Big Beers and Breckenridge

Big Beers and Breckenridge

[To skip right to the festival review, click here!] When we first moved to Colorado the only beer festival we really knew about was The Great American Beer Festival (GABF), which happens in Denver sometime in October. This is probably the best known beer festival in Colorado and maybe even the United States/World. However, as we got to know people better in the beer community we were informed of another worthy of attention. This one was a much more intimate festival…

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Veganized Holiday Nutmeg Cookies

Veganized Holiday Nutmeg Cookies

[Jump to Recipe] I am a sucker for old cookbooks. Well not just cookbooks, also old gardening, house, picture, or etiquette books too; any book that contains old knowledge. Anytime I go to a garage or estate sale I always make a b-line to the shelves. I picked up The French Chef in Private American Families by Xavier Raskin, published in 1922, in a used book store a couple years ago for $10 and I am so happy I did….

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My Families Sweet Cornbread – Thanksgiving Recipe

My Families Sweet Cornbread – Thanksgiving Recipe

[Jump to Recipe] The menu for Thanksgiving at my parent’s house has been the same for as long as I can remember. It was always a huge spread, cooked up by my mom: turkey, gravy, anadama bread stuffing, butternut squash puree, mashed potatoes, green beans in some form, fruit salad, and cornbread. I had a special ritual in how I ate Thanksgiving dinner – I start with the butternut squash -> turkey with cranberry sauce and gravy -> stuffing ->…

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Late Summer Salad with Shiso Vinaigrette

Late Summer Salad with Shiso Vinaigrette

[Jump to Shiso Vinaigrette Recipe] [Jump to Late Summer Salad Recipe] I love any recipe that allows me to use small amounts of different ingredients that I wouldn’t be able to make a full dish on their own. Bonus points if I can wipe the dish up quickly. Salads fall in this category. They are a great way to combine all sorts of produce in one delicious dish. For this late summer salad I combined small amounts of late summer…

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Harvesting Tomato Seeds

Harvesting Tomato Seeds

We are right in the middle of tomato season here in Colorado which is the perfect time to harvest tomato seeds for next year. Harvesting your own seeds is a great, cheap and completely organic way to get tomatoes. Plus I get so much more excited to know the tomatoes I eat each year have come full circle. It was in late summer 2011 where I first started harvesting tomato seeds. I had moved to a place on Long Island…

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Shiso Gin & Tonics (and my obsession with shiso simple syrup)

Shiso Gin & Tonics (and my obsession with shiso simple syrup)

*If you like, pin, comment, whatever to this post you are acknowledging that you are legally allowed to drink alcohol in whatever country you inhabit!* [Jump to Shiso Simple Syrup Recipe] [Jump to Drink Recipe] I used to be a bartender between college and graduate school. It taught me three things: 1. I am not a late night person, 2. how to make a room completely dark so you can sleep until noon, and 3. how to make drinks. A lot…

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Teriyaki Chicken Rolls

Teriyaki Chicken Rolls

[Jump to Recipe] Teriyaki chicken bowls are one of my go to dinners when I have company and I need something fast, easy, and have no idea what people like to eat. My recipe was modeled off of those teriyaki places you find in the mall food courts: coated chicken with cabbage and carrots over rice. Simple, but delicious, and I can make the components separately to satisfy the pickiest of eaters. Plus cabbage and carrots are veggies that last a…

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Apple Pie Tea

Apple Pie Tea

[Jump to Recipe] [Jump to Thai Tea Variation] I have never been in a town with so many apple trees. It seems like people choose to plant them as “ornamental” trees and that is pretty cool. The only small issue (and it is pretty small, also no pun intended) is that the apples aren’t quite crabapples but also not quite eating apples. I did not want to let all these small apples falling all over the neighborhood go to waste…

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Sourdough Chocolate Chip Cookies and a Cookie Lesson

Sourdough Chocolate Chip Cookies and a Cookie Lesson

[Jump to Recipe] Happy National Chocolate Chip Cookie day! But really who needs an excuse to make chocolate chip cookies? This post began about a month ago as I set out to make a chocolate chip cookie that was not super sweet, decently healthy, used my extra sourdough starter, and kept its shape pretty well. In other words, the perfect hiking and biking snack! The previous batches of cookies I had not photographed the process, just the end product. Rookie…

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Carrot Top (Green) Pesto

Carrot Top (Green) Pesto

[Jump to Recipe] The CSA has broadened my cooking horizons immensely. I get excited about certain produce I never thought would excite me before. The produce that falls in this category are greens of plants you usually don’t see in the produce section of the grocery store: cauliflower, broccoli, radish, turnip, and carrot greens. I don’t remember ever seeing carrot tops growing up. I must have, my mom planted carrots a few times, but I really only remember the topless ones…

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