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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 ...


Rediscovering a favorite recipe: grilled flank steak

By Dixie Burmeister

Some recipes are tried once or twice and then sit in the computer file or recipe box, often never to be used again. Some are delicious, but still tucked away, until someone reminds you he has been thinking about that meal. This happened when ...


Nothing wrong with California cabernet — except the price

By Dave Buchanan

I encountered Rick Rozelle working the wine aisles at Fisher’s Liquor Barn last week, which wasn’t completely surprising because that’s where I usually find him, dispensing knowledge and turning on clients to good buys in ...


Summer Camp Cuisine

By Suzanne Hanzl

Well, camping season is here and you don’t have to ask me twice to pack up and hit the road. Our family already has two adventurous trips to the outdoors on the books and has several more planned this summer. Just like the love of ...

Three cheers for chardonnay

By Dave Buchanan

As summer approaches (albeit hesitantly at times), and with it the seasonal change in our dining and drinking habits, wine drinkers find themselves lured by a glass of chilled white wine. Reds are fine for winter and for those moments when ...


Backlash leads to more balanced use of oak

By Dave Buchanan

Chardonnay has been part of American winemaking since at least 1882, when Charles Wetmore planted the vine in his vineyard in Livermore Valley east of San Francisco. Other plantings followed and in when 1912 Ernest Wente, son of C.H. Wente, ...

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