Cinco de Mayo Dipping: Chile con Queso & Roasted Jalapeno Salsa

Cinco de Mayo dips |BoulderLocavore .com

I remember the exact moment I fell in love with Mexican food.  I was in third grade and we’d just moved to a city in Northern Colorado.  We’d moved every few years prior due to jobs or the pursuit of educational degrees on the part of my parents.  I had no idea when landing in Colorado that it would form a foundation not only of my personae but set roots for what is undoubtedly some of my favorite ethnic food. We went to eat at one of two Mexican restaurants in town; El Burrito.  It was … CONTINUE READING

20 {Gluten-Free} Cinco de Mayo Food & Drink Recipes


I cannot think of a cuisine in the United States that has a more broad appeal than Mexican food.  Granted my locality lends itself to an abundance of good Mexican food with influence from the Southwest as well.  I think for me discovering my love for the spicy, earthy flavors so young it’s my ‘go to’ for a festive mood with relaxed ease.  It is not fussy food to prepare or to eat.  Even when dining at the upscale Rick  Bayless Mexican restaurants in Chicago there was no pretense. Like St. … CONTINUE READING

Champagne Mango-Lime Agua Fresca

Champagne Mango-Lime Agua Fresco BoulderLocavore 754-001

With Cinco de Mayo approaching this weekend, all eyes are on the coveted Margarita!  However not everyone chooses to imbibe and mixing it up with a favorite non-alcoholic drink from Mexico is a sure win: Agua Fresca.  Literally translated to be ‘fresh water’, Agua Fresca is an indigenous drink of Mexico which blends fresh fruits, water and some sugar for a light, refreshing drink. The first time I tasted Agua Fresca was on my only trip to Mexico visiting friends in Puerto Vallarta.  It … CONTINUE READING

PLaYing at The Broadmoor & the Purple Pin {adult milkshake}

The Broadmoor's West Building, where we stayed and which houses The PLaY.

When driving  through Colorado Springs, usually en route to Santa Fe or Taos, I’ve thought I really should spend a weekend there knowing it has much exploration to offer.  It is a gorgeous setting nestled in the bosom of 14,000 foot Pikes Peak.   As work the wiles of serendipity, my family and I were invited to come to Colorado Springs to experience The Broadmoor hotel, an iconic Grande Dame sparkling every one of her well-deserved five stars in all aspects of her offerings.   One quickly feels … CONTINUE READING

Square Foot Gardening & Duluth Trading Co. Giveaway!

Square Foot Gardening |

From time to time I've shared gardening insight about tips on growing food.  I’m a lifetime gardener but have adopted a produce growing method over the past few years leaving me sure I’ll never go back to traditional row gardening; Square Foot Gardening.  Square foot gardening is a high density gardening approach which divides garden plots of any size into square feet (12 inch by 12 inch squares) with guidelines about how many of each plant fill a square foot. The benefits include optimized use … CONTINUE READING

Spiced Indian Cauliflower and Potatoes {Aloo Gobi}

Spiced Indian Cauliflower and Potatoes {Aloo Gobi} |

I will admit I cannot resist a novel fruit or vegetable.  I love the abundance of color at this time of year and sampling traditional produce in eye-catching colors.  I believe the vibrancy of their hue perks up interest in eating vegetables which might otherwise be dismissed. There are many vegetables I prefer to eat raw, not loving their flavor change when they are cooked.  Invariably however paired with some sultry spice and I’m smitten.  I had a bit of a hiatus in dining out for … CONTINUE READING