Author: Mary Zalmanek

Roasted Radicchio Salad

Roasted Radicchio Salad

Roasted radicchio salad is my attempt to recreate the grilled radicchio salad we first ate decades ago at Lambert’s of Taos, a popular restaurant in northern New Mexico. Radicchio looks a bit like red cabbage, but it’s actually a type of chicory. It has more in common with artichokes and […]

 
Traditional Balsamic Vinaigrette

Traditional Balsamic Vinaigrette

A key ingredient of Grilled Radicchio Salad, a delicious salad we fell in love with at Lambert’s of Taos, is a traditional balsamic vinaigrette. The first time I tried to recreate this salad, I combined roughly equal parts traditional balsamic and olive oil. That works great for flavored white balsamic, […]

 
Chocolate oatmeal cookies

Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

When I was a kid, one of my favorite treats was chocolate oatmeal cookies. My dad was usually the cook when it came to desserts, but this recipe was easy enough for my mom to make.  Recently I looked through their 3-ring binder filled with delicious recipes. I made these […]

 
Chutney Pepper Steak

Chutney Pepper Steak

Over the years, Jim and I have celebrated many special occasions in Colorado Springs at one of the Broadmoor Hotel’s restaurants or the Peppertree Restaurant. Often one or both of us would order the chutney pepper steak, which was flambeed at our table.  An advantage of tableside preparation is that […]

 
pear cranberry crisp

Pear Cranberry Crisp

When friends sent us a dozen Harry & David Bosc Pears for Christmas, I used several of them right away in two of my favorite salads: Pear Date Salad and Pear Blueberry Salad. That still left enough to make pear crisp for dessert three times over the next two weeks. […]

 
warm mushroom salad

Warm Mushroom Salad

I like salads all year round, and this warm mushroom salad is especially nice in the winter. When it’s cold outside, warm mushrooms atop a green salad seem like a perfect complement to most meals. I’ve been making warm mushroom salads for decades, and I’ve seldom made it the same […]

 
pecan cranberry brussels sprouts

Pecan Cranberry Brussels Sprouts

Pecan Cranberry Brussels Sprouts is my attempt to recreate an appetizer I had at Wild Blue Yonder Brew Pub in Castle Rock, Colorado. Last summer I met six friends at Wild Blue Yonder for a socially distanced lunch on the patio. Three of us ordered the Fried Brussels Sprouts appetizer […]

 
Banana pecan oatmeal

Banana Pecan Oatmeal

Have you ever had Bananas Foster? It’s a dessert often flambéed at your tableside in fancy restaurants. Banana pecan oatmeal is kind of like Bananas Foster, without the ice cream, dark rum, or the dramatic presentation with fire. Instead of ending your day with caramelized bananas over ice cream, you can start your […]

 
Spaghetti sauce

Spaghetti Sauce

My dear friend, Louise (Eckrich) Ostrow, has treated us to her mom’s delicious spaghetti sauce many times over the past several decades. I finally asked for the recipe to share with you. When a recipe gets handed down for generations, you know it’s a good one. All of Mrs. Eckrich’s […]

 
Pecan pie

Pecan Pie

For as long as I can remember, we’ve had pecan pie for dessert on Thanksgiving. When we were kids, we’d get it for Christmas, too, if we behaved ourselves. Our 2020 Thanksgiving had little in common with years past. Instead of 20 or 25 people at the gathering, we had […]