Livin' on the edge (a little)

MFK Fisher - “Keep it simple, but with a dash of hazard.”

This is one of my favorite quotes from Mary Frances  Kennedy Fisher, the famed female writer who extrapolated lessons on life, from food and life in Aix en Provence in France.   I love her verve. Her fascination with food and cooking was all about about life and art.  Fisher's stories are beautifully written  metaphors.

This weekend June 17-19 is the Food and Wine Classic in Aspen.  It is the kickoff of the summer season and the launch of Andi-Le Tableware at Chequers of Aspen. Stop by and the store and say hello, 5-7:00 PM  Friday and Saturday June 17-18. Browse the fabulous home accessories, get some great tips on entertaining, napkin origami and the "Art of the Table". Wine and hors d'oeuvres are provided by Chef C. Barkley Dodge. Chequers is located at 520 East Cooper St see the new collection. .

“Sharing food with another human being is an intimate act that should not be indulged in lightly.” Another great quote from Mary Frances that I live by... Make it fun, be creative and enjoy the process!

Til next week xx


Scenes of Spring

Is winter over?When I moved to Aspen, as a full time resident, 17 years ago, I learned that no one plants anything until after Memorial day. Spring teases us with warm days and then BAM! more snow. Nightly, covering up my delicate flowers and keeping my fingers crossed . Now I just wait it out.

This year the mountain opened on Memorial day weekend for those who still haven't had enough. We have had a stellar amount of rain and snow this spring and the run-off could be epic!

Meanwhile here at the Ranch, we are busy getting getting summer underway.This involves a teams of workers. Window washers, painters, landscapers. The sprinklers must be turned on, the outdoor fireplace needs a tune-up and of course a Mr fix-it.

Gardening, is the most important thing in our world at this time. With such a short season, we need to get it gorgeous to get out and enjoy. Flowers, vegetables and herbs are planted and loads of ibuprofen are ingested. All the aches and pains disappear as we sit on out on the patio and know we have the next four months of summertime. Below are springtime images from Aspen.

Our vegetable garden

The crab apple tree in bloom and our water fall

The view of Snowmass Mountain taken on a horseback ride

The Roaring Fork River really is roaring

til next week, xx