How to Make Hatch Chile Salsa Verde

by heidi on September 9, 2014

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Right now. It’s happening. And there’s no better time to take advantage of it—of every single, last, bit(e).

There’s truly no better—and easier—time of year to eat seasonal. Fresh fruit is literally falling from the trees and the bounty of the summer harvest is at full throttle, artfully displayed in droves at farmer’s markets in small towns and big cities alike. Even grocery store produce tastes fresher and looks better. It’s here for one and all to savor.

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5 Food Blogs I’m Following Now

by heidi on September 5, 2014

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This week we’re all recovering from the last bash of summer and dreaming of the fall harvest of tomatoes, apples and dare I say, pumpkins? Don’t shoot the messenger, but it’s here folks!

We’re back after our break to bring you another list of 5 food blogs I’m reading now.  Because I’m often asked about new food blogs I’ve discovered, who I’m reading now, and where to find inspiration for great recipes and beautiful food photography, I’m happy to share a few that are always highlights of my blog reader.

Following is a short list of just some of the food blogs I’m following now. Some might be more well known, some could be flying under the radar. Either way, they’re spots on the web totally worthy of your precious time.

And thank you so much for reading FoodieCrush and these faves. You guys make my day. XO

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Easy Tomato Pasta Sauce Recipe

by heidi on September 4, 2014

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If you’re like me, cooking is simply part of life’s continuing education. Just when I think, “I’ve got this down pat,” or “There’s no possible way this could taste any better,” I get schooled once again.

Take for example the basic, elemental pasta sauce. The one that is so simple it works as the foundation for so many tomato-based recipes where other ingredients do the glitzy red-carpet-look-at-me-I’m-the-star work and the tomato sauce simply shines in the background.

I thought I knew this recipe just by intuition and from following recipes handed down to me from family or ones I’d learned from my hoarder’s collection of magazines.

But I have just discovered, I was doing it all wrong.

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The first bite of recipe creating inspiration for me often starts with—you got it—the first bite.

Case in point, my dinner last Friday night. Even though it was Labor Day weekend, the mountains delivered a chilly preview of what’s soon to be in store. I love fall. I can’t wait.

My husband and I were invited to mark the end of summer at the Wasatch Mountain Table at nearby Solitude Resort. It was a very, very long table set at the bottom of a ski hill among forests of trees and a wandering river.

Wasatch Mountain Table at Solitude Resort

We met some incredibly fun tablemates and laughed the night away, because that what food and drink does to a crowd. But the real focus of the night was the delicious food accented with beer pairings from one of my husband’s favorite local brewers, Epic Brewery.

Peaches are a staple fruit in Utah with orchards dotting the freeways that run north all the way to the border of Idaho. One of the appetizers at our Friday night dinner was a grill full of these Bacon Wrapped Grilled Peaches. Chef Neville cooked down Epic Brewery’s Brainless on Peaches Belgian Ale into the balsamic glaze.

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Friday Faves

by heidi on August 29, 2014

It’s been a full week of back to school and, man oh man! I think we’ve all actually survived.


The alarm went off without a hitch every day, Smudge made her own school lunches (glory be, I love 5th grade!) and I somehow didn’t forget to pick her up even once after school! Pat on the back for this mama and thank you for iPhone alarms.

Before you know it, she’ll be making her bed every day before school. Hey, a mom can dream, right?

Last weekend we were in South Eastern Utah among the red rocks of Capitol Reef for the reunion show of my husband’s punk band, Big Face. The rocked it and I was so proud of my boy!

He didn’t know I was going to mention this so when my husband asked me if I said anything about him in this week’s list, I hedged. “Why would I say anything about you?” I asked. “Because it’s Friday,” he replied. “And I’m your fave.”

Ahhhh. Yep, he is.


He likes to pull this same pose every morning while gazing in the mirror. It’s his version of sun salutations. *wink

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On the drive down we stopped for a good old greasy burger and fries. Nothing says comfort food like a mountain lion watching you eat.

So what’s in store for this long holiday weekend?

We have low-key plans to finish out these dog days. While others are recovering from their Fantasy Football League draft pick sessions, we’ll be spending the final hours of summer at the pool to eek out that last bit of sunshine for a true blue Malibu Barbie tan. Then it’s time to bbq with friends on the deck, and…FUN…rip out the carpet in Smudge’s room thanks to a certain dog who even after two years doesn’t seem to get the concept of potty training when she doesn’t feel like it.

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