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An idyllic country with extensive mountain ranges and miles of coastal beaches, Mexico also is home to beloved cuisine. Men and women who want to create a taste of Mexico in their own kitchens can consider this recipe for “Spicy Steak Tampico” from Kelley Cleary Coffeen’s “200 Easy Mexican R…

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A thick cut of meat grilled over an open flame can make for a mouth watering meal. While such an endeavor likely won’t lead to any complaints around the dinner table, many people still shy away from grilling especially thick cuts of meat.

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Grillmasters and pitmasters work hard to produce mouth-watering fare. Many may develop secret recipes, rubs, sauces, and cooking techniques all in the name of flavorful food.

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Celebrations are common in July. American Independence Day is celebrated each July 4th, and that momentous occasion lays the foundation for a month-long celebration of Americana.

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Few people can imagine Valentine’s Day without chocolate. While heart-shaped boxes of chocolate might be ubiquitous in February, those who want to truly impress that special someone this Valentine’s Day can try their hand at baking up their own batch of decadent treats.

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We’ve been doing a bunch of fun recipes lately — wait. Did someone say fun brunch recipes? How about learning to make Eggs Benedict?

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Hot dogs are the yin to the hamburger’s yang. Franks and burgers are a common pair at barbecues and ballparks, and rightfully so. Handheld, portable meals, they pack a convenient and flavorful punchy.

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Summer weekends wouldn’t be the same without backyard barbecues. And no backyard barbecue is complete without hamburgers.

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A little extra energy during the day could benefit just about anyone. Late morning mental fatigue and the post-lunch yawns may seem unavoidable, but there are plenty of ways to improve energy levels throughout the day. One such means to getting an extra hop in your step involves utilizing food.

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My favorite meal of the day is breakfast. I personally would eat breakfast foods at every meal if I could. There’s just something amazing about the savory and sweet combination that comes with the first meal of the day. I particularly am fond of a good brunch menu.

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A farmers’ market is likely coming to a field or open parking lot near you — if there isn’t already one operating nearby. The United States Department of Agriculture says that, between the years of 2008 and 2013, the number of farmers’ markets doubled across the country.

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Nutrition is a popular topic of conversation, particularly among those embarking on a weight loss or maintenance plan. Individuals carefully study food macros and pore over various diets to get the most out of the foods they eat. When the end goal is simply looking good, it may be easy to fo…

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The availability of gluten-free offerings has increased considerably at grocery stores and restaurants in recent years. While gluten-free diets may have become a trendy way for people to deal with everything from mild indigestion to gastrointestinal problems, those with celiac disease have n…

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People concerned about their cancer risk may find that switching their diets can do a world of good. Certain foods may reduce cancer risk, according to various cancer experts, including the MD Anderson Cancer Center. In addition, some foods might increase a person’s risk of developing cancer…

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Doughnuts are beloved breakfast staples. A glazed doughnut to go with morning coffee on the way to work is a morning ritual for many people.

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The invention of the brownie is a heavily contested matter within the baking community. In 1896 The Boston Cooking School published a recipe for “Brownies” that featured molasses and pecans, sans chocolate that would be closer to a “Blondie.” The Sears Roebuck catalog of 1897 featured a reci…

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Our journey to discover the West Elks wineries will begin with Mesa Winds Winery in Hotchkiss.

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A well-balanced diet rich in nutrients and vitamins is an essential component of a healthy diet. When coupled with routine exercise, a healthy diet can pave the way for a long life. However, some foods considered healthy, including dairy products and wheat, can pose a threat to men, women an…

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Home brewing is a rewarding hobby that’s skyrocketed in popularity in recent years. A 2017 survey from the American Homebrewers Association found that 1.1 million in the United States brewed their own beer at home. Incredibly, 40 percent of them had started doing so in the previous four years.

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A maple in April is a force to be reckoned with. The sap is flowing with a vengeance, squeezed by specialized cells that expand during the heat of day to create more pressure in a maple tree than in the inside of a car tire.

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Whole grains are vital components of a healthy diet. According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, whole grains provide a host of nutritious benefits, including some that were discovered only recently.

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Easter Sunday dinners are a tradition in many families. Though the COVID-19 pandemic forced families to alter that tradition in 2020, and could very well do so again in 2021, it’s worth noting that Easter takes place in April this year. In many areas, April weather is warm enough to enable a…

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When the weather warms up, the opportunities to enjoy more time outdoors increase. For many people that means firing up the grill to cook dinners in the backyard and also to host friends and family for outdoor gatherings around the patio.

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Who hasn’t been spending more time at home lately? Many families have perfected the balance of managing a household in which kids may be engaged in virtual learning while Mom and Dad are putting in a full day’s work from the home office. At several points during the day, families need to rec…

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A number of foods are enjoyed during Easter celebrations, from hard-boiled eggs to ham to roasted lamb. Sweets such as candies and chocolates also take center stage on Easter Sunday. In addition to these traditional favorites, hot cross buns have become must-haves for many Easter celebrants.

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Rich, creamy and decadent, cheesecake is enjoyed across the globe. There are many famous cheesecake bakeries in North America, and those who can’t resist digging their forks into this beloved dessert may assume that cheesecake traces its origins there. In fact, cheesecake traces its origins …

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Welcome back Taste of Home Fans! It has been quite awhile since our last meeting. I have been working on many special projects the last couple of months (check out our Valley Health in this week’s edition) and though I have been doing a lot of cooking, I have had no writing time.

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After a lovely Valentine’s weekend — wine, chocolate, delicious meals loaded with rich sauces — perhaps we could learn a healthier dish today! One of my family’s favorites is a pan-fried veggie burger, loaded with flavor (and healthy veggies — shhh!). It offers a tasty alternative for a week…

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With the new year starting, even though we might not be able to have the larger gatherings that we long for, perhaps we can look on the bright side a little. A smaller group means we can up the ante on what we make.

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