Soulcrafting Owl

Friends- I’ve got big, exciting news to share.

This spring I had the incredible good fortune to connect with Bryan Muir, the founder of Soulcrafting. Through mutual friends and a shared passion for celebrating the creative community we live in, we met one afternoon at The Source to chat makers and shakers, and all things handmade.

That afternoon a part of me was ignited. If you’ve been around here for any length of time, you know and understand my love for handmade, and the people, processes, and dynamics that are the foundation of the incredible creator community here in Colorado. Bryan, more than anyone I’ve ever known, shares and understands this passion and through Soulcrafting has created the exact platform to bring it to life.

Soulcrafting is an online community that brings creators and community together to experience a new craft and build a product together. We’ve assembled an expert creative network of the highest quality: Woodworkers, metalsmiths, jewelers, chefs, bakers, cheese makers, boat builders, bike builders- the list goes on. It has been a joy to bring friends, neighbors, and learners together to experience a new craft. In just the few months our Soulcrafting doors have been open, the response and support from the community has been tremendous. We’re so thankful. We’re building a hands-on learning community that is going to knock your handmade socks off.

In the 34 days I have been working alongside Bryan and our team of creators, I’ve never been happier. The lines between work and play are gone, and I am excited every day to bring you the best from our creator community so we can all explore the world of making. I’m so very grateful.

And the name? Soulcrafting? If there is a better name for any company in the universe, I challenge you to find it.

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Babettes Molleaux au Chocolat

A little sweet taste to share with you today. I’ve shared the Babettes Bakery love many times before, but this deserves a special call to attention for its spectacular factor.

This Molleaux au Chocolat  is my favorite bakery treat. From the outside, it may look a bit basic, maybe even boring. But once you tear into it and see what’s happening in the center, it’s a whole new world of outrageous. Babettes owner Catherine tells me it’s made with a touch of rye flour, and I think that’s what gives it an almost malty like flavor that balances out the sweet, soft, chocolately center.

Give it a taste, and let me know what you think. Don’t blame me when you keep going back for more.

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This weekend was one for the books. The one that keeps track of all things amazing, tasty and wonderful in life. This weekend’s entry is brought to you by Le Jardin Secret, friends, family, fresh delicious food and the beginning of summer in Denver. So much to be grateful for.

Le Jardin Secret is the genius work of chef Jorel Pierce, chef de cuisine at Euclid Hall. Together with the Mile High Business Alliance and Larimer Square, they’ve created a beautiful parisian style chef’s market unlike anything I’ve seen in Denver. Every Saturday morning between now and September, step into the courtyard of Bistro Vendome and be transported into a beautiful world of culinary divine.

There are only a handful of vendors, but that’s what makes it so special. Bread, cheese, meat, spice, produce, pastries, floral and pies from an expertly curated vendor lineup offering only the finest ingredients to bring your weekend dishes to life. I’d say it’s the best thing to happen to Downtown Denver this year.

First stop was to secure the pie. Because pie. So happy to see the beautiful pies from Wednesdays Pie and pick up a mini blueberry that had my husband licking his plate clean. Literally.

blueberry pie

Next stop was to say hello to the lovely ladies at Savory Spice Shop. Their display of spices was outstanding. In fact, all of the displays, booths, props were custom built for this event. No popup tents or folding tables here. Instead you’ll find wooden benches, tables, carts, tubs, shelves, and wicker baskets creating the perfect mood for a sunny Saturday morning in Paris.  Add a mimosa from Bistro Vendome as you meander and your Saturday just became one for the books.

Savory Spice Rack

Next up was a visit with the amazing women behind the Truffle Cheese Shop. As some of you may know, I love butter. And cheese. And especially Burrata. Their display of cheeses was stunning, and included a tub filled with Burrata. Be still my heart. I’m thrilled to know I will be seeing these incredible ladies and their delicious cheeses every Saturday morning this summer. How lucky am I?

burrata tub

A stroll through the hallway brings you to Western Daughters Butcher Shoppe. A simple, gorgeous chilled marble slab table displaying their steaks, chops, sausages was outrageous and mouth watering. Next week their tenderloins will be coming home with us.

