• Freshness, not thickness, matters when buying asparagus

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    When shopping for asparagus, people often focus on the wrong thing — how thick the stalks are. They think thinner is better. Truth is, asparagus can be delicious regardless of how thick it is. More important is how fresh the asparagus is. That's where the flavor is. Freshly-harvested...

  • Borrowing a lesson from barbecue for a better grilled cheese

    Updated: Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    For me, a grilled cheese sandwich is just pure comfort. And truth is, even a bad grilled cheese is satisfying. But a great grilled cheese will change your day for the better. Most of us have childhood memories of our perfect grilled cheese. Mine is the classic sandwich dished up at my...

  • Braided Easter egg bread is a showstopper on holiday tables

    By Teresa J. Farney teresa.farney@gazette.com -
    Updated: Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    This year, why not make a special bread to celebrate Easter? In Christian nations around the world, you'll find sweet breads specially made for the holiday, laden with their own unique symbolism. Some equate the rising of bread to Jesus rising from the grave. Kathy Anderson, who...

  • Colorado Springs area cooking classes and events starting March 25, 2015

    By Carlotta Olson -
    Published: Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    WHAT'S COOKING CLASSES ONGOING Adam's Mountain Café - 934 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs. Registration: 685-4370. - Thai, 6 p.m. Monday, $45. - Lebanese, 6 p.m. April 6, $45. Black Bear Bourbon Bar - 10375 Ute Pass Ave., Green Mountain Falls; 684-9648,...

  • Ten fresh ideas for dressing up a basic bowl of oatmeal

    By Alison Ladman The Associated Press -
    Updated: Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    Oatmeal is the vanilla ice cream of the breakfast world. Some of us like it plain, appreciating its clean, oaty flavor, its firm yet giving texture, the way it cloyingly stays in your mouth a second longer than you think it should. And then there is the rest of humanity, those folks...

  • SudSisters: More craft brewers say 'no' to bottles because they can-can-can

    BY STEPHANIE EARLS stephanie.earls@gazette.com -
    Updated: Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    As comebacks go, Hollywood's got nothing on the beer can. The American Can Co.'s revolutionary invention, filled with 12 ounces of beer from the Gottfreid Krueger Brewing Co. of Newark, N.J., went on sale in Richmond, Va., 80 years ago. Within six months, Pabst Brewing Co. was...

  • Carrot cake - a classic Easter dessert recast as breakfast

    By Alison Ladman The Associated Press -
    Updated: Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    This Easter, we've decided you can have cake for breakfast. After all, it is a holiday that's loaded with treats, so why not embrace the sweeter side of every meal? We took the flavors of a classic carrot cake - golden raisins, grated carrots, chopped walnuts and brown sugar - and...

  • Save Easter ham for sandwiches; do a duo of ducks instead

    By Alison Ladman The Associated Press -
    Updated: Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    Perhaps this will be the year you break out of your ham rut. Not that there's anything wrong with ham. It's only that as a main course at Easter, it tends to be kind of ... meh. How about trying something new, such as this duo of roasted ducks? The process is the same as roasting any...

  • A light, vibrant chilled soup fit for spring, Easter dinner

    By Alison Ladman The Associated Press -By Alison Ladman The Associated Press -
    Updated: Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    Soup can be an unusual choice for a spring dinner. We're supposed to be celebrating light, bright flavors and a return of fresh produce. Heavy and hearty are out of place. Except that spring soups can be bright, light and a delicious blend of fresh - rather than long-simmered -...

  • Asparagus? Meh! This Easter give me bacon, eggs and potatoes

    By J.M. HIRSCH The Associated Press -
    Updated: Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    The classic foods of Easter dinner never have done much for me. Sure, a honey-glazed ham is nice. But the rest of the meal tends to go downhill. Now, Easter brunch is another matter. Hot cross buns and hash brown potatoes and muffins and coffee cakes and eggs of all manner ... now...

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