Mini Meatloaves with Garlic Mashed Potatoes

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Happy fall everyone! I have to say, this is my favorite season. The golden colors, the crisp bite to the air, the gentleness of the air and the promise of snow, I love it all. This is finally the time when I can start wearing sweaters again, drinking cider like its water and making warming, comfort-food meals. This recipe for mini meatloves with garlic mashed potatoes is a new favorite of mine. It comes together simply, makes for a great dinner and makes some wonderful leftovers for lunch the next day.

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Skirt Steak with Chimichurri and Spiced Corn

 

final from topHere’s a great recipe for your Memorial Day celebrations that can be prepared inside or out. This recipe takes skirt steak, a relatively inexpensive cut of beef, and combines it with a flavorful chimichurri sauce to bring out the best in both. The spiced corn is a welcome compliment to the dish’s flavors and adds just a pinch of sweetness.

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Keeping it Simple: Tex Mex Taco Night

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I had a great neighbor growing up named  Pinky. She was the mother to seven and a smart, crafty Irishwoman to boot. While she did work hard (did I mention she was the mother to SEVEN kids?!) she was also very good at avoiding unnecessary work and sneaking in some time for herself. Once the kids were old enough, she would send them to school and hit the golf course with her ladies, usually arriving home just before her husband returned home from work. Not wanting him to catch on to her golfing, Pinky would put as many large pots as possible on the stove and boil water inside of them so that when her husband got home he would see all the boiling pots and Pinky would exclaim “Oh! How hard I’ve been working cooking dinner!”.

So what does Pinky the crafty Irishwoman have to do with tacos? Pinky had mastered a very specific skill that enabled her to golf with friends and make dinner for 9 people all while taking it relatively easy, Pinky was a master of making it look hard. These tacos fit that same bill; they taste great, look great and make it seem like you’ve been slaving over dinner, but these are so incredibly easy that you can make them in 15 minutes. These are my go-to on a long day, whether I’ve been working late or, like Pinky, playing late, these tacos are a sure hit. Enjoy!

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Pasta Bolognese

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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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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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Slow Cooker Pot Roast

I purchased a slow cooker this summer with the goal of making a couple easy chilies for football season, I have ended up using it about once a week for everything from casseroles to desserts (more recipes to come-I promise!). This last time I made a really easy pot roast, originally from the Pioneer Woman (http://thepioneerwoman.com). In doing so, I discovered that Safeway will cut whatever you ask for even if you, like me, can’t remember the name of the cut when you walk up to the butcher counter; they will take pity on you and try to help. I apologize about some of the pictures-apparently it’s hard to make meat look cute.

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