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Q: What did I make on December 14, 2017 you ask?

A: I baked a spectacular Gingerbread Cake Roll topped with Eggnog Whipped Cream.

Here’s where you can find all the recipes I’ve made since February, 2011. Admittedly, even I’m impressed by that.   

A SUMMERTIME GALETTE

A SUMMERTIME GALETTE

STRAWBERRY-RHUBARB GALETTE If you were raised in a small Iowa farm town, you’re probably not too bothered by garter snakes. When two friends who have community garden plots gave me carte blanche to their rhubarb patches, the little guy who slithered under the leaves...

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TARTE à LA TOMATE

TARTE à LA TOMATE

“If we don't have a place for nature in our heart, how can we expect nature to have a place for us.” ― Abhijit Naskar. With its 300 days of sunshine, Colorado is a great place to get right with Mother Nature. One word for Springtime in the Rockies? Glorious. This...

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RANGER WORK, BIRDS & RICK’S CHILI

RANGER WORK, BIRDS & RICK’S CHILI

I learned to ski in Aspen during the seventies. My first summer visit was with my husband Michael in 1987. I’d never hiked before. Soon after arriving we drove to the Maroon Bells to hike the Crater Lake trail. It's a rocky 3.4 mile round trip at an altitude from...

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HELLO SUMMERTIME, HELLO ASPEN

HELLO SUMMERTIME, HELLO ASPEN

You know it’s time to return home when one of your Besties sends a photo of moose hanging out in her backyard. I would love to have seen those two gorgeous animals. Deb and her husband, Phil, are animal magnets with property that backs up to open spaces. When...

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IN MARCH, DIETING is OVERRATED

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...

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SOUP, SPICE & PARIS

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...

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FROM MY HEART to YOURS

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...

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

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...

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PASTA PERFECT

PASTA PERFECT

I’m in a bit of a mood today, dear Readers. This is a very short blog post. It’s CooktheBookFriday, time to join my virtual cooking group as we work our way through “Everyday Dorie, The Way I Cook.” This week’s deliciousness is Pasta with Cabbage, Butternut Squash and...

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MOLASSES COFFEE CAKE. MORE, PLEASE.

MOLASSES COFFEE CAKE. MORE, PLEASE.

Thanksgiving is over. (Check)  One holiday down, more to follow. Take a deep breath, buckle up and grab whatever gaiety you can muster to make December happen. The goal here is to find a reason to pull your Joy lever everyday.   Molasses Coffee Cake Alone...

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ON THE ROAD AGAIN: SHORT TRIP

ON THE ROAD AGAIN: SHORT TRIP

Thanksgiving is next week. In normal times I would be loading my car with suitcases and handing my condo’s keys to The Gant. Thanksgiving is Aspen’s ski season kick-off day. Being a retired-skier, I’m happily not here for it. But these times are not normal. I won’t be...

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OCTOBER IS MY FAVORITE COLOR

OCTOBER IS MY FAVORITE COLOR

“Every morning I awake torn between a desire to save the world and an inclination to savor it.  This makes it hard to plan the day.”  E. B. White My sentiments exactly… Bean & Tortilla Soup, Everyday Dorie, The Way I Cook SAVE & SAVOR Unlike Oprah,...

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