Rachael is the star of the show. This runway beauty holds the stage with a captivating smile and an animated story that leaves you twisted with laughter. Rachael works hard and plays majestically; she approaches every day with the unabashed mission of living the good life, which requires that those surrounding her are well loved and equally joyous. She showers the people she cherishes with unbelievable generosity! I love this girl!

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Nearly a decade ago Rachael met one of my greatest college friends, Michael, at a summer concert in Alpine Valley, Wisconsin. Serendipitously, I met Rachael’s high school (ex)sweetheart that same weekend, and we four embarked on a summer of star-crossed love. Though my summer flame flickered out, Rachael and Michael’s blazed strong. We have since traveled the country and the world together, on quests for adventure and music. This spectacular couple is getting married in May! What joy when two best friends unite!

Rachael is a “powder dancer,” voyaging every weekend from Denver to carve gracefully down the Rocky Mtn. peaks. There seemed no better way to celebrate Rachael’s imminent marriage than with a pack of empowered and gorgeous ski bunnies in Aspen.

Maggey (Rachael’s best friend from her hometown) composed a weekend of phenomenal skiing from bluebird skies to fresh powder, balanced with delicious and innocent debauchery in Aspen’s thriving nightlife. As each lady arrived at the weekend mountain house, the kitchen filled with decadent treats and cocktails, from Bad Bunny Blackberry Margaritas to Phallic cookies. Yes eaters, this is a bachelorette party. The house was decorated to the nines.

I insisted on chef-ing Friday eve, and planned a meal that was light, simple to create, playful and energizing. This recipe was tweaked for ease from my Pulled Barbecue Chicken and Coconut Slaw Tacos. Leave out the chicken for a vegetarian option!

Maggey's hilarious and memorable creations!
Maggey’s hilarious and memorable creations!
Penny Hot Springs in Carbondale. This is the good life!
Penny Hot Springs in Carbondale. This is the good life!

The following recipes are presented in order of preparation.

Jen gets purple with the cabbage. Warning: hands may be tie-dyed for days.
Jen gets purple with the cabbage. Warning: hands may be tie-dyed for days.
Sara shreds the rotisserie.
Sara shreds the rotisserie.
Jill strips the plantain jackets.
Jill strips the plantain jackets.
Rachael poses appropriately before dinner.
Rachael poses appropriately before dinner.

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The pack of bunnies, spinning with the DJ at one Aspen's best nightclubs, The Regal.
The pack of bunnies, spinning with the DJ at one Aspen’s best nightclubs, The Regal.
Caught in fresh snow on a steep altitude hike up to one of the bowl's in Aspen's Highlands.
Caught in fresh snow on a steep altitude hike up to one of the bowl’s in Aspen’s Highlands.
The snow bunny!
The snow bunny!

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Me, still beaming after a big spill!
Me, still beaming after a big spill!

 

Grapefruit-Cabbage Slaw

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 10-12 servings

Ingredients

  • Red cabbage - 1 red cabbage, shredded or very thinly sliced
  • Sea salt - 1 teaspoon
  • Grapefruit - 1 grapefruit
  • Cilantro - 1 cup, finely chopped
  • Lime - Fresh squeezed juice from 2 limes
  • Honey - 2 tablespoons
  • Extra virgin olive oil - 3 tablespoons
  • Pepper - Freshly ground pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Put the cabbage and salt in a large serving bowl, and using your hands, massage the cabbage until it begins to release moisture and soften.
  2. Peel the skin away from each section of grapefruit, adding just the pulp to the bowl.
  3. Add the cilantro, lime juice, honey, olive oil and pepper. Toss thoroughly and set aside in the refrigerator to marinate while you prepare the remaining fixins'.
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