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}

Easy Red, White & Blue Trifles

Red White Blue Trifles gluten-free -

Fourth of July is coming this week and it’s time to get some red, white and blue recipes on your menu!  This year our schedule is a bit crazy so I’ve opted for some less labor intensive yet still flavor packed options. It’s hot, hot, hot right now in Colorado, which means turning on my oven is a choiceful task.   Though this dessert takes a bit of cooking, it’s worth the effort for the end result.  And who can resist a dessert in a Mason jar?!  No one in my family that’s for sure. We are swimming in cherries right now; no complaints!  In our last week’s CSA share we had three pounds of fruit of which we could choose between strawberries, three types of cherries and apricots.  My son was on fruit share duty and opted for some strawberries and lots of cherries so I’ve been whipping … {continue reading}

A Little Summer Help from P&Geveryday

Easy Lemonade Recipes

Summer is the time of year that is supposed to be lazy; right?  Getting up late, following one’s whim of what the day will bring.  Lazing by the neighborhood pool for hours, napping in a colorful hammock in the backyard, grilling an easy dinner and dining al fresco.  Listening to the crickets chirping while sitting on the porch in the dusk drinking lemonade in a Mason jar, chatting about things one never has time for in the other seasons of the year.  Relaxing through long carefree days.  Wait, whose summer is this?  Certainly not mine. As I’ve I run into school parents of my children’s classmates, or doctors on my annual round of checkups, or even our mailman Steve over the last month, the question is always the same; ‘are you enjoying your summer?’  I always say the same thing ‘yes, … {continue reading}