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By Staff

I recently headed down Interstate 70 to Palisade to learn the stories of a couple of small, family-owned and operated peach orchards from two women who are totally hands-on in their family businesses. After getting off the interstate at Exit ...

Rising to the occasion: Friendly yeast plays key role in winemaking

By Staff

For most wine drinkers, the role of yeast in winemaking can be whittled down to the basics of fermentation: Yeast eats the sugars in the grape juice and gives off ethanol, an alcohol that in limited quantities is safe to consume. ‘Nough ...


Techie or no, you ‘can’ preserve tasty treats

By Staff

Here’s an update on preserving valley goodness as the Mesa County Fair this week exhibits the food preservation talents of our valley, and as we look forward to the Palisade peach recipe contest on Aug. 16, followed by the Fruita Fall ...


Cheers: The Long Ball

By Charles Ashby

The Long Ball Step away from the Dirty Hippie and try a John Daly. In fact, if you’re pulled into a microbrewery by your wife and aren’t much into beers, don’t be afraid to ask for something non-beerish, as I did at ...

Cookbooks a great way to brush up on history, cooking

By Staff

The timing for this column seemed a perfect fit considering our country’s birthday is Friday. But the idea for this column came a few years ago while visiting my parents. Dad asked if I had seen “The Congressional Club Cook ...


It’s classic

By Staff

Unlike most of the other 4,998 paying guests at the 2014 Food & Wine Classic in Aspen, John and Jan Stenmark will take home with them something big, bold and quite unexpected. It’s not a little-known wine from an obscure wine-making ...

Some ideas for adding chia seeds to any diet

By Staff

There it was, calling to me, a bag of chia seeds that have sat on my desk for weeks since my visit with Rhonda Dunlap, vegan expert and great cook. The seeds are incorporated in many of her delicious recipes for texture, taste and health ...


CHEERS! No Worries, Mate

By Charles Ashby

No Worries, Mate I’m sure I’ve said something about not fruiting the martinis, so it stands without comment that also applies to flavored vodkas. Still, I often find myself at microbreweries, and not being a big beer drinker, I ...


Great week of wine capped by Colorado Urban Winefest

By Dave Buchanan

I stopped along the runoff-swollen Colorado River on Saturday night on the way home from the Colorado Urban Winefest in Denver, just to listen to the voice of the river. A very busy Colorado Wine Week 2014 wrapped up with Saturday’s ...


Want to spice things up? Try this

By Dixie Burmeister

My 2014 list of culinary adventures includes visiting area chefs and cooking classes. I did both at the Level One Cooking Class taught by Marcelo Marino, executive chef at the Wine Country Inn in Palisade. Marino and his six students — ...

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