• Wine-braised short ribs prove worth of slow cooker

    By ELIZABETH KARMEL The Associated Press -
    Updated: Mon, Apr 6, 2015

    It was a strange confession to make, but I felt I had to fess up. A friend who once ran a large recipe-based website recently was explaining to me that slow cooker recipes are wildly more popular online than conventional recipes. This shocked me. And I had to be honest with her... Not...

  • A cauliflower soup so rich you won't believe it's so simple

    By J.M. HIRSCH The Associated Press
    Published: Wed, Apr 8, 2015

    It's easy to overthink things in the kitchen. It's easy to fall into the trap of assuming that flavor needs a whole lot of labor. Or at least a long ingredient list. I certainly was of that misguided mindset when I recently prepared dinner for friends. As I considered and discarded...

  • Combine edamame, walnuts for savory vegan taco "meat"

    By MELISSA D'ARABIAN The Associated Press -
    Updated: Tue, Apr 7, 2015

    For my daughter's 10th birthday, I took 15 giggling girls to dinner at a Japanese steakhouse. If you've been to a teppanyaki restaurant, you know the chefs put on a spectacle for the diners, cooking the meal tableside on giant griddles - spinning knives, tossing utensils, drumming out...

  • Healthy way to get the wilted spinach salad out of the '70s

    Updated: Mon, Apr 6, 2015

    Remember the warm spinach salad? That hot bacon dressing, crumbles of blue cheese, crunchy nuts and those canned orange slices, all mounded over a bed of slightly wilted spinach? I have fond memories of those now pretty dated creations. My aunt used to take me to the mall restaurant...

  • A sweet-and-sour dish that will have you ditching take-out

    Updated: Fri, Apr 3, 2015

    There is just something disgustingly delicious about sweet-and-sour chicken, that deep-fried, sugar-slathered staple of Asian take-out. That cloying sauce, that crispy-fried breading, those sweet morsels of warm pineapple... No matter how bad I know it is for me — and how badly...

  • Dining review: Welcome return for Phantom Canyon

    By Robin Intemann, robin.intemann@gazette.com -
    Updated: Thu, Apr 2, 2015

    Even though Phantom Canyon Brewing Co.'s doors were only closed for a short time, when it reopened it didn't take long to reclaim its popularity for dining and social gathering. The three-month remodel wasn't as extensive as I expected. The place got a fresh coat of paint, new...

  • DIY cheese? Yup. Homemade paneer is an easy, fun project

    Updated: Thu, Apr 2, 2015

    Saag paneer is a delicious and toothsome South Asian dish consisting of cubes of fresh cheese (that's the paneer) combined with greens (that's the saag) in a creamy sauce. The first time I made paneer was in the test kitchen at Gourmet magazine. I just about did a happy dance around...

  • Hello, Sriracha bacon; now where's that Sriracha ice cream?

    By teresa farney teresa.farney@gazette.com -
    Updated: Wed, Apr 1, 2015

    At the end of a recent column on Sriracha - the increasingly popular go-to sauce for spicing up foods - I posed two questions: "Can Sriracha ice cream be far behind?" and "Sriracha bacon anyone?" I was only half-kidding, but it turns out that readers who are fans of this "rooster...

  • Colorado Springs area cooking classes and events starting April 1, 2015

    By Carlotta Olson -
    Updated: Wed, Apr 1, 2015

    WHAT'S COOKING CLASSES ONGOING Adam's Mountain Café - 934 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs. Registration: 685-4370. - Lebanese, 6 p.m. Monday, $45. - Italian, 6 p.m. April 20, $45. Black Bear Bourbon Bar - 10375 Ute Pass Ave., Green Mountain Falls; 684-9648, 964-2990,...

  • Borrowing a lesson from barbecue for a better grilled cheese

    By ELIZABETH KARMEL The Associated Press -by Eliabeth Karmel The Associated Press -
    Updated: Wed, Apr 1, 2015

    For me, a grilled cheese sandwich is pure comfort. Truth is, even a bad grilled cheese is satisfying. But a great grilled cheese will change your day for the better. Most of us have childhood memories of our perfect grilled cheese. Mine is the classic sandwich dished up at my local...

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