The Heart of the Artichoke

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People tend to shy away from artichokes because they’re “too much work” – whatever that means. Cooking requires some labor, and fresh produce begs to be taken care of when you take it home to your kitchen. Plain and simple, I love the way they taste and the way they look. And like any produce…

Cold Pressed Charcoal Lemonade

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Activated charcoal is a bit of a fad right now, but that’s not why we picked up a bottle of this stuff from Juice Served Here. The idea of drinking black lemonade just sounded intriguing. It was incredibly delicious – so much so that we bought a couple more bottles of it. Pricey at $6,…

Candy Cane Beets – coming this Winter

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As much as I love the entrance of Fall, it carries with it a sense of sadness. The activity of our Summer garden has simmered to a whimper, the plants die off, and we’re saddled with the task of removing almost everything that has given us so much produce during those bright Summer days. With…

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…