Haricot Vert and Mushroom Casserole with Gruyere and Lardons {bacon}

Haricot Vert and Mushroom Casserole with Gruyere Cheese and Lardons {bacon}. A French-inspired remake of the iconic recipe to add creamy sophistication to your dining table! #thanksgiving - BoulderLocavore.com

Classic holiday recipes; we love them, we hate them.  On my quest to incorporate French-inspired dishes into our Thanksgiving menu this year, an old classic raised its head begging for a make-over: the Green Bean Casserole.  I’ll come clean right now.  Each year my husband suggests we need something green on our menu to accompany all the mouth-watering carb-loaded holiday staples.  I’ve successfully navigated around the green bean casserole instead substituting steamed fresh green beans (much more my style) or even a seasonal green salad. As I was brainstorming ideas to change this dish around my husband stealthily extracted one of our hundreds of cookbooks (for which only he understands the filing system) revealing the ‘American Century Cookbook: the Most Popular Recipes of the 20th … {continue reading}

White Wine Ginger Thyme Brined Roast Turkey

White Wine Ginger Thyme Brined Roast Turkey - BoulderLocavore.com.

For many families (usually mine included), Thanksgiving is the only time of the year a turkey is cooked at home. This means expectations are high; it must be succulent, with crispy skin, and well-seasoned.  It’s a toss-up whether to make it the same way every year or throw caution to the wind and try something new, isn’t it?  We tend to mix it up in the Boulder Locavore kitchen but there is one constant every year; wet brining the turkey. If you aren’t familiar with wet brining, it is soaking the turkey in a mixture of salt, sugar, and water (can include seasonings) for up to 18 hours before cooking it.  Lean meats such as turkey can lose up to 30% of their natural moisture during cooking.  Brining allows extra moisture to permeate the turkey, reducing the moisture loss to about … {continue reading}

Slow Cooker Thai Red Chicken Curry with Coconut Milk

Slow Cooker Thai Red Chicken Curry with Coconut Milk - BoulderLocavore.com

This post is shared as part of Boulder Locavore’s ongoing partnership with Silk, exploring healthy lifestyle choices and exciting plant-based dietary options. Fall is without a doubt my favorite time of year.  Golden leaves hang sparsely on greying branches not willing to completely let go.  Brisk wind stings my cheeks in the early mornings as I mount up my car to cart kids to school in the dim light of dawn.  My stock wardrobe of early fall flowy dresses has been replaced by Sheepskin boots, woolen tartan-print scarves, puffy down vests and coats snugly protecting me from the cold. Appetites make a digital shift at this time of year toward soul-warming comfort foods; thick, chunky soups, hearty stews and stick-to-your-ribs recipes are what we crave.  With a candy-filled … {continue reading}

Mini Pumpkin Pie Cheesecakes in Mason Jars

Mini Pumpkin Pie Cheesecakes in Mason Jars BoulderLocavore.com

As much as I love every holiday I also love that feeling when it has wrapped up and sights are switched to the next big occasion.  Beginning with Halloween, there is at least one major holiday per month until April; each with its own distinct characteristics and charm. Thanksgiving is certainly the holiday for foodies.  It’s about home and hearth, family, friends, and tradition.  I love hunkering down for days of cooking and trying new dishes to compliment family favorites that define with day for us.  Truth be told, my husband is the Thanksgiving kitchen maestro.  He loves to cook, is a great cook but like most, rarely has enough time to do so as often as he’d choose.  The big holiday meals are his joy.  He spends a long time researching new ideas and flavor profiles to come up with … {continue reading}

7 Tips for Surviving Holiday Sugar Overload

7 Tips for Surviving Holiday Sugar Overload | BoulderLocavore.com

This post has been made possible thanks to my ongoing partnership with Udi’s Gluten-Free, striving to share gluten-free lifestyle information to make everyday just a bit easier! During the almost decade my children and I have now been gluten-free, I’ve seen many things change.  When we started it was an outlying ‘condition’, with little information, uninformed medical practitioners and few recipe or dedicated gluten-free foods available for purchase.  From that obscurity, it has sprung into the forefront with the now accepted 1/132 people believed to have an intolerance to gluten.  Products in stores are now marked as gluten-free, mainstream companies are manufacturing products for the gluten-free market and those of use needing gluten-less foods do not feel so separate from the … {continue reading}

Slow Cooker Root Beer Baby Back Ribs

Slow Cooker Root Beer Baby Back Ribs - BoulderLocavore.com

Am I the only one who thinks of ribs as a summer grilling food?  Why is it that food gets pigeon holed to a meal genre or season?  For instance do you ever think about how breakfast food can be eaten any time of the day and the novelty about that is charming: ‘backwards day’ or ‘Brinner’ for scrambled eggs and sausage in the evening.  But eating dinner foods for breakfast?  Unheard of except for pizza that has slipped by on certain occasions without scorn. (Though I’ll admit one of my favorite breakfasts is Costa Rican Gallo Pinto, or Black Beas and Rice). I have no idea why I think of ribs only as a summer food.  I was speaking with a friend a few weeks ago who was extoling the virtues of a new meal service she’s trying.  She selects from a weekly menu, all of the components of the … {continue reading}