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Carnitas Nachos
Appetizers, Entrees

Carnitas Nachos

 

 Carnitas nachos! Imagine Mexican slow-cooked pork over tortilla chips and topped with jalapeños, avocados, tomatoes, cheese and sour cream. Doesn’t that make your mouth water? Not long ago I saw that on the appetizer menu in a barbecue restaurant. I didn’t order them, but didn’t forget about them either.  One […]

Peach caprese salad
Salads

Peach Caprese Salad

 

 When peaches are in season, think peach caprese salad. Peaches are a delicious addition to a traditional caprese salad with tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil. Most people may think of Georgia or South Carolina when it comes to peaches, but in Colorado our mouths start to water when someone mentions Palisade […]

Chicken peanut sauce over yellow squash noodles
Entrees

Chicken Peanut Sauce

 

 Chicken peanut linguini was one of the meals I missed most when I first went gluten free in 2003. Since then I’ve discovered chicken peanut sauce is just as tasty over zucchini noodles (or “zoodles”), yellow squash noodles (are they “yoodles” from yellow squash?), spaghetti squash, rice or gluten-free linguini. […]

parmesan zucchini rounds
Appetizers

Parmesan Zucchini Rounds

 

   Parmesan Zucchini Rounds are one of my current favorite appetizers for two reasons. First, they are very simple to make with only three ingredients: zucchini, parmesan cheese and freshly ground black pepper. Second, they are delicious. Crispy, golden brown parmesan covers the soft zucchini for a tasty treat.   […]

corn off the cob
Sides

Corn off the Cob

 

 Corn off the cob, sautéed in butter olive oil and seasoned with salt and pepper is just as yummy as traditional corn on the cob. There are a surprising number of ways to cut the kernels off the cob. Since a few kernels inevitably land on the floor, some methods […]

Chocolate almond bark
Desserts

Chocolate Almond Bark

 

 Fancy desserts are fun to make when you have plenty of time, ample counter space, and a dishwasher to clean up the mess. In my one-butt kitchen, I like simple desserts. Basic chocolate almond bark has two ingredients: chocolate and almonds. For variety, you can add crystallized ginger, crushed peppermint […]

Appetizers

Grape Balls (of Ginger and Almonds)

 

  These tasty morsels will delight your guests.  No one anticipates the surprising grape and ginger flavors beneath the nutty brown exterior. When I first started making this recipe in my two-butt kitchen at home, I used an electric mixer to blend the cream cheese and ginger, and a toaster oven to brown […]

mberries flavour tripping
Desserts

Flavor Tripping Parties with mberries

 

  Have you ever heard of miracle berries, or mberries? They change the flavor of sour foods to sweet. With mberries, you can satisfy your sweet tooth with 35 calories (really, I put the calculations at the end of this post!) while enjoying a fun, unique experience for dessert. Get […]

pulled pork with barbecue sauce
Entrees

Pulled Pork

 

  Pulled pork is a delicious barbecue meal, and there are plenty of ways to cook it. The traditional way is to brine it overnight, then smoke it for 8 hours or so. With a crock pot, it cooks for 8 to 10 hours. An Instant Pot can get the […]

devils on horseback
Appetizers

Devils on Horseback

 

  I first tried devils on horseback several years ago at Justice Snow’s, a hip and historic restaurant in downtown Aspen, Colorado.  They were amazing!  After that, whenever I saw them on a menu, I ordered them. Each time I’d think, “Good, but not as good as those we had […]