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}

Irish Whiskey and Baileys Cheesecake

Irish Whiskey and Baileys Cheesecake - BoulderLocavore.com

With St. Patrick’s Day coming up the time seems right to share a great desert fitting the occasion. My inclination is usually to share traditional Irish recipes though something fun and whimsical fits the holiday as well.  Last year Leprechaun Tracks Ice Cream was a great surprise along with the annual upheaval caused by the Leprechaun who visits our house.  Chairs stacked high, glittery shamrock stickers branding anything and everything, clothes dragged and piled willy nilly and drawers emptied as if a bear scoured the house looking for food.  I finally had to write the leprechaun a pleading note to stop coloring our toilet water green after replacing the toilet seats permanently stained with mischievous green reminders after each St. Patrick’s Day.  I think my children were crestfallen … {continue reading}

Authentic Irish Coffee

Authentic Irish Coffee recipe. Steaming hot sweetened coffee, Irish Whiskey and a cream float. Great after a big meal or to drink Irish for St. Patrick's Day without the Guinness! - BoulderLocavore.com

I have been fortunate to travel to Ireland many times, mainly for work.  The first time I arrived in Dublin and exited the plane into the chilly, damp Irish air I was overcome by a feeling of being ‘home’.  I have had many an adventure on my travels including accidentally driving into Northern Ireland with a coworker during the Northern Ireland-Republic of Ireland conflict.  I’ve met many friends and shared many a laugh with them. I was working in California at the time for a disk drive manufacturer.  I was part of an international customer team that serviced Apple as our customer.  We had operations internationally as did they and we’d meet up quarterly for reviews of our manufacturing or repair facilities.  On this particular trip we were reviewing a service center in Dundalk … {continue reading}

Chipotle Green Chile Chicken and Black Bean Enchiladas

Chipotle Green Chile Chicken and Black Bean Enchiladas - BoulderLocavore.com

I have loved Mexican food for as long as I can remember.  Enchiladas to be precise.  You know when people remember exactly where they were when a great world event occurred?  I recall exactly where I was when I had my first enchilada: the El Burrito restaurant.  Not quite a dive, I'd call it a 'Mexican food joint'.  No frills, clean but with understated decor and completely authentic cuisine.  I was in third grade I’d guess and it was the first Mexican food I’d tasted.  It was love at first bite.  An enormous 'Enchilada Platter' arrived with steaming refried beans, Spanish rice and three huge enchiladas smothered with melted orange and white cheese.  The spicy sauce brought light perspiration just underneath my eyes.  It was heaven. Fortunately becoming gluten-free did not take a … {continue reading}

Orange Chicken and Romenesco Stir Fry with Clementines

Fast and Healthy Orange and Romanesco Stir Fry with Clementines - BoulderLocavore.com

Do you ever find yourself in a cooking rut, making the same thing over and over and not able to really think of new things to make?  I definitely do, especially on weeknights.  Our household is usually buzzing with homework or running kids back and forth from sports, making it extremely hard to prepare a delicious healthy meal that takes much attention due to lack of time. In the last week I’ve been preparing more Chinese-inspired dishes and a long lost love has come back to me: Stir Fry.  When I was in college I got a wok as a gift and used it all the time.  It was one of the few things I cooked along with baking Beer Bread (which could not be easier) and a chicken recipe of my Grandmothers that involved Shake-n-Bake and Cream of Celery soup….but we’re not going to talk about … {continue reading}