How to Roast a (Perfect) Turkey without Bags, Brine or Gallons of Hot Oil!

Time for my annual rant on how to cook a Thanksgiving Turkey.  Every year, thousands of lovely birds are done a HUGE disservice by being prepped and cooked poorly. For those of you who are unsure, or making plans to listen to Lynn Rosetto Kaspar’s “Turkey Confidential,” or those who simply make dried, shoe leather turkey year after year:  Listen up.  Here’s how do to perfect turkey, along with some of the whys.Step #1: Choose a free-range or natural…

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Fall is Made for Breakfast in Bed

Fall weekends in the mountains are meant for breakfast in bed–especially Sunday mornings when my city-dwelling boyfriend makes the 3,000 foot elevation change from Denver to Overland mountain. Outside, aspens have been laid bare and the pine forest gathers early morning frost. We’re both early risers, so Greg makes rich, strong French Press coffee while I start a fire in the woodstove in the smoky morning light. Then we climb back into bed with steaming…

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The Fine Art of Mashed Potatoes: Another Fall Recipe

I can eat mashed potatoes with my fingers.  Love to gather pockets of hot, creamy potato between my thumb and forefingers and scoop together with a little meat and some peas.  Mmm.  Nothing better.  Just lick your fingers and repeat. The trick to really good mashed potatoes is in the cooking (skin on to help keep the potato from absorbing too much water) and the ricing.  Invest in an OXO potato ricer, which finely sieves…

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Perfect Roast Chicken

In early October, when wood smoke fills the air on the mountain and the streets go glassy with rain, I think of one thing:  roast chicken.  Nothing greets cooler weather and darker days like juicy bird  served with mashed potatoes or cranberry sauce and beans. When I was living in the Midwest, in an attempt to embrace a landscape I loathed, I began roasting chicken every Sunday night for me and my dog, elvis.  Surrounded…

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Recipes that Make Me Happy it’s Fall

No doubt about it, cooking is a lot more fun in the cooler months. Without summer heat and long sunny days where all I want to do is be outside, I can stew, roast, simmer, braise, and bake to my heart’s content.  What’s better than soup or stew with lots of oven-warmed French bread when the clouds dredge the mountain top where I live at 8500 feet and the air smells like first snow?  Or…

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