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  • 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...

  • South Slope of Pikes Peak to open to the public

    Update: A news conference is scheduled for Thursday to announce an imminent opening of the South Slope Recreation Area, a city spokeswoman said Wednesday in a news release. There's no word yet on when, or for how long, the area will be open. Closed to the public for more than a century, Pikes Peak's scenic South Slope could be open to...

  • AROUND TOWN: Girl Scouts honor 2014 Women of Distinction

    The stage was filled with powerful local women who in the words of keynote speaker Amelia Rose Earhart "exceed expectations." Former TV reporter Earhart, namesake of but no relation to the aviatrix with the same name, had blown away all expectations in June by becoming the youngest female pilot to circumnavigate the globe in a single engine...

  • AROUND TOWN: A Family afFaire at the Donner spread

    Just call it the ultimate church picnic, a block party to beat all block parties or a kid's dream school carnival. A Family afFaire, founded 10 years ago by Heather and John Fitzgerald and friends, is all of those rolled into one under a giant yellow and white striped tent. But it goes far beyond. A Family afFaire has grossed more than $1...

  • 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...

  • 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. -...

  • 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...

  • PHOTOS: P.F. Chang's horses painted pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

    P.F. Chang's painted the two 11-foot Warrior Horses outside the restaurant pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month on Tuesday. With 317 horses being painted nationwide, P.F. Chang's will donate a dollar to the National Breast Cancer Foundation for every selfie taken with the horses and tagged #PaintPFChangsPink and for every sushi roll ordered...

  • Komen celebrates 20th year of Springs Race for the Cure

    Twenty years ago, a seed was planted. It was a tiny seed, but it grew quickly under the care and instruction of a small group of people who refused to let breast cancer grow bigger than their efforts. September 7 marked the twentieth Race for the Cure, organized by Susan G. Komen Southeastern Colorado (SECO) and hundreds of volunteers,...

  • The Country Life: Colorado Horsecare Foodbank offers helping hand to horse owners

    When the plight of a group of horses in Black Forest came to light recently - more than a dozen dead, 10 others seized by the El Paso County Sheriff's Office, the owner charged with animal cruelty - it was upsetting for all animal lovers. But the situation particularly rocked my wife and me and others in the horse community. While we don't...

  • 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...

  • The People's Pharmacy: Stop-smoking drug has hidden dangers

    Even after decades of dire warnings, more than 40 million Americans smoke. That's nearly one in five. Smokers die 10 years earlier than nonsmokers. Every year, almost half a million deaths are attributed to the consequences of tobacco. These include deaths from cancer, heart disease and lung disease such as COPD. Anything that can help people...

  • Health calendar Sept. 30, 2014

    HEALTH NOTES Health Notes appears on a space-available basis, free for nonprofits. Send information at least two weeks in advance: email carlotta.olson@gazette.com or fax 636-0202. 2014 Art for the Cure - Courageous and Beautiful Juried Show Opening Reception - A portrayal of the journey of breast cancer from diagnosis and treatment to...

  • 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...

  • This October, Think Pink: Daily stories to feature local survivors, healthcare options

    This October, we’re taking Breast Cancer Awareness month to a new level. “We see pink everywhere during this month,” said Lisa Gates, public information officer at the Penrose Cancer Center. “It’s a great reminder for women to get a mammogram, especially if they’ve never had one before or it’s been awhile.” The Gazette is partnering with...

  • We want you: A spooky story in need of an ending

    Gazette reporter Stephanie Earls has written the beginning to a spooky tale. How it ends is up to you. Creative writers in grades 1 through 8 are invited to finish the story, in 250 words or less, for the chance to win Halloween-themed prizes and, for one overall winner, publication of his or her story ending in The Gazette. Entries can be...

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