Good Food

Happy Fat Tuesday

Fat Tuesday

  I decided to tap into my southern roots for Mardi Gras this week by having some good old fashioned southern fried catfish and greens. You could make this recipe super easy by using pre-made fish fry but I opted for the homemade version which is not complicated at all. If you’ve not had...
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The New Spaghetti and Meatballs: Ragù

Weekend Beef Shank and Sausage Ragu

Once in a while, you come across a recipe that you just have to try.  Sometimes the glossy pictures are better than its worth in taste.  However, I’ve discovered a recipe from Bon Appetit that has become a staple in our family. Beef Shank and Sausage Ragù is a traditional meat-based sauce that my...
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Glittery Cards and Pink Food


My parents were really good at holidays and birthdays. Even small holidays like Valentines Day were celebrated in a fun way. I always knew that there would be a big glittery card on the table at dinnertime, and that it was a special day. I did feel the love. And so I carry on...
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Two Local Wines to Try

Colorado Wine

This weekend, I tried two excellent local wines, thanks to my mother in law and the fact that she had a birthday. The wine on the right is a fruit wine from Colorado Cellars in Palisade, made with blueberries.  Fruit wine isn’t normally on my radar when I am looking for wine, but I am...
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Sauteed Jumbo Shrimp

Sauteed Shrimp

Have I mentioned that I love seafood?  Well, if not, here it is again.  I LOVE seafood!  Here’s a recipe that brings back many memories of my mother’s kitchen.  Asking my mother for this recipe required some skills on my part (not to mention, patience).  She’s one of those amazing cooks who never used...
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A Tasty Gimlet to Ring in the New Year

San Juan Parent Gimlet

Hands down, this is my one of my top two favorite cocktails of all time.  But be careful – the lime flavor combined with the simple syrup is so, ahem, tasty, that if you don’t closely monitor, this cocktail will sneak up on you and haunt you all through New Year’s Day, if you...
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Pho (Vietnamese Beef Noodle Soup)

San Juan Parent Pho

This is by far my favorite soup!  I truly believe this soup cures all ailments, from hangovers to the flu.  While it is especially delicious on a cold winter day, it is good pretty much any day, even on a sweltering day in the desert.  This soup is famous throughout Vietnam and if you...
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Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookies Save the Day

Gluten Free Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookies

I recently discovered that one of my kids can no longer have gluten, potatoes, kale and a whole bunch of other random things. The kale is no problem. I tried making kale chips for my kids last summer and I’d love to say that it went over great and they gobbled them up, but...
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Inspirational Quote

Don't hold to anger, hurt or pain. They steal your energy and keep you from love.
Leo Buscaglia