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Grilled Peach and Fresh Mozzarella Salad

June 21, 2018

Grilled Peach and Fresh Mozzarella Cheese Salad is a fresh and colorful side dish that’s perfect to serve on warm summer days! Peaches are starting to come into season. And, peaches grown right here in Colorado are the BEST – so juicy and flavorful. There’s a reason the Obama White House always ordered up peaches… Read more »

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Carrot, Radish and Sweet Pea Salad with Lemon-Basil Vinaigrette

April 26, 2018

Spring is here – time for colorful, flavorful salads like this Carrot, Radish and Sweet Pea Salad that is paired with a delicious Lemon Basil Vinaigrette.   Ingredients coming into season in the Spring are some of my favorites – especially carrots, radishes and sweet peas. Colorful, crunchy, and flavorful, they add depth and texture… Read more »

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Chopped Salad with Apples, Pecans and Feta Cheese

September 13, 2017

Fall is in the air – time for apples! I’m always looking for new ways to use them, especially raw because I love the juicy crunch they provide to a dish. That’s why I came up with this quick and easy recipe for Chopped Salad with Apple, Pecans and Feta Cheese. I have to admit,… Read more »

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Roasted Butternut Squash and Mushroom Spinach Salad

January 15, 2017

Roasted Butternut Squash and Mushroom Spinach Salad is a delicious and healthy fall or winter dish. This delicious and healthy fall or winter salad comprised of roasted butternut squash and mushrooms atop baby spinach and flavored with goat cheese and sugared walnuts is excellent served with soup, roast chicken or pork. If you have friends… Read more »

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Tomatoes Stuffed with Artichoke Hearts, Onions and Bacon

August 8, 2016

I love these fresh Tomatoes Stuffed with Artichoke Hearts, Onions and Bacon – they are so fresh and full of flavor! My mom often served stuffed tomatoes as part of a dinner party menu. When prepared properly, stuffed tomatoes are not only delicious they are also pretty on the plate, adding a pop of color… Read more »

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Roasting Fresh Tomatoes

February 21, 2016

Delicious Tomatoes in the Dead of Winter? Why, yes! Do you love fresh tomatoes in your salads, but are frustrated by the lack of flavor and bland color of out-of-season tomatoes? Well, look no further! I have found that roasting Italian (or Roma) tomatoes concentrates the flavor and brings out their beautiful deep red tones…. Read more »

Spinach Salad with Lemon-Dijon Dressing

September 8, 2014

This recipe came from Gary Hardin, an excellent cook and even better friend I knew in Amsterdam. Sadly, we lost Gary a few years ago to cancer. He was a wonderful person, and a great support to me when I first moved overseas. He loved to entertain, and one evening when friends from Denver were… Read more »

Tomato Peach Salad with Lime Dressing

August 2, 2014

My good friend Dona Johnson has a garden overflowing with tomatoes and asked for some delicious recipes. Here is a favorite of mine that comes from another good friend Kathy Soter. This recipe takes minutes to put together, and is perfect for a hot summer day as no cooking is required! Peaches and tomatoes make… Read more »

Tomato Cucumber Salad & Yogurt-Herb Dressing

September 18, 2013

One fall, my husband Robert and I had a divine two week vacation in southern France and northern Spain. A highlight of our trip was staying at the fabulous home of good friends, near Biarritz. They both love to cook and they treated us to several scrumptious meals featuring a variety of local fresh foods… Read more »

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Dorothy’s Potato Salad

July 14, 2013

This recipe comes from Dorothy Hartwell, the mother of my childhood best friend Katey. Katey and I became fast friends in first grade — a friendship that’s still going strong. As kids, we ate dinner at least one night a week at each other’s house. This lasted for years — even after graduating college! One… Read more »

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