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Infuse your holidays with some sugar and spice blends

By Dixie Burmeister

This Thanksgiving, as Chris and Michele McCoy and their combined family of five children reflect on their lives since last Thanksgiving, they’ll no doubt be thankful for a dream come true. Last April, the dream, A Country Cupboard ...

Our homes are filled with culinary memories

By Dixie Burmeister

When the announcement came about Taste of Home’s Cooking School coming to Grand Junction — the event is set for Thursday evening — I began thinking about Taste of Home’s amazing popularity. There are the magazines, the ...


Best of cooking featured at Taste of Home

By Laurena Mayne Davis

The Taste of Home Cooking Show is back in Grand Junction on Nov. 7. The show, produced by the popular recipe magazine of the same name, comes to town every other year and tickets sell fast. Culinary Specialist Kristi Larson will prepare ...

Sprigs and Sprouts makes new ‘room’ for good taste

By Dixie Burmeister

I recently attended a “tasting” that was truly unique, tasteful and educational. Something new has been added to our valley with a Gourmet Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar Tasting Room. Linda Bailey and Ruth Elkins, owners of Sprigs ...

Taking a trip through time in land of food

By Dixie Burmeister

Priscilla Mangnall’s fascinating history updates celebrating The Daily Sentinel’s 120 years was my motivation for this column. (If you’re not sure what I’m referring to, please check out this feature on page 3A.) I ...


Grand Valley grape harvest gets start on 2013 crop

By Dave Buchanan

Less than two weeks away from the 22nd annual Colorado Mountain Winefest presented by First National Bank of the Rockies, local winemakers are focusing on the start of 2013 harvest. This year’s Winefest is Sept. 19–22, with the ...


Viticulturist: Wild vines now result in smaller crop later

By Dave Buchanan

With an exasperated sigh, state viticulturist Horst Caspari grabbed at yet another untrimmed grapevine hanging from a trellis and wove the emerald fuse between two wires. “I know there won’t be many grapes this year in most of ...

add crunch 
to quinoa

By Dixie Burmeister

It’s August and that means our local summertime vegetables and fruits are luscious, abundant and awakening our taste buds to the healthy delicious flavors of garden fresh. Home gardens, orchards and farmers markets are bursting with ...


Savoring the basics

By Rachel Sauer

On his first visit to Palisade, when the vineyards and orchards were only hinting at their lush summer green and harvest was just an inch or two out of the ground, Chef Marcelo Marino stood in Carol Zadrozny’s peach orchard and ...

Sizzle up 
the Fourth with these BBQ ideas

By Dixie Burmeister

My husband, Fred, recently suggested we have some simple grilled hamburgers smothered with slowly sautéed onions and mushrooms. Just plain, good old-fashioned goodness. We had forgotten how good it is. Fred dressed his up with a little ...

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