Fall Spice Mini Muffins (gluten-free)


We are having a flirtation with fall.It was still spiking into the 90’s as of last week but I don’t care.As far as I’m concerned once kids are in school and Labor Day is over, it’s fall.I’m dying to wear sweaters and cute boots and until those days arrive, I’m starting to bake.I don’t bake in the heat of summer but now that fall has arrived it’s on like Donkey Kong. I have been making these gluten free Mini Fall Spice Muffins for as long as we’ve been gluten free (about 7 years now). My family loves them as they are reminiscent of carrot cake, though not nearly as sweet.I don’t even recall now where I came upon the original recipe because it’s been iterated so many times I don’t remember where it started.In this case I had an ulterior motive.My kids are athletes and my job in addition to … {continue reading}

Crunchy Confetti Slaw with Strawberry-Peach Balsamic Dressing

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I like pretty things.  Maybe not what you’d consider traditional  ‘pretty things’ but really I like color.  And texture.  And diversity.  Maybe it’s the sign of a short attention span.  Or because I’m a Gemini.  When I was asked to develop two recipes for Glam Media’s Foodie.comfree, online back to school cookbook Family Flavors, I wanted to incorporate all these things; color, texture and diversity.  I’m excited by the first visual of a good looking food and wanted to relate that in this dish. The cookbook is designed to aid the back to school madness that sets in at meal time, providing recipes that can be made in less than an hour, with less than 10 ingredients, appealing both to children and adults.  The concept of ‘Eating the Rainbow’ leapt to mind.  Despite sounding possibly like … {continue reading}

St. Julien Hotel’s ‘Bon Vivant’ Package: Luxury Meets Wellness


Sometimes the best surprises are right under our own noses.  A rock left unturned.  An adventure unsought.  I discovered such a find last weekend when invited by the St. Julien Hotel, Boulder’s small luxury hotel, to demo a new package they’ve developed:  The Bon Vivant (translated ‘good living’).  When the package was detailed I felt it was genius.  A five course tasting dinner, sparkling wine and entertainment on the patio after dark, a Farmer’s Market quest with the Executive Chef and follow on prepared lunch, hiking, yoga and a juicing demo.  It all sounded fascinating and a showcase of some of the best Boulder has to offer. When I checked into the St. Julien on a Friday afternoon, I was struck by the vigor of the staff.  All young, enthusiastic, attentive while down to earth at the … {continue reading}

Peanut-Encrusted Asian Pork Tenderloin


The start of the school year feels like moving to another planet to me.  It demands military type precision to keep my household fluid and well fed.  The meal protocol includes school lunches for two kids, lunch for one working husband, substantial snacks to interleave between school and multiple athletic activities, as well as dinner that has to be ready pretty promptly once we cross the threshold home.  It always seems to demand my best professional project management skills coupled with high level culinary strategic planning. Creative inspiration does not always step up to meet the tactics so when I was asked to contribute to a Back to School Cookbook for Foodie.com, I was thrilled.  To be a contributor yes, but selfishly to have access to a bevy of fabulous recipes from handpicked, … {continue reading}

Plum Slump and An Introduction to a Friend


One unexpected benefit I found shortly after beginning my blog was connecting with like minded food people all over the world.  One such find was Caroline who writes ‘All That I’m Eating’ hailing from Berkshire in the South of England.  I’m now not sure how I found her but it was like looking into a mirror across The Pond.  Caroline is a local, seasonal eater, scouring her Farmer’s Market and foraging; writing about her adventures along with recipes she makes which also include ingredients from her garden.  Her restaurant reviews recall for me all the time I’ve spent in England and she affords a sense of ‘arm chair travel’.  I envy her local ingredients unavailable in the U.S. and have fun attempting to find equivalents here as she does in the U.K. with recipe ingredients I use. We … {continue reading}

YaYa Farm & Orchard: U-Pick Apples and Baked Apple Cider Donut recipe (gluten free)


Though our temperatures are still in the mid 90’s, signs of fall abound. Trees have begun to turn yellow just this week and I’ve noted the local apple trees are burgeoning with ripe fruit. With the apple being the harbinger of fall, its appearance prompted me to take a visit to YaYa Farm and Orchard in Longmont which has opened early this year due to their bumper crop. YaYa is a ‘Pick Your Own’ orchard opening only at this time of year for apple lovers to visit, pick, and enjoy a festive ushering in of our cooler weather season. My first visit to YaYa Farm was two years ago (click here to read). At the time they were beginning a large expansion which they have now completed with 810 apple trees and 120 varieties of Old World and Heirloom apples. The apples ripen in three main stages … {continue reading}