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Salute the almighty potato in September

By Dixie Burmeister

September is National Potato Month, which is timely given the cooler weather and all those cooler weather comfort foods including traditional potato dishes. But wait, have you noticed what’s been happening in the spud world? The bar ...


California earthquake shakes stock of Napa Valley’s library wines

By Dave Buchanan

Winemakers in general are a resilient, optimistic lot and it’s going take a bit of both before the Napa Valley is back to normal. The earthquake that hit the area in the predawn on Aug. 24 caused an estimated $362 million damage, ...

Standouts add savory 
to sweet

By Staff

As I sit surrounded by entry packets from the 2014 Palisade Peach Recipe Contest, I find myself reflecting on how the contest has changed in recent years. The contest has evolved so that it now accepts delicious entries made from published ...



By Staff

I recently headed down Interstate 70 to Palisade to learn the stories of a couple of small, family-owned and operated peach orchards from two women who are totally hands-on in their family businesses. After getting off the interstate at Exit ...


CHEERS! Enter the Dragon

By Staff

Enter the Dragon Sure, the name of this drink clearly is a play on words referring to Bruce Lee’s famous karate movie, but when I saw it I couldn’t help think of the old saying, “Beyond this place there be dragons,” ...

Rising to the occasion: Friendly yeast plays key role in winemaking

By Staff

For most wine drinkers, the role of yeast in winemaking can be whittled down to the basics of fermentation: Yeast eats the sugars in the grape juice and gives off ethanol, an alcohol that in limited quantities is safe to consume. ‘Nough ...


Techie or no, you ‘can’ preserve tasty treats

By Staff

Here’s an update on preserving valley goodness as the Mesa County Fair this week exhibits the food preservation talents of our valley, and as we look forward to the Palisade peach recipe contest on Aug. 16, followed by the Fruita Fall ...


Cheers: The Long Ball

By Staff

The Long Ball Step away from the Dirty Hippie and try a John Daly. In fact, if you’re pulled into a microbrewery by your wife and aren’t much into beers, don’t be afraid to ask for something non-beerish, as I did at ...

Cookbooks a great way to brush up on history, cooking

By Staff

The timing for this column seemed a perfect fit considering our country’s birthday is Friday. But the idea for this column came a few years ago while visiting my parents. Dad asked if I had seen “The Congressional Club Cook ...


It’s classic

By Staff

Unlike most of the other 4,998 paying guests at the 2014 Food & Wine Classic in Aspen, John and Jan Stenmark will take home with them something big, bold and quite unexpected. It’s not a little-known wine from an obscure wine-making ...

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