‘Forgotten Cookies’ and Glogg (Scandanavian Mulled Wine)

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This month’s Vintage Recipe Redo and Swap marks a change to a new recipe book.  It was a year ago this month that Christianna (writer of Burwell General Store) contacted me to be the second swapper in this project.  We’ve covered a lot of ground in the past year (you can check out our recipe journey in the Recipe tab on my blog).  Once again Christianna found a great vintage recipe book, The Second Ford Treasury of Favorite Recipes from Famous Eating Places.  Written in 1954 it features recipes from famous restaurants at the time.  I’m excited to see where it takes us! Our task is to redo an assigned recipe by changing at least three things and staying true to the intent of the recipe as we see it.  This month our recipe is one having a strong foundational foothold in … {continue reading}

Denver’s HaHo (Handmade Homemade) Holiday Market

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When my friend Kate Armstrong (the Urban Forager) told me about Denver’s HaHo (Handmade Homemade) Market, I was intrigued and excited to check it out.  As the name implies it is a bevy of handmade and homemade items though it’s more than that.  I really wasn’t sure what to expect when I embarked in October and I can’t say I’ve attended a market quite like it.  The spirit of the people was the differentiator.  It gave me pause for reflection.The market is held at Green Spaces (an indoor venue) on 26th Street in downtown Denver.  As I drove around getting my bearings I fell in love with the area.  There is a barren, regentrifying feeling to the neighborhood that’s an urban signature I find comforting; it feels real and like it’s lived a life.  A banner announcing the market was wafting in … {continue reading}

Homemade Crème de Menthe

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I recently got my mitts on my Mom’s recipe file to pilfer for interesting recipes that match my seasonal food focus and for any family treasures.  We are fortunate to have handwritten recipe cards back to my Great Grandmother which has proven to be a gift revealed to have access to favorites passed down via the dining tables (and cocktail glasses) of multiple generations.  We’ve pieced together decades of food-related memories for our family and our friends who have taken part in various relatives, kitchen exploits. You might expect when going through a mother’s recipe file that you’d find a favorite family apple pie recipe, maybe the old faithful lasagna well remembered from one’s youth, or a favorite holiday cookie recipe.  Apples don’t fall far from the tree my friends so I suspect it … {continue reading}

A Fun Holiday Outing and Russell’s Smokehouse (Denver CO)

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I think there is nothing like a trip to a city for a good injection of holiday spirit.  This year somehow it feels more like the walls are closing in rather than looking toward a cheery prelude to Christmas over the next three weeks (even writing that tempts a panic attack).During my upbringing it was an annual tradition to go to a holiday performance of the Nutcracker Ballet.  When starting my own family that was folded in but truth be told Nutcracker ‘burn out’ has set in.  I sensed it coming on a few years ago.  I decided to launch a silent pre-emptive strike, hoping to get them over a rough few years and back on track.  We switched to a Moscow Ballet performance two years ago and though enthralled with the athleticism of the dancers, it did not breathe life back into the family … {continue reading}

BookCliff Vineyards and Black Cat Farm/Bistro

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Having lived in cities like San Francisco I love the sense of community patronizing neighborhood retailers brings.  It makes a big place feel like a more intimate one.  Love a good coffee house, maybe a cute boutique, but I hit the mother lode with a winery in my current ‘hood, and a good one; BookCliff Vineyards.  I’d spoken with John Garlich, the winery’s owner, at the Farmer’s Market earlier in the summer and have gotten rave reviews from wine-knowledgeable ‘bon vivant’ friends.  Last weekend I finally made my way over to check out the tasting room.   To my surprise one of my favorite local farms/restaurants was there as well; Black Cat.When ‘wine’ and ‘Colorado’ are in the same sentence together most see that as an oxymoron.  Understandably so.  Though our wine industry has been afoot … {continue reading}

Food for Thought

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When I was a child I did not like Thanksgiving.  More accurately, I did not GET Thanksgiving.  It was boring; all people did was eat.  It was nice to get together with family but stuffing oneself to the gills as a purposeful end result was how I saw it and it seemed void of deeper intent.As an adult I grew to take pride in contributing to holiday meals and even hosted my entire extended family at my very small rented homes or apartments.  I would slave all day, deliver a sumptuous meal with my own senses too saturated to eat and then collapse with a kidney infection the next day.  That was fun.Like a good wine I’ve mellowed with age (insert eye roll here).  I have grown to appreciate the opportunity to reflect and give thanks as a more core focus than seasonal gorging.   It’s been on my … {continue reading}