Cheater’s Shrimp and Scallop Paella

This easy paella recipe is from the book, 400 Calorie Fix by Liz Vaccariello (I believe it is out of print, but you can find used copies at that link.) Since it is a diet book, it uses a small amount turkey kielbasa for flavor. If you’re not concerned about calories, you can sub regular...

June Restaurant Review

We’ve been intentionally trying new places this summer, trying to get out of our rut. Friday nights are sometimes tough for family date night. The hubs might not get home until 6, and by then you have to wait for a table (if you weren’t smart enough to make a reservation — me, always),...

Tips for Eating Locally — Even in the Winter!

Tips for Eating Locally — Even in the Winter!

You’ve been to SALT the Bistro, right? In Boulder? Super yummy? Where Tom’s Tavern used to be, at the west end of the Pearl Street Mall? SALT has long been a remarkable place for its very Boulder farm-to-table focus, but now Chef Bradford Heap is pushing further forward – pioneering a GMO-free restaurant. The Daily...

Flavor, Locality, Humanity and Nutrition

Flavor, Locality, Humanity and Nutrition

Had a fun morning as an “extra” at SALT Bistro in Boulder where they were filming a spot for one of the local morning shows.  (You can see me and the fam in the first video at about the 0:37 mark.) We got to partake of some excellent farm-fresh scrambled eggs; a gorgeous root...

El Milagro del Cerdo Dinner at Pica’s Mexican Taqueria

El Milagro del Cerdo Dinner at Pica’s Mexican Taqueria

When you get invited to a dinner called El Milagro del Cerdo (the Miracle of the Pig), how can you possibly refuse? I’d heard of Pica’s Mexican Taqueria in Boulder, but I’d never been there, so I was thrilled to have the opportunity to try them out on this special occasion: a family-style dinner...

Food Front and Center at The Rio

Food Front and Center at The Rio

When the CEO of The Rio Grande Restaurants, Jason Barrett, asked our group of bloggers for our impressions of the food at The Rio before we tasted the new menu, I tried not to make eye contact. It wasn’t that I had a particularly negative opinion of the food, it was just that, from...

Weekly Wrap-Up: The $12 Salad Greens Edition

What I’m Eating: • I’m making this recipe for two cupcakes tonight—I’ll let you know how they turn out! What I’m Reading: • This article in The Atlantic from Slow Food’s president really hit home for me because I’m somewhere between the very low-income person on food stamps and the person who can afford $12-a-pound...

Weekly Wrap-Up: the TSA Compliant Edition

What I’m eating: • No eating out this week; still trying to eat moderately healthy.  But I did have some pasta with this killer Naked Tomato Sauce recipe—made this summer from tomatoes out of my garden and frozen for just such a wintry weekend!  Bookmark it for the next time you have great tomatoes...