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Jess O'Toole is La Domestique

Hi, I’m Jess, aka La Domestique. No matter how busy or cooking-challenged you are I can help you live the good life and enjoy fresh, healthy meals at home every day. Find out more

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Favorite Recipes of 2012

Thank you all for following La Domestique the past year. I'm so excited about 2013 I could burst! Before our fresh start tomorrow, I thought it would be fun to take a look back at some favorite recipes from 2012. Spring Rosé-Steamed Mussels Rhubarb Clafoutis Spring...

Christmas Cookies

Have yourself a merry little Christmas Let your heart be light From now on our troubles will be out of sight... {words by Ralph Blane} Valentine's Day is marked by chocolate, Easter is sweet bread, the Fourth of July is ice cream, Halloween is candy, Thanksgiving is...

Irish Christmas Cake

Last night we ate our first slice of Irish Christmas Cake. To my Irish-born-and-raised husband, this fruit cake is an essential part of celebrating Christmas. If you ask him about Christmas cake, his eyes gloss over as he recites its virtues, from boozy dried fruit to...

Dinner with Food52: A Cookbook Review and Giveaway

Food52 sent me their newest cookbook for review, and have graciously  provided a copy for this giveaway contest to La Domestique readers. Full contest rules can be found at the end of the review. I pick up the Food52 Cookbook, Volume 2, Seasonal Recipes from Our...

Winter Radicchio Tart

Last week here at La Domestique, I shared images of produce from the final farmers market of the regular season in Boulder, Colorado in a post titled, The Last Phase is the Most Glorious. Every season, a trip to the market brings the usual staples (carrots, onions,...

The Last Phase is the Most Glorious

The growing season is pretty much over here in Colorado. If you're lucky enough to have a garden there will still be the occasional snow-covered leaves of kale to harvest, or maybe one last head of cabbage to pull from the cold, hard ground. This Saturday the lot...