Two Colorado-based authors have made it their business to help us find sources for Colorado cuisine.
Denver-based professional chef and sommelier Michele Morris has written “Tasting Colorado: Favorite Recipes from the Centennial State,” a book loaded with recipes from some of Colorado’s finest restaurants, lodges, guest ranches and bed-and-breakfast establishments.
Morris, who runs Cooking with Michele (cookingwithmichele.com), traveled the state and culled representative offerings such as Cowboy Corn Cakes, Smoked Trout Pate, Grilled Palisade Peaches, Poblano Chile, Buffalo Redeye stew, Colorado Leg of Lamb, and Chili-Chocolate Bourbon Cake.
She spent a fair share of time in the Pikes Peak region, dining at The Broadmoor, Holden House, Old Town Guesthouse, The Cliff House at Pikes Peak in Manitou Springs and Eastholme in the Rockies in Cascade. Each establishment contributed several recipes to the coffee table-style cookbook. The photography is stunning in the classy book that would be a great gift or addition to your personal culinary library. Cost is $29.95 and it’s available at amazon.com.
Jessica Visinsky’s “Tasteful Tours: Colorado” is a collection of food company tours, festivals and farmers’ markets offered across the state.
“These tours offer just a glimpse into the exciting events and activities you will find in Colorado,” she writes in the book’s introduction.
For those interested in locally produced food, this little book is a treasure. It’s a guide and reference book sprinkled with recipes using products found on food tours.
The completion of the book was a family collaboration with Jessica researching the destinations and her mother, Linda Visinsky, illustrating the cover with one of her watercolors. Darleen Daly, Jessica’s aunt, sprinkled the pages of the book with her photography.
Locally, Patsy’s Candies and Colorado Coffee Merchants were included as well as the Manitou Springs Colorado Wine Festival and our Farmers’ Markets. The book is small enough to fit in a glove compartment for easy access on day trips. Cost is $12.99 and it’s available on amizon.com.
Chocolate Chunk-White Chocolate Chip Cookies
Yield: 2 dozen cookies
3/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup butter
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chunks
5 ounces white chocolate chips
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Combine brown sugar and butter in a large microwave-safe bowl and heat on high until soft, about 30 to 40 seconds. Whisk in eggs and vanilla and mix well. Add flour and baking soda and stir until well mixed. Stir in chocolate chunks, white chocolate chips and walnuts.
Spoon well-rounded teaspoons of cookie dough onto an ungreased cookie sheet and bake until cookies are slightly brown, about 10-12 minutes.
Source: Sallie Clark, Holden House Bed & Breakfast in “Tasting Colorado” cookbook
Farney writes about the local food scene bi-weekly in On Food.