Grilled Salmon Salad with Strawberries

Amy Kafka of Garden Sweet in Fort Collins has been farming since 2002 on leased land, growing a little bit of everything and introducing the strawberries for which she’s famous in 2003.  Farming leased land leaves a farmer vulnerable.  Losing the lease means loss of livelihood unless new land with water can be found quickly.  I know of one farmer whose lease would not be renewed, and before she could … Continue reading

Apple Coffee Cake

It’s apple season again: crisp, juicy apples of all varieties, some sweet, some tart, but all healthful and nutritious.  Most of us think of either a brown bag lunch addition or something sugary, baked for dessert when we see the new fall crop.  But aside from a tasty, portable snack food, apples are a natural pairing with pork, good with duck or chicken, and make a delightfully crunchy salad addition.   … Continue reading

Pomegranate Molasses

Pomegranates are in season, their deep red color perfect for the holidays, their seeds glistening like tiny rubies when used in a variety of dishes.  They will be available fresh for only another month, but their juice is in stores year round, either the POM brand found in coolers, or Knudsen’s Just Pomegranate on the juice aisle.  I use the seeds in rice dishes along with dried apricots, red onion … Continue reading


Colorado cantaloupe is not at the farmers’ markets yet, but will be within just a few weeks.  When fully ripe, cantaloupe is meltingly sweet and delicious, perfect for the stretch of hot weather we’ve had.  I serve it as an appetizer, sliced about ½ inch thick, and draped or even wrapped with paper-thin slices of prosciutto.  The salty-sweet flavors make a classic combination, nice with freshly ground black pepper.  Appetizers … Continue reading