• Getting evenly roasted Brussels sprouts is all about space

    Updated: Thu, Mar 19, 2015

    With Passover looming, I thought it might be nice to suggest a side dish — roasted Brussels sprouts — to complement the feast's traditional items. Brussels sprouts are the tiniest member of the cabbage family. And I'll confess that I used to hate them. In the old days they were not...

  • Table Talk: Colorado Springs Chefs at Pikes Peak Food & Wine Expo win prizes and bragging rights

    By teresa farney teresa.farney@gazette.com -
    Updated: Thu, Mar 19, 2015

    On Sunday, Broadmoor Hall at The Broadmoor was filled with more than 800 people who enjoyed food, wine and spirits from about 80 local restaurants and suppliers at the Pikes Peak Food & Wine Expo. Two big attractions were the chef-media teams, who prepared an appetizer and an...

  • Getting to know the deliciously darker side of cardamom

    Updated: Wed, Mar 18, 2015

    If delicate green cardamom pods are the queen of spices, black cardamom might be Maleficent. Like the Disney character, the spice is shrouded in a black shell, wrinkled and gnarled, intimidating at first glance and even at first sniff. Unlike green cardamom's sweet perfume of flowers,...

  • An Easter meringue inspired coconut cake and coconut cream

    By ALISON LADMAN The Associated Press -
    Updated: Wed, Mar 18, 2015

    It's just not Easter without some sort of coconut dessert, whether it's a classic Southern coconut cake or a creamy coconut chocolate egg. So this year we decided to take our inspiration from both of those to create a fresh, yet still familiar dessert. We liked the idea of a classic...

  • On Food: Sriracha giving fire to other food products

    By teresa j. farney teresa.farney@gazette.com -
    Updated: Wed, Mar 18, 2015

    Sriracha, also known as "rooster sauce," continues to shine as the newest trendy ingredient. Last year, the spicy Asian sauce popped up frequently on menus, even making an appearance at Subway as an ingredient in Fiery Footlongs, the chain's nod to "The Hunger Games." It was just a...

  • Kraft recalls 6.5 million boxes of mac and cheese

    Associated Press
    Updated: Wed, Mar 18, 2015

    NEW YORK — Kraft Foods is recalling about 6.5 million boxes cases of original flavor Kraft Macaroni & Cheese because some of the boxes contain small pieces of metal. The boxes have "best when used by" dates ranging from Sept. 18, 2015 through Oct. 11, 2015 and are marked with the...

  • Wine Guy: On a budget? Seek out affordable, everyday wines

    By Rich Mauro Special to The Gazette -
    Updated: Wed, Mar 18, 2015

    I often hear from readers who say I don't write enough about affordable, everyday wines. Typically described in magazines as "good values," it generally refers to wines that deliver good quality for $20 or less. But I know many wish that meant $10 or less. Well, inflation is a reality...

  • Getting to know Belgian endive

    Published: Wed, Mar 18, 2015

    BELGIAN ENDIVE GRATIN - Yield: 4 servings

  • Colorado Springs area cooking classes and events starting March 18, 2015

    Published: Wed, Mar 18, 2015

    WHAT'S COOKING CLASSES ONGOING Adam's Mountain Café - 934 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs. Registration: 685-4370. - Thai, 6 p.m. March 30, $45. Black Bear Bourbon Bar - 10375 Ute Pass Ave., Green Mountain Falls; 684-9648, 964-2990, chefmatthews@aol.com. -...

  • Learning how to get pasta right when trying to get it al dente

    By SARA MOULTON The Associated Press -
    Published: Wed, Mar 18, 2015

    What's the one ingredient you always should have in the cupboard? Dried pasta, of course. It's the base of so many easy-to-make weeknight meals and the friendly playmate of even more ingredients, including leftovers. Pasta comes in all sizes and shapes. Pastas in long strands -...

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