Coconut Cranberry Chews

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When Katrina and I first met, I had just started to groove as a home cook. I was always learning new things, experimenting with recipes, techniques, never making the same thing twice. She loved that I had the passion for cooking, because she didn’t – and wasn’t afraid to say it. She did, however, have…

Fava Bean Puree

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I spend a lot of time in bookstores. Since I was a child, being in a library or a giant bookstore has always been an escape for me. I love books of all kinds, and nothing entertains me more than reading someone’s story. Cookbooks, now more than ever, are more than just a collection of…

Potato Leek Soup

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Today on My Life as a Foodie In the Kitchen we’re making Potato Leek Soup, or (served cold) vichyssoise to the French. Usually served cold in France, it’s a pureed soup of leeks, potatoes, cream, and chicken stock. I like to serve this soup warm, but then you can’t call it vichyssoise. To me, it’s…

Out To Lunch :: Snooze

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Founded by two brothers in Denver with locations in Texas, Arizona, California, and Colorado, Snooze is an outside the box breakfast and brunch stop that is, safe to say, no Denny’s. With creative twists on American classics, a casual atmosphere, friendly staff, and relatively affordable prices, it’s a refreshing change to the doldrums of American…

Eat. Go. Repeat.

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I encourage you to listen to my new podcast Eat. Go. Repeat. Focusing on fitness and nutrition, I hope to dispel any notion that living a healthy lifestyle means the food you eat has to suck. That’s simply not true, and I’ll prove it to you. This is in no way to say that we…

Growing Sprouts

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Now that the colder months are upon us, the number of fruits and vegetables that you can grow outdoors in your garden will make a very short list. This is the season for greenhouse window gardening, and there’s nothing easier to grow indoors than sprouts. Fresh sprouts grown at home are delicious, healthy, stupid easy,…

Quick and Easy Energy Bars

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Combine these ingredients in a mixing bowl: 1 cup of oats (or granola) 1/4 cup of chopped nuts (your choice, or leave them out) 3 tablespoons of flaxseeds 1/4 cup of chopped dried fruit (again, your choice) 1/3 cup of peanut butter 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract Then, heat 1/4 cup of rice syrup and…

Carrot Soup Latte

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It wasn’t long ago that I posted a simple recipe for carrot soup. Recently, I made it again as a small first dish before our main meal, this time serving it in a coffee cup and topping it with frothy lavender-infused cream. You drink it like you would a cup of coffee – no spoon….

Pickled Grapes

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I talked about these amazing grapes from Chef Duskie Estes years ago, when Katrina and I visited the now defunct Bovolo restaurant in Sonoma for brunch. I know the idea sounds ridiculous at first, but what you end up with are crisp, spicy, intense little bastards that go well alongside a breakfast sandwich, panini, or…

Italian Wedding Soup

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I’m a soup whore. I don’t think I’ve met a soup I haven’t liked. That goes for any one-pot dish, actually. I like anything that can be made with minimal effort, using fresh ingredients, far in advance, heated up at a moments notice and served when everyone’s finally ready to eat. Despite what you might…