Zia and Finn

Western Slope Chow Chow and Weekend Trip

Lots of breathtaking Western Slope and Grand Junction scenery shots below, but first let's talk about some Western Slope food. Have I mentioned that my pantry is currently void of Chow Chow? With the absence of an Eastern Colorado supplier at our Farmer's market I've been threatening to make own. Enter Lee with Decadence Cheesecakes to the rescue. I received an email asking if I'd like to sample of his newest creation, his Colorado- style Southern Chow Chow. I couldn't type "yes" and hit the reply button fast enough. Lee has taken this southern relish to a unique level by adding some heat to

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Braised chicken thigh recipe

Braised Chicken Thighs with Potatoes, Porcini and Dried Cherries

I arrived home from work to find Bob on the couch with the latest edition of Food and Wine Magazine. “Take a look at this one,” he said as he handed me the magazine. Braised Chicken thighs with potatoes was featured in the “Cook Like A World Traveler” section and with the description alone, I

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Enchiladas with Chili con carne

Truck Stop Enchiladas

Truck Stop Enchiladas. Corn tortillas are simply fried in oil and dipped in warm Chili Con Carne, filled with cheese and baked into an ooey gooey cheesy meal.

Blue Cheese Potato Salad

Blue Cheese Potato Salad, Blogger’s Clue

Time has come for our April Blogger’s Clue Event. I look forward to sneaking around every month with this group of bloggers. Blogger’s Clue is a monthly party created by Liz over at That Skinny Chick can Bake. For each assignment, we’re given a clue, and a blog and we’re to take that clue and find

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Pasta with Creme Fraiche

Angel Hair Pasta with Shrimp, Creme Fraiche and Gremolata

Angel Hair pasta with shrimp, gremolata, creme fraiche and lemon. Creamy, luscious and fresh with citrus. This is an easy and satisfying meal.

Hash brown potatoes recipe

Apple Potato Hash Browns

Hash browns prepared with grated Granny Smith Apples, dill and topped with a dollop of sour cream makes a great side dish for a hearty breakfast.

recipe for celery root side dish

Potato and Celery Root Puree

This recipe combines potato, celery root and onion which is simmered in milk. Drain and puree and you’ve got a unique and creamy side dish.

Shrimp sliders with gulf shrimp

Shrimp Sliders with Caramelized Onions and Sriracha Mayonnaise

These little Shrimp sliders are a perfect way to wiggle out of your winter blanket of soup and casserole comfort foods and slip into lighter fare. Big on flavor and easy to prepare and made with tender American Gulf Shrimp.

Chili flavored meatloaf

Colorado Chili Meatloaf and a Wine Find

Here’s a different and spicy version of our American classic. Rich with chili powder, sassy with cumin, sweet with creamed corn, this is a dinner suitable for our Southwestern lovin’ palates. This recipe makes two loaves, cook one and freeze the other. Left overs make wonderful cold sandwiches.

Old fashioned broccoli casserole recipe

Bring Back the Broccoli Cheez Whiz Minute Rice Casserole

Old fashioned Broccoli, Cheez Whiz, Minute Rice Casserole. A blast from the past. So easy to make, just mix all ingredients together in a casserole, bake and you’ve got a delicious side dish for about any entree. Don’t forget to dig out your vintage Corning casserole for this one.

Bean and Beef Soup with red wine

Bolito Bean and Beef Soup

  Inspired by a snow storm, this soup made excellent use of that remaining half bag of Bolito Beans in the pantry. I buy dried Bolito Beans from the farm markets east of Denver. They look similar to Pinto beans, a bit smaller and creamier in texture and they seem to absorb every single spice flavor

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