Seasonal living and the sensual, sensate life.

Month: November 2012

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

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,” […]

Fall is Made for Breakfast in Bed

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 […]

The Fine Art of Mashed Potatoes:  Another Fall Recipe

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 the potatoes to make them light and melting instead of heavy and chunky.  Over-mixed potatoes are gluey and just gross.


Karen’s Garlic Mashed Potatoes
6-8 med Yukon Gold potatoes
1 whole bundle garlic, with the end sliced off
1 stick of unsalted butter, soften and cut into pieces
1 c sour cream
kosher salt and cracked pepper
A potato ricer

Boil the potatoes whole and skin on with the garlic and a good 1/8 cup of salt until tender.  Drain and shake over heat in the pan to dry them out. Cool slightly, then rice. I just put the whole potatoes, one at a time, in the ricer and squeeze.  The potato goes through while the skin stays inside (works for the garlic bundle too!).  If you must use a masher:  peel the potatoes  after they cool a bit (the skins should slip off) and lightly mash the potatoes. You should be able to squeeze the garlic out of its husks and mash it in, as well.  Once riced or mashed, toss with butter (using a fork) and then fold in the sour cream (with a spatula).  Salt and pepper to taste.


These potatoes are so good, you don’t need gravy.

Perfect Roast Chicken

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. […]

Recipes that Make Me Happy it’s Fall

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 […]