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  • Butter and black pepper, a steak's best friends

    A steak and potato dinner is an American cliche, but a delicious one. For my weeknight-friendly steak and taters, it was important that it be a one-pan wonder. Nobody wants tons of cleaning up on a weeknight. It also had to be fast and flavorful, which is why I opted for bison steaks. This widely available alternative to beef is naturally...

  • Seasonal eggplants are less bitter and can be prepared in a number of delicious ways

    ggplant doesn't get a lot of love. Some people have eaten the veggie just once and found the flavor bitter - promptly shunning the idea of giving it a second chance. Others won't even try it. Such doubters might want to hear out eggplant expert Deborah Madison. Madison is a Santa Fe, N.M.-based, award-winning cookbook author and former...

  • Recipe: Deborah Madison's Eggplant Gratin

    Deborah Madison's Eggplant Gratin - Yield: 6 servings 
2 1/2 pounds eggplant, peeled if white
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup olive oil
1 large or 2 medium onions, sliced
4 large eggs
1 cup milk or light cream
1 cup freshly ground Parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
10 large basil leaves, torn into small pieces...

  • Wine Guy: Blends can provide extraordinary tastes

    Many wine drinkers might not realize that the cabernet sauvignons or merlots they enjoy often include other grapes. Sometimes, a producer even will promote the fact the wine is a blend. Given its prestige, it isn't surprising that many imitate the Bordeaux formula of blending cabernet sauvignon, merlot, cabernet franc, malbec and petit verdot...

  • Leave them feeling full with nutritious chia seeds

    Chia seeds have a lot to offer a healthy diet. One table-
spoon crams in tons of protein, fiber, healthy fats, calcium, iron, manganese, phosphorus and omega fatty acids. But the real reason I love chia seeds so much? They fill me up, and that keeps me from getting hungry (and cranky) and grabbing the wrong kind of snack later in the day....

  • What's Cooking calendar for Oct. 1, 2014

    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.
- The Art of Artisan Bread, 2...

  • Farmers market schedule for Colorado Springs for Oct. 1, 2014

    Monday - Western Museum of Mining & Industry, 225 North Gate Blvd., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., through Oct. 13. wmmi.org. Wednesday - Briargate, 7610 N. Union Blvd., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., through Oct. 8, springsfarmersmarkets.com. - Western Museum of Mining & Industry, 225 North Gate Blvd., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., through Oct. 15. wmmi.org. -...

  • On Food: Don't mess with New Mexicans when it comes to green chili cheeseburgers

    New Mexicans know their chilies. Especially combined with burgers. I should know. In September, I was a judge for the second Green Chile Cheeseburger Smackdown at the Farmers Market Pavilion in Santa Fe, and I lived to tell the story. Along with four other judges, I ate my way through eight versions of New Mexico's signature dish. Other...

  • A healthy afterschool snack that eats like a treat

    After-school snacks are one of the more difficult terrains for parents to navigate. The kids want a treat, but parents - mindful that dinner is around the corner - want to keep it healthy. These chocolate- and granola-covered frozen bananas are a healthy snack that eat like a frozen pop with a hit of chocolate. If your kids aren't into...

  • Live Well: Better digest meals and life experience

    How's your digestion these days? Am I getting too personal? I only ask because mine could be better, and probably yours could, too. A properly working and healthy digestive process is the key to vitality in Ayurvedic medicine. Often called the sister science to yoga, Ayurveda is the traditional system of medicine in India, used for thousands...

  • Bulking up all those salads with Brussels sprouts

    Eating a salad a day is one of my strategies for ensuring I get at least one serious dose of raw veggies. And if you love salads as much as I do, I'm about to change your salad-
building world. Ditch the usual greens and get your hands on Brussels sprouts. Fact is, for a long time none of us knew what to do with Brussels sprouts except boil...

  • HuHot Cares Day is Monday; wear a fu manchu for free food

    HuHot Mongolian Grill eateries are hosting Huhot Cares Day, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday, when 100 percent of sales will go to The Home Front Cares organization, which provides support and grants for Colorado's service members, veterans and family members who have been impacted by deployment in harm's way. Wear a fu manchu mustache Monday and...

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