Persimmon Margaritas with Homemade Cinnamon Simple Syrup

Persimmon Margaritas with Cinnamon Simple Syrup -

Do you ever find when the seasons change there are new fruits or vegetables at the store which you’ve never seen let alone have any idea how to eat them?  I did not eat a kumquat until about three years ago when someone tipped me off to just pop them in mouth without trying to peel them. Romanesque looks like it’s from outer space, with prismatic florets but it now one of my all-time favorite vegetables.  Do you keep walking when spotting a Star Fruit, having no idea if it needs to be peeled, or … CONTINUE READING

Lemon Herb Roasted Cornish Game Hens

Lemon Herb Roasted Cornish Game Hens -

One of my fondest childhood dinner memories was when my mom would serve Cornish Game Hens.  Also known as Cornish Rock Hens, these diminutive hens (which actually can be male or female) are not at all a game bird but rather a chicken hybrid small enough for a single serving entrée.  Usually weighing between a 1-1 ½ pounds, they have a ‘Honey, I shrunk the fowl’ presence that automatically feels exotic and special in my book.  Who doesn’t feel having an entire bird for themselves is unique? I … CONTINUE READING

Pumpkin Spice Hello Dolly Bars

Pumpkin Spice Hello Dolly Bars -

When I was a child I loved musicals.  We’d go see stage productions in San Francisco when visiting my Grandparents during the holidays.  I loved getting dressed up and seeing all the ‘fancy’ people who also were in attendance. I especially loved musical movies.  Being a child Mary Poppins was probably one of my oldest memories.  I think everyone can picture Julie Andrews with her feet neatly in a wedge position floating into the sky with her parasol.  Sound of Music; loved it.  Knew all … CONTINUE READING

Herb Roasted Garlic Brussels Sprouts, Sweet Potatoes and Carrots

Herb Roasted Garlic Brussels Sprouts Sweet Potatoes and Carrots -

I’m thinking through ideas for Thanksgiving menus and a roasted fall vegetable dish is always a great addition with little effort to prepare.  Cool weather vegetables are naturally loaded with flavor so not much is required to coax that from them.  Roasting is a great way for the vegetables to cook perfectly still retaining a good texture (I can’t take mushy vegetables unless they are mashed potatoes!).  Simple seasonings such as olive oil, and fresh herbs are all that is required to make the … CONTINUE READING

Spicy One Pot Gluten-Free Tomato Mushroom Basil Pasta

Spicy One Pot Gluten-Free Tomato Mushroom Basil Pasta -

I have been loving the chance to finally make foods I’ve always wanted to make thanks to my Bucket List Challenge sponsored by my valued partners at Silk, makers of wonderful plant-based milks and other foods.   I’ve whipped up Gluten-Free Lemon Pepper Fettucine from scratch, How to Make Vietnamese Vegetable Spring Rolls, and How to Grill Perfect New York Strip and Portobello Mushroom Steaks (with some fun DIY projects over the summer). This month I have a fun meatless dish I think you’ll … CONTINUE READING

Homemade Apple Spiced Vodka (with printable gift tags)

Apple Spiced Vodka with free printable gift tags -

When I first began Boulder Locavore I was so enthusiastic about what was happening in the food scene I wrote about anything and everything.  At the time I found a great deal of inspiration in Michael Pollan, in knowing my farmer, growing my own food, canning, making anything I could think of from scratch.  I was like a long lost relative from Little House on the Prairie.  If it had anything to do with food it was fodder for my blog.  I wrote about a guy selling coffee on the street corner my … CONTINUE READING