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The last few days there has been a significant 'crisp' to the air. On Friday, we drove down by Aspen for a little family day. It was amazing. I've had a cold and cough the last two weeks, and I've been stuck in the house feeling lousy. The aspens are beginning to turn their brilliant yellow gold, though there is still a lot of green. Each year can be a little different. We  drove to the end of Castle Creek Road, which in itself is an incredibly scenic drive. Dramatic peaks flank either side of the road, lined with extensive aspen groves. A braided creek flows through the valley, exposing wide beds of smooth stones. After our outdoor adventure, we went into town for a bite at Meat and Cheese, which is a super [...]

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Just when I thought I wasn't ready for summer to end, cooler mountain air moved in and I've succumbed. I've found myself craving warmer flavors and lots of spice. Are you? This is a beautiful time of year in the mountains. Scrub brush turns vibrant reds, purples, and yellows. The grasses are wheat colored and seeded. And the aspens are getting their first whispers of gold- it starts in a small cluster of leaves that eventually spreads throughout the whole tree. My only harp is that this season never seems long enough. Thankfully we have plenty of pine tree varieties to give the mountains some color all winter. For those of you itching to start your fall baking, I've compiled my pumpkin recipes here: Pumpkin Crumb Bars Pumpkin Crumble Muffins [...]

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Hooray, it's March! I always love this time of year as there really is a big shift in season from winter to spring. Granted, we'll still get snow and cool weather, but there are a lot more mild days and sunshine. To kick things off, I've been meaning to share this recipe for awhile. Our family loves brownies, as you can probably see from the various brownie posts on here. The beautiful thing about brownies is that they are so different- some recipes are quite rich, others chewy, we can put toppings on them, or add texture to them. Growing up, we ate a lot of those boxed mix brownies in school. What I always loved about them was their crinkly, shiny top crust. So I was thrilled to find [...]

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Over the holidays, I received several new cookbooks to add to my collection. One that I've been using a lot- Breakfast: Recipes to wake up for by George Weld and Evan Hanczor- has proven itself in the kitchen again and again. We've made the pancake recipe twice is the past week, and though each time I mean to snap some photos of the pancakes, they get consumed too quickly. Pancakes above sea level can be tricky, and extremely disappointing if they come out gooey and flat. These rose nicely and were fluffy, cakey, and just about everything you could want. George and Evan offer a tip for testing if a pancake is done- rather than flipping the pancakes again and again (which flattens them out), put your hand gently on the [...]

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I have to travel down to Aspen a lot for work, and usually when I am down that way, I like to stop at Whole Foods and load up on a few things our local grocery doesn't carry. If I wander through the bakery section, and notice their 'jammies' cookies, I usually can't resist. The "jammie" consists of two butter cookies that are sandwiched together with a thin layer of jam. They're usually apricot, which is my favorite. There's just something about the delicate buttery flavor and  crunchy texture melding with the sweet jam.  Now that's a cookie I could eat for days. It inspired me to recreate it for my own home eating and voila- I found this gem of a recipe. What immediately appealed to me was how [...]

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Since we've updated our website format, there are still a few bugs we're trying to fix. One of them is that not all recipes display correctly. Since I understand how frustrating that can be, I'll be organizing various posted based on recipe subject to assist you during this busy time of year. In addition to these recipes, be sure to check out our "Cookbooks" tab for many more high altitude recipes. These are downloadable ebooks, allowing for instant access and dozens of recipes at your fingertips. 2012 Holiday Cookbook: A mixture of holiday baking recipes that include: Eggnog Creme Brulee Rice Pudding with Port-Glazed Figs Hot Chocolate Torte Spicy Peanut Brittle Red Velvet Cake with Pecan Custard Cream Pumpkin Bread with Rum-Soaked Cherries White Chocolate Orange Biscotti Cut-Out Sugar Cookies [...]

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I was going to make these last week, then sadly realized I didn't have enough molasses. Pantry restocked, I tried these again yesterday for the win. Gingerbread: Timeless Recipes for Cakes, Cookies, Desserts, Ice Cream, and More author Jennifer Lindner McGlinn pulled me in with this: "Lightly cracked on top and chestnut brown in color, they are just on the brink of gooey in the center when they come out of the oven. Once cooled, the blondies cut easily into super-moist squares that are gently spiced and rich with caramel and butterscotch flavors." Mmm. The squares are indeed rich in everything molasses and would make a great cookie exchange item. Cut into small pieces as a little goes a long way. I decided to add chocolate chips and dried cranberries to ours as [...]

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I've returned! I know it's been a rather long absence, but let me explain... In March of this year, we moved down valley to Eagle. Amid the hustle and lack of organization that comes from a short notice move, I lost my digital camera, and have yet to find it. Right after the move came a huge scramble to finish my commercial kitchen in time for wedding season. This was a very stressful time of finding the right space, modifying it to comply with local health department codes, ordering equipment, coordinating deliveries, and inspections. If you've ever opened or worked in a restaurant or food establishment prior to opening, you know what I'm talking about, and the work that comes with it. The kitchen was finished just in time for my first [...]

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We are moving! We'll still be in the valley, just a bit further west. In this process, I have begun going through the freezer trying to figure out what to eat up so we don't have to pack yet more things. It seems we always have one banana left behind in the fruit bowl that gets too ripe on us. I stockpile them in the freezer for banana recipes like this one. Looks like we'll be eating a lot of banana things this next week... Growing up, my mom would sometimes make snack cake, and it was always a welcomed treat. I see a lot of snack cake recipes with zucchini or bananas, and for good reason. In this recipe, the banana adds moisture to the cake without having to [...]

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We've been having great, mild weather in Colorado this past month. Mid 50's, blue skies, plenty of sunshine. I know more snow will come, but I am so enjoying this spring-like spurt. There have even been a couple of day where I've been lucky enough to sport shoes, not boots! With Valentine's Day approaching, I've been thinking about extra sweet touches you can add to your morning courtesy of the kitchen. Valentine's Day always brings berries to mind, and this recipe incorporates plenty of them with a sunny, citrus burst of lemon. I like this scone recipe because it has an egg in it, which I feel makes a better-textured scone (at least to my preferences) and an extra does of richness from sour cream, instead of milk or buttermilk, [...]