Gluten-Free Decadent Brownies

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As football season begins, I wanted to share one of my favorite tailgating sweets, fudgy brownies! These brownies have a crunchy layer of chocolate on top and a rich, ooey-gooey interior. I made these last year for our Super Bowl party; and while they may not have helped the Broncos win, they sure made for some yummy munching.

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Roasted beets with herbed goat cheese and crushed almonds

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I would love to tell you that this was a wildly difficult recipe requiring years of training and recipe perfection, but really, this dish is so simple I almost didn’t put it on the blog. Almost…Then I did some reflection and realized that a simple recipe can be delicious, welcome on a busy night, and, like these gorgeous roasted beets, quite beautiful.

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Sweet Chili Salmon and Marinated Eggplant

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 This dish contains some of my favorite foods and great Asian flavors, spicy and sweet chili sauce and salty plump eggplant. Simple to put together, this dish shows off the colors and textures of the food and the heat and the sweet bring a bright pop of flavor for a great weeknight supper.

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Pasta Bolognese


The first harvest from my garden is in! I’ve planted a whole mess of veggies and just yesterday I finally got to harvest some of them. Thanks to our wacky wet spring here in Colorado, some of the plants have had explosive overnight growth and some have just exploded…specifically, my carrots. When carrots get too much water (as we definitely have had due to the rain) they split down the center. Still perfectly delicious but not so pretty. So, what’s a girl to do with split carrots, loads of fresh herbs and some local Colorado beef? Make a bolognese!

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The first harvest!

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Simple Breakfast Casserole

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In my constant battle to get to work on time, I’m always looking for healthy, quick and protein-packed breakfast items-this casserole fits the bill! Here’s a super simple breakfast casserole sure to be a crowd-pleaser. This casserole serves four, can be made a day (or two) ahead and is made with your favorite mix-ins. I’ve made mine with juicy, lean chicken sausage, green onions and light cheddar cheese. This casserole is a great quick breakfast before work, on a holiday morning or before a summer bike ride.

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Blog Update: We’re going gluten-free!

Hi all,

Sorry it’s been such a long stint since my last post. I’ve become really involved in our brand new community garden, been doing a load of wedding planning for our wedding in October, and become a member of Denver’s Sustainable Food Policy Council. That said, summer is sorta-kinda-ish here in CO and that means farmer’s markets, garden goodies, camping food and local yummies galore-with one twist. This spring I was diagnosed with celiac disease.

I didn’t really realize I had a problem with gluten until I visited my doctor and for the umpteenth time complained of being exhausted, no matter how much sleep I got. She recommended a full dietary blood panel and sure enough my tTG levels (t-Transglutaminase-the standard test for celiac) came back at 74 U/mL when the healthy range is 0 to 3-woops. After some other tests, it was confirmed that I have celiac disease, so more wheat…ever.

Once diagnosed, the first couple of days were OK, but after about day 3, the cravings hit. Fluffy bread, pasta, cakes, beer-anything that contained gluten was all I wanted. It was bad. I was actually dreaming about food. Slowly though, I began to find some replacements for those items that I reaalllyy wanted and I learned which replacements to avoid-some things are just not the same and not worth the money to try to replace them. It’s been about 4 months now since my final diagnosis and it’s much better. The cravings are gone (although I do still drool over bagels and doughnuts when folks bring them into the office), I have a good arsenal of GF bread and pasta and I’ve learned how NOT to get burned when I eat out at restaurants. It’s been a learning process, but I feel so much better and I know I’m treating my body better. If anyone is struggling with a new diagnosis of celiac, I am happy to chat-just shoot me an email at

So, all that said, I’m really excited to get back to the blog. I don’t think I’ll be focusing on “gluten-free” recipes, but rather recipes where you won’t notice that the gluten is missing. I still want to keep my focus on local, healthy foods and having a good time in the kitchen. Stay tuned folks, I’m excited to share what we can make with the bounty this summer has to hold!

Grilled Portobello Mushroom Polenta

Spring is here! The daffodils are blooming, birds are chirping and it is almost time for the farmer’s markets! It’s time to hang up the skis, bust out the camping equipment and shift our meals from winter comfort food to grilled delights and fresh vegetables. My grilled portobello mushroom polenta recipe is the perfect gluten-free and vegetarian meal to celebrate the new season! This dish was inspired by a recent collaboration between the The Wynn Resort in Las Vegas and the vegan chef Tal Ronnen. These collaborators are working together to create beautiful vegan and vegetarian dishes for all their guests at the Wynn. Check out the link here: to learn all about the Wynn hotel, read guest reviews and plan your delicious dining adventure at the Wynn! No drooling on the keyboard!


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Local Burger Night Celebrating James Ranch

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Well, time got away from me and I am a bit behind with my posts-so prepare for a blog blast! The first thing I wanted to share with you all was a great local burger night that we had at home. We rarely have burgers at home, but when we do, we don’t mess around. For this night, I wanted to make sure that all our ingredients came from the big CO. On our recent trip to Durango, Mom and I had recently visited the James Ranch and we were blown away by all the beautiful cheeses, vegetables and meats. The ranch is just outside of Durango, near Hermosa, CO. The James family has cared for the land since 1961 with the goal of producing nutritious, delicious and humanely-raised food for the community.

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Red Velvet Cake


I love making birthday cakes for my friends and family. Even though making cakes for events can really be stressful when you’re trying to make sure everyone loves the cake and that nothing goes wrong at the last minute (haha), it’s such a joy to be able to make the people you love feel special. I’ve made cakes we’ve enjoyed while camping, made cakes that got sat on (repeatedly), made cakes that were elegant and make cakes that were…..hideous special…

This cake, inspired by an Alton Brown recipe, turned out quite well and was a special treat for my mom’s birthday. I added some berries within the cake layer and on top to break up the thick cream cheese frosting and to contrast the cocoa of the cake. Here’s a fresh twist on a classic cake sure to bring everyone together!

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