-exploding ‘fireworks’ were made legal again as we love lighting sparklers, snakes and other tame pyro-attractions in our driveway before watching larger local fireworks displays. Food sets the holiday tone in the Boulder Locavore household and we have plenty of patriotic favorites to choose from (see options below which are great anytime).  This year I have a few fun holiday weekend options to share care of DreamWorks with whom I’ve partnered to pre-announce a wonderful movie produced by Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg and Juliet Blake coming to theaters August 8th:  The Hundred … {continue reading}

Firecracker Hot Dog

Gluten-Free Firecracker Hot Dog with Beer Battered Jalapenos -

Fourth of July is certainly the patron holiday of the grill.  Can you imagine celebrating without it?  Me either.  And while I love a juicy burger as much as the next girl I think hot dogs have gotten a raw deal over the past years.  A mainstay of my youth, always boiled and always served with macaroni and cheese made from a box, they seemed to have disappeared as their ingredients were highly scrutinized. I don’t exactly know what was ground into the wieners I was served as a kid but I can say with certainty, what may once have been the left over bits and bobs at the meat factory have been replaced by savory quality ingredients without fillers rendering a mouth-watering delight without competition.  The flavor of a quality hot dog simple cannot be trumped. With Fourth of July in … {continue reading}