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Winter is in full swing and though welcome, the brisk temperatures and frequent snowstorms are making us feel a little chilled.

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Cooking at home enables anyone to customize ingredients and gain control of the foods they eat. Too often commercially processed items are contain ingredients that compromise consumers’ overall health. This recipe for “Lemon Poppy Seed Pound Cake” is made from pantry staples.

As winter heads into full gear, fresh produce is starting to feel like a faded memory. The tomatoes are mealy and the lettuce has jet lag, but the pomegranate harvest has just begun. Don’t take the lovely pomegranate for granted.

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Weather-related flight delays or cancellations are often the cause of much frustration. However, one timely storm nearly 80 years might just have paved the way for a beloved beverage.

One of my son’s first tastes of solid food was dirt licked from a freshly dug parsnip. He didn’t yet have the teeth to chew into the ivory taproot itself, but his attempts to do so sure got it clean.

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Autumn is a time for foliage, crisp temperatures, hunkering down, and of course pumpkin pie spices. On this trip around the sun, our pie spices come in the form of a fall-flavored whoopie pie.

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Apples can be work to eat, despite being full of sweet juice. Their tough skin requires energy to chew through, as does the rigid flesh. Hence the expression, “if you won’t eat an apple, you aren’t really hungry.”

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Orange foods taste good together. Maybe it’s my imagination, or just a coincidence. Or maybe it’s the beta-carotene pigment that’s found in all orange foods.

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At the 12th annual Butte Bouldering Bash a few weeks back, rock climbers gathered to scramble up the crystal-flecked boulders that sprout from the earth along the Pipestone section of Montana’s continental divide. Climbing requires a lot of nourishment.

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Halloween is a magical time of year. Homes are adorned with festive fall accoutrements, including hay bails, pumpkins and mums as well as the black, purple and orange decorations that are unique to a season of ghouls and goblins.

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Naengmyeon (n-yang-me-on) translates to “cold noodles” in Korean. This simple name renders incomplete justice to this kaleidoscopic dish.

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Rocky Ford cantaloupe is a sweet and healthy treat for all Coloradans and visitors to enjoy. Impress your guests with this cool, indulgent twist on a local favorite.

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As sweet corn season approaches, and the siren call of Olathe Sweet and Mirai temp us to stop for a dozen, I thought it would be a great time to give you all a very easy, but very tasty salad using couscous and corn. This is a somewhat Latin flavored salad that will give you another great ve…

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Curly parsley is widely scorned by the culinary elite. Aspiring chefs absorb this disdain from a young age, and quickly understand that getting ahead in this game requires committing instead to the flat-leafed version, also called Italian parsley. But in my parsley potato salad recipe, curly…

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One of my wife’s favorite dishes is chicken piccata. Tart and buttery, with the pop of flavor from the capers-mmm! When I first learned this recipe from Chef Jon Kosh, it was with the classic veal. We butchered a whole leg and broke it down into usable parts. Since veal is not as easy to fin…

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I pulled into the Walmart parking lot and drove around the side of the building, far from the doors, where it was relatively quiet. Nancy was waiting beside an older but well-preserved Cadillac when I pulled up. She came to my window.

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Saint Patrick’s Day is here, which means that about two weeks ago you probably forgot to corn the beef. But there are other parts of Irish culture we can still celebrate, without as much advanced preparation. Like James Joyce, whose masterpiece Ulysses was first published exactly 100 years a…

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The middle of winter can be a tough time for tomato lovers. We are about as far away from the end of last season as we are from the beginning of this summer’s harvest, and no member of the produce kingdom suffers such a noticeable lack of flavor when it’s imported, out of season, from some f…

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Wild game is the tastiest, cleanest, and most ecologically justifiable meat on the planet. But the ultimate reward of hunting is neither the kill or the thrill of the chase, but how you come out the other side — regardless of whether you bring meat. It requires competency on many levels, inc…

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Slow cooking is a popular way to prepare hearty meals. Slowly cooked stews can make for the perfect meal on cold winter days. In addition to helping craft meals that stick to your ribs, slow cookers fill a home with enticing aromas all day long, and that can make everyone hungrier and more e…

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Foods that grow together go together, so goes the old saying. It’s become the locavore’s anthem, your cue to coax whatever plant life you can from your home ground, and figure out how best to cook it all. And live happily ever after.

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Beef brisket is a relatively inexpensive, yet highly versatile cut of meat. It’s equally at home in a pastrami or corned beef sandwich as it is on Christmas and Chanukah holiday tables. When cooked correctly, brisket is tender and delicious.

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Kabocha, also known as Japanese pumpkin, is a versatile and delicious winter squash. The flavor is starchy and sweet, with a firm body that can handle being cooked many ways, from tempura-fried to roasted to steamed to sweet purees. The seeds are plump. The hard skin is edible. The squash ex…

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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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Children may start their culinary careers crafting mud pies in their backyards, but that creativity and imagination soon may translate into foods they can actually eat. Many kids love cooking because it can be fun and messy, which are two qualities that children find hard to resist.

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When hosting friends and family at home, it’s understandable that hosts direct so much of their focus to the foods they plan to serve. The main course is often the focal point and most memorable aspect of a dinner party, and that’s true whether the get-together is a backyard barbecue, a holi…

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What to do when dining out is a challenge dieters know well. It’s easy to control ingredients and portion sizes at home, but not nearly as easy when dining out.

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Wine enthusiasts insist that nothing can make a meal more flavorful than a good wine. A great pairing of wine and food can make for a memorable meal that people can savor long after the last dish has made its way into the dishwasher.

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Restaurants serve foods in many different ways. Food trucks, pop-up restaurants and ghost restaurants are growing in popularity, and each offering has its own unique way of catering to customers.

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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.

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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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