• A flank steak Frito pie fit for feeding a summer crowd

    Updated: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    This is one of those recipes that feels a little trashy, but it's so good you won't care. In case you haven't heard of it, Frito pie is a thing. It happens to be particularly popular in the South and Southwest, but there's no reason the rest of the country can't dig in. The most basic...

  • Colorado Springs chef turns mountain fine dining eatery into a distillery offering smoked meats

    By teresa farney teresa.farney@gazette.com -
    Updated: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    Victor Matthews is never at a loss of ideas for starting new projects or repurposing old concepts. Such is the case for his new Black Bear Distillery (repurposing) and Big Daddy's BBQ (new). His Black Bear Restaurant, 10375 Ute Pass Ave., Green Mountain Falls, was closed March 17,...

  • Soft-shell crabs have a narrow window of delicious. Seize it

    Updated: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    The first time I tasted soft-shell crabs I was as a little girl attending the 1964 New York World's Fair. Looking back, I don't know where I found the courage. Not only wasn't I a fan of seafood or shellfish, but this weird new item looked like a giant spider. Let's say, then, that I...

  • Pikes Pub: Blue moon the perfect occasion to celebrate with a beer

    BY TOM ROEDER tom.roeder@gazette.com -
    Updated: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    If you only drink once in a blue moon, Friday is your day. July 31 brings the second full moon of the month, a phenomenon called a blue moon. That happens about once every three years. The timing is perfect for Golden's Blue Moon Brewing Co. They're planning to celebrate the...

  • One-at-a-time cocktails kill a summer party. Think pitchers!

    Updated: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    A summer party is no time for mixing individual cocktails. That's what's called a buzzkill. Warm weather festivities demand easy food and even easier drinks. And we've got you covered. We suggest starting with six baking sheets. Cover each with tortilla chips. Now start piling on...

  • The flavors of ceviche and shrimp cocktail, together at last

    Updated: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    Growing up North Carolina where seafood is plentiful, I tended to take shrimp in summer for granted. It — and all seafood, for that matter — was just a delicious part of life. And even though I moved away, I've never lost my taste for summer seafood, particularly shrimp. It is one of...

  • Colorado Springs area cooking classes and events starting July 29, 2015

    By Carlotta Olson -
    Published: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    WHAT'S COOKING CLASSES ONGOING The Cañon City Queen Anne Tea House - 813 Macon Ave., Cañon City. Registration: 275-5354. - Homemade Dressings and Salads, 2 p.m. Aug. 8, $40. Colorado Springs Senior Center - 1514 N. Hancock Ave. Registration: 387-6000, csseniorcenter.com. - Low-Carb...

  • Colorado Springs area beer related events starting July 29,2015

    By Carlotta Olson -
    Published: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    BREW CALENDAR Mondays-Sundays Great Divide Brewing Co. Tap Room Tours - 3 p.m., 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 2 p.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m., 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sunday, Great Divide Brewing Co., 2201 Arapahoe St., Denver, free. Limited to 25...

  • Don't let corn be a summer sideshow. Grill it for a salad!

    By ELIZABETH KARMEL The Associated Press -
    Updated: Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    The two most common side dishes at a barbecue are coleslaw and potato salad. But as much as I love those, I firmly believe it's time for corn salad to take its rightful place at the picnic table. Corn is summer's chameleon. It can take on a sweet and delicate personality when eaten...

  • Quesadillas make quick meal of heap of veggies, or leftovers

    Updated: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    Weeknight cooks love the versatility and ease of quesadillas. Construction is simple — two flour tortillas sandwiched around a bunch of fillings, then skillet toasted — and they can be made with just about any ingredients you have on hand. In fact, quesadillas are a great way to use...

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