Spicy Garlic Sriracha Shrimp and Broccoli Stir Fry

Spicy Garlic Sriracha Shrimp and Broccoli Stir Fry - BoulderLocavore.com

Immediately after making this recipe (and devouring a few shrimp), I called a longtime girlfriend and left a message:  “why are we not making stir-fry e.v.e.r.y. DAY?!”  I love this dish.  Spicy, garlicky shrimp and crunchy broccoli fit for a Chinese food restaurant menu.  It’s not saucy but rather delivers the aromatic flavors straight-up, no mincing about. The thing that always knocks my socks off is the speed with which stir frying can be done.  Preparing the ingredients for this recipe is about 5 minutes consisting of chopping garlic and slicing a shallot.  Oh, and salt and peppering the shrimp (add 35 seconds to my prior timing).  The cooking time is about 10 minutes.  Seriously; 10 MINUTES!  I’ll say it again, why am I not making this every day?! I added about 20 extra … {continue reading}

Mint Chocolate Chip Pancakes with Homemade Vanilla Syrup {gluten-free}

Mint Chocolate Chip Pancakes with Homemade Vanilla Syrup Gluten-Free - BoulderLocavore.com

Would you consider yourself a pancake or waffle person?  I find people generally are fully committed to one camp or the other.  As a child I was a pancake-eater.  I did not care for waffles, feeling I did not love the flavor and they were a little bit dry.  My daughter is the opposite; loves a good waffle, could live life without pancakes though she’s warming up to them.  I don’t have the heart to tell her the basic batter is essentially the same!  It must be a texture thing. In the Boulder Locavore household it is my newly 12 year old son who is the pancake-maker.  He’s also a smoothie wizard and has crafted a number of the most popular smoothie recipes I’ve shared with you. Generally he works from a gluten-free mix but has been known to raid the gallon plastic bags I keep in the … {continue reading}

Savory Cottage Pie

Savory Cottage Pie - BoulderLocavore.com

I have to confess I love a one dish meal, especially in the winter.  Though there is prep time for all the components, being able to cook everything together, scoop it out for serving in one helping reflects the relaxed feel I love about family dinners.  Since we are featuring Irish dishes inspired by St. Patrick’s Day, today’s recipe is for a classic Savory Cottage Pie. It is a dish with peasant roots featuring meat, vegetables and potatoes that combine to be quintessential comfort food. In the U.S., Shepherd’s Pie is probably more well know.  I shared one as a means to use turkey Thanksgiving leftovers however rather that sticking to the traditional version I spiced mine up as a Southwestern Turkey Shepherd’s Pie.  Classic Shepherd’s Pie would use mutton or lamb for the protein … {continue reading}

Irish Potato Champ

Irish Potato Champ and Sausages - BoulderLocavore.com

I would have to say what I love most about Irish food is its honesty.  Many of the most well-known dishes consist of a mere handful of ingredients, are rustically prepared and yet deliver the most comforting satisfaction.  Until I began to travel to Ireland I did not realize the wealth of natural food sources at their disposal.  Seafood such as salmon and mussels, meats including mutton, lamb and beef as well as a wealth of produce abound.  I’ve had beautiful meals in Ireland that are only topped by the charming company of the locals. Surely some of my favorites are those involving potatoes.  Boxty, Colcannon and Champ are stars in my book.  Boxty is a type of potato pancake.  Colcannon is a mashed potato dish that includes kale and scallions leaving the potatoes green in tint.  The … {continue reading}

25 Creative Gifts to Fill Easter Baskets without Candy

25 Creative Gift Ideas to Fill Easter Baskets without Candy BoulderLocavore.com

I don’t know about you but by the time Easter rolls around it feels like the caboose of the Hardcore Sugar Express which starts at Halloween, winds through Christmas and Valentine’s Day to land at one last sugar load before relaxing into spring.  A number of years ago I found myself seeking alternative options for making Easter baskets fun and exciting without the gallon plastic zipper bag full of leftover candy to eat over the following month.  Don’t get me wrong, I love some springy jelly beans, a chocolate rabbit and some foil wrapped eggs, just not so many that it feels I should have gifted a treadmill to go with them. Over the years I’ve begun to swap out the candy as the sole Easter basket inhabitant and added in fun little gifts that celebrate the holiday with some candy … {continue reading}

Green Tea Blueberry Ginger Antioxidant Smoothie

Green Tea Blueberry Ginger Antioxidant Smoothie - BoulderLocavore.com

At this time of year I have to overtly integrate fresh fruits and smoothies into my diet.  It’s too cold outside and the inclination I have to eat fruit almost for every meal in the summer has disappeared.  It’s also the time of year for heavier comfort foods and more sweets.  For the Boulder Locavore family we roll off Christmas and start birthday season with my husband in mid-January and my kids a week apart in late February.  Valentine’s Day is in the midst of that and with desserts like the Irish Whiskey and Baileys Cheesecake I just shared for St. Patrick’s Day lingering in the fridge, there is too much temptation! One of my go-to smoothies when finding myself dallying off the path of healthy eating includes a super pack of antioxidants.  Anti-oxidants are nourishing to our … {continue reading}