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  • Dining Review: Saluting breakfast at Sarges'

    Sarges' Grill isn't just about the food. It's a place where the armed forces and first responders are celebrated to such an extent that I was surprised I didn't hear reveille - perhaps I didn't arrive early enough. The Fountain restaurant is the brainchild of three Army sergeants, two still on active duty and one retired. All had some...

  • Go Italian this Christmas with lobster manicotti

    A robust Italian dinner feels about right for Christmas. It's rich and comforting and - particularly in the case of our lobster manicotti - decadent without being fussy. We start our manicotti with a lobster and ricotta cheese filling, but if lobster is too much trouble (or not in the budget) substitute cooked and peeled shrimp. You also...

  • In honor of Famous Potato Bowl, a tribute to the spud

    In honor of Air Force's appearance in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl on Saturday, we write in praise of the rough-and-ready tuber. According to the Idaho Potato Commission, potatoes are cultivated on more than 300,000 acres of Idaho land, making the state one of the primary sources for the starchy vegetable (and hence the bowl game's name)....

  • A chocolatey rich coconut cream pie for Christmas

    Coconut is my family's must-have sweet during the holidays. Usually we have a fresh coconut cake, but my mom has been known to sneak a Mounds bar - her favorite candy - when the urge strikes. So this Christmas season, I decided to tie it all together with this recipe for chocolate coconut pie. I wanted it to be more than simply another...

  • Recipe: Cheesy Hasselback Potatoes

    Cheesy Hasselback Potatoes - Yield: 4 servings 
4 russet potatoes (large-sized, 
 cleaned well)
4 tablespoons butter
1 pound Gruyere (1/4-inch thick 
 slices, cut into 2-inch 
 squares)
1 cup milk
1 cup sour cream
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg (freshly 
 grated)
1/4 cup prosciutto (thinly sliced 
 and cut into ribbons)
1/2 cup Parmigiano-Reggiano...

  • Recipe: Play-By-Play Idaho Potato Rounds

    Play-By-Play Idaho Potato Rounds - Yield: 10 servings (three rounds per serving) 
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
4 medium russet potatoes, scrubbed and cut into 1/4-inch 
 thick slices
2 ounces turkey pepperoni, (about 
 30 slices) chopped
3/4 cup shredded mozzarella 
 cheese
6 jalapeno peppers, seeded and 
 finely chopped
1/3 cup...

  • Recipe: Idaho Potato Crusted Pizza

    Idaho Potato Crusted Pizza - Yield: Serves 8 
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
4 tablespoons cornstarch
1 1/2 pounds russet potatoes (about 4 medium), scrubbed
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
1/4 cup beef or chicken broth
1/3 cup prepared basil pesto
1 cup cooked, shredded chicken
1 red bell pepper,...

  • SudSisters: Finding the taste of Christmas

    When it comes to craft beer, what does Christmas taste like? Does it even have a taste? Is it one flavor, or a banquet of them competing for your palate's attention? Before diving in to find an answer, I needed to know what separates a holiday beer from a seasonal beer. Many local breweries have seasonal and holiday beers on tap through the...

  • Eggnog: Once-a-year things must be the very best

    Eggnog is a funny thing. We crave it for one month a year, then never think about it again. And when we do crave it, we love to pretend that this sinfully rich drinkable dessert (basically, it's melted ice cream in a glass) is a perfectly reasonable and festive little pre-dinner aperitif. The more honest among us glug it down without...

  • Colorado Springs area cooking classes and events starting Dec. 17, 2014

    WHAT'S COOKING CLASSES ONGOING The French Kitchen - 2515 Oak Hills Drive. Call for cost. Registration: 694-4016, tfkcc.com.
- Quiches, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Thursday.
- Yule Log, 5:30-9:30 p.m. Tuesday. EVENTS Thursdays Old Colorado City Wine Bar Tour - 5-8 p.m., starting at Motif, 2432 W. Cucharras St., $48 plus tax and gratuity....

  • Colorado Springs area beer related events starting Dec. 17, 2014

    BREW CALENDAR Mondays Brewers Day Off - Home and commercial brewers receive 30 percent off and qualify for a $50 Old West Home Brew Supply gift certificate, 5-8 p.m., Green Man Taproom and Beer Garden, 320 S. Weber St.; 237-2711, drink@greenmantaps.com.
 Mondays-Sundays Great Divide Brewing Co. Tap Room Tours - 3 p.m., 4 p.m. and...

  • Eat Well: Rice is nice within limits

    The January issue of Consumer Reports — which has a trustworthy reputation for consumer product testing and research — features “The Truth About Gluten.” As I read the story, I didn’t find a many surprises: A very small percentage of the population actually has celiac disease, which requires avoiding gluten; a gluten-free diet is not more...

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