Finding a variety of local, organic produce at many markets can be challenging. Especially so early in the season. Not true here. Growers Organic delivered amazing. Mushrooms, potatoes, greens, asparagus, fiddle heads and radishes to name a few. The radishes struck my eye first, and were hard to miss looking all fresh and French in a giant tub. I had to indulge in a few bundles.

Produce from Growers Organic at Le Jardin Secret
Also in the lineup and not to be missed are a few more favorites: Sugarmill (pastries!) Grateful Bread (breads!) and Blooming Fool Florist (flowers!)

I’ve been looking for a recipe fit for a couple of divine looking bundles of radishes like the ones I picked up at Le Jardin Secret for a while. Finally, I found a great one that with a couple of tweaks is pretty much perfect. Here you go:


miso brown butter radishes

Brown Butter and Miso-Glazed Radishes (adapted from this recipe by  Amy Roth at Minimally Invasive)

Ingredients: 

1 bunch radishes, cleaned and trimmed leaving  1/2-inch of greens still attached
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon agave (original recipe calls for maple syrup. I’m not a maple fan, so I substituted agave)
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 teaspoons white miso


Preparation:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. 

Halve radishes vertically. Toss with the olive oil and salt. Place cut side down on a greased baking sheet. Roast for about 15 minutes, or until fork tender,

Heat the butter in a small skillet over medium heat until butter turns golden brown. Remove from heat, add agave and lemon juice. Allow mixture to cool for a few minutes, then stir in the miso until the mixture is smooth.

Toss the radishes with the sauce mixture and enjoy.

Let me know if you are heading to Le Jardin Secret anytime soon. I’ll see you there.

Le Jardin Secret, courtyard at Bistro Vendome, 1420 Larimer, Saturdays, 9:00 am – 1:30 pm 

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Muse: Friends

What does the word friend mean to you? If you really think about it, when you say someone is your friend, what does that actually entail? Someone you’ve known since grade school? Someone you met just recently for the first time who you can’t wait to have happy hour with next week? Someone you’ve been […]

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Taste: Butter

When I was 5 I ate an entire stick of butter from the table while Thanksgiving dinner was being prepared in the kitchen. I remember it in full color, and recall rolling my finger along the golden stick of Land O’ Lakes and then licking it. And licking it again, about a hundred times in […]

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Make: Spring Markets

Hello Spring! I am so happy to see you. Let’s get down to business and share the goods on where we can find the best handmade, handcrafted, artisan goods and products of the season here in Denver. Special bonus! I can almost guarantee you’ll find The Real Dill and their amazing pickles and bloody mary […]

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Make/Taste: Phoenician Kabob

If you’ve been around here for any length of time, chances are good that you know of my deep love for hummus. It’s my favorite food, and one that I can say with all honesty I could eat every day for the rest of my life. Yes. Deep love. Good friends bring good people together, […]

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Taste: Work & Class

There’s a tasty new gem in RiNo, and its name is Work & Class. We arrived promptly at 4:30 on that first visit to get a taste of what many Denverites have been calling the best happy hour in town. From that first visit early on, to the many subsequent visits, I’m happy to say it […]

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Make: Cinetrackr

I’m feeling fortunate. Life is rolling along at a fantastic pace, there’s beauty everywhere, and I’m surrounded by wonderfully creative friends that are constantly drumming up new ideas and launching them into the world. Today is no exception, as my morning was made a bit brighter with an invitation to Cinetrackr. Built by the dynamic […]

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Taste: Aloha Trader Joe’s

It’s here. After what seemed like an eternity’s worth of waiting, Trader Joe’s has launched in Colorado, with three locations open yesterday, two in Denver and one in Boulder. The lines formed early (6 am!) and were long, but that didn’t stop me from making a trek with my sweetie to the Colorado Blvd. location […]

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