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  • Braided Easter egg bread is a showstopper on holiday tables

    This year, why not make a special bread to celebrate Easter? In Christian nations around the world, you'll find sweet breads specially made for the holiday, laden with their own unique symbolism. Some equate the rising of bread to Jesus rising from the grave. Kathy Anderson, who operates Crazy Good Personal Chefs in Colorado Springs,...

  • Colorado Springs area cooking classes and events starting March 25, 2015

    WHAT'S COOKING CLASSES ONGOING Adam's Mountain Café - 934 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs. Registration: 685-4370. - Thai, 6 p.m. Monday, $45. - Lebanese, 6 p.m. April 6, $45. Black Bear Bourbon Bar - 10375 Ute Pass Ave., Green Mountain Falls; 684-9648, 964-2990, chefmatthews@aol.com. - Basic Bourbon Training,...

  • SudSisters: More craft brewers say 'no' to bottles because they can-can-can

    As comebacks go, Hollywood's got nothing on the beer can. The American Can Co.'s revolutionary invention, filled with 12 ounces of beer from the Gottfreid Krueger Brewing Co. of Newark, N.J., went on sale in Richmond, Va., 80 years ago. Within six months, Pabst Brewing Co. was distributing nationally. By year's end, more than three dozen U.S....

  • Ten fresh ideas for dressing up a basic bowl of oatmeal

    Oatmeal is the vanilla ice cream of the breakfast world. Some of us like it plain, appreciating its clean, oaty flavor, its firm yet giving texture, the way it cloyingly stays in your mouth a second longer than you think it should. And then there is the rest of humanity, those folks who - as with vanilla ice cream - treat oatmeal as a carrier...

  • Save Easter ham for sandwiches; do a duo of ducks instead

    Perhaps this will be the year you break out of your ham rut. Not that there's anything wrong with ham. It's only that as a main course at Easter, it tends to be kind of ... meh. How about trying something new, such as this duo of roasted ducks? The process is the same as roasting any other bird, with one exception. Because duck is so fatty, we...

  • Carrot cake - a classic Easter dessert recast as breakfast

    This Easter, we've decided you can have cake for breakfast. After all, it is a holiday that's loaded with treats, so why not embrace the sweeter side of every meal? We took the flavors of a classic carrot cake - golden raisins, grated carrots, chopped walnuts and brown sugar - and combined them into a crispy waffle perfect for breakfast or...

  • A light, vibrant chilled soup fit for spring, Easter dinner

    Soup can be an unusual choice for a spring dinner. We're supposed to be celebrating light, bright flavors and a return of fresh produce. Heavy and hearty are out of place. Except that spring soups can be bright, light and a delicious blend of fresh - rather than long-simmered - flavors. Looking for an accompaniment to the traditional flavors...

  • Asparagus? Meh! This Easter give me bacon, eggs and potatoes

    The classic foods of Easter dinner never have done much for me. Sure, a honey-glazed ham is nice. But the rest of the meal tends to go downhill. Now, Easter brunch is another matter. Hot cross buns and hash brown potatoes and muffins and coffee cakes and eggs of all manner ... now we're talking. I decided Easter would be a brunch to better...

  • Colorado Springs area beer related events starting March 25, 2015

    BREW CALENDAR Mondays-Sundays Great Divide Brewing Co. Tap Room Tours - 3 p.m., 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 2 p.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m., 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sunday, Great Divide Brewing Co., 2201 Arapahoe St., Denver, free. Limited to 25 people, first-come, first-served; greatdivide.com/ tap-room/tours. Tuesdays Tuesday...

  • Potent, healthy condiments deliver big flavor, few calories

    When I was growing up, my family celebrated both Jewish and Christian holidays. One of my favorites was Passover. Perhaps it was the Hebrew singing that made it special. Or maybe it was the rich meaning behind the foods that were made. One food I remember more than any other - the horseradish that traditionally was served as the "bitter herb"...

  • This Easter, master perfectly creamy scalloped potatoes

    With Easter on its way, my mind has turned to scalloped potatoes, always a big hit at a holiday feast. And really, what's not to love? We're talking about sliced potatoes baked in a cream sauce, then topped with cheese or crumbs or both! Still, it takes some care to ensure that the potatoes are properly seasoned, properly tender, and creamy as...

  • A fresh take on the classic Easter ham - with a fresh ham

    When I think of spring menus, I instantly think of asparagus and the fresh ham that my grandmother made every Easter. The pork was studded with cloves and slathered with brown sugar and mustard before roasting. And it made the entire house smell amazing. But these days, I tend to do most of my roasting on the grill. So I've adapted my...

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