Weekly Newspaper Column

Chef Linda Hoffman contributes a weekly column in the Fort Collins Coloradoan newspaper.  Previously published articles are archived here on the Come Back to the Table Website.  So if you forgot to clip or print the recipe a few months ago, you may be able to find it here!

Mango Season!

By Linda Hoffman | March 19, 2018

It’s Mango Season!   We’re coming into mango season.  While they are available year round, the smaller Champagne mangos are in season only March through May.  The larger varieties of mangos mature at different times.  But Hawaii and Florida mangos are both in season June and July.  Enjoy them while they are plentiful and inexpensive.…

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Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays!

By Linda Hoffman | December 25, 2017

The most beautiful holiday tree!  At the intersection of Lemay and Elizabeth, in front of a nursing home.  They decorate this tree every year!  Thank you for doing this–can’t imagine how many hours it takes!   Thank

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Persimmons!

By Linda Hoffman | December 17, 2017

Persimmons are a Japanese fruit that come in two shapes.  The flattened shape in the photo above is the Fuyu persimmon, eaten raw while still firm in salads or as a snack.  The tall acorn shaped variety is the Hachiya, only eaten when soft or it will pucker the mouth because it is so astringent.…

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Avoiding Simple Carbs Over the Holidays

By Linda Hoffman | November 27, 2017

Carbohydrates: Simple vs Complex   The main difference between simple and complex carbs is the fiber content.  Simple carbs have none and complex carbs are loaded with them.   Simple carbs are all the sugars and refined flours found in baked goods, soft drinks, processed foods, and alcoholic beverages.  If we want to have a…

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Gluten-free Thanksgiving

By Linda Hoffman | November 15, 2017

Thanksgiving is here!   Time to plan a menu for the feast to share with family and friends.  Our typical menu inludes a LOT of bread and simple carbohydrates in dips and spreads served on baguette toasts, in the stuffing and rolls, and the pie with crust served for dessert.   For years the lethargy…

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After a course of antibiotics…

By Linda Hoffman | October 24, 2017

  As part of the protocol after surgery, it is pretty automatic to be given antibiotics to prevent infection.   Because the antibiotics destroy gut bacteria, it’s especially important to start taking a probiotic as soon as the antibiotic is finished. From Garden of Life, Raw Probiotics 5 Day Max Care, it supplies 400 billion cells…

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Knee Surgery

By Linda Hoffman | October 16, 2017

Some of you know that I had total knee replacement surgery 10 years ago, a completely successful procedure but with a difficult and painful recuperation.  As my other knee deteriorated I tried lots of exercises and treatments to try to avoid another surgery, just limping through life.  Finally I had to give in as my…

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Zucchini Roll-Ups with Homemade Ricotta

By Linda Hoffman | August 6, 2015

Zucchini Roll-Ups are easy to make and a delicious way to use a bumper crop of the vegetable. Zucchini Roll-Ups 2-3 zucchini Salt and pepper to taste Olive oil 2 garlic cloves, minced Pinch red pepper flakes Homemade ricotta cheese, or store bought 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese 1 bunch of basil optional: sliced mushrooms–a…

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The Spiral Slicer

By Linda Hoffman | August 18, 2013

A new “toy” in the kitchen.  For those of us who avoid wheat for a variety of reasons, the Paderno Spiral Slicer makes pasta shapes out of vegetables, nothing added.  I use beets, zucchini, yellow summer squash, onions, carrots, any solid vegetable.  The toothed rotating piece holds the vegetable, and pushes it through whichever blade…

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Grilled Salmon Salad with Strawberries

By Linda Hoffman | August 13, 2013

Amy Kafka of Garden Sweet in Fort Collins has been farming since 2002 on leased land, growing a little bit of everything and introducing the strawberries for which she’s famous in 2003.  Farming leased land leaves a farmer vulnerable.  Losing the lease means loss of livelihood unless new land with water can be found quickly. …

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Bechamel Sauce with Spinach Au Gratin

By Linda Hoffman | April 7, 2013

Sauces can be formal and historical, such as the French “mother” sauces: velouté (white stock-based sauce thickened with flour), béchamel (milk-based white sauce), Espagnole (brown stock-based sauce), allemande (velouté augmented with egg yolk and cream), and emulsion sauces like Hollandaise, mayonnaise, and vinaigrette.   Sauces should enhance the flavor of the dish, not overwhelm it.  Often,…

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Arugula with Potatoes and Green Beans

By Linda Hoffman | April 7, 2013

Arugula is a deservedly popular leafy green native to the Mediterranean.  Sometimes called rocket or roquette, it is a nutrient-dense Brassica, along with family members cabbage, broccoli, and cauliflower.  It has an unmistakable flavor and aroma, earthy and peppery, and is used both raw and cooked.  Easy to grow, it does best in cool weather,…

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