Sweet Mint Pesto

Sweet Mint Pesto - BoulderLocavore.com

When I first started my devoted locavore quest I learned making pesto is one of the easiest (and more flavorful) ways to preserve fresh basil.  Normally pesto is made with basil, olive oil, pine nuts, garlic and Parmesan cheese.  Whipped up in a food processor or strong blender and it becomes a delicious sauce for meat or pasta  in minutes.  Pesto freezes very well, and when planning for freezing the Parmesan cheese should be excluded from the recipe which in my experience does not make a large difference.  If desired the pesto could be blended again with some Parmesan cheese once thawed before serving. The great thing about pesto is that it can be made with any greens.  I've enjoyed the results of kitchen experiments with Kale Walnut Meyer Lemon Pesto, Toasted Pistachio Arugula … {continue reading}

Spicy Shredded Pork Breakfast Tostadas

Spicy Shredded Pork Breakfast Tostadas - BoulderLocavore.com

I don’t know about you but if given the time and preference I’d always opt for something with spiciness and protein for breakfast.  I’m definitely a cheese lover so if that can be roped in, all the better.  Realistically most days are a quick nosh on something lack luster like toast before I head out for parts unknown or to ferry kids to school. Last week I shared an utterly delicious slow cooker recipe for pork shoulder that I made into Slow Cooker Spicy Pork Pineapple Tacos.  Slow cooking has come such a long way since the non-descript dishes of bland meat and soggy vegetables of my childhood.  I love convenience as much as the next girl but only when it produces delicious food as an end result.  Those in the Boulder Locavore household loved the shredded pork recipe.  Fortunately I … {continue reading}

Cardamom-Herbes de Provence Kettle Corn {recipe} and The Hundred Foot Journey

Cardamom-Herbes de Provence Kettle Corn - BoulderLocavore.com

A highlight of the summer for my family is going to all the summer movies.  This year has offered a particularly exciting ‘can’t wait’ movie that I’ve been working with DreamWorks to announce: The Hundred Foot Journey opening in theaters August 8.  Ever since seeing the trailer before summer began I have been counting the days to see it. Produced by Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey, and based on the book by the same name, The Hundred Foot Journey is an adventure for the heart and the senses.  It shares the story of an Indian family arriving in France to find their new culinary destiny directly across the way from a traditional Michelin Star French restaurant.  The story of cultural and cuisine fusion unfolds with visual beauty, humor and heartwarming humanity. The beautiful … {continue reading}

Mini Mascarpone Cheesecakes with Strawberry Balsamic Topping

Mini Mascarpone Cheesecakes with Strawberry Balsamic topping guten-free - BoulderLocavore.com

I have always loved cheesecake but feel a bit sheepish to admit I’ve never made a sweet one until now.  A favorite Boulder Locavore reader recipe, especially for fall and winter entertaining, is Savory Blue Cheesecake {appetizer}.  You’d think a sweet confection of the cheesecake variety might have preceded that but I suppose ‘better late than never’ applies here.  Or perhaps’ good things are worth the wait’! My inspiration for making the cheesecake really belongs to friend and blogging colleague Roxana, of Roxana’s Home Baking.  Regular readers might recall her invitation to participate in a chocolate surprise endeavor that for me yielded Frozen Chocolate Fluffernutter {Peanut Butter-Marshmallow} Pie.  Roxana is famous for her cheesecake and she’s prolific, creating every size and … {continue reading}

Slow Cooker Spicy Pork Pineapple Tacos

Slow Cooker Spicy Pork Pineapple Tacos - BoulderLocavore.com

Despite the unthinkable idea of turning on an oven in this blistering heat, a prepared meal is always appreciated in my household.  Perhaps contrary to what you’d imagine to be the most desirable summer foods; cool, juicy, refreshing dishes, a spicy Mexican-inspired meal is great anytime. I love a good dining ‘joint’.  You know what I’m talking about; off the beaten path, rustic, serving honest, inspired food.  My husband discovered such a place while the kids and I were road tripping through Arizona over Spring Break.  He was looking at Yelp for something on our end of Boulder when he ran across glowing reviews for a Mexican food shack really, poised in a parking lot behind a small strip mall (for Boulder-locals it's La Choza).  The abundance of reviews piqued his curiosity and he … {continue reading}

Coconut Mint Chip Smoothie and Juice: Recipes for Juicing, Cleansing and Living Well {review/giveaway}

Citrus Juice Recipes from 'Juice' Ten Speed Press

When I was in college, one of my ‘health-conscious’ roommates (whom I realized later was more so a closeted Bulimic) was obsessed with  juice fasting and always wanted me to jump on board.  Loving something novel, I agreed to some fast fasts however with no nutritional foundation or guidance.  The Mac Daddy was an eleven day juice fast, at the end of which, another not-so-health-conscious roommate talked me in to breaking at a drive in theater drinking Screwdriver cocktails rationalizing they had orange juice in them.  Thank goodness times have changed and the benefits of juicing have come into a knowledgeable vogue, offering health, energy and immune system benefits for those who partake. Juicing, as well as ‘Juice cleansing’ or detoxing, have become wildly popular in the recent years … {continue reading}