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  • Drive-thru review: Love that shrimp from Popeyes

    This week I decided to try an eight-piece order of Cracked Pepper Butterfly Shrimp at Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen. Veterans always will call it "Popeyes Chicken & Biscuits" because that's what started this company. Here's the Cracked Pepper Butterfly Shrimp breakdown: eight shrimp marinated in Cajun seasoning and deep-fried with a light...

  • Food fight! New show whips up fun

    "Food Fighters" Cast: Host Adam Richman ("Man vs. Food," "Fandemonium"); celebrity guest chefs include Lorena Garcia, Stefan Richter and Marcel Vigneron. Airs: The premiere airs at 7 p.m. Tuesday on NBC The premise: The best amateur cooks in America put their signature dishes to the test against five professional chefs in this high-stakes...

  • Storms have cost Rocky Ford Growers more than a quarter of their cantaloupe crop

    Melon lovers waiting to bite into juicy, ripe Rocky Ford cantaloupes won't have the abundant harvest this year. Severe weather that struck the region east of Pueblo in late May and again this week pounded the 2014 crop with high winds, torrential rains and damaging hail. The Rocky Ford Growers Association reported Friday that more than a...

  • Rethinking a healthy breakfast: a meal in a muffin

    When fall rolls around and it's back to school and work, wouldn't you love to start your day with something tastier and more substantial than that all-too-typical bowl of cold cereal? It's so boring day after day. And that's apart from the fact that most cereals will fail to tide you over until lunchtime. Here, then, is a meal in a muffin, a...

  • The local farmers markets schedule

    Farmers markets Monday - Broadmoor Community Church, 315 Lake Ave., 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., through Sept. 29, springsfarmers markets.com. - Western Museum of Mining & Industry, 225 North Gate Blvd., noon to 6 p.m., through October, wmmi.org. Tuesday - Fountain City Hall, 116 S. Main St., 3 to 7 p.m., through Sept. 30, 551-0801....

  • What exactly is a craft beer? It can depend on who you ask

    I was back home in West Virginia for the Fourth of July and made plans to join a friend for drinks at a new-to-me spot, The Mountaineer, in "downtown" Berkeley Springs, a half-mile stretch of main street bounded by two of the town's three stoplights. "Best nonredneck place in town," my friend said, tongue firmly planted in self-avowed redneck...

  • Caponata (Eggplant, Tomato and Raisin Relish)

    Caponata(Eggplant, Tomato and Raisin Relish) - Yield: 4 servings 1 large globe eggplant, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch chunksKosher salt3 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil1 medium yellow onion, diced2 garlic cloves, minced4 plum tomatoes, diced1 sprig fresh oregano3 large celery ribs, diced2 tablespoons pine nuts, toasted2...

  • Rethinking sushi rolls for a filling packed lunch

    With a school year on the horizon, it's time to think about what's for lunch. Brown bagging it is plenty economical, but a steady diet of sandwiches becomes boring, to say nothing of the fact that all those servings of refined carbs simply don't provide the energy necessary to power you through a long afternoon. So here is an alternative to...

  • Table Talk video: Bacon-Cheddar Pinwheels

    Who doesn't go wild over crispy crescent rolls dolled up with bacon, cheese and ranch dressing? It's a real crowd-pleaser. Visit gazette.com or scan the QR code below the recipe to watch a demonstration. Teresa J. Farney, The Gazette Bacon-Cheddar Pinwheels - Yield: 16 rolls 1 can (8 ounces) refrigerated crescent dinner rolls or 1 can...

  • Forget 2015: Trader Joe's opening Colorado Springs store earlier than first announced

    Fans of Trader Joe's won't have to wait as long as they thought for the opening of a Colorado Springs store. The California-based, ultrapopular speciality grocer says it will open its first Springs location at 8 a.m. Oct. 10 - a few months earlier than the 2015 date it had previously announced. Trader Joe's will occupy a 12,400-square-foot,...

  • Drive-thru review: New Big Chicken Fillet from Carl's Jr. lives up to its name

    The Bacon Swiss Big Chicken Fillet Sandwich at Carl's Jr. sure doesn't sound like a drive-thru sandwich. Here's the breakdown: a 5-ounce breaded and deep-fried chicken breast, two strips of bacon, Swiss cheese, lettuce, tomato and your choice of creamy ranch dressing or mayo on a freshly baked brioche-style bun. The buns are baked in-store...

  • Give fruit salad zing with honey and black pepper

    Looking for ways to jazz up your basic fruit salad this summer? Consider giving it a hit from the savory side. It's not something we often think of, but ingredients we generally consider savory or spicy can provide a delicious contrast when added to a sweet and juicy fruit salad. Where to start? Something as simple as thinly sliced fresh basil...

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