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Bon Voyage with A Suitcase and A Spatula

Bon Voyage with A Suitcase and A Spatula

Bonjour! Today we travel to France with Tori Haschka’s new cookbook, A Suitcase and A Spatula! I’ve followed her beautifully written recipe blog, eatori, for years and couldn’t wait to dive into Tori’s debut book of “recipes and stories...
How to Combat Veggie Boredom for Great British Chefs

How to Combat Veggie Boredom for Great British Chefs

Hello there! I’m sad to have been so quiet for the last couple of weeks here at La Domestique, but I was very sick in the hospital with a stomach bug. The husband took great care of me and our new Irish friends and neighbors were so kind and supportive....
Celebrate Spring with Pasta Primavera

Celebrate Spring with Pasta Primavera

Happy first day of spring! I am so excited for warmer days, gardening, and eating tender spring vegetables. How about you? One dish I look forward to enjoying this time of year is Pasta Primavera, or “Spring Pasta.” This dish is a celebration of all things...
Irish Brown Soda Bread and a Big Announcement

Irish Brown Soda Bread and a Big Announcement

Today I’ve got a recipe for Irish Brown Soda Bread to share with you, not just because St. Patrick’s Day is fast approaching, but also in celebration of some big news! As the Irish say, Come here to me, wait till I tell you. You may have noticed things...
What’s New at La Domestique

What’s New at La Domestique

Hello there! I hope you had a fantastic weekend. We got 10 inches of snow here in Colorado! It was nice to be snowed in and the husband and I spent a lot of time working on projects around the house while little Minnie the dachshund slept by the fire. Today I would...
Learning From The Cleanse

Learning From The Cleanse

The husband and I made it through the cleanse, learning a lot in the process. It was challenging, but so rewarding. For one week we followed a meal plan inspired by the Whole Living Action Plan and Dr. Junger’s book, Clean: smoothie for breakfast, satisfying vegan...
The Cleanse Begins

The Cleanse Begins

Remember when I said the husband and I were going to do a cleanse? Well, today the cleanse begins! So many of you commented on my last post, showing your support and desire to follow along – I thought you might like to see what our first week looks like. As I...
Cleansing and a Recipe for Salmon Cooked in Parchment

Cleansing and a Recipe for Salmon Cooked in Parchment

I’m stubborn. I don’t like to be told what to do. Try to push me and I’ll probably do exactly the opposite. Luckily, my husband finds this quality endearing. Was I born this way? Is it genetics, birth order (I’m the eldest), or ingrained in my...
Roast Chicken Legs with Mushroom Sauce

Roast Chicken Legs with Mushroom Sauce

These photographs of Roast Chicken Legs with Mushroom Sauce were part of the series from my last post featuring Roasted Carrot Soup. I photographed this series  for a client and none of the recipes are my own. I cannot share the recipes here, but I thought you might...
Roasted Carrot Soup

Roasted Carrot Soup

A few weeks ago I photographed this Roasted Carrot Soup recipe for a client and I’ve been on a pureed vegetable soup kick ever since. Root vegetables like carrots, beets, and squash add a pop of color to the soup bowl that’s most welcome during the grey...
Winter Salad with Grapefruit and Seared Scallops

Winter Salad with Grapefruit and Seared Scallops

I love a fresh start. A clean slate. A chance to begin anew. I don’t make resolutions for the New Year, but I do become quieter and more thoughtful. After all the holiday parties and visiting, it’s nice to retreat to my nest with the husband. I’ve...
Favorite Recipes of 2012

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...
Christmas Cookies

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,...
Irish Christmas Cake

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

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

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 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...
Pear, Cheddar, and Caramelized Onion Tart

Pear, Cheddar, and Caramelized Onion Tart

I’ve been busy in the test kitchen developing holiday entertaining recipes for a client, and today I’d like to share a savory tart with you. The components can be prepared ahead of time (the pastry pre-baked), later assembled and baked just before serving....
Election Day Chicken Drumsticks

Election Day Chicken Drumsticks

Sweet and sour glazed chicken is a dish democrats and republicans can all agree on. Tuesday, November 6, our country will elect the next President of the United States of America. Many of us will gather, family and friends, to watch election coverage on television....
Halloween Barmbrack, an Irish Tradition

Halloween Barmbrack, an Irish Tradition

Barmbrack – such a strange word to those of us who didn’t grow up in Ireland. Originating from the Gaelic language, bairín, is a reference to the yeast of fermented bear and breac, notes the speckled appearance of currants and golden raisins. This sweet...
Cook in the Moment: Pumpkin Soup

Cook in the Moment: Pumpkin Soup

It’s been quiet here at La Domestique. I went home to Arkansas to stay with my sister and help with the baby while her husband was away. The day after I returned to Colorado, my husband surprised me with a spontaneous trip to Florida to celebrate our fifth...
Inspiration from Nature: Color, Shape, and Pattern

Inspiration from Nature: Color, Shape, and Pattern

October is flying by and it seems all my projects involve everything but food. Being a freelancer is fun because I never know what kind of project lies just around the corner. Most recently, I photographed my friend Kerry, founder of Comma Workshop, quilting in her...
Cook in the Moment: Apple Butter

Cook in the Moment: Apple Butter

Thick and spreadable, apple butter is named for its texture, and contains no dairy. I’ve been doing a fair bit of preserving at home lately, but cooking apples down into a dark, caramelized puree is my absolute fall favorite. Every year I make a batch to mark...
Cook in the Moment: Chocolate Pear Tart

Cook in the Moment: Chocolate Pear Tart

I’ve always loved apples. Come the first day of fall I’m dreaming of apple pie, apple butter, and warm apple cider spiked with brandy. The German in me loves applesauce with sausage. Don’t forget apple turnovers for breakfast and apple cider...