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  • Colorado Springs area beer-related events starting July 1, 2015

    A look at brew calendar in the Colorado Springs area: Tuesdays Tuesday Night Karma Hour - One dollar per pint sold will be donated to a local charity, 5-9 p.m., Bristol Brewing Co., 1604 S. Cascade Ave.; bristolbrewing.com. Fridays New Beer Friday - Launch of new beer, 5 p.m., Red Leg Brewing Co., 4630 Forge Road, Suite B;...

  • Chew on this: 5 top dining spots in the Colorado Springs area

    Who has the best burger in Colorado Springs? How about best barbecue or pizza? Gazette readers voted and so did we. Here are the results: - Best Barbecue - Best Burger - Best Burrito - Best Pizza - Best Fish Taco Visit Best of the Springs for a complete list of dining bests.

  • Eat well: Asian hot pots bring loads of veggies to the dining table

    Andrew Zimmern is obsessed with Asian hot pot meals. This I learned during his cooking demonstration, Amazing Asian Hot Pots, at the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen, held the third weekend in June. Zimmern is likely best known for "Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern," which has aired on Travel Channel since 2006. The show also has morphed into...

  • A healthy steak that keeps you firmly in the produce aisle

    We finally live in a world where going meatless on Mondays can appeal to even the enthusiastic carnivore. Which is why vegetable "steaks" are becoming increasingly popular. The concept is simple. Cut up thick slices of veggies - often eggplant, portabella mushroom caps, heads of cauliflower - and grill or broil them as you would beef steaks....

  • LIST: Farmers markets in the Colorado Springs area

    A look at farmers markets in the Colorado Springs area: Daily - Spencer's Lawn & Garden Center, 1430 S. Tejon St., 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Mondays through Saturdays; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays, through November, 632-2788, spencersgardens.com Monday - Western Museum of Mining & Industry, 225 North Gate Blvd., 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., June...

  • On Food: Colorado Springs has several new ways to enjoy sipping and learning about wine

    I thought I knew a lot about wine, but the past several weeks have been a journey into new territory. I enjoyed a unique wine-pairing dinner hosted by the authors of a new blog. I learned how to make a blended wine at a new wine lovers club. And I was introduced to a new wine being marketed in the U.S. The blog, which is called...

  • Bloody Mary bars brings out the creative side for a personalized cocktail

    It's Sunday. It's midmorning and you're just getting out of bed. You're hungry and thirsty. What better excuse to stretch out the day with brunch and a tall, cold bloody mary? Most eateries offer the tomato-based drink with their own flourishes, but some realize that folks really like to make and garnish their own. And so was born the bloody...

  • Colorado Springs area cooking classes and events starting June 24, 2015

    WHAT'S COOKING CLASSES ONGOING Black Bear Bourbon Bar - 10375 Ute Pass Ave., Green Mountain Falls; 684-9648, 964-2990, chefmatthews@aol.com. - Basic Bourbon Training, 8-10 p.m. Fridays. Cost is minimal and varies. The Cañon City Queen Anne Tea House - 813 Macon Ave., Cañon City. Registration: 275-5354. - Italian Foods, 2 p.m....

  • Dressing up a typical fruit salad with help from your grill

    Want an easy way to add punch to an otherwise humdrum fruit salad? Simply turn up the heat. In this case, we tossed pineapple rings on the grill for four to five minutes per side. The intense heat of the flames caramelizes the natural sugars of the pineapple and adds a smoky char. Once the pineapple rings come off the grill and cool a bit,...

  • Pigs get off the hook for these summer-friendly grilled ribs

    We tend to think of beef short ribs as a winter dish, something that simmers in a Dutch oven until fall-apart tender. But we decided these ribs deserved a shot at some summer sun, too. After all, why should pork ribs get all the attention when the weather gets warm? We start by coating the beef short ribs with a flavorful dry rub, then letting...

  • Wine Guy: Inexpensive, dry pink wines should not be overlooked

    Dry pink wines, while appreciated in Europe for centuries, faced a schizophrenic reaction from Americans toward the end of the last century. As sweet "blush" wines such as white zinfandel became wildly popular, most dry wine drinkers decided all rosés were sweet and not worth their time. Europeans have long known the joy of drinking pale red...

  • Crank up the flavor and moisture for a better turkey burger

    The turkey burger has become the healthy default of grilling season. And that's not a bad call. That's because a 90 percent lean turkey burger (4 ounces) has only about 160 calories yet still offers an impressive 20 grams of protein and only 9 grams of fat. Just don't be tempted to buy leaner ground turkey. It might be fine in other recipes,...

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