The past ten years Lights on Bright No Brakes has led me on a wild ride. What wasn’t planned, just happened. This new logo honors an adventure that began when a newly-published french cookbook met an amateur chef de cuisine-wannabe who lived in Colorado’s High Country.

IN MARCH, DIETING is OVERRATED

Dear Gentle Readers, Blood Orange Cake with Sea Salt Roasted Nuts There are so many reasons not to diet nor to even try in March. It’s easy for me to justify almost anything but dieting when we’re 13 months into the Pandemic? No. Say it loudly. No. This post is about...

SOUP, SPICE & PARIS

Moroccan-Spiced Chickpea, Lentil & Noodle Soup with Falafel The more it snows in Colorado, the better it is for agricultural support, the recreation community and our precious albeit beleaguered Colorado River. I grew up in Iowa, a state bordered on the west by...

FROM MY HEART to YOURS

It’s come to this. Three weeks ago I stood at my kitchen sink having my first cup of coffee and heard myself say,  “I am just so over you, Mary. You don’t make me laugh anymore.” Banana-Peanut Butter Ice Cream with Caramel Sauce First, here’s to acknowledging I...

Planet Word, Gaga, Sonia, Amanda, J-Lo & Supper

When I returned to Aspen in 2013 I would occasionally have dinner with a family friend from Chicago who summered in Aspen. Since we both had lived in Des Moines where our husbands were pals, we never lacked for conversation. One thing we often discussed was her...

You’ll find Lights on Bright No Brakes a minimalist version of its tired self. As for me, I’m still me. That’s why I suggested to Joy Weinberg, my designer, we skip the ‘about me’ business. She wasn’t having it. We compromised, agreeing to this streamlined version.