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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 ...

Summertime treats can 
make great childhood memories

By Dixie Burmeister

It’s time to celebrate the official start of summer by making some tasty memories that the children in your life will remember forever Here are some that our kids, grandkids and their friends remember. I’ll bet a dollar to a ...

Get ready for Father’s Day with delicious rhubarb dishes

By Dixie Burmeister

This Father’s Day, we’ll be eating my husband Fred’s favorite steak (always beef for Father’s Day) with his Iowa childhood favorite, rhubarb pie. Or will it be the sauce or Grandma’s Rhubarb Cake? Since grilled ...

Having fun with tomatoes

By Dixie Burmeister

I hear that click and I know what he has been up to ... sneaking through the gate and looking every time I come home with more tomato plants. Oh, yes, he knows where they are hidden, waiting to be planted. He’s serious. He built more ...

Slather mustard on burgers off the grill

By Dixie Burmeister

Happy May Day! Here we go, kicking off a busy month with JUCO frenzy, graduations, fishing for the big ones, picnics in the park and in the backyard. It’s also the official beginning of summer barbecue and burger season. The aroma of ...

Be inspired by Easter hams, yams and more

By Dixie Burmeister

Happy Easter! Happy spring! Appearing in refrigerators all over the valley, spring’s fresh asparagus and strawberries plus all the makings for that holiday dinner: fresh green beans, peas, pineapple, citrus, and sweet potatoes/yams, at ...

Freeze frame: 
Flavors last 
in frozen flash

By Dixie Burmeister

Time for another salute to Clarence Birdseye, who discovered the deliciousness of frozen foods by tossing some fish into a snow bank. He then noticed people living in the Arctic throwing fresh fish and meat in barrels of sea water and quickly ...

Quick soups to celebrate our new year the right way

By Dixie Burmeister

Happy new year and happy national soup month! The Burmeister clan actually got started early on the January Soup Celebration with our family tradition of having soups and appetizers on Christmas Eve. Every year it’s Julie’s ...

Tess on the Town: Ring in 2013 with spirits of Peach Street

By Tess Furey

As the new year looms, it seems only fitting to ring out the year in homage to one of the Grand Valley’s most notable artisan producers, Peach Street Distillers. After winning four medals for individual spirits at the American ...


Good to the core

By Dave Buchanan

ROGERS MESA — The well-polished red apple, untold thousands of which have graced teachers’ desks and schoolboy lunches, is more than a symbol of temptation or high-tech. As Henry David Thoreau once wrote, “It’s ...

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