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Boulder Blind Cafe

There is a tendency to rush to fill things we perceive as voids: talking to ease the silent spaces in conversations, pushing forward to fill the gaps while waiting in line, lighting things up to veil the darkness.  One of the more fascinating aspects of dining in the dark at the Boulder Blind Cafe was […]

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Rocky Mountain National Park

Wild Turkeys and Camel’s Milk

I have a great soup recipe coming up soon, but my schedule of late has meant very little time in the kitchen.  We took a mini-break last week to enjoy the last of the fall colors up in Rocky Mountain National Park, where we did some easy hikes and saw a good amount of wildlife. […]

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Edible flowers

C.S.A. Murder and Intrigue…plus Edible Flowers

Cooking is one of my my primary passions, and if you follow my blog you know that I think we should all be trying to eat seasonal, local, and organic as much as possible.  Two of my other great loves are gardening and reading, so I am taking a break from the recipe routine to […]

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Lion's Mane Mushrooms

Lion’s Mane Mushrooms

When you think of mushrooms, furry is probably not the first thing that comes to mind, but this is a mushroom that looks decidedly furry.  To me, they look like Tribbles, those purring creatures from my favorite episode of Star Trek. Lion’s Mane mushrooms are delicious and meaty, though somewhat difficult to find.  If you […]

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Aleppo-Garlic Pickle Slices

Ball’s National Can-It-Forward Day (plus a giveaway)

Growing up in Muncie, Indiana, the Ball family name dominated the landscape of my life: building names, the university and hospital, local industry, and, of course, our end-of-summer canning season all bore the Ball name.  My parents have always maintained a large garden and a variety of fruit trees, and August and September meant pulling […]

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Bread Cheese

Juustoa (Bread Cheese)

When life gets crazed I turn to comfort foods, and this is a U.P. comfort food extraordinaire.  During my U.P. years I would buy a locally-made version of this baked cheese that was a bit sweeter and less salty than the versions that are now popping up all over (Trader Joe’s apparently carries a version […]

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