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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…

Quinoa Salad with Beets and Cucumbers

Quinoa Salad with Beets and Cucumbers

Lunch & Dinner,Salad & Soup

Happy Fathers Day!   I hope you are all celebrating the amazing father's and men in your life.  After a filling family breakfast and looking at all the cards the kids decorated for Eric, we sent him off for a long hike with some of his good friends.   The kids absolutely adore their dad, as do I. I think about my father often, but especially today.  This is my fourth father's day without him.   I picture him playing bridge somewhere and passionately discussing politics while eating chinese food, or maybe a big plate of onion rings.   To this recipe he would say keen-what?  And I would reply, Keen-WAH, Dad - Try it, it's really good for you.  You'll like it…

Radicchio wrapped Quinoa, Fennel and Avocado

Radicchio wrapped Quinoa, Fennel and Avocado

Lunch & Dinner

I just got back from a two hour hike with my friend, Dina.   It was so nice to catch up and be outside.   We are only starting to experience spring in Crested Butte. This is what it looked like outside last week... And this is what it looks like this week!  Ahh,  much better. I prefer to exercise outside but it's not always an option.   From cold weather to my two little munchkins,  I often workout on my treadmill.    I will occasionally watch  a Grey's Anatomy episode or John Stewart while exercising but more often than not,  I watch cooking shows.   It's true.    Something about it doesn't seem right but I do...From Giada De Laurenttis, to…

Cauliflower Rice with Artichokes

Cauliflower Rice with Artichokes

Lunch & Dinner

I  was experimenting a little bit with being grain-free just to see how I felt and saw various recipes for cauliflower rice on Paleo websites.  It is one of my new favorite things of 2013- although just to be fair I don't have many new things in 2013 yet.  But still.  All you do is put your cauliflower in the Cuisinart until it is finely blended and saute for a few minutes.  Genious. Are any of you grain-free?  It is an adjustment but I do notice a difference in how I feel.   I have been wheat free (again) for the last few weeks and mostly grain free but not totally.   As someone who loves to bake, that poses a bit…

Tomato, Green Chili and Corn Tart

Tomato, Green Chili and Corn Tart

Lunch & Dinner

      Eric and I bought a bunch of Hatch roasted green chilies from a women on the side of the road in Taos, New Mexico thinking we would freeze most of them for later use.    Now we are wondering why we didn't buy more! First I made a batch of Green Chili Sauce and used it for a quick meal one night with a package of premade polenta, green chilies, cheddar cheese.  I had to go to a meeting that evening so I prepared the dish and left Eric with instruction to bake it for about 30 minutes.  I got home at the tail end of dinner to an almost finished baking dish.   It tasted somewhere between…

Veggie Tacos with Peach Salsa

Veggie Tacos with Peach Salsa

Lunch & Dinner

Rain Rain Rain.   I am not complaining.   At all.    I am just saying there's been a lot lately.   June was all sunshine all the time and as much as we needed the rain, it did feel nice.   But one drop of a match and the  whole town might have caught fire.   The flowers were not making their usual colorful appearance and riding the trails left one inhaling a lot of dust.  I started to wonder if it was ever going to rain again. It did. July seems to be making up for things.   Flowers are blooming, trails are hard packed and the grass seems pretty wet.  And I just heard they lifted the fire ban in town.…

Polenta-Stuffed Swiss Chard with Roasted Garlic Tomato Sauce

Polenta-Stuffed Swiss Chard with Roasted Garlic Tomato Sauce

Lunch & Dinner

Here is one for all you garlic lovers! Walking into a house to the smell of garlic roasting in the oven is so pleasing and comforting. Garlic is said to have many healing properties and it is my go-to remedy when I start feeling a cold coming on.   My mom gave used to give it this to me as a kid and I still use it today.   You chop up a clove of garlic, put it on a spoon with a little raw honey on top and swallow it down.   I swear by it.   If you are worried about garlic breath, just have your significant other do it too. This is such a great meal and not too time consuming. …

Black Bean Veggie Burgers

Black Bean Veggie Burgers

Lunch & Dinner

I don't know about you, but there have been times in the past when I am heading to a BBQ and  just because it's quick and easy, I run into the grocery store and pick up a box of Frozen Veggie Burgers.   They are never very satisfying and almost make me want to take a bite of a burger, almost.   Hmmm...is that grass-fed beef?  Well, those days are over.     Summer season is almost here, the weather is warming up and I have a delicious veggie burger recipe to share with you.  These are delicious and nutritious, and they won't fall apart in your hamburger bun. This recipe makes about a dozen burgers and you can make them ahead, freeze these…

Green Curry with Vegetables and Tofu

Green Curry with Vegetables and Tofu

Lunch & Dinner

I am married to an incredibly organized man.  It seems like he has an excel spreadsheet for everything from doctors visits for each member of our family, to expenses, to how many miles he drives his car for each appointment.   It's amazing.   We even had a spreadsheet for our wedding guest list, which  really came in handy for writing thank you notes and looking up someone's  address.   And he has folders nicely labeled..    Thank goodness one of us is organized! I admire his organizational skills and am SO grateful that he is diligent with updating all those spreadsheets.   Sometimes I will walk into Eric's closet to put something away and think,  wow, even his shoes are nicely…

Farinata (chickpea flour flatbread) with 3 Variations

Farinata (chickpea flour flatbread) with 3 Variations

Appetizers & Sides,Baked Goods,Lunch & Dinner,Snacks & Sweets

Last week I looked in my pantry and I noticed a glass canister full of Chickpea (garbanzo bean) flour that had sat there unused for a while and I wasn't sure what to do with it.   I have added some of it to cookie recipes and other baked goods but was not happy with the flavor.  And I didn't feel like making falafals.   So I googled "chickpea flour" and what I found was Farinata (aka Cecina or Socca).   I am half Italian and spent a year studying in Italy but I (shamefully) had never heard of Farinata, which is a chickpea flour flat bread.    It was in.   A naturally gluten free flatbread was right up my alley.  I feel…

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