There’s an App for That

For the last few years my husband and I have hosted between 25 and 30 people at our home for Thanksgiving, and one of my favorite parts of this tradition is the appetizers.  Our Thanksgiving menu is mostly traditional. I try to mix it up a bit each year, adding a new twist to the stuffing or the vegetable sides…

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…

Smooth Operator

Besides our favorite recipe for summer (rest+relax), here are some recipes that are sure to soothe the soul.

Hops in the Kitchen

Stout Chocolate Brownies

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…

Personal Risk Paid off for Parker Chef

Personal Chef Brandon Spies took a risk not many people would. After the financial bailout of 2008 and a job he "hated'' in wastewater for the City of Clovis, N.M., the former financial planner with AIG cashed in his retirement and moved with his wife and three children to Denver to become a personal chef.

A Healthy Summertime Recipe

Summer is a great time to gather fresh garden ingredients and create a masterpiece in the kitchen. This light and delicious watermelon soup is great tasting and a perfect chilled dish at home that is sure to please. Sit and enjoy with your family and friends over a nice glass of wine. I might suggest a local Colorado wine such…

Father’s Day Grilling Done Right

Chef Brando here. As I think about Father's Day, I think about great memories with family and friends and lots of time spent at the grill. There are times when we have prepared great feasts and other times where grilling left us all feeling like it is better left to professionals.

A Pinch of This, a Splash of That

Let's be clear about what is considered a good cooking wine. The so-called "Cooking Wine" found in your local grocery store next to the fancy vinegars and Worcestershire sauce is a poor excuse for a cooking ingredient. They are low in alcohol content, highly acidic and contain a massive amount of salt. Instead, choose a wine you would pair with…