Amazing pumpkin caramels with sea salt

Remember last month when I mentioned in a weekly recipe round-up that I found a recipe for some delicious looking caramels? Ones with pumpkin in them, and pepitas, and sea salt?


I don’t want to sound hyperbolic, but these were probably some of the best caramels I’ve ever had. Continue reading


Denver Magazine’s 100 Things to Taste

Denver Magazine just came out with their 100 Things to Taste in and around Denver. And it looks like a fun to do list for the dark winter months. (The items bolded are the ones we’ve sampled already.)

  1. Cheese Sampler – Opus Restaurant
  2. Sticky Toffee Pudding – Duo
  3. Absinthe Verte – Leopold Brothers 
  4. Kurobuta Pork Belly – Venue
  5. The King – The Berkshire
  6. Pho – Parallel Seventeen (it’s pretty good, but it’s not better than my favorite, New Saigon)
  7. Chile Relleno “en Nogada” – Chili Verde
  8. Soup of the Month – Twelve Restaurant
  9. Wonton Tacos – Zengo
  10. Chocolate Sandwich Cookie – Cake Crumbs (i.e. The Denver Cupcake Truck)
  11. Hercules Double IPA – Great Divide Brewing Co.  (this is one of Edward’s favorites, and our favorite tap room in Denver!)
  12. Calamari – Il Posto
  13. House-Smoke Idaho Trout- The Oceanaire Seafood Room
  14. Shrimp Cocktail – Elway’s Cherry Creek
  15. House-Cured Duck Prosciutto – The Village Cork
  16. Chapchae – Seoul BBQ
  17. Housemade Sodas – Hutch & Spoon
  18. Chicken Franki – Mirch Indian Grill
  19. Veg Taco – Gastro Cart
  20. Grilled Jumbo Artichoke – Cherry Creek Grill
  21. Raw Kitfo – Africana Cafe
  22. Torpedo Farms Chinese BBQ Pork Belly – Vesta Dipping Grill
  23. Moroccan Spiced Pork – Cafe Aion
  24. Ajo – The Med  (this roasted garlic, gorgonzola and tomato jam concoction is worth the drive to Boulder) 
  25. Mac & Cheese Fries – Jonesy’s EatBar
  26. Long Farm Crispy Pig Trotter – Colt & Gray
  27. Z Cassoulet de la Maison – Z Cuisine
  28. Breakfast Charcuterie – Table 6
  29. Banh Mi Slider – Deluxe Street Food Truck 
  30. Ramen with Poached Lobster, Edamame & Miso Lobster Broth – Bones (I die. This is buttery and amazing. But, everything at bones is amazing. We also really like the Udon Noodles: Slow Cooked Pork Shoulder from Salmon Creek Farms with a Poached Egg).
  31. Pasta Carbonara- Fruition Restaurant
  32. All-Veal Brats- Continental Sausage
  33. Housemade Soup of the Day – Cafe Options
  34. Sauteed Wild Mushroom Breakfast Sandwich- Masterpiece Delicatessen
  35. Sourdough Baguette – City Bakery
  36. Garlic Dip with Pita – Phoenician Kabob
  37. Signature Bone-in Filet- Shanahan’s Steakhouse
  38. French Onion “Soup” Dumplings – TAG
  39. Fig & Crispy Prosciutto Pizza – Osteria Marco
  40. Cinnamon Roll – Johnson’s Corner
  41. Spicy Sesame-Cashew Jerky – New Saigon
  42. Scoth Egg – Argyll GastroPub
  43. Raisin Bran Muffin- The Market (at Larimer Square)
  44. Queso – El Camino Community Tavern  (I’m not a fan of queso in any form, but this is better than most.)
  45. Fried Chickpeas with Harissa Aioli – Olivea
  46. Chicken and Crawfish Gumbo – Jax Fish House
  47. Ginger Sashimi – Izakaya Den
  48. Soul of Autum Benedict – Gallop Cafe
  49. Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge New School Milkshake – H Burger
  50. Campania Pizza Napoletana – Marco’s Coal-Fired Pizza
  51. Seitan Buffalo Wings – WaterCourse Foods  (Chewy, crunchy spicy. Vegetarian! Yum! And they’re just as good at City O’ City)
