• Wine Guy: Rich style of California cabernet stands out

    By Rich Mauro Special to The Gazette -
    Updated: Wed, Apr 29, 2015

    Every winemaker says "wine is made in the vineyard." They talk about terroir and expression, but ultimately those factors are influenced by decisions made in the cellar. Whether they admit it, winemakers generally try to achieve a certain style. California cabernet sauvignon is a...

  • Looks like a banana, but eats like a potato! It's a plantain

    Updated: Wed, Apr 29, 2015

    My 16-month-old daughter has started identifying her favorite fruit, joyfully crying "ba-TA-ta!" as soon as she spies the cheery yellow fruit in our produce basket. She repeats its name in the hopes that I'll work my mummy magic on the banana, snap the peel open and reveal that sweet,...

  • Colorado Springs area cooking classes and events starting April 29, 2015

    By Carlotta Olson -
    Published: Wed, Apr 29, 2015

    WHAT'S COOKING CLASSES ONGOING Black Bear Bourbon Bar - 10375 Ute Pass Ave., Green Mountain Falls; 684-9648, 964-2990, chefmatthews@aol.com. - Basic Bourbon Training, 8-10 p.m. Fridays. Cost is minimal and varies. The Cañon City Queen Anne...

  • Making a speedy dinner out of a slow-braised bird

    By J.M. HIRSCH The Associated Press -
    Updated: Tue, Apr 28, 2015

    We don't often think of braising as a weeknight-friendly approach to dinner. After all, anything that cooks low and slow would seem to be no go for a workday. But I've found the opposite. Turns out a hands-off braise is perfect for those evenings when I can't be in the kitchen...

  • Cocktails go sky high as airline spirits options take off

    By MICHELLE LOCKE The Associated Press -
    Published: Wed, Apr 29, 2015

    Flying, at least for non-millionaires, has gotten grimmer and squashier in recent years. But there is at least one bright spot; things are looking up on the drinks cart. "You can actually get a decent drink," says Anthony Caporale, director of beverage studies at the Institute of...

  • Second Ruffrano's Hell's Kitchen Pizza to open, this time in south Colorado Springs

    Teresa Farney
    Updated: Tue, Apr 28, 2015

    The owner of Ruffrano's Hell's Kitchen Pizza in Manitou Springs is opening a second location in the former The Front Pizza Wine and More, 1670 E. Cheyenne Mountain Blvd. (west of the Target store). A peek in the door revealed a Ruffrano's Hell's Kitchen Pizza sign and red faux flames...

  • Tater Tots appealing to hipsters and home cooks

    By MICHELLE LOCKE The Associated Press -
    Published: Tue, Apr 28, 2015

    Tater Tots have come a long way from your school lunch tray. The comfort (and kid) food staple, which celebrated its 60th anniversary