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Spring Trifle Salad

Spring Trifle Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette

Sometimes you just need to eat a salad for dinner, and this one also works well for a buffet or brunch.  I love fresh fruit on salads, and the berries add layers of color and sweet-tart flavor.  If you don’t have a trifle bowl around, any large, glass bowl will work to showcase the colors–or, […]

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Grilled Asparagus with Meyer Lemon Dressing

Grilled Asparagus with Meyer Lemon Dressing

Growing up in the Midwest, one of my favorite places to hang out in midsummer was the asparagus patch at the back of our huge garden.  The asparagus itself was not the draw, as by that time the slender shoots had given way to billowing, fern-like shrubs, dotted with tiny red berries.  In that dense […]

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Tomato Soup with Chard

Winter Tomato Soup with Chard

Winter is the time to break out the home-canned tomatoes for a pot of soup.  Tomato soup is probably my favorite soup, year-round, but I really crave it in cold weather.  This version has lots of vegetables, including a swirl of Swiss chard ribbons added in at the end, plus some smoky flavors from the […]

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Roasted Cauliflower and Walnut Salad

Roasted Cauliflower and Walnut Salad

Organic cauliflower is available year round, it stores well, and is one of my favorite vegetables to have on hand for winter recipes.  This is a warming winter salad that works well as a side dish or as a vegan main course.  Roasting the cauliflower lends it a sweeter, somewhat nutty flavor that is intensified […]

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Pimenton Roasted Lamb Shanks

An Albariño Wine Pairing Dinner

I recently received some samples of one of my favorite types of wine, some Albariños from Rías Baixas, Spain.  While traditional logic dictates that white wines be served with dishes that are lighter in flavor, I find the dry, complex citrus flavors of Albariños pair well with spicy foods.  The two bottles sampled were a […]

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Chilled Sorrel Soup, Seasonal and Savory

Chilled Sorrel Soup

Right now I am out on the back deck, and it is 101 degrees.  It’s a dry heat, so it only feels like 97.  Balmy.  We are in the midst of a pretty rough summer here in Colorado.  So, let’s take our minds off of the heat and the wildfires, and have some cold soup: […]

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