• A light, vibrant chilled soup fit for spring, Easter dinner

    Updated: Tue, Mar 10, 2015

    Soup can be an unusual choice for a spring dinner. We're supposed to be celebrating light, bright flavors and a return of fresh produce. Heavy and hearty are out of place. Except that spring soups can be bright, light and a delicious blend of fresh — rather than long-simmered —...

  • Save Easter ham for sandwiches; do a duo of ducks instead

    Updated: Tue, Mar 10, 2015

    Perhaps this will be the year you break out of your ham rut. Not that there's anything wrong with a spiral-cut-honey-roasted-maple-slathered-pineapple-adorned ham. It's just that as main courses at an Easter feast go, they tend to be kind of... Meh. Truth is, the best part of a...

  • Eat Well: Go green with kale for St. Paddy's Day

    By teresa j. farney teresa.farney@gazette.com -
    Updated: Tue, Mar 10, 2015

    Looking for a way to keep it green while putting some health into your St. Paddy's Day? Then "Hail kale!" says JL Fields, Colorado Springs author of the just-released "Vegan Pressure Cooking" and a vegan cook, coach and consultant. "Kale is so versatile. You can use it in green...

  • Getting to know Belgian endive with the help of cheese

    By MELISSA D'ARABIAN The Associated Press -
    Published: Tue, Mar 10, 2015

    Fresh-faced, yet utterly jet-lagged. That's how I arrived in France the first time. And that's how I was introduced to Belgian endive. Madame Gabillet was hosting me for my college semester abroad and she welcomed me right off the plane into her chilly, dark home. Dinner was waiting,...

  • Dressing up spring asparagus with an easy brown butter sauce

    Updated: Mon, Mar 9, 2015

    Remember the days when you knew spring was coming by the arrival of asparagus at the grocer? These days, fresh asparagus is available almost all year. But still, my heart leaps with joy the first moment I see asparagus for less than $3 a pound. Then it is officially spring! When...

  • Carrot cake _ a classic Easter dessert recast as breakfast

    Updated: Mon, Mar 9, 2015

    This Easter, we've decided you can have cake for breakfast. After all, it is a holiday that's already loaded with treats, so why not embrace the sweeter side of every meal. We took all the flavors of a classic carrot cake — golden raisins, grated carrots, chopped walnuts and brown...

  • Drive-thru review: Domino's Smart Slices - A great idea that should be available to all

    By Ken Hoffman King Features Syndicate -
    Updated: Mon, Mar 9, 2015

    This week, I reached out - for the first time - for something that you cannot get. And that's sad. Because this should be available to everybody, especially families with kids. It's Smart Slices from Domino's - a special lower-fat, lower-calorie, higher-fiber and higher-protein...

  • Fruit and vegetable farmers join to increase political clout

    Associated Press
    Updated: Sun, Mar 8, 2015

    GRAND JUNCTION — The Colorado Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association has increased its political clout by joining forces with an influential lobbying group. The Colorado association was founded in 2014 as a state trade association focused on issues facing fruit and vegetable...

  • Food processor turns falafel into an easy weeknight meal

    Updated: Fri, Mar 6, 2015

    Falafel is one of those easy weeknight meals I rarely think to make, but when I do I feel like a dolt for not doing it more often. That's because falafel — pan-fried patties made from chickpeas, onions and a mess of delicious seasonings — are healthy, speedy and versatile. They can be...

  • Learn to love a long, slow braise to make tough meat awesome

    Updated: Thu, Mar 5, 2015

    How do you transform a tough, less expensive cut of meat into something tender and delicious? You braise it! Braising is a wonderful and basic cooking technique that uses a slow, wet heat in a covered pot. It's great for cuts such as chuck, flank, brisket, rump and round. In fact,...