Tasty Tuesday: Beer Braised Carne Adovada

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For Cinco De Mayo, I wanted to replicate one of my very favorite menu items from one of my very favorite taco joints. Comida, with locations in RiNo and Longmont and a roving, hot pink taco truck named Tina, absolutely nails the street taco concept. While they have over a dozen different, creative tacos, gorditas, […]

Tasty Tuesday: Asian Peanut Noodles

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Photo credit: Geoff Peters   Recently, I was challenged by my friend Brooke Wagner of Denver’s KDVR Fox 31 and Good Day Colorado, to come up with a meal that could be made for under $5. Well luckily, thrifty is my middle name! This is one of my family’s favorite dinners and it’s also one […]

Tasty Tuesday: Pan Seared Sesame Green Beans

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So, whenever I go out for happy hour with my girlfriends we love to order those fried green beans. They’re so crunchy and snack-able, and they go so well with beer and cocktails! But I always feel like crap when I eat stuff like that–and no, it’s not a hangover. Greasy, fried foods mess with […]

Take the Night Off At Session Kitchen’s Monday Funday Family Feast!

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For Tasty Tuesday this week, I’m stepping out of my kitchen and into Chef Scott Parker’s kitchen. Every busy parent knows the weeknight song-and-dance, right? You’re tired, they’re starving. Your fridge is about as empty as your wallet, and so you cave and order take-out. Or maybe you schlep everyone to the nearest fast-casual joint or […]

Tasty Tuesday: Five-Ingredient Taco Spaghetti

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My middle kid–she’s only eleven but she stands a full 2 inches taller than me at 5 foot 7. And she eats. All. The. Time. It’s like a hobby for her. She also happens to be my pickiest eater, and is a typical “don’t touch me” moody adolescent. So when I made this dish and […]

Tasty Tuesday: One-Pot Stuffed Pepper Soup

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Sometimes I stumble on something soooo yummy, that we gobble it up before I can get a picture. This is one of those times.  Stuffed peppers are one of our family’s favorite dinners, but they’re not my favorite to make. Between cooking the rice, browning the meat, mixing the filling, and baking the finished casserole, […]

Tasty Tuesday: No-Boil Mac and Cheese

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Homemade mac and cheese is probably one of my all-time favorite comfort foods! But it is a chore–it takes a lot of steps and a LOT of dishes! Luckily for me and my family I found a way to skip the boiling step, and it comes out soooo creamy and cheesy, and the pasta doesn’t […]

Tasty Tuesday: Thai Cashew Chicken

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Today I’m sharing a recipe from my friend and fellow Colorado blogger, Catherine of Evolving Motherhood. I met Catherine this past fall in a cab on the way to a blog conference, and it turned out we were on the same flight and didn’t even realize it! Catherine shares my passion for clean, healthy eating […]

Tasty Tuesday: White Bean Chicken Chili

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Isn’t soup season just the best? There is nothing easier than throwing a few ingredients into a big pot, adding some broth, and letting it simmer. Not to mention thrifty, since you can stretch small amounts of meat into many servings. Just add some fresh baked bread, rolls, cornbread or muffins and you’ve got a […]

Tasty Tuesday: Brussels Sprouts Your Kids Will LOVE (no, really!)

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I’m told that when I was a real little kid, I loved Brussels sprouts. But only the way that my great-aunt made them which involved frying them in vast amounts of bacon fat. Turns out, she was way ahead of her time, because that’s a thing now. Gone are the days of boiled-till-they’re-gray, mushy, bitter, blah […]

Tasty Tuesday: Chicken Tortilla Soup

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It’s hard to believe with the lovely sunny days we’ve had lately, but pretty soon it will be what my husband and I call “Soup Weather”…that wet, foggy, cold, dark-by-5pm winter weather that just chills you to the bone. And there is nothing quite as warming to the body and soul, as a nice big […]

Tasty Tuesday: Vegetarian Savory Bean Burgers

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   Photo Credit Rooey202 I made these savory Bean Burgers for my kids recently, using chickpeas aka garbanzo beans. (you can really use almost any cooked bean-I’ve had very good results with Great Northern, Black, and Kidney beans as well) My 6 year old son overheard me say they were “chickpea” burgers, to which he […]

Tasty Tuesday: Farm-to-Table Cooking with Auguste Escoffier School

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Recently, I was invited to check out a Home Cook course at Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts in Boulder, and I had such a tough time choosing. They offer a really wide variety of classes and all the sample menus sounded so delicious! But, I finally decided on their Spring Farm to Table class. […]

3 Must-Try Recipes for National Grilled Cheese Day

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Seriously, there is a whole DAY devoted to my favorite sandwich!?  Yes. Yes there is.  There are a few simple pleasures in life. Toasty, buttery bread with melted cheddar, maybe a slice of ham, dunked in a bowl of tomato soup is one of them. But for something different, here are three mouthwatering gourmet combos […]

Tasty Tuesday: Potato Sausage Skillet

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I found this recipe one night on a random Pinterest binge, and it has quickly become one of our family’s favorites. It’s fast, only a handful of ingredients most of which are staples, and it’s super filling and yummy. It calls for kielbasa, but I have made it multiple times with whatever sausage is on […]

Tasty Tuesday: Baked White Fish with Smoky Bacon-Tomato Relish

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Even though I don’t keep to the Lenten tradition of eating fish on Fridays anymore, I definitely enjoy the sales on seafood this time of year! I’m stocking up on individually frozen and wrapped fillets because it’s so easy to pull out exactly what I need from the freezer, thaw it quickly in a bowl […]

Tasty Tuesday: Balsamic BBQ Sauce

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We’re normally year-round grillers, but with the high winds and bitter cold lately, we’ve held off for a few months. So this sunny, mild weather made me want to clear the cobwebs out of the grill and fire it up! One of my favorite things to grill is chicken drumsticks. They’re cheap, fairly quick to […]

Tasty Tuesday: Crispy Fried Chicken Milanese

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“Milanese” refers to a style of cooking meat cutlets by pounding them thin, dredging them in a crunchy coating, and frying. It is so much faster than fried chicken, and because the cutlets are very thin they cook quickly, which means less time to absorb oil.  You can use this technique with any boneless meats […]