• A soup suitable for a picnic? Cue the mango gazpacho please

    Updated: Mon, May 18, 2015

    My daughter, Valentine, fell in love with mango the second she had her first bite of the creamy orange flesh when she was 2, and she dutifully repeated back the name of this wonderful fruit. In fact, she loved mango so much that she started to use the word "mango" as a descriptor to...

  • Picnics aren't just sandwiches and chips! Think dessert, too

    Updated: Mon, May 18, 2015

    When it comes to packing a picnic, the savory items are easy. Sandwiches and wraps. Potato and pasta salads. Chips and dips. It's all very transportable and all very easy to eat while perched on a blanket in the grass. But dessert can prove less obvious. Sure, you could do cookies....

  • Clams in cream sauce _ A welcoming taste of beach season

    Updated: Thu, May 14, 2015

    Maybe it's because they remind me of the ocean, and the ocean reminds me of the beach, and the beach reminds me of summer... But as it gets warmer, I find myself hankering for shellfish. So to help get you in the mood for beach season, here's a simple and weeknight-friendly version of...

  • Mastering the fine art of a deceptively simple tossed salad

    Updated: Thu, May 14, 2015

    Summer time is salad time. When it's hot out and the garden is bountiful, everyone's in the mood for a light and refreshing entree salad. And what could be easier? You just toss together a bunch of lettuce with some cooked protein, add an excellent dressing, and boom! You're done. Or...

  • Colorado Springs on verge of getting a year-round local food market

    By Teresa J. Farney teresa.farney@gazette.com -
    Updated: Wed, May 13, 2015

    No sooner do bulbs start popping through mulch than gardeners start chomping at the bit to plant veggies. And the soon-to-be-open farmers markets have locavores - those who want to only eat food produced in a small radius of their home, say 50 miles - particularly excited. But what...

  • On Food: Fava beans make delicious soup and cashew nuts just got tastier

    By Teresa J. Farney teresa.farney@gazette.com -
    Updated: Wed, May 13, 2015

    I always can count on my friend Kim Jones to provide the easiest and best-tasting recipes. She and her husband moved away from the area a few years ago, but I saw them on a recent whirlwind road trip. She didn't let me down. At their home in Fort Worth, Texas, she served up rosemary...

  • Wine Guy: Argentina's malbec an increasingly popular choice

    By Rich Mauro Special to The Gazette -
    Updated: Wed, May 13, 2015

    Wine has been made in Argentina at least as long as, and probably longer than, it has in the U.S., but it's only in the past 10 years or so that Argentinian wine has emerged in the U.S. market. More and more people who used to order a merlot or cabernet sauvignon now are enticed to...

  • Judge not by smell alone the awesomeness that is fish sauce

    Updated: Wed, May 13, 2015

    I'm pretty sure that if I let you sniff some fish sauce, it would be pretty hard to convince you to cook with it. No, the potent, nigh-on acrid scent is not this beloved sauce's most seductive asset. And funnily enough, it's not even its flavor (at least not on its own) that would win...

  • Domino's to roll out tweet-a-pizza

    USA Today
    Updated: Wed, May 13, 2015

    Ordering a pizza is about to get as simple as a tweet. Beginning May 20, Domino's, the pizza delivery behemoth, will roll out a "tweet-to-order" system that lets U.S. customers tweet for pizza, according to USA Today. Domino's will become the first major player in the restaurant...

  • Beauty in the beast? No. But chefs say maybe in the veg

    Updated: Wed, May 13, 2015

    April Bloomfield is a wizard with a pig's ear and a lover of kidneys, trotters and all the so-called "nasty bits" that animals have to offer. What many people don't know is that she also has a mean way with a carrot. "I'm really passionate about vegetables," says Bloomfield, a...

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