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Grapes need to be cold hardy to turn out fruitful

By Dave Buchanan

That sound on the roof? It’s not reindeer, it’s the other shoe dropping. The lingering late-fall weather might be great for travelers, golfers and shoppers, but it is just another reason to worry for grape farmers. They know it ...

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Holiday cookies — Day 12: Cinnamon Bark Cookies

By The AP

It’s time to get fancy. Because no holiday cookie selection is complete without something that inspires a “Wow!” So to crank up the Wow!-factor on Day 12 for the final day of the 12 Days of Holiday Cookies, we created a ...

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Holiday cookies — Day 11: A lighter touch

By The AP

Time to lighten up the holiday cookie scene. For Day 11 of The Associated Press’ 12 Days of Holiday Cookies, we took a healthy-ish turn and opted for meringues, a crisp-chewy fat-free cookie made from whipped egg whites and sugar. We ...

All they want for Christmas is a good bottle, or two, of wine

By Dave Buchanan

What do you get for the wine lover on your Christmas list? If you’ve procrastinated until now to make that decision, you face limited options even with the blessing of overnight delivery. However, before you run headlong into every ...

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Feliz Navidad, and pass the tamales

By Rachel Sauer

In certain kitchens, Christmas is a particular combination of spices, a recipe housed in the folds of an apron and passed in pinches between generations. It’s the steam rising from an enormous pot, in which boil vast quantities of meat. ...

Aromas remind that holidays have arrived

By Dixie Burmeister

How many of you can almost smell the aromas of Christmas that are so tied to memories, family traditions and magical times. Those memories can make you smile, some will cause tears and others will make you, well, hungry. And, as we all know, ...

Grand Junction a prime rib kinda town

By Tess Furey

On Christmas Day, most Americans feast on ham, roast beef or, yet again, on turkey (yawn). The two birds the president pardoned from a “shellacking” — Apple and Cider — won’t put a dent in the overall turkey ...

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Holiday cookies — Day 9: Pistachio wreath cutouts

By The AP

For Day 9 of The Associated Press’ 12 Days of Holiday Cookies, we decided it was time to get out the sprinkles, fancy sugars and other decorative cookie embellishments. We created a basic cut cookie, which we formed into wreaths. But if ...

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Holiday cookies — Day 10: Pecan diamonds

By The AP

Shortbread alone is great. Top it with a rich caramel studded with pecans, pistachios and dried cranberries and you’re talking some serious holiday cheer. That’s what we crafted for Day 10 of the 12 Days of Holiday Cookies, an ...

Oz Clarke brings a lot to the table in his new wine book

By Dave Buchanan

Interesting and attractive books about wine and related topics haven’t been in plentiful supply this year, so when a book appears such as Oz Clarke’s “Let Me Tell You About Wine,” it’s worth more than a ...

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