Wine Tasting In Napa

Wine Tasting In Napa

Welcome to my kitchen in the Wild West Rocky Mountains.   I am a Denver area food blogger.

It’s about food.  I love to cook, I read cookbooks like novels, and I love to share information.  Let’s talk!

I’m not a trained chef, but I have spent years sifting though cookbooks,  studying recipes, tweaking them to suit our tastes and cooking…cooking…cooking.   I love to cook all kinds of food, but do like to focus on perfecting my skills in preparing authentic Mexican Food and recipes that reflect the flavors of the West.

My name is Lea Ann and I’m based in Highlands Ranch, Colorado which is South of Denver and at the base of our majestic Rocky Mountains.  Please join me in my adventures in my kitchen in the Rockies with some side trips to Restaurants in the Denver area who inspire me.

My theory about restaurants is that I try always to patronize our small business owners and avoid chain restaurants.

My theory about grocery shopping:  I shop at Whole Foods, Vitamin Cottage, or Tony’s Market for just about everything.  Not only for the whole foods, organic experience, but the quality is just plain superior.

And then there’s our obsessive birdwatching habit.   You’ll also read about our birding adventures.   

My husband and I also love the challenge of pairing the perfect wine with our dinner.

This is a photo of me with my “loot” purchased at St. Supery Winery in Napa.  One of our many enjoyable wine tasting trips.

Please comment often, I’ll be anxious to hear what you loved or hated. 

Lea Ann



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  1. Great Job! I’m looking forward to seeing what’s for dinner. 🙂

  2. Looking good, LA!! How techie are you!! Hmm – that picture of you looks familiar 😉

  3. Shared your site with a friend who liked it enough to bookmark it, LA! So far, so good!!

  4. Hey Neighbor,

    We’re in Littleton, very nice to find another south-side burbs foodie!


    • Thanks Steve! Love your blog. Look forward to reading more. Lea Ann

  5. Hi LA,
    Great job on your blog! This is really cool!

    • Thanks Sean, I’m having a great time with it! Have a safe trip.

  6. LeaAnn,
    This is PERFECT for you, what a great idea! I couldn’t have thought of anything that is better suited for you to share. Thanks for sending me the invite, I’m sure I will visit often. Do you know if there is wireless at Aunt Bs? I would love to take a laptop over there and let her see this!
    Your Kansas Cousin, Pam

  7. Hi Lea Ann, I admit this is the first time I’ve checked your website out! I can’t believe how great it is. I am very impressed. This is great! I’ll be here a lot I am sure.

  8. Lea Ann,
    Wow, your blog looks so great! Love the Oregon pictures.

  9. Lea Ann,

    The new look is great!!! I like it a lot. Great job!


  10. Wow!! Love the new artwork. I’m very impressed!

  11. I love your site and am sooo glad I am not a follower! Can’t wait to see what’s next! 🙂

  12. Hi Ann

    Just want to drop you a line here to say Hi and I love your sloppy joe recipe!

    Angie’s Recipes

  13. Love this bio shot, I was asked to redo my radio show photo and I wish mine looked as good as you look here, and I’ll take a bottle…

    • I really like St. Supery wine. Had a good time in their tasting room too. Thanks for stopping by Elizabeth

  14. Just dropped in.
    That does it. I’m buying Neal his own laptop so he can subscribe to your blog and be inspired… while he’s listening to music…and drinking wine.
    Either that or I’m moving in with you.
    Either way – I win.

    • LOL. Either way I win too! 😉 I’m sure there’s a Neal Meal in my future. Please stop by more often.

  15. I have finally found you!!! I am looking forward to following you on your food journeys!!! Miss you guys!

    • Hugs Brandi

      Glad you found me. And as always, miss my family

  16. Great blog! Thanks for visiting ours as well. Drew

  17. My sister and BIL (Linda & Gary Everett) lived in Highlands Ranch for over 15 years. For the past 2 years they’ve been in Knoxville, TN.

    • Sometimes it’s a small world, but the name doesn’t sound familiar. Do they miss Highlands Ranch? Thanks Judy

  18. Just dropped in for a change and that lentil soup looks amazing! I think we have to move to Denver.

  19. Hi Lea Ann! I just wanted to let you know that I nominated you for the ‘Versatile Blogger’ award! You can check it out @ http://theepicuriosity.wordpress.com/2010/08/29/yay/ .

    If you’d like to participate, just read what I did, upload the award to your blog, nominate a few fellow bloggers, and tell 7 interesting things about yourself.

    (I would have emailed you but couldn’t find your address anywhere)

    Take care!!

  20. Great meeting you today. We need to get together and talk about all of the cookbooks we’ve read. I also read cookbooks like novels and people laugh at me at times because I always have a cookbook with me. Also, my husband and I are not only foodies but also winos (guess I should describe that differently….we love wine!)
    The spiced rubbed salmon sounds great. I love wild salmon and can’t get enough of it when it’s in season. The cilantro butter is so versatile…I’m thinking it would be great with some grilled chicken. Yum.
    Here’s to great food and great wine!

  21. Hi! Thank you so much for coming by my blog today — I absolutely adore yours! I’m so glad you found me. I’m looking forward to following along with yours.

  22. Hi Lee Ann, Love your blog!!! Do you have a twitter page as well? Let me know and happy snacking!

  23. I came by to take a look at your blog, I have spent a great deal of time and enjoyed myself so much. You made a comment on my hummingbird pictures, thank you and I do hope you return. I am going to join your blog I think we can really enjoy what we have to offer. I have so much more to discover on your site….RaeDi

    • Thanks RaeDi. 🙂

  24. I’m back… I was following and not receiving your posts, I added again and hope that will do the trick, I will let you know if I am not getting your posts, will be checking back if I don’t see one in a few days to week….RaeDi

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