Pumpkin season for one more month…

The traditional Thanksgiving pumpkin roll couldn’t wait. I had the urge to make the pumpkin roll early this year, but this time I wasn’t sure it would turn out right. My normal recipe had to be modified to adjust for 7,400 ft of elevation for successful high altitude baking results. I am learning that baking…

Gluten AND Sugar Free Chocolate Zucchini Bread

I have always enjoyed zucchini bread but never thought to make my own until I worked at the farmers’ market the past two weeks and had so much zucchini I had to think of some different ways to prepare it. I also have been trying to eat less sugar and gluten, so I came up…

Working from Home= more time for life’s little luxuries

One of the best things about working from home is not having to rush around to make time for the 40+ minute commute, so I get to make coffee and breaky instead!  I made some delicious banana blueberry muffins with strawberry butter–inspired by my home state’s The Pioneer Woman in one of her magazines–and a lovely…

Strawberry Scone Sunday

Strawberries n Cream Scones (with vanilla bean lavender sugar) 3 c flour 3/4 c sugar 1 T baking powder 1/2 t salt 10 T unsalted butter (chilled, chopped) 1 c heavy cream 3/4 c whole milk (or all heavy cream, if preferred) 1/2 t vanilla extract 1/2 t almond extract 1 heaping c strawberries (hulled…

Banana Cake with Browned Buttercream Frosting

I was leaving town for a week so had to use up my 4.5 bananas.  I decided to make my first banana cake and made it with a twist.  I added dark chocolate chips and made a browned butter frosting.  I toasted walnuts to layer and top off the cake and added bit o’ toffee…

Cuisine in the Chalet

Now that I have my kitchen somewhat organized and am settled in the new house, I am cooking any chance I get.  It is so peaceful and quiet out there that once I get home from my long commute everyday and even on the weekends, I hardly want to leave.  Last weekend I made Pumpkin…

A Fruitful Foodful Weekend in Denver

Pisco Sour 3-4 oz Pisco 1-2 oz squeezed lemon juice (I like lemon, but lime works just the same & is great too) 1 egg white 3/4 oz homemade simple syrup (I prefer to use Mauritian sugar cubes or use my fine homemade vanilla sugar) Drinkrections:  Shake it til you can’t shake it no mo’!~  Then…

Pumpkin Ice Cream and more…

Cyrus and I are in the middle of closing on our first house in Evergreen, CO–a mountain home!  I thought it would be nice to make a special dinner to celebrate.  We made it to the next step in the process–time for the appraisal next week (crossing our fingers!). Last night I prepared the pumpkin custard…

Pumpkin Spice Macarons

This is what happens when your oven is too hot at higher elevation.I like to add just a bit more of the delicious pumpkin buttercream than the average macaron maker.I grated fresh nutmeg and sifted cinnamon on top for a nice natural pumpkin spicy touch!  Eat your heart out Mike!  Recipes to follow

Ghee Love

If you are familiar with ghee, you are aware how expensive it is especially ghee made from the highest quality of organic grass fed butters.  This is a great way to save money and enjoy the rewards of making your own ghee!  It is so smooth and more delicious than the store bought ghee I’ve…

Making Cashew Milk is as Simple as 1-2-3!

This is the easiest milk to make and probably the tastiest!  1.) Start with soaking 1 cup of raw unsalted cashews overnight in water.  After they have softened and are ready to be turned into milk, rinse thoroughly before adding to blender. No cheese cloth or straining necessary!  2.) Then add 2-3 cups purified water,…

Mardi Gras Means King Cake

Sadly folks I won’t be making Mardi Gras this year, so no fun pictures in the weeks to follow.  I decided I don’t have to completely miss out on all the perks of going to New Orleans for this crazy event and made my own King Cake!  It was a complete success, so I brought…