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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 ...

What would we do without the world’s bounty of spices?

By Tess Furey

Riddle me this. (Answers at the end. Warning: no prize attached.) 1. What is the traditional spice mixture from northern India? 2. Salt-preserved lemons are used in what country’s cuisine? 3. What is the most expensive spice in the ...

Las Palmas has fare from ocean-bordering states in Mexico

By Tess Furey

There’s something you’ve got to like about a place that reminds you of the Baja or the Bay of Campeche. Sipping a margarita and eating seafood is especially sweet when the year’s first snowstorm is rolling into western ...

That special bottle, or box, of wine

By Dave Buchanan

Looking out the kitchen window, I realize the weather outside really is frightful. Which must mean it’s time to find that special bottle of wine for the holidays. Since there is no such thing as the “perfect wine for ...

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