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Après Ski Dinner Menu

March 7, 2017

This hearty make ahead menu is the perfect combination of dishes to serve at the end of a fun-filled day of skiing or snowshoeing. After hitting the slopes all day, my friends and family are pretty tired, hungry and looking for warm and comforting food (and, of course, good wine!). The beauty of this satisfying… Read more »

Casual Winter Gathering

January 3, 2017

Even though the holidays are over, Robert and I still want to invite friends and family over for a cosy winter meal. After spending many hours cooking during December, I don’t want to make it an ordeal – just something uncomplicated, that can be made ahead and served buffet style. This menu fits the bill… Read more »

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Celebrating the Flavors of Fall

October 4, 2016

In the fall, as the leaves turn and temperatures cool, our appetites turn from light summer fare toward cozier meals to keep us warm. In Colorado, when our weather turns brisk but it’s a bit too soon to hit the ski slopes, there’s a sweet spot between seasons that’s ideal for welcoming friends and family… Read more »

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Elegant Summer Picnic

July 10, 2016

Who doesn’t love a picnic? Eating outside, enjoying a beautiful spread of scrumptious dishes, and often listening to a live concert is the best way to celebrate summer. In Denver, there are several venues that host outdoor concerts – the Denver Botanic Gardens, Hudson Gardens, and City Park to name a few. My husband Robert… Read more »

Recipes and Menus for Your Next BBQ

May 23, 2016

May is national BBQ month! Days are getting longer and the weather is getting warmer, so what better time to gather friends and family together for a casual, fun dinner. Here are some of my favorite dishes to serve this time of year – a variety of main dishes as well as the perfect sides… Read more »

Romantic Valentine’s Day Dinner

February 2, 2016

Forgot to book a table for Valentine’s Day? Or just want to have an intimate dinner at home? This romantic, make ahead menu is just what you need for date night at home. Start your celebration with a sparkly champagne cocktail, followed by a scrumptious dinner of Halibut with Celery Root Purée, Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus… Read more »

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Make Ahead Mother’s Day Lunch Menu

April 22, 2015

I used to love spoiling my mom on Mother’s Day. After going to church, she would ask me, my brother Jim and our Dad to help her in the garden – cleaning and prepping for spring planting. (Due to the risk of late season snow storms, we don’t typically plant annuals in Denver until after… Read more »

Kentucky Derby Dinner Menu

March 30, 2015

“And, they’re off!” Those words begin one of the most exciting events in all of sports.  On Saturday May 2nd, the Kentucky Derby will celebrate its 141st ‘run for the roses.’  While a horse race is at the heart of the spectacle, there are many intriguing aspects of the Derby experience. For the Clayton family,… Read more »

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Elegant Easter Dinner

March 20, 2015

I love entertaining on Easter. It’s the beginning of Spring, allowing for bright, vibrant colors on dining room tables and also in menus. No one will believe that this elegant menu was so easy for you to prepare – especially since, like so many of our recipes, the majority of these dishes can be done… Read more »

A French Fete

February 25, 2015

Julia Child taught us all to love French food. I remember watching her TV show with my mom when I was a kid. Mom would take notes and follow along in one of her Julia cookbooks. Mom loved Julia’s recipes, and often turned to them when entertaining. Over the years, mom found that sometimes she… Read more »

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