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Let’s celebrate! It’s Halloween food season

By Dixie Burmeister

It is fall and my favorite month, October, meaning I have begun my compulsive Halloween and pumpkin behavior. Halloween is a favorite holiday for me and I like to add a Halloween spin to many dishes: oatmeal, spaghetti,  salads,  ...


Winefest a laughing matter

By Dave Buchanan

A full two hours before the gates opened to Saturday’s Festival in the Park, an exclamation point to the 26th annual Colorado Mountain Winefest presented by Alpine Bank, the line of ticketholders curled beyond the sign warning would-be ...


Late summer candy

By Dixie Burmeister

September is definitely the season of tomato abundance. We may not be the valley’s best gardeners — we can’t even grow zucchini. But when it comes tomatoes? That’s another matter. Although limited in space due to ...


The high price of restaurant wines

By Dave Buchanan

Last time we met I talked about how a recent Gallup poll indicated Americans who drink alcohol prefer beer over wine. And that the 30 percent of the poll respondents who preferred wine was wine’s lowest rating since the early 1990s, well ...


Lend me your ears

By Suzanne Hanzl

Guilt set in last week. It was almost reluctantly that I wrote a column about Palisade peaches, as local peaches seem to steal all the attention from the other amazing crops grown here in the Grand Valley. The quality of the produce we farm ...


Sweet or savory, now’s your chance to dive into peach-infused recipes

By Suzanne Hanzl

So, Dad’s birthday was this past Saturday. Happy Birthday, Dad! As usual, he wanted to throw himself a barbecue birthday party with the standard condition that no one attending the gathering (other than those of us who know better) be ...


All peaches are not created equal

By Dixie Burmeister

A peach is a peach, right? No. A true peach is a ripe, sweet, juicy, run-down-your-arms Palisade peach. That’s exactly why there’s a Palisade Peach Festival — Aug. 18 and 19 at Riverbend Park — to celebrate the ...


Showcase summer veggies in this Italian-style bread salad

By Suzanne Hanzl

Want to know what is better than having your own garden? Having a neighbor who goes out of town and asks you to tend to theirs! I wish I was a better gardener, but if you have followed my writing over the years, you know that, sadly, ...


Raise your glass to these wines

By Dave Buchanan

The 2017 Colorado Governor’s Cup Wine Competition was held this past weekend, and of the 12 wines selected for the Governor’s Case were two white wines (including a sparkling Albariño), seven red wines, one fruit wine, one ...


Overcome your gadget reluctance 
to make tasty veggie spirals

By Suzanne Hanzl

Recently, I have been feeling overwhelmed by clutter. A slight jealously possibly due to the fact that my parents are moving and going through all their belongings. With a few extra minutes on hand, I set about cleaning out my pantry or, I ...

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