Pumpkin Polenta with Bacon-Maple Gravy

Pumpkin Polenta with Bacon-Maple Gravy - BoulderLocavore.com

Do you ever find yourself in a food rut?  Making the same handful of things repeatedly and if challenged to make something new, you draw a blank?  That happens to me.  You’d think in my line of work recipes would abound and my family would never experience a repeat.  Life is a busy prospect and for me food planning can fall off the list when other ‘to do’s’ on my critical path place a gun to my head. Seasonally-driven eating is the perfect remedy for the kitchen doldrums.  The seasons change and a whole new crew of ingredients rush to the forefront, appealing to our current sensibilities and palate.  Fall features homier, full-flavored produce such as apples and pears, earthy, colorful winter squash, spicier greens, and the beginning of root vegetables.  The flavors are more distinct … {continue reading}

DIY Milk Carton Jack-o’-Lantern Luminarias

Milk Carton Jack-o-Lantern Luminarias tutorial - 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. I’m so excited October has arrived!  Admittedly this is one of my favorite times of the year and I love decorating for Halloween.  My taste has always leaned toward handmade items and more rustic artisan goods which are perfect for Halloween celebrating.  I don’t have the time I wish I did to create new decorations but still try to add something every year.  A favorite I make annually is a Halloween Treat Wreath; made of lollipops covered in Halloween fabric.  Trick-or-Treaters don’t know it’s a treat until they pull one of the balls from the wreath to realize what it is.  We have kids who comment annually about how excited … {continue reading}

The Grave Digger Cocktail

Grave Digger Cocktail | BoulderLocavore.com

Waiting can be so hard.  Though October has not quite arrived, Boulder Locavore has been besieged with readers and pinners looking ahead to Halloween!  I try to hold myself back from starting holiday recipes too soon for fear of burn out.  But somehow the whimsy of Halloween does not saturate our holiday senses as other holidays can.  I think no matter how young or old, the chance to become someone else and enjoy ghoulish food is always fun! There is no better way to kick off October than with a fall-inspired Halloween-perfect cocktail, so says me!  It’s apple season and hard cider is a great alternative to beer especially for fall.  Most hard ciders are also gluten-free which is a plus for those needing to navigate gluten.  It has a bright flavor and carbonation making for a … {continue reading}

Slow Cooker Pumpkin White Bean Sausage Chili

Slow Cooker Pumpkin White Bean Sausage Chili gluten free - BoulderLocavore.com

Of the many things I love about fall, my slow cooker and one pot meals vie for top spots on my list.  I was speaking with a busy artist-mom friend a few weeks ago and she was commenting on how she really wants more good crock pot recipes.  Those recipes she can easily prep first thing in the morning and not think of again until she’s dishing it out of the slow cooker onto her family’s dinner plates.  ‘Hear, hear’ on that concept. Soups and chilies are something I could eat daily once the mercury begins to drop for the season; truth be told for any meal.  I love bold flavors, spicy heat, chunky textures and easy preparation.  A secret to a well-balanced chili is having something sweet to balance any spicy heat.  I often add a tablespoon of sugar to pump up the flavor but for this … {continue reading}

Pumpkin Spice Cinnamon Chip cookies {gluten-free}

Pumpkin Spice Cinnamon Chip gluten-free cookies BoulderLocavore.com

Technically fall is upon us.  Trees are putting on a dazzling show of brilliant color changes.  Apple trees are burgeoning with fruit (causing me to apply significant self-restraint not to do some urban foraging in public spaces).  October lays in wait next week.  It’s time to release the pumpkin recipes! I’ll admit I did stick a toe in the autumnal recipe lake this week with Iced Pumpkin Lattes, which seemed a perfect starter for fall but at our current mid 80’s temps.  It’s funny, growing up I really didn’t care for pumpkin.  I think it was reserved almost exclusively for pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving which was never my favorite.  However when I look through my recipes now on Boulder Locavore, I have amassed an entire collection of savory, sweet and even a drink (Pumpkin Mexican Hot … {continue reading}

Easy Gluten-Free Beer Bread

Gluten-Free Beer Bread with jam - BoulderLocavore.com

I have always loved to bake.  When I was single and had more time I would bake quick breads as well as yeast breads often.  During the holidays I’d bake a braided bread with each strand a different type of bread (pumpernickel, rye and while) so each slice would look different from the front to the back!  Becoming a mom as well as gluten-free (with two gluten-free kids to look after) has left me baking less.  However as soon as the weather turns chilly with moody skies, my yearning to bake surfaces. When I was in college I did not know how to cook really anything.  Slowly after moving off campus with a kitchen at my disposal I developed a few repeat favorite with Beer Bread being one.  It seemed a bit more like a stroke of magical chemistry than baking but I loved the dependability … {continue reading}