Eat Yer Peas!

Growing up in the South -- with a superstitious Mom -- we were required to eat black-eyed peas on every single New Year's Day for our entire lives.  It didn't matter if you were a grown-up with a job and 3 kids.  You still got the call on New Year's Day:  "Did you eat your black-eyed [...]

Eat Yer Peas!2019-01-03T15:31:54-06:00

A New Kind of Resolution — Let’s COOK!

Have you heard about Cook90?  I stumbled across it a a few months ago, and thought -- now THERE'S a New Year's Resolution worth doing!   David Tamarkin, editor of Epicurious magazine, came up with the great idea in 2015 to start off 2016 by giving his home cooking skills a shot in the arm.  He [...]

A New Kind of Resolution — Let’s COOK!2019-01-06T13:02:17-06:00

Backseat Driving in France

Nobody is EVER gonna convince me that there's a better way to experience a new country than travelling by car. And to prove it, I'm just gonna show you...... Welcome to France!! OK, well, John might beg to differ. Notice the white-knuckles on the steering wheel.  But a little blizzard didn't stop us!  [...]

Backseat Driving in France2018-11-09T05:43:22-06:00

Paella Valenciana – Family Rice Fit for Royalty

Come and spend a Spanish Sunday with us!  Paella, (pie-ay-ya) is not just a meal -- it's an experience. This delicious rice dish comes in more forms than you can imagine – but we’re going to focus on the original, authentic version – Paella Valenciana. Valencia, on the eastern coast of Spain, is home to [...]

Paella Valenciana – Family Rice Fit for Royalty2018-03-09T15:01:01-06:00

The Zen of Homemade Bread — in 5 Minutes (hands on) or Less

I heard an ad on the radio this morning, proclaiming;  "Americans can't sit still!" Wait, what? We're actually proud of the fact that we're over-committed and running from dawn til dusk (or later)?  I dunno about you, but after my initial jolt of pride, my practical side kicks in and screams... "ARE YOU FREAKIN' KIDDING [...]

The Zen of Homemade Bread — in 5 Minutes (hands on) or Less2018-03-10T08:19:11-06:00

Traditional Spanish Tapas

Spanish Tapas – the little bites of Spain, have become a fashionable and tasty addition to any get-together. Unfortunately many of the traditional recipes are overlooked in favor of fancy, elaborate appetizers. In this class we’ll focus on two of the most traditional tapas; Albondigas — Meatballs in Almond Sauce, and Ensaladilla – Russian Salad. [...]

Traditional Spanish Tapas2017-12-26T11:58:52-06:00

Paella Valenciana – Family Rice Fit for Royalty

Paella, (pie-ay-ya) is not just a meal — it’s an experience. This delicious rice dish comes in more forms than you can imagine – but we’re going to focus on the original, authentic version – Paella Valenciana. Valencia, on the eastern coast of Spain, is home to vast rice fields, and is the birthplace of [...]

Paella Valenciana – Family Rice Fit for Royalty2018-02-02T12:12:39-06:00

Spanish Cheesemaking

Wondering how in the world you could ever make great cheeses like Manchego or San Simon at home? Join me and my friend Kate Johnson at The Art of Cheese in Longmont for this advanced class in cheesemaking. You'll get hands-on experience, and I'll share my secrets to creating award-winning cheese in your own kitchen. [...]

Spanish Cheesemaking2017-12-04T14:41:52-06:00

Paella Valenciana – Family Rice Fit for Royalty

Paella, (pie-ay-ya) is not just a meal — it’s an experience. This delicious rice dish comes in more forms than you can imagine – but we’re going to focus on the original, authentic version – Paella Valenciana. Valencia, on the eastern coast of Spain, is home to vast rice fields, and is the birthplace of [...]

Paella Valenciana – Family Rice Fit for Royalty2017-12-26T11:13:51-06:00

Octopus Eve

I grew up in a Texas town of about 3,000 people. As you can imagine, my culinary base was built on biscuits, gravy, and steak. The most exotic thing I ate growing up was Patio Frozen Enchiladas.  No joke. Our town was so small that I didn't eat in a restaurant until I was around [...]

Octopus Eve2018-01-05T07:51:54-06:00