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  • Paint Mines Interpretative Park, Colorado Springs bug museum to be featured

    Tucked away in the plains east of Colorado Springs, Paint Mines Interpretive Park is one of the world's "fantastical places" - a one-of-a-kind attraction whose whimsical, colored hoodoos have lured awestruck humans for thousands of years. That's the verdict of AtlasObscura.com - an "online compendium of the world's hidden wonders and...

  • Dear Donna: Religious belief can make, break a couple

    Dear Donna, I met an attractive lady. We share many interests and have a lot of fun. She asked me to go to church with her, and I told her I don't go to church but would be happy to go with her. I could tell that was not the answer she wanted. After more conversation, I told her that I am spiritual and I do believe in a higher power but I am...

  • Colorado fishing report for May 26-June 1, 2015

    Denver Metro Area Aurora Reservoir - Trout fishing from shore is rated as fair to good. Most reports are of trout being caught using power bait from a slip rig and some reports using night crawlers. Boaters are reporting success ranging from slow to good on trout trolling with rapalas, spoons and crawlers. Walleye fishing has picked up some...

  • Food processor turns falafel into an easy weeknight meal

    Falafel is one of those easy weeknight meals I rarely think to make, but when I do I feel like a dolt for not doing it more often. That's because falafel - pan-fried patties made from chickpeas, onions and a mess of delicious seasonings - are healthy, speedy and versatile. They can be served any number of ways - as-is with a yogurt or sour...

  • Himalayan salt block gaining popularity for summer grilling

    emorial Day marks the start of alfresco dining season, a time of grilling, picnics and barbecuing. What better excuse do you need to jump on the latest trend sweeping the culinary scene? Cooking on Himalayan salt blocks is hot. Ask three of the area's go-to store owners for seasonal cooking equipment about salt blocks - also called salt...

  • School's out so it's time to get schooled on burgers

    As food goes, it's hard to imagine anything more American - and that more perfectly captures summer - than a great grilled hamburger. Trouble is, as much as we love a great burger, we're not always all that great at making them. That's because there is more to making burgers than serving time at the grill. But if you master a few easy tips...

  • Picnics aren't just sandwiches and chips! Think dessert, too

    When it comes to packing a picnic, the savory items are easy. Sandwiches and wraps. Potato and pasta salads. Chips and dips. It's all very transportable and all very easy to eat while perched on a blanket in the grass. But dessert can prove less obvious. Sure, you could do cookies. But what else? The usual cakes and cupcakes and ice creams and...

  • On Food: Looking for fresh fish? Try Colorado striped bass from Alamosa

    During a recent class at Garden of the Gods Country Club, sous chef Jeremy Coleman offered an in-depth lesson in fish. It began with how to choose fresh fish, which involves buying whole fish since that's about the only way to determine freshness. Sitting on the demonstration table was a shiny, silver-skinned salmon. We were told to look for...

  • A robust grilled puttanesca by way of a chilled gazpacho

    We love grilled vegetables. We love Italian puttanesca sauce. And we love a nice cool gazpacho. So why not combine them? We tossed some of our favorite summer veggies on the grill, combined them with the robust flavors of Italian puttanesca, and tossed the whole thing in a food processor to create a wonderfully chunky-smooth gazpacho that is...

  • Three new barbecue books will help you get your grill geek on

    With grilling season solidly upon us, let's all take a moment to reflect on the various ways we send our food to the fire. There is, of course, Monday through Friday grilling. This is when the intense heat of the grill helps us along that painful march to what we call "weeknight dinner." This is where we crank the grill - gas only, thank you...

  • Chill out this summer with refreshing flavored soda syrups

    Have you ever noticed how tough it is to sweeten your favorite iced beverage using regular granulated white sugar? You can stir and stir, but the sugar tends not to dissolve and you're left with a barely sweetened drink. That is, until you reach the bottom of the glass, when you're smacked with a sugar rush. It's a vexing little problem, but...

  • Wine Guy: Taos, N.M. full of history, culture, art and wine

    Wine travel isn't only about visiting wineries and tasting wine. And, for me, drinking wine isn't only about how a wine tastes or how the grapes were grown. It's also about the history of the vineyard, the winemaker's story and so on. So when visiting a winery, I spend time learning about the history and culture of the region. And that was the...

  • The Survival Doctor: The truth about snake bites

    I have a confession: I don't like snakes. I know they're good for nature, and I wouldn't kill one unless I thought it venomous and an unavoidable danger. I guess it's more that I think they're sneaky, kind of like sharks. Of course, they don't mean to be. It's not like they go out hunting humans. We're too big to eat so they usually only...

  • A soup suitable for a picnic? Cue the mango gazpacho please

    I love all fresh fruit, but the unique taste of mango reminds me of my childhood when we would travel to Mexico to visit friends and eat mangoes around the clock. This summer fruit is jammed with vitamin C (one mango has almost a full day's recommended supply) and also provides a host of other vitamins. Like other fruits, though, mango gets...

  • Colorado Springs area wellness events starting May 26, 2015

    HEALTH NOTES Health Notes appears on a space-available basis, free for nonprofits. Listings appear at the discretion of The Gazette. Send information at least two weeks in advance: email carlotta.olson@gazette.com or fax 636-0202. American Heart Association Advanced Cardiac Life Support for Healthcare Provider course - Registration:...

  • Don'tsweatitI

    n arid Colorado, perspiration - even during summer - isn't nearly the lifestyle issue it is in the Deep South. Breaking a sweat here can take work. Hiking the Manitou Incline, for instance. For people who suffer from a medical condition known as hyperhidrosis, though, excessive sweating isn't tied to physical activity or ambient temperature,...

  • List: Top 10 attractions for visitors to see around Colorado Springs

    You will never know how much cool stuff there is to do and see in the Pikes Peak region until you’re asked to list just 10 of them. To assist out out-of-town visitors in deciding what to visit while here, here's a list of favorites:

  • Summer fun: coasters, pop culture rides and Orlando Eye

    A dark, submarine-inspired thrill ride in California and swank new offerings at Downtown Disney all top the summer's must-do list for theme park and amusement fans. For those who want more extreme summer adventures, a hybrid wood-steel coaster in Massachusetts and a spinning wing coaster based on Batman in Texas are also new for 2015. "Pop...

  • The Country Life: Treating horses and cows and emus, oh my!

    Variety is the name of the game at Airway Veterinary Hospital on the east side of Colorado Springs. There are vets who treat cats and dogs, along with other smaller pets. There are vets whose practices center on cattle, horses and other livestock. And there are vets who focus on horses. Dr. Gary McEntyre at Airway has taken care of cows,...

  • Colorado Springs children's author returns home, with new book

    Best-selling children's author Dian Curtis Regan grew up in Colorado Springs, attended District 11 schools and was working downtown when she met her husband, a New York boy lured west by the mountains. "We got married and his job took us all over, to different states and even to South America," said Regan, who eventually settled with her...

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