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Cheers! Ginger anyone?

By Charles Ashby

Ginger anyone? Ginger actually has to be one of the weirdest things ever. It’s a root, of course, but one that seems to be something more akin to pods in “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” than something one might grind up ...

Pumpkin will spice up recipes for the fall

By Dixie Burmeister

Are you one of us, a member of the Pumpkin Passion Party? It starts with the first cool, autumn-feeling day and an urge to set a pumpkin on the porch and put some pumpkin bread in the oven. True members start grabbing cans of pumpkin as soon ...


Wine enthusiasts pack park for annual Colorado Mountain Winefest

By Dave Buchanan

A search for merlot, re-finding cabernet franc and a refreshing rosé at the end of a long, hot day highlight memories of the 23rd annual Colorado Mountain Winefest, this year sponsored by Alpine Bank. There was a lot more, of course, ...

Salute the almighty potato in September

By Dixie Burmeister

September is National Potato Month, which is timely given the cooler weather and all those cooler weather comfort foods including traditional potato dishes. But wait, have you noticed what’s been happening in the spud world? The bar ...


California earthquake shakes stock of Napa Valley’s library wines

By Dave Buchanan

Winemakers in general are a resilient, optimistic lot and it’s going take a bit of both before the Napa Valley is back to normal. The earthquake that hit the area in the predawn on Aug. 24 caused an estimated $362 million damage, ...

Standouts add savory 
to sweet

By Staff

As I sit surrounded by entry packets from the 2014 Palisade Peach Recipe Contest, I find myself reflecting on how the contest has changed in recent years. The contest has evolved so that it now accepts delicious entries made from published ...



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 ...

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