Upstate Minestrone Soup

Upstate Minestrone Soup One of my favorite winter soups. Hearty, warming and tasty! Ingredients 1 lb Italian Kielbasa or sausage of choice, sliced sideways into ½” pieces Olive or avocado oil 1 cup diced onion 4 cloves garlic minced 1/2 cup sliced carrots 1 bell pepper diced 2 small zucchini sliced 1 can 16oz can […]

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Best Ever Banana Bread

Best Ever Banana Bread Ingredients 2 ripe bananas mashed 2 eggs 1 3/4 cups unsifted all purpose flour 1 1/2 cups sugar 1 cup chopped walnuts 1/2 cup vegetable oil 1/4 cup plus1 tbsp. buttermilk 1 tsp. baking soda 1 tsp. vanilla 1/2 tsp. salt Instructions Preheat oven to 325. Grease and flour 9×5 loaf […]

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Ricotta, Gorgonzola and Honey Spread

Ricotta, Gorgonzola and Honey Spread Tasty, easy and great for parties. Ingredients 1-15 oz container ricotta cheese 6 oz gorgonzola cheese crumbled ½ tsp dried thyme ½ tsp dried rosemary ½ tsp cracked black pepper 1 tbs honey Crackers or baguette slices Sliced apples or pears or thinly sliced dried apricots Walnuts optional Instructions Beat […]

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Chai Warming Winter Blend

  Chai Warming Winter Blend – serves 3-4 1 cinnamon stick 1 2” piece fresh ginger root, chopped 1 tsp. cardamom seeds ½ tsp. black peppercorns ½ tsp. cloves 1 tsp. coriander seeds 4 cups water 1 cup milk 3-4 teabags black or green tea honey or sugar Bring water and spices to a boil, […]

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Caramelized Vegetable and Meatball Soup

Caramelized Vegetable and Meatball Soup A hearty, nutritious soup for those cold winter nights. Make extra and freeze. Substitute veggies and protein as you like. 1 small peeled, seeded butternut squash 1-2 medium Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled 2 carrots 2 large parsnips, peeled 10 to 15 garlic cloves, peeled, cut if extra large into medium […]

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Holiday Season Starts in Colorado – November 2014

For each new morning with its light, For rest and shelter of the night, For health and food, For love and friends, For everything Thy goodness sends. Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)    Thanksgiving reminds us of the ancient celebrations of harvest. A time when offerings were made in gratitude to the earth’s abundance and prayers […]

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Autumn in Colorado – October 2014

The weather is gorgeous, and though the color in the mountains will be pretty much over, the front range will start displaying spectacular fall colors. We are in the bounty of the harvest season with apples, corn mazes, and hiking and biking or just long walks in the cool, crisp air of autumn. Halloween festivities […]

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Pickled Garlic

Pickled Garlic Use in everything you would use garlic for. Delicious, easy and so good for you.This recipe also works great with jalapeno peppers. Takes away a lot of the heat and intensifies flavor. 1 cup organic apple cider vinegar, you can also use wine or rice vinegar 1tbs. chili flakes 1 tbs. thyme 1 […]

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Chimichurri Sauce

Chimichurri Sauce 1 cup fresh Italian parsley ½ cup olive oil 1/3 cup red wine or balsamic vinegar 2 garlic cloves, peeled ¾ tsp red pepper flakes 1 tsp oregano ½ tsp cumin ½ tsp salt Combine in food processor or mortar and pestle. Will keep in the refrigerator for weeks. Bring to room temperature […]

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Slow Roasted Tomatoes

Slow Roasted Tomatoes Good recipe if you have bowls of harvested tomatoes on your counter. You can freeze and use later. Also great for giving some flavor to those bland winter tomatoes. Use on pizzas, in sauces, soups, stews and casseroles, anywhere you want a concentrated tomato flavor. Preheat oven to 275. Cut fresh tomatoes […]

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Gorgeous Colorado Fall – September 2014

Herb Blurb September 2014 Yep, it’s September and my favorite season begins soon, gorgeous fall. Harvest festivals, the aspen turning, the farmers markets overflowing with fresh fruits and veggies and cooler days and nights all add up to a marvelous month. It’s time to start stocking up for winter. Collect the garden harvest, dry herbs […]

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