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This one’s for Dad

By Dixie Burmeister

We usually talk about making a special Mother’s Day breakfast for Mom, but when it comes to Dad and his day, it’s always the barbecue with his favorite steak and the trimmings. Let’s mix it up a little with a special ...

2016 grape harvest may surpass 2015’s bumper crop

By Dave Buchanan

While this spring, with its abundant moisture and cool temperatures, has presented several challenges to grape growers, it also has set off speculation this year’s yield might top 2015’s record-setting harvest. “Last ...


Egg creations: Fresh ideas for putting eggs to work

By Suzanne Hanzl

I need to apologize. For months, I have been speaking critically about my girls, all 15 of them. They have been lazy, consuming more and more scratch daily and overly greedy when I approach the coop with scraps, only to produce a minimal ...

Late frost hits famous wine areas

By Dave Buchanan

Spring brings constant change to Colorado wine country. We’ve already seen temperatures ranging from the 30s to the 80s, high winds and daily weather ranging from scorching sun to rainy stretches reminiscent of the Northwest. One thing ...


Don’t feel the pressure

By Dixie Burmeister

I have finally conquered my fear of using a pressure cooker. Albeit, the one I’ve got is a new multi-purpose, electric, plug-in type and not the stove-top version from my childhood memories. I remember coming home from school and ...


Dress it up —Vinaigrettes as easy as 1,2,3

By Suzanne Hanzl

I grew up in a household with nonnegotiables, aka chores. We had a small, functioning farm in the country that required full participation from each of us, or at least that is how my mom explained it, so chores were delegated accordingly. On ...


Wine barrel-tasting event draws newcomers in state, but only a few

By Greg Ruland

About 100 people around the state took part in the first “A Taste of Spring” barrel-tasting event sponsored by a trade association for Colorado winemakers, less than half the number hoped for, organizers said Sunday. The Colorado ...

Add a twist to your dish with berries

By Dixie Burmeister

You can now purchase strawberries most of the year, but there is nothing like the first bite of a fresh strawberry in what is true strawberry season. It’s a close-your-eyes and smack-your-lips kind of first bite. In our house, ...

Upcoming wine tasting a reminder of local marvels

By Dave Buchanan

There may be no better way to develop a good foundation in the intricacies and intimacies of wines and winemaking than to visit wine regions, tour the wineries and meet the people behind the wines. However, when you already live in a wine ...


Take escape from the kitchen, read a cooking-related book

By Suzanne Hanzl

You may have seen, heard or read some of the hype surrounding the One Book, One Mesa County book selection this year. If not, you should look in to it. I was excited to hear that the book for 2016 was a culinary read — “Kitchens ...

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