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Carving jack-o’-lanterns is a Halloween tradition that both adults and children enjoy. It’s hard to resist an opportunity to carve a funny or scary face into a pumpkin that will soon make its way to the front porch, but there’s another irresistible element to carving pumpkins as well.

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People who were born in the early 1980s and earlier likely spent some time bobbing for apples each fall. Bobbing for apples long has been a classic autumn activity. Yet today’s children may not know what it entails.

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Living in Cedaredge, it is so easy for me to hop in the car and head over to the North Fork and West Elks Wine Trail. I love the break from my list of chores and everyday life. It’s like a mini vacation. I have found so many hidden gems and fabulous wineries within an hour of my home. It rea…

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Individuals may be presented with plenty of opportunities to cook for a crowd over the course of a typical year. But no time of year is more synonymous with large sit-down meals than the holiday season.

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An ability to adapt is one of the most important skills to have in the kitchen. Following a recipe can give home cooks the cursory knowledge they need to make a delicious meal, but an ability to tweak recipes allows individuals to put their own spin on foods and customize meals so they fit w…

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Upset stomach is not uncommon. People may experience stomach upset if a meal is too rich or has too many spicy ingredients. However, for some people, routine stomach upset could be indicative of Celiac disease, a condition that’s much more serious than periodic indigestion.

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Remodeling a kitchen adds value to a home. Remodeling Magazine’s “Cost vs. Value Report” indicates mid-range kitchen remodels cost about $66,000, and homeowners can expect to recover about 60 to 80 percent of that cost at resale.

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Individuals choose to adhere to vegetarian diets for a multitude of reasons. Some do so for ethical reasons, while others feel a vegetarian diet is a healthier option than eating meat. Regardless of why people choose to follow vegetarian diets, it’s important that they take steps to ensure t…

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Lee and Kathy Bradley have built Orchard Valley Farms and Black Bridge Winery on a strong business and agricultural foundation.

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Dining out is a treat many people enjoy one or more times a week. Restaurant meals are often delicious and enable people to sample foods they may never try or prepare at home.

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Grains are an important component of most people’s diets. All grains begin as “whole grains,” but processing often alters grain products, resulting in foods that don’t pack the nutritional punch they once did.

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Our Delta County foodies are looking for a complete farmers market and they need look no further than the Cedaredge Farmers market. The market’s organizers, Nancy and Rick Strucker, explained how the market has grown to about 20 vendors. It takes place every Sunday from May through October f…

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The COVID-19 pandemic taught the world many things and reinforced some lessons learned long ago, including how something invisible to the naked eye has the potential to make people extremely ill. That lesson is applicable in many different situations, including food preparation.

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The practice of wassailing is a time-honored tradition that has spanned centuries. When wassailing, people go door-to-door, singing and offering a sip of drink from something called a wassail bowl. Most do it to spread holiday cheer and wish good health on their neighbors.

This last weekend I celebrated my birthday. Until a few years ago, I shared a birthday with my grandmother. It always made the day extra special. She was an amazing woman. She battled multiple sclerosis for decades and through it all managed to raise four children, a 4-H leader and an accomp…

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Nutritious foods are a valuable commodity in the fight against childhood obesity. Obesity is a serious medical condition that affects people of all ages — children and adolescents included. Children who gain extra pounds may develop health issues like high blood pressure, diabetes and high c…

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Peaches are a summertime staple. This sweet fruit is at home in desserts, salads, on top of cereals, and all on its own. Peaches thrive in warm climates with lots of sunlight. Peaches are native to northwest China, and they are believed to have been domesticated and cultivated since 2000 B.C…

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Ice cream aficionados enjoy it in many different forms — from cups to cones — but sundaes truly can be the ultimate treats. The impressive and often enormous “banana split” may be the king of all sundaes, with ice cream shops scooping them out in record numbers when the weather warms. Becaus…

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A friend sat in a meeting with me a while back and mentioned that, although she liked the recipes that I have been sharing, they are a little tough for a less experienced cook. So, to honor that feedback, today we will learn a new recipe for meatloaf. Most meatloaf is just a giant burger wit…

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Many people know someone who loves spending lots of time in the kitchen. Certain home cooks may enjoy whipping up favorite recipes, while others might get excited about experimenting with new flavors and ingredients.

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Fresh fruits and vegetables can be grown at home with relative ease. Home gardening also puts complete control into the hands of individuals who want to know how the foods they eat were grown and treated, providing a greater measure of control over their diets. A sense of pride also comes fr…

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Nature enthusiasts often cherish the time they get to spend around a campfire. Whether you’re telling scary stories, having a few drinks after a long hike or just relaxing and gazing up at a starry sky, time spent around a campfire is a unique experience that can make for an ideal getaway fr…

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Delta County residents, we cannot take for granted the beautiful North Fork Valley of Paonia. As I travel familiar roads, I am continuously amazed at the beauty of where we live. This trip was to Qutori winery where the views did not disappoint. As I turned off CO-133 into Qutori winery, I w…

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The craft beer boom has inspired millions of people to look at beer through a new lens. Once relegated to backyard barbecues and ballgames, beer is now served alongside gourmet meals. Much like the right wine can make a meal taste even better, beer can bring out the flavors of food, making i…

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Air fryers have emerged as must-have items in recent years. Air fryers flew off the shelves during the 2020 holiday season, and that popularity hasn’t waned in the ensuing months.

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There are few foods considered more American than apple pie, however, I would argue that another pie has roots even more tightly grown with the founding of the USA: lemon meringue pie.

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Mastering an assortment of cooking techniques is a key to becoming a great chef, whether you’re an amateur cooking at home or a professional aspiring to earn a Michelin star. By understanding the various ways to prepare and cook food, cooks can work with a variety of ingredients and kitchen …

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Pie is delicious any time of year, but especially when seasonal fruits are included in the recipe. When the weather warms up, mouthwatering blueberries are in season, making this an ideal time to enjoy some blueberry pie. According to Peggy Brusseau, author of “The Contented Vegan” (Head of …

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The West Elks AVA wine road trip is beginning to gain momentum. As I pack up my wine and say goodbye to Steve and Jayme of The Storm Cellar in Hotchkiss, I set my navigation to Garvin Mesa and Stone Cottage Cellars in Paonia. As my Ford downshifts, and motors up Garvin Mesa, the landscape an…

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Tortillas come to mind when many people think of Hispanic cuisine. Tortillas come in many varieties and flavors. Hispanic cuisine lovers accustomed to store-bought tortillas may be surprised to learn that they can make their own tortillas at home.

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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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Spring in Western Colorado brings a few things to mind. Wind of course, but also flowers and great sunsets, and -oh yeah- lambs! Colorado is the 4th largest producer of lambs and the quality of Colorado lamb is renowned worldwide. So, our recipe today will feature our great local lamb in a v…

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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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