  52. Chef Mickey’s Famous Red Beans – Lucile’s Creole Cafe (Everything here is amazing, but these beans are fantastic… although they must be eaten with a beignet and strawberry-rhubarb jam)
  53. Potstickers – Lao Wang Noodle House
  54. Larkburger – Larkburger
  55. Pecan Caramel Bars – Living the Sweet Life
  56. Pecorino Ravioli with Fava Beans and Preserved-Lemon Vinaigrette – Rioja
  57. Frites- Mateo
  58. Pepperoni Piccolo – Il Mondo Vecchio
  59. Mojito – Cuba Cuba Cafe & Bar  (I love mojitos, and this is a good one. I think this is a little simple to put on the list, though.)
  60. Baked Garlic Bread – Kaos Pizzeria
  61. Calves’ Liver – Strings
  62. Paella- Solera Restaurant & Wine Bar
  63. The Crippler – Vine Street Pub
  64. Mint Julep Gelato – The Red Trolley
  65. Croquetas de Jamon – Ondo’s Spanish Tapas Bar  (Really good and authentic!)
  66. Yellowtail And Salmon New Style Sashimi – Sushi Sasa
  67. Huevos – Lola (Lola’s brunch in Denver’s best kept secret. Some of the best food, and never a wait. Plus, you can stay after brunch for happy hour from 2-5 for live music.) 
  68. Broiled Mushrooms – LoHi SteakBar
  69. Spicy Thai Beef Salad – Delite  (A great place to go for happy hour. We also really like the “Dylan’s Ass” — their take on the Moscow Mule, and the Steamed Pork Bun Sliders and the Masa Fried Oyster Shooters.)
  70. Escargot – Simms Steakhouse
  71. Soul Food Eggroll- CoraFaye’s Cafe
  72. Housemade Sausage, Caramelized Onion and Ricotta Flatbread Pizza – Encore
  73. Pepper Blossom Cocktail – Rootdown
  74. Shrimp Po’Boy – Steuben’s Food Service
  75. Lobster in French Style – JJ Chinese Seafood Restaurant
  76. Peel & Eat Shrimp – Billy’s Inn
  77. Tom’s Tavern Burger – Salt Bistro
  78. Cast-Iron Skillet Cookie – Second Home
  79. Potato Gnocchi – Fuel Cafe
  80. Denver Venison with Lingonberries – Cool River Cafe
  81. Chile Fried Calamari – Black Pearl
  82. Di Rucula, Pere e Asiago Salad – Undici Ristorante
  83. Beef Tenderloin Tartare – Shazz Cafe and Bar
  84. Farmer’s Croissant – Buffalo Doughboy Bakery
  85. Ojo de Agua – Novo Coffee
  86. Croque Monsieur – Brassarie Ten Ten
  87. Uni- Sushi Den
  88. Sables – Andre’s
  89. Tostadas al Pastor – Tacos y Salsas
  90. Crawfish Beignets – Beatrice & Woodsley
  91. Shroom Pizza – Brava! Pizzeria della Strada
  92. Frank’s Salumi Plate – Luca D’Italia
  93. Smoked Pheasant Soup – Palace Arms
  94. Ruby Scones – Spruce Confections
  95. Nutty Cheese Salad – Racines  (One of my favorite salads, hands down. So simple. So nutty, cheesy and delicious. The banana and the honey mustard sound strange but make it sooo good.)
  96. Tofu & Black Egg Mix – East Asia Garden
  97. Bresaola- Panzano
  98. Sopa Azteca- Centro Latin Kitchen & Refreshment Palace
  99. Chicken Liver Mousse – The Squeaky Bean
  100. Any Farmers Market Salad – Potager

And, we’re back!

We have been, at best, incredibly lazy with posting good food lately. But, we have been cooking and taking some photos to boot.

Here are some things to look forward to in the coming days and weeks:

No-Knead Bread

No-knead bread

Coconut Curry Red Lentils:


Moroccan Chicken with Butternut Squash and Kumquats:

Morrocan Chicken

Home-made Granola Bars:

Home made granola bars

Spanish Sopa de Ajo (Garlic Soup):

Sopa de ajo

Not quite Niciose Salad:

Nicoise Salad