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…

The Solar Eclipse, Annie Dillard, and a Slice of Buttermilk Zucchini Bread

As the morning drew closer to noon, our unusually quiet house darkened to dusk while outside my backyard lay beneath an eerie light more akin to a burgeoning wildfire than an astronomical event occurring far beyond Earth. Burnt shadows cast themselves over our vegetable beds and dappled the cedar fence while doves cooed and tittered…

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…

‘All Lit Up’ Buttermilk Brown Sugar Pie

Since buying our house in 2013, Cameron and I have made slow but steady home improvements to the property. We like our somewhat off-kilter neighborhood and appreciate the “slightly more spacious than downtown Denver” lots our house sits on, affording room to landscape and more nooks and crannies for our daughter to explore. When a…

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…

‘Summer Midnight Sun’ Blueberry Muffins

Planning a trip abroad with a toddler is enough to convince most parents, including me, that we have a screw loose. Day-to-day life, with all its routines, at least affords a modicum of order. I may be exhausted by the evening after managing to keep another human alive that day, but the environment is confined,…