Archive for July, 2013

Crispy Artichokes

Crispy Artichokes

Appetizers & Sides

  I watched David Rocco make a raw artichoke salad on his show months ago and my mouth dropped. "That is so easy," I thought.   He removed most of the outer leaves of the artichoke and then thinly sliced the remaining part, added some olive oil and parmesan and ate it raw.    I immediately tried it but his artichoke must have been a lot fresher than mine.   Probably picked that day from an artichoke plant in his yard.     I threw my raw artichoke salad into a skillet with some olive oil and garlic cooked it for about 5-10 minutes.  Viola, a wonderful salad. It reminded me  of a late night meal I had in New…

Tuna and Kalamata Olive Salad

Tuna and Kalamata Olive Salad

Lunch & Dinner,Salad & Soup

It’s been a while. It is really nice to be back on the blog. I hope you are all enjoying Spring wherever you are. I just returned from 2 amazing weeks at the beach and feel so refreshed and ready to go. Early morning walks on the beach are one of my favorite ways to start the day. I am going to miss that fine white sand on my toes. Spring at 9,000 feet is always interesting. It was nice to see almost of all the snow melted from our driveway when we got home and a warmish sunny day to greet us. The kids were a little disappointed that their sledding hill disappeared while we were away but they…

Parmesan Quinoa Cakes with Homemade Pesto

Parmesan Quinoa Cakes with Homemade Pesto

Appetizers & Sides,Lunch & Dinner

OR with Homemade Marinara and Whipped Feta. Before I go into this recipe I have to share some photos from my hike this morning.  I mean, come on.   They don't call Crested Butte the wildflower capital of Colorado for nothing. This was our camping spot last weekend at the blue mesa where we played in rafts and hung out with friends all weekend.   And then we came home to a beautiful rainbow! Flowers, farmer's markets, camping, hiking, outdoor music concerts and rafting have been filling up our summer.   I have missed several Sunday Farmer's Markets because we have been camping.   Max asked me about them the other day.  He likes to go and get treats and it's nice to…

Watermelon, Feta, and Basil Bites

Watermelon, Feta, and Basil Bites

Appetizers & Sides,Kid Friendly

I am not the cutesy type but these little bites are a pretty perfect addition to  a 4th of July BBQ.   I added blueberries simply to make them more festive but if you are making this for another occasion, you could leave them out. The recipe takes about 10 minutes to assemble.  It doesn't get much easier than this. Watermelons are so refreshing on a hot day.  Add a squeeze of fresh lime juice on top and it brings it to a whole new level. These bites look like tomatoes and might confuse someone (my husband, possibly) as they wonder how a tomato could possibly be so crunchy.   A curious and confused expression might paint their face until they realize…