As summer comes to a close and the garden has much to offer, I have been thinking a lot about garden-to-table eating. The new wave of localized eating and knowing the source of one's food has led to many beautiful cookbooks that help you make the most of your garden.
Even if you skipped the heirloom Lemon Oxheart tomatoes this year, Blue Eggs and Yellow Tomatoes provides many stunning photos and recipes, as well as inspiration for next year's garden plan.
I, for one, left out the potato patch this season, but the following recipe for herbed french fries cannot be missed. The volunteer Purple Peruvian Fingerling potatoes in my backyard will soon go under the knife to be made into these:
Saturday is the first ever International Read Comics in Public Day! It also happens to be Jack Kirby's birthday! Whether you read manga, graphic novels or classic Archie comics, share your love of reading!
What's the big deal about the 19th amendment? In addition to giving women the right to vote, it was an integral moment in the civil rights and equality movements. Victory took decades and few of the initial supporters lived to see their dream realized. Ratified 90 years ago today, we celebrate our freedoms and those who inspired them.
Our 19th amendment guarantees, "The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex." Tennessee provided the requisite approval of three-fourths of the states, being the 36th state to ratify the amendment.
Have you ever noticed the fantastic collection of cooking magazines at your local library? I'm kind of addicted to them. This week's recipe review will be picked from your favorite of three: Bon Appetit, Cook's Illustrated or Cooking Light. Take the poll and help me choose!
Right after I gave birth to my son, I found it difficult to complete an entire novel so I started checking out the library's magazines. Reading in short spurts; I could do that! And what a great variety. I especially appreciate the culinary magazines:
OverDrive iPhone app and Denver Public Library audio books -- at last!
I just discovered the OverDrive Media Console application for my iPhone! Now it's possible to find, download and listen to audio books without plugging your phone into a computer. This is nice if you're like me and don't want to haul around a laptop everywhere you go. Awesome. It's available at the iTunes Store for free! Add the OverDrive application to your iPhone or iTouch first, then start shopping!
Did you know that Colorado has its very own Poet Laureate? David Mason is our newest poet laureate. Appointed to a 4-year term, Mason is committed to bringing poetry to each of Colorado's colorful counties.
Mysterious fictional author Richard Castle releases his second book, Naked Heat, on September 28. Fans of the show will be happy to know that the new season of Castle starts on September 20.
Richard Castle is inspired by mystery novelists and TV writers like Stephen J. Cannell and James Patterson. Both best-selling authors make cameos on the television show. The first book written by Castle, Heat Wave, was not only featured in the show but was an important plot point in one of last season's episodes.
LiveWell West Denver invites you to a Taste of the Garden Produce and Health Fair on August 20 from 9-11:30 a.m. at Iglesia Luterana Cristo Rey. Each family or single adult will get a bag or box full of free fruits and vegetables! There will also be cooking demos with free samples!
What is your favorite fresh from the garden vegetable recipe? I love zucchini and asparagus. I've found that the trick to cooking asparagus is to saute them over medium/low until they turn bright green. Serve quickly. They really taste the best when they are still snappy. The rest of the menu usually goes a little something like this: baked salmon in wasabi/honey/soy sauce mix, couscous, and spring mix salad. Depending on how fancy we are feeling, we might saute the asparagus in garlic and fresh rosemary. What I like best is that none of these dishes is time or labor intensive.