Goji Berry Infused Vodka and Martini

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    No, goji berries do not grow in Colorado.  However being one that likes her antioxidants as much as the next girl, and being game to infuse anything (hide your children and your pets) the idea of infusing vodka with goji berries popped to mind awhile ago.  I’m a curious person, believing where there is a ‘will there is a way’ (or maybe where there is a ‘vodka there is an infusion’) so I felt it was a divine sign when I was approached by Gojee, a innovative recipe website for food and now booze, to be one of their contributors.  More on them in a minute but that left me with a symbolic green light and the engine revving to get on with my infusion.   Though I’m not infusing something local or seasonal as is my culinary persuasion, I am using favorite vodka from a local company, … {continue reading}

Chipotle Sweet Potato Gratin

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When I was in first and second grade I lived in Logan Utah.  We had relatives in Salt Lake City (my mother’s cousin and her family) about an hour away and those holidays were my first clear memory of large family gatherings.  For Easter we’d get new clothing (usually sewn by my mother) and go out to a fancy brunch at a hotel in Salt Lake City.  It was like hitting the chocolate egg mother lode.Thanksgiving was similar though we’d gather at someone’s home.  I remember lots of food but more profoundly, my first horrifying encounter with what I termed ‘Orange Juice Potatoes’.  No one bothered to explain what a sweet potato or a yam was at that point; I was left to my own buffet-table devices to take a scoop, complete with mini marshmallows studding the top, and sit down only to feel accosted … {continue reading}

Caramelized Pear Upside Down Cake and Homemade Coffee Liqueur

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  We’re turning 1!  Unbelievably it was a year ago Christianna, author of Burwell General Store approached Lindsay, author of the blog Rosemarried, to endeavor a recipe swap idea.  The concept being a recipe would be selected monthly from a vintage hymnal-cum-cookbook that would have at least 3 things changed but stay true to the intent of the original recipe then shared.  A month later she asked me to join in and the rest is history. Christianna asked us to reflect on how we’ve grown in the last year for this special anniversary post.  I had never done anything like this before she asked me.  I would have called myself at best a ‘recipe compiler’ which was more a function of creatively cleaning out the fridge; certainly not a recipe innovator.  I took the task very seriously, did a lot … {continue reading}

The Manhattan cocktail and Homemade Maraschino Cherries

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When I turned 21 I was living in Santa Cruz California.  I’d gone to college there to study Marine Biology and also took a part time job at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.  Being one of the last seaside amusement parks in the U.S., and one serving alcohol, left it an adventure to behold in terms of patron engagement.  A milder favorite was a woman who’d had a few glasses of wine too many, teetering up to my ticket booth to announce she’d love the beach if it weren’t for the sand (?).  Staffed with co-eds like myself looking to make some pocket money while toiling through the books, I met some of my closest and most fun friends of that time.Santa Cruz at the time was a vortex for untethered people.  I’ve never lived anywhere where people would tell you more often ‘I was just driving on a … {continue reading}

Spicy Apple Crisp with Cranberries and Walnuts

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This is a true tale of how recipes are born.  I’ve likened my thought process before to a series of children’s book in which a given animal, with ADHD, begins one task and traipses through 100 others leaving a wake of unfinished business in their past.  If you give a pig a pancake, he’ll want to make maple syrup.  After drilling the tree for the maple syrup he’ll want to build a tree house.  When you go to the lumber supply store he’ll want to do something else; that kind of thing. Today struck me a bit like that but fortunately with a more confined and positive result.  Regular readers will note I’ve been meandering through old family recipes, many for the first making by me.  Those from my grandmother and great grandmother’s era I’ve found most similar to how I eat; whole foods, … {continue reading}

El Dia de los Muertos and THE BEST Lemon Roasted Chicken

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As we all feverishly prepare for Halloween, there is another holiday hot on its heels that most don’t really understand; El Dia de los Muertos or The Day of the Dead.  Years ago when I lived in Santa Cruz California I visited the home of a friend around this time of year to find her living room festooned with what would be best described at playfully animated skeletons in papier mache.  They seemed to be gawking at me with their guitars and exotic dancing attire.  I didn’t get it. She was the first to introduce me to the Mexican holiday of The Day of the Dead which is honored on November 1 and 2 (usually November 1 is for honoring passed children and November 2 adults).  Unlike Halloween which is about ghouls, goblins and the departed coming back to haunt us all, El Dia de los Muertos is … {continue reading}