Green Chile Canapés

November 16, 2017

Green Chile Canapés – these 6-ingredient pretty little bites are the perfect, delicious start to any meal! My childhood best friend’s mother, Dorothy Hartwell, grew up in Michigan and moved to Colorado in the early ‘60’s. Here, she quickly grew to love Mexican food, especially dishes with green chiles. I’ve always referred to Dorothy as… Read more »


Cannellini Bean Bruschetta

November 2, 2017

Cannellini Bean Bruschetta – earthy, flavorful, easy to prepare and beautiful on the plate! I served these Cannellini Bean Bruschetta as a first course to some vegetarian friends of mine in Amsterdam, and they were a big hit. Deceptively simple, yet delicious! A four-ingredient purée of cannellini beans, garlic, lemon juice and olive oil is… Read more »


Perfect Sidecar Cocktail

October 26, 2017

A Sidecar is a classic cocktail that dates back to the 1920s, when it was served in the best establishments in both Paris and London. Sidecars are both delicious and deceptively easy to prepare. The keys are (1), using good quality ingredients (no cheap brandy!), and (2) balancing the sweetness (from the brandy and Cointreau)… Read more »


Green Pea, Basil and Mint Crostini

August 31, 2017

The recipe for these delectable Green Pea, Basil and Mint Crostini came to me from good friend Missy Glauch. Peas, basil, mint, jalapeño pepper, ricotta cheese and olive oil are quickly blended together in a food processor or blender. After seasoning with salt and white pepper, this vibrantly green pesto-like mixture is spread on toasted… Read more »

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Goat Cheese, Pesto and Tomato Crostini

May 16, 2017

Goat Cheese, Pesto and Tomato Crostini – these little bites are colorful, beautiful and super easy to prepare. Festive red tomatoes and toasted pine nuts top vibrant green pesto, making these crostini bright and appealing. As always, the quality of the ingredients is the key to this simple recipe. When tomatoes aren’t in season, I… Read more »


Fast, 4-ingredient Cheesy Crab Dip

January 21, 2017

Robert and I both love lump crabmeat. He makes killer crab cakes, and I like to make our Seafood Lasagna (in my cookbook A Well-Seasoned Kitchen®) as well as various crab dips and canapés. This recipe is a favorite, because not only is it chock-a-block full of yummy flavors, it is super easy and fast… Read more »


Mexican Black Bean, Tomato and Corn Salsa

July 22, 2016

I’m always looking for fun, new dishes to prepare that utilize local fresh produce. Here in Denver, at our summer farmers’ markets I find lots of juicy tomatoes, sweet corn (from Olathe, CO), jalapeno peppers, all kinds of onions, and flavorful cilantro. One evening, I was preparing a Mexican dinner and wanted a different side… Read more »

Pimiento Cheese Spread

April 6, 2016

Mom loved pimiento cheese and made it often, sometimes just for our family to enjoy. She never measured the ingredients, just mixed them to taste. This is my version of her “recipe”. I add cayenne pepper to give it a little kick. Note that it’s important to use a good quality Cheddar cheese with lots… Read more »

Prosciutto, Fig and Goat Cheese Tarts

December 3, 2015

For one of Robert’s birthdays, I created this easy, make-ahead recipe and it was a winner. The salty prosciutto and sweet fig spread pair beautifully — especially when topped off with tangy goat cheese. Note that you need to start preparation several hours in advance, as they must be frozen before baking.  

Feta Mousse

April 22, 2015

I am in love with the Feta Mousse appetizer at the local restaurant Charcoal here in Denver. The feta flavor is well balanced, and the consistency of the dish has just the right amount of creaminess. One night I was channeling my mother and did what she always used to do when she loved a… Read more »

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