Day of the Dead Dinner Party

Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a Mexican holiday that dates back hundreds of years. November 1 is “Día de los Inocentes” (Day of the Innocents) and also known as Día de los Angelitos (Day of the Little Angels). November 2 is Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). Día de los Muertos is a time…

Seasons Change

In a quest to avoid falling into a rut, I venture into Seasons 52 in Lone Tree and find myself asking why I had not yet tried this fantastic local hub of fresh and exotic cuisine. General Manager Matthew Youssef is the authority on all things fresh and colorful. “We try to bring in as many fresh vegetables and fruits…

Mother’s Day Brunch for 2 or 20

I’ve been hosting Mother’s Day brunch on and off for years. Sometimes the group is small, other times quite large. Regardless of how many we have in attendance, I don’t want to be stuck in the kitchen all day. I want to pour myself a mimosa (or 3), eat delicious food and enjoy my guests. I’m a mother too, after…

Muy Bueno Cookbook

I was born and raised in El Paso, Texas, and I credit my love for Mexican food and culture to my mother and grandmother. After my grandmother passed away in 2004, my passion for keeping my culture alive became a high priority. I realized that cooking my family’s recipes and celebrating Mexican holidays would be the thread that would hold…

Of Batter + Dough

As far as I’m concerned, there are few desserts that don’t benefit enormously from being brushed with amaretto, doused in rum, spiked with bourbon, or dipped in Frangelico. Case in point: the classic carrot cake.

Colors of Autumn Soup

This is definitely the easiest and best way to make rich-tasting butternut squash soup, without having to peel and dice a large, awkwardly shaped vegetable. You start by cutting the squash in half lengthwise and roasting it in a hot oven. Scrape the roasted flesh from the skin, and simmer it with sautéed yellow onion, fresh sage and a tart…

Pumpkin Spice Chia Pudding

A healthy twist on a 
favorite fall spice