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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, ...


A simple salad, made any way you want

By Dixie Burmeister

It took me a while to discover that my guy, Fred, doesn’t like lettuce-based salads nearly as much as he likes the vegetables that go in the salad. This revelation occurred after a taco salad dinner, where I diced vegetables and placed ...


Love ribeyes? For a low-cost, lower fat option try tri-tips

By Suzanne Hanzl

I feel like the Grand Valley has been on a roller coaster of seasonal change the past few weeks. I know warmer temps are just around the bend, even if we are under a blanket of icy hail. The last day of school is upon us and energy is high. ...


‘Winelands of Colorado’ creates ‘wine adventure’ for readers

By Dave Buchanan

Writer Hugh Johnson once described winemaking as “an unforgiving business” and winemakers as “dedicated and driven — if occasionally self-deluding — souls.” Anyone familiar with Colorado wine country would ...


Hugh Johnson captures six decades of wine writing in latest book

By Dave Buchanan

Hugh Johnson, perhaps best-known in the wine world for his magnificent and decidedly heavy-weight tome “The World Atlas of Wine,” has a new book. The latest work bears the understated title “On Wine” and is, as the ...


Dress up pasta to get other ingredients to the table

By Suzanne Hanzl

While I find most of the world is running away from pasta and other yummy gluten-filled foods, I still find pasta an excellent vehicle for those of us who can enjoy gluten. Our family is faced with some food challenges, just as many ...

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