• No need to hit the drive-thru for this seasonal minty shake

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    I'm ashamed to admit this, for I am no fan of fast food, but I've always had a soft spot for McDonald's shakes. It doesn't matter that I know what's in them. It doesn't matter that I understand how bad for me they are. It doesn't matter that I know I can make far better shakes at home...

  • Be a champ on St. Patrick's Day with buttery scallion champ


    With St. Patrick's Day looming, let's whip up some champ, a rich and rustic Irish dish of mashed potatoes flecked with scallions and topped with butter. It couldn't be simpler, but as always, the devil is in the details. Let's start with a champ primer. The dish is a relative of the...

  • Give in to the pressure! Pressure cooking is safe and easy

    Updated: Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    It's one of the most pervasive of culinary cliches — the exploding pressure cooker. And thanks to it, all manner of otherwise adept home cooks fearfully retreat from this kitchen workhorse. Except that it's a fear justified only if you are using a pressure cooker manufactured decades...

  • SudSisters: Storybook Brewing champions beer, books in Colorado Springs

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

    With beer names such as Java Dragon Porter, Roasted Ogre and Gnomish Beer Goggles, Storybook Brewing seems like a natural for the Ren-fest circuit. It could have been Kilhaven, the name owner and brewer Pete Kilman initially favored for his brewery, which opened in November in...

  • Whiskey for St. Patrick's Day? Sure, even if it is bourbon

    Updated: Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    Here's a cocktail in honor of St. Patrick's Day. But you're going to have to cut me some slack. Why? Because I know what you're expecting. Any cocktail for this holiday should include either Guinness beer or Irish whiskey, right? Logically, that makes sense. But my whiskey of choice...

  • Ten fresh ways to use Brussels sprouts

    By ALISON LADMAN The Associated Press -
    Updated: Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    Not so long ago there really was only one way to eat Brussels sprouts. It involved boiling the sprouts into oblivion. Once they were reduced to near mush, you'd mound them on your plate, maybe add some butter and salt. You'd then gag down a few bites on the premise that they were...

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

    Published: Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    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. Colorado Springs Senior Center - 1514 N. Hancock Ave....

  • Colorado Springs area beer related events starting Feb. 25, 2015

    By Carlotta Olson -
    Updated: Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    BREW CALENDAR Mondays Brewers Day Off - Home and commercial brewers receive 30 percent off and qualify for a $50 Old West Home Brew Supply gift certificate, 5-8 p.m., Green Man Taproom and Beer Garden, 320 S. Weber St.; 237-2711, drink@greenmantaps.com. Mondays-Sundays Great...

  • New York City cookbook author perfects small batch soup recipes

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

    A new cookbook is taking soup recipes where others haven't gone: scaling them back to create mini servings for feeding smaller households. An empty nest served as the inspiration for Joanna Pruess' latest cookbook, "Soup for Two - Small-Batch Recipes for One, Two or a Few." "I love...

  • Fresh take on Irish stew with lamb, Guinness and soda bread

    Updated: Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    Chicken and dumplings is a wonderfully simple, deliciously comforting dish — a thick, meaty stew bubbling away beneath a patchwork of moist, pillowy dumplings. So we decided to channel that comfort for a dish suited for St. Patrick's Day. Taking inspiration from classic Irish...