Lisa_Headshot_MBrands_6809After a long and wonderful fall, I welcome winter with wide open arms. For me winter’s evenings, in particular, set the stage for my favorite combination—family, food, friends and fire—gathering around the fireplace, that is. After a day of work or skiing, heavy snows and cold air make it so darn easy to stay home, cook and cozy up to the fire.

Nothing inspires me to cook more than having my sons home for the holidays, followed by a steady stream of friends who visit throughout the ski season. Some of my favorite winter dishes to prepare with, and for, family and friends are roast beef with Yorkshire pudding, potato sausage soup, chili (Texas-style, of course), corned beef and cabbage, shirred eggs (Dava Parr’s recipe from our Spring ’09 issue, find it at edibleaspen.com) and doughnuts! Because fried dough is always in season, right?

I am also eager to visit some of the new and exciting restaurants opening in the Valley, from Casa Tua in Aspen to The Pullman in Glenwood Springs. I already know what I’m ordering at The Silver Queen Restaurant this winter. In this issue executive chef Jami Flatt and sous-chef Zander Tekus provide seasonal recipes for our “Cooking Fresh” column. I was lucky enough to visit them in the kitchen as they prepared stewed rabbit and Butternut squash risotto. I give it two thumbs up!

Bravo, Jim Butchart and Skico, for reducing your carbon footprint and elevating the quality of on-mountain dining at Highlands, Buttermilk and Snowmass Village. Be sure to read Stewart Oksenhorn’s story, on page 25, about Skico’s recent groundbreaking commitment to source local grassfed beef.

After being introduced to a steady stream of Colorado-produced products over the last three years, our editor Amiee and I decided it was time we begin to share some of our favorites with you. We take our work very seriously and hey, if tasting brownies, chocolate, toffee popcorn, nuts, cheeses and cheesecakes helps to promote local foods, no arm-twisting needed here. Turn to page 36 for our list of local products you must try this season.

Wishes for a warm and festive winter filled with family, friends and, of course, food.

Savor the season!

Lisa Houston

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