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Thankful for squash

By Dixie Burmeister

The subject for this Thanksgiving column is a result of a friend sharing her most recent CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) box of produce. In the spring she signed up for Sprig and Sprouts’ CSA program through which she receives a ...


Cheers! Liquid peach pie

By Richie Ann Ashcraft

Liquid peach pie Finding a wine to pair with mummy hot dogs, sweet and sour eyeballs or tombstone taco dip can be a challenge for any Halloween hostess. Does white or red go better with zombie gut chili? Halloween is great time to break ...

WINE OPENERS: They’re not crazy, they’re winemakers

By Dave Buchanan

The grape harvest of 2015 reminds us there is nothing simple or sure when it comes to forecasting the future of an agricultural product. Grape-growers in the Grand and North Fork valleys last winter held their breath, waiting for a deep ...


Cheers! Try a Huck Finn

By Charles Ashby

Huck Finn Not sure how Irish it was, or why O’Briens Pub & Grill in Ouray has it, but I tried their Huckleberry Finn drink while staying in town recently. My first thought, of course, was of the book by Mark Twain that I read as ...


Want to turn up your home cooking? Turn to pan sauces.

By Suzanne Hanzl

Want to turn up your home cooking? Turn to pan sauces. Often, I am asked what is one culinary secret that can improve a home chef’s success when looking to enhance their home cooking. My answer is always pan sauces. Here’s the ...


Savor the season by using a local cookbook

By Laurena Mayne Davis

Not every book has to nourish your soul, some can just nourish, well, your stomach. During this resplendent Indian Summer, it has the pleasure to fire up the oven and bake breads, pies and casseroles. Fresh apples, pears, pumpkins, tomatoes, ...


Cheers! Antioxidation

By Charles Ashby

Antioxidation I always thought a pomegranate was a weird fruit. From the outside, it looks like a Christmas tree ornament, but when you cut it open these strange berry seed thingies come out. What’s that about? I’m told, ...


WINE OPENERS: Students learn winemaking process, from grapes to wine

By Dave Buchanan

As grape growers and winemakers in the Grand Valley and North Fork Valley tackle what is expected to be the biggest harvest since 2011, a recent morning found pickers studiously moving up and down the rows of grapes at the Orchard Mesa ...


Plenty of reasons to like apples

By Dixie Burmeister

When my husband, Fred, and I were young and dating, Fred noticed I loved apples and used to bring me a beautiful apple when picking me up for a date. While we’re not so young now, he still brings me apples and I still love them, ...


CHEERS! Hamsters and elderberries

By Charles Ashby

Hamsters & elderberries Elderflowers? Don’t get me started. Seems I’ve written about them before, something about smelling of them. (This is a good time for a funny Monty Python quote: “I don’t want to talk to ...

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