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Kitchen 101: Building Kitchen Confidence

I was pouring the custard over the top of that passion fruit bread pudding the other morning when my sister in law asked me; “did you just, come up with that?” Well, yeah. It was one of our last mornings in Hawaii, and we…

December 19, 2014

Kitchen 101: The Secret of Summer Fruit Storage

One of my favorite memories of childhood in Colorado was my mother’s fruit bowl, overflowing with peaches, cherries, plums and apricots. A similar bowl – filled with all the fresh summer fruits I can gather in my little arms – is a fixture on…

August 5, 2014

Kitchen 101: Painless Cherry Pitting

It’s true that I miss the avocados, dates, and exotic summer surprises of Northern California, but I’m quickly feeling pleased to trade these all for the peaches + cherries of Colorado summer. Cherries hit the farmer’s market this week and, in true form, I…

July 3, 2014

Kitchen 101: Weights and Measures

Some of you know by now that I’ve been a bit obsessed with cookies lately; all spring and into summer I’ve been baking them. Somehow that sounds nonchalant. It hasn’t been; cookie baking has been incredibly deliberate around here. I’ve whipped up small batches…

June 10, 2014

Kitchen 101: Why (and Where) To Use Parchment Paper

As if I didn’t spend a good bit of time in the kitchen before, I really am spending time in this favorite room of mine lately. More than just a place I like to spend time, my home kitchen has been turned into a…

May 3, 2014

Kitchen 101: Roasting Fruit Right

Earlier this week, I shared a recipe with you all for Two-Bite Pies filled with roasted strawberries + rhubarb. This is just one of the ways that I use roasted fruits in our kitchen, (these muffins, with a boozier version of roasted berries are another example,)…

April 5, 2014

Kitchen 101: How to Fold Batter Like a Boss

More often than not, recipes are nothing if not cryptic. Whip? Fold? Beat? Cream? And don’t all these things mean the same — to MIX together? The truth is that recipe instructions frequently assume that we all have a chefy vocabulary, which poses a…

March 21, 2014

Kitchen 101: Cracking Coconuts

I’m in love with our new kitchen here in Boulder. Its bright, airy and feels ready at any moment for a little eating, drinking and playing. This is particularly perfect on these late winter/early spring days when piles and piles of snow can arrive…

March 3, 2014

Kitchen 101: The When/Why/How to Substitute Butter

Earlier this week, I shared this decadent cake recipe and received so many “wahooos!” from you all it made me blush, and it made me happy. Because it meant that the comfort of the cake had struck a chord with you…even though there were…

February 3, 2014

Kitchen 101: Baking at High-Altitude

Baking has become a huge part of our bi-annual trips to Montana. The more we bake there, the more the pantry grows with frequently used ingredients, and desirable pieces of equipment, and the more my recipes morph to have “Montana versions;” since our home…

January 4, 2014