Salted butter chocolate chunk shortbread cookie kind of weekend

Cookie of the Year anyone? Salted Butter Chocolate Chunk Shortbread Cookies Although this first batch was delicious, it wasn’t the prettiest outcome.  Baking at high altitude can be a b*%$#, especially with a new cookie recipe, so I started to experiment. I increased the oven temperature to 365 and decreased the time, checking them around 10 minutes….

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…

Yoga in a Yurt and More…

This is my first morning and full day to be here in Big Sur, and I certainly started it out right!  I woke up before sunrise and walked the entire area in my robe and slippers with my big camera in tow.  This early bird got all the worms.  I saw the sunrise over the…

First Day at Post Ranch Inn

We were greeted by three lovely deer upon arrival into Post Ranch around mid afternoon on Friday. We were also greeted with bottomless Prosecco once we reached the main lodge at check in.  I especially appreciated that and the over sized POST RANCH branded pumpkin. Great first impression of our cabin!  I couldn’t wait to…

Dinner and Dessert

Caramel Apple Muffins 10-12 apples 2 cups sugar 1 cup vegetable oil 3 large eggs, lightly beaten 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 3 cups all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon salt 2 1/2 cups chopped pecans, toasted and divided Peel and finely chop apples to equal a heaping 3.5 cups….

Lighter Eggplant Parmesan with Nitro

Make sure to saute some onions and garlic to incorporate into the homemade tomato sauce!  I like a thicker sauce, so this doesn’t get watery.  Finished the dish with cherry tomatoes and arugula to get in some fresh greens and juicy tomatoes  Nitro with “The Mustache”

Creamy Lobster Mac n Cheese

My first time preparing lobster was a complete success!  I cut the top of the shell to release the meat and broiled this guy with a little butter and crushed garlic for about 4-6 minutes. Then I added it to my homemade white mac n cheese.  I love these Cavatappi noodles as they make the…

A Mountain Wedding: day three in Basalt

Finishing touches while awaiting our transportation at hotel in Snowmass… Specific location:  Roaring Fork Club The family members enjoying their free shades near the string quartet awaiting the bride and groom The wedding goodie bag Shades of lavender  Sorry David’s bald head made every picture.  I couldn’t get around it!      Discovering our table number     …

Alice is having une petite fille!

In preparation for Alice’s surprise baby shower in Texas I prepared these pretty Pink Sprinkle Cookies.  They taste as wonderful as they appear! Pink Sprinkle Cookies 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened 3/4 cup granulated sugar 1 large egg 1 1/2 teaspoons almond extract 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract (or clear for more pure light colored…