Cocktails of the Canadian Rockies: Captain’s Passion (Banff)

Downtown Banff Alberta Canada |

When endeavoring summer vacation planning we usually have a seed idea that takes root.  This year heading to the UK to visit a variety of friends and adopted family scattered about was the idea until we thought through the Olympics timing and location.  Our Colorado summer has been beastly hot giving way to the thought of Antarctica as an escape (or some more accessible meteorological replica).  Somehow the beat-the-heat objective lead us through the morass of business and personal obligations on the collective family calendar to scope out a road trip to the Canadian Rockies.  In the time it takes to drive from Boulder to Tucson Arizona one could be in Alberta Canada, a mere two states away, using a passport and hopefully a fleece jacket.I feel sheepish to admit I’ve not been to Canada.  … {continue reading}

Fresh Peach Sour Cream Coffee Cake


To me peaches are the quintessential summer fruit.  Their ripeness signals the height of summer produce.  And I don’t know anyone who can resist the soft bite followed by dribbling juice.  Truly the nectar of the Gods. We have a miniature peach tree in our backyard.  It is miniature in size but the size of the fruit is the same of regular peaches and perhaps even more appreciated since it’s ours.  The tree does not fruit every year.  I’m not completely clear about the rhyme or reason of the fruiting.  It may be due to late frosts that burn the buds.  A note about ‘freestone’ peaches.  Heard that term?  Peaches are either ‘freestone’ or ‘clingstone’ (and there is a hybrid of both called semi-freestone).  From the name you can guess that freestone are the peach varieties … {continue reading}

Snowmass Culinary & Arts Festival: Grilled Coffee-Rubbed Bison Tacos and Apple Green Cabbage Slaw


My first meeting with Chef Christy Rost was a fleeting one.  It was last year at the Snowmass Culinary and Arts Festival at a fun Tapas and Tequila tasting hosted by Chef Richard Sandoval at his local restaurant Venga Venga.  Christy was coming, I was going, though I was interested in knowing more about her, being drawn to her well known devotion to farm-to-table and locally sourced cuisine. Following the festival I was invited by Chef Rost to a gathering at her exquisitely restored historical home in Breckenridge Colorado to participate in a Think Tank about getting the word out on Colorado local winemakers and distillers.  She and co-hostess PR talent Ellen Marchman, had developed a like mind about the riches of our fair state’s beverage offerings and the need to better parlay that … {continue reading}

Snowmass Culinary & Arts Festival: Dynamic Duo Chefs Jenna Johansen and Mark Denittis (with recipe!), Tacos and Tequila with Chef Richard Sandoval and Diane Henderiks at Venga Venga


With reality TV becoming such a pop culture cornerstone, the lines of chef and celebrity have become significantly blurred.  Rightly so as anyone who can take a box of disparate food items and present a cogent dish in 23.5 seconds with TV cameras rolling deserves the fan accolades worthy of a traditional movie star in my view. One such local star is Colorado’s own Chef Jenna Johansen.  We locals have tracked her rise through various ventures and restaurants including Dish in Vail (of which she is the former co owner and  Executive Chef). The introduction to Jenna has spread much more broadly this year with her participation on Bravo TV’s recent culinary adventure show ‘Around the World in 80 Plates’.  Jenna proved a fierce competitor, speaking the language of every country visited … {continue reading}

Winetasting 101 with Boulder Creek Winery (Boulder, CO)


Last week offered a serendipitous, 360 degree moment for me.  Earlier in the year, noted local winery Boulder Creek Winery issued an article on their blog of the 5 Boulder Food and Drink blogs that they read.  I was graced to be included as was friend and fellow blogger Grace Boyle from Grace(full) Plate.  The call out gave way to like minds realizing there is no medium currently to corral the food and drink media talent in Boulder (which is abundant with more than 40 food bloggers alone) with the opportunity to mix, mingle and explore all our local food/drink landscape has to offer (which is vast).  Grace and I organized what is now known as Boulder Food Media, a group welcoming any and all food/drink-related writers, photographers and bloggers to meet regularly at local businesses to … {continue reading}

Golden Oven-Baked Pancake Topped with Sauteed Peaches


Colorado is known for many things.  Our microbrew industry.  Our skiing.  300 days of sunshine a year.  Being the thinnest state in the U.S.  But something we locals covet, and those in the food industry do too, is our Peaches. On the western slope of the Rocky Mountains in the area of Palisades is our peach growing mecca.  The fertile valley is home to most of Colorado’s orchards and wine grape growing.  I know Georgia is proud of their peaches and I visited Thorsby Alabama once which sports a peach shaped water tower and a festival  but I’m here to say ‘they got nothin’’ on Colorado peaches. We have just begun to get the first of the season’s peaches from the Western Slope in Boulder.  I enjoy a farm CSA share weekly which includes a fruit share from the Western Slope.  We’ve … {continue reading}