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After record year, North Fork grape harvest could retreat in 2016

By Dave Buchanan

It’s not unusual for the thermometer to hit the century mark for short periods in the middle of a Grand Valley summer, and this week’s forecasted highs of 100-plus degrees are typical for these longest days of the year. The ...


‘Garbage pizza’: Sometimes the best pizza ingredients can come from scraps

By Suzanne Hanzl

I like routine. I like schedules. I like predictability. Surprisingly, 19 years ago, I married the exact opposite kind of the person. Maybe I should have thought it through a little more. He asked, I was (and still am) in love, and here we ...


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, ...

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