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The universal 
love language

By Suzanne Hanzl

Growing up, I always knew my family loved one another. There was never any doubt. We were just not as verbal or as affectionate as some other families. However, when I met my husband, I knew instantly he was the hugging type. Despite this ...


Wine Openers: PUT A CORK IN IT!

By Dave Buchanan

One lament wine writers often hear is we tend to write excessively about our local wineries. Not just me, of course, but every writer pinballing around what generically are known as “smaller markets.” Usually this refers to any ...


Tip of the chef’s hat to youth

By Suzanne Hanzl

This past weekend I was honored once again to be asked to be a tasting judge for the Colorado ProStart Culinary Competition at Western Colorado Community College. This is my third year participating as a culinary judge and a wonderful ...


Young Grand Valley chef mixes it up on fifth season of TV show

By Dixie Burmeister

As I headed to meet with Cole Householder, an aspiring 10-year-old chef and one of the contestants on the upcoming fifth season of MasterChef Junior, I reflected on the first time I met him. It was about four years ago, when he was brought to ...


Good to the bone

By Suzanne Hanzl

After doing a few chores outside in the early afternoon this past weekend, I got a spring-like feeling and pushed my kids out the door while announcing we were going to walk the Colorado Riverfront Trail. Temperatures were up, the sun was ...


Getting to the root of my resolutions

By Suzanne Hanzl

Christmas and New Year’s were just as wonderful as expected, possibly even better. It was a special season for me as my whole family was together in one state under one roof celebrating the holidays, playing in the kitchen, conversing ...


Revisiting Christmases past

By Suzanne Hanzl

Thanksgiving, check. Bring on Christmas, please. This year I am exceptionally giddy. I, like most people, declare Christmas to be my favorite holiday. I am excited to say that even as an adult, Christmas gets better every year. As a child, of ...

WINE OPENERS: A toast to amateur winemakers

By Dave Buchanan

Winemaking in Colorado never rests, as you might surmise if you’ve visited any of the local wineries since late October and witnessed the flurry of post-crush activity. A similar flurry occupies the hundreds (a guess that’s ...


It’s tradition: Memories abound when it comes to holiday food

By Dixie Burmeister

Holiday food traditions come from many sources, parents, other family members, friends, old cookbooks from churches or clubs, the back of food packages and, of course, dear Betty Crocker and The Daily Sentinel. I found my date bar recipe on ...


Two easy ways to carve a turkey

By Richie Ann Ashcraft

Chef Wayne Smith demonstrates two easy ways to carve your holiday turkey.  ...

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