From Garden to Pasta Pot: Homemade Marinara Sauce

Yesterday I hurriedly retrieved the last of the tender summer vegetables from our backyard garden. The bright, cloudless sky made it hard to reconcile the meteorologist’s forecast of a 40 degree temperature drop in a matter of hours as a significant winter storm blew in over the mountains. Life at high altitude promises weather extremes,…

Holding onto Summer with Slow-Roasted Cherry Tomatoes

Right around the third surprise March snowstorm in Colorado, I start daydreaming about shorts weather and fresh produce, longing for the days when I can step into my backyard and harvest the first tomatoes of the season. Every year we’ve planted tomatoes in our gardens, we’ve managed a good enough haul that we can share…

Operation Palisade Peach Preserves

Every summer since moving to the Front Range, I’ve happily anticipated the peach harvest from Palisade, Colorado, a stone fruit and grape mecca cultivated on the Western Slope. I have no qualms about stocking up on peaches while at the grocery store, but I prefer purchasing a box directly from friends connected to peach orchards…

Prolonging Berry Season with Oven-dried Strawberries

We’ve been relishing the cooler weather along the Front Range these past few weeks. Usually a brown and yellow high desert landscape come August, the return of brief afternoon and evening rain showers has reinvigorated plants and made me thankful I’ve undertaken landscaping and gardening projects on our property this year without the usual stress…

Buttermilk Peach Ice Cream

The heart of summer is upon us in Denver. Warm mornings give way to hot middays give way to the occasional afternoon thunderstorm. Through it all my mind is often on how to cool off when the summer oven is on. Ice cream helps. A few summers ago I took the plunge into ice cream…