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Daikon, Leek, and Apple Cakes with Horseradish Cream

Daikon, Leek, and Apple Cakes with Horseradish Cream

This is one of those ideas that I intellectually assume will work, yet I am still surprised when it really does.  Since we started getting our CSA vegetable and fruit shares every Monday, our weekends have involved poking around in the fridge and looking for random produce that needs to be used before the next […]

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My Favorite 20-Minute Party Spread

Yesterday I did some fun touristy stuff with my friend Terry–the Celestial Seasonings factory tour (you will never breathe better than when stepping into that mint room), pots of tea at the beautiful Boulder Dushanbe Tea House, the not-yet-Olympic sport of dodging errant student pedestrians at University of Colorado…all the usual stuff.  Along the way we […]

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Savory Mushroom Flans with Crispy Fried Shallots

Savory Wild Mushroom Flans with Crispy Shallots and Chive Oil

A couple of weeks ago I received an exciting little box from Marx Foods containing samples of five different types of dried wild mushrooms, all foraged from the Pacific Northwest.  These are not cultivated varieties labeled as “wild,” they are the real deal.  My challenge was to create a recipe to feature on my blog, […]

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A Picnic from My Mother’s Pantry

I am planning a gourmet picnic with family this weekend, so today I started on a few packable goodies using some of the amazing stuff my mother has preserved (as well as, you guessed it–more tomatoes!).  I always feel a little giddy with the sheer quantity of great ingredients I have on hand when I […]

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Summer Squash Fritters with Sun Gold and Avocado Relish

Summer Squash Fritters with Sun Gold and Avocado Relish

Despite the record-high temperatures we have been enduring for the past few days, summer really is drawing to a close.  Our CSA shares have been reflecting that change of season, with fruit shifting from stone fruits into apples and pears, and vegetables moving from cooking greens and lettuces to eggplants and potatoes.  Still, the summer […]

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