• 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...

  • Colorado Springs area beer related events starting March 25, 2015

    Published: Wed, Mar 25, 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 people, first-come,...

  • A fresh take on the classic Easter ham - with a fresh ham

    By ELIZABETH KARMEL The Associated Press -
    Updated: Mon, Mar 23, 2015

    When I think of spring menus, I instantly think of asparagus and the fresh ham that my grandmother made every Easter. The pork was studded with cloves and slathered with brown sugar and mustard before roasting. And it made the entire house smell amazing. But these days, I tend to do...

  • This Easter, master perfectly creamy scalloped potatoes

    By SARA MOULTON The Associated Press -
    Updated: Mon, Mar 23, 2015

    With Easter on its way, my mind has turned to scalloped potatoes, always a big hit at a holiday feast. And really, what's not to love? We're talking about sliced potatoes baked in a cream sauce, then topped with cheese or crumbs or both! Still, it takes some care to ensure that the...

  • Eat Well: Colorado CSA programs help farmers during lean times

    By teresa farney teresa.farney@gazette.com -
    Updated: Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    Have you done anything to acknowledge National Nutrition Month? While thinking about nutrition shouldn't start or end in March, this is a good time to turn your attention to the season of fresh produce that's about to begin. Farmers markets are familiar stops when gathering...

  • Potent, healthy condiments deliver big flavor, few calories

    By MELISSA D'ARABIAN The Associated Press -
    Published: Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    When I was growing up, my family celebrated both Jewish and Christian holidays. One of my favorites was Passover. Perhaps it was the Hebrew singing that made it special. Or maybe it was the rich meaning behind the foods that were made. One food I remember more than any other - the...

  • Celery root: It's not pretty, but it's pretty tasty in slaw

    Updated: Mon, Mar 23, 2015

    It wasn't until I lived in France that I fully appreciated how underused celeriac — also called celery root — is here in the US. In France, this knobby root cousin of the celery we are more familiar with is used in soups, as a puree, raw in salads, as well as in a typical French...

  • Companies tap into Vermont's large maple potential

    Updated: Sat, Mar 21, 2015

    ISLAND POND, Vt. (AP) — Already, Vermont is maple syrup capital of the U.S., with production traditionally being a side business for farmers. Could a large-scale operation, tapping into thousands of acres of maple trees in a remote northeastern part of the state, be as sweet? This...

  • Ohio cheesemaker's Swiss wheel wins national cheese contest

    Updated: Sat, Mar 21, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) — An Ohio cheesemaker won the United States Championship Cheese with a 200-pound Swiss wheel. Guggisberg Cheese in Millersburg, Ohio, beat out 1,892 entries from 28 states. Out of a possible 100 points, the Swiss wheel scored 98.496 in the final round of judging...

  • Fundraiser launched to help Colorado Springs school district buy local beef after price hikes

    By DEBBIE KELLEY debbie.kelley@gazette.com -
    Updated: Fri, Mar 20, 2015

    Rising beef prices and new government regulations led to a tough decision for one of the region's leading advocates for locally sourced food. And, now, a fundraising drive has launched to try to reverse the course. Rick Hughes, director of food and nutrition services for Colorado...