Today spring finally came to my part of the world, it was in the high 60’s, and the sun was even out for part of the day! It’s still March so mother nature could just be teasing us, we’ve had snow into April, although it certainly isn’t normal (or welcome). But I’m going to think positive, it’s going to be a beautiful spring, followed by an incredible summer! I think looking at all the lemons in this post made me think of sunshine!So now that I teased you a little about the post, lets get to it.
We all know why your here today, it’s Guest Post Friday!!!! I still get so excited seeing those guest posts up on my blog, getting to introduce so many wonderfully talented bloggers to everyone, and most importantly helping to strengthen this incredible community we have. Making new friends is one of the great joys of blogging for me, meeting people from all over the world, from every walk of life…..and we all have one thing in common, the love of food!
Well my friends today your in for a real treat! Your going to meet Toni from Boulder Locavore. Now from the title of her blog, you should get an idea of not only where she is from, but what’s important to her.
Toni is the complete blogger, she has blogged about everything from making her own vinegar, to mastering the art of gluten free baking. Toni makes ice cream, and infuses her own alcohol, making delightful cocktails! She will amaze you with her flawless imagery, and while your enjoying every word and every creation, she will quietly extol the virtues of local products. When you stop and think about it, buying local makes a lot of sense, when you support the local businesses you are helping to make your community stronger. Not a bad idea is it?
So my friends, without further ado, it is my great pleasure to introduce, Toni and Boulder Locavore.
As I began to write this post I realized it smacked of an Academy Awards acceptance speech. Understandably, since when one is asked to Guest Post for the illustrious Chef Dennis, it signals you’ve ‘arrived’.
To describe the depth and breadth of all of Chef Dennis’s exceptional qualities would cast me as a cross between his mother and his Press Agent I’m sure! I truly believe he has personally set a tone for the Food Buzz blogging community of inclusion and ‘together we are stronger’ in practice as he notes on the bottom of his blog. His personal role modeling is one of generosity, warmth, support, integrity and having fun, making him a valued person to have in your corner. As his readers this is not news to you and I’m sure you feel uplifted every time you’ve received a comment from him on your blog post or if a non-blogger, every time you read one of his posts making you feel he’s writing it just for you as though you were sharing a meal in his personal kitchen. It is with my deepest gratitude I thank you Chef Dennis for this opportunity to meet your readers!
I am a bit of a non-traditional food blogger, having started blogging based on my mission to eat year round from local Colorado sources. ‘So what?’ might cross your mind but our local food production shuts down in the fall and only rears its delicate head with simple greens in April. The adventure of sourcing only locally grown produce and meat over a Colorado winter taught me an incredible amount about food saving techniques, lead me to wonderful unexpected resources and served to further strengthen my appreciation and excitement for my food. Cooking seasonally also shifted my approach to cooking completely, allowing what is available to drive the recipe versus the other way around.
Though my center point is always organic, local, seasonal food, my passion for international travel and belief in food as a cultural currency never to be missed, factors into my blogging. I can’t pass up a fun cocktail which you’ll also find and lastly I am gluten free for medical reasons so much of my food provides that option. Eating gluten free is what I do, though does not define my culinary persuasions so I don’t feel I’m a ‘gluten free blogger’ in the purest sense.
I hope you’ll pop over for a visit and poke around, and thank you for your time in reading today!
Recently I’ve had a childhood dessert tugging at my memories. It was something my Mom made frequently and has slipped my mind for years. The arrival of a box of citrus from snowbird relatives put my planning into high gear feeling this Guest Post would be a perfect time to try to make it myself for the first time. Though in Colorado we can expect several more cycles of teasingly spring temps followed by a ruthless, soppy dump of snow until late May, some of you may already be enjoying the feeling of the season’s renewal. This recipe, Lemon Custard with Pillow Top, feels bright and an ‘Ode to Spring’ to me.
As a child I found this custard wondrous and magical. How one could prepare it so there was beautiful lemony custard on the bottom and a light cakey top was unimaginable. It’s quite easy, I’ve learned with my first crack at. Though I prepared this from a family recipe, my mother believes my grandmother (who passed the recipe to my Mom) was first inspired to make it from a Joy of Cooking recipe so I want to be sure to give that nod here too, not knowing the true roots of this in our family culinary lineage. I made mine in the same custard cups my Mom used to make it when I was a child. I will resist labeling them as ‘vintage’.
Wow, now that was a fun post! Those lemon custards look so very, very good!
I hope everyone enjoyed today’s guest post as much as I did, and please make sure you head on over to Boulder Locavore, as soon as your done here and say hi to Toni. Just make sure you tell her Chef Dennis sent you, and one other thing. If you enjoy my Ask Chef Dennis series, be sure to thank her, it was her idea.
So my friends, thank you so much for your continued support, it does mean the world to me. I had no idea blogging would impact my life the way it has, or that I would have so many wonderful foodie friends…I am truly blessed.
If you would like to see what else the old chef is doing (in his spare time), stop by Honest Cooking for I will be appearing there very soon, so if you have time, stop by and say hello, I think you’ll like what you see!
Have a great weekend, please take a little time to do something fun with your family and friends, life is too short to just let it pass by. And as always, please remember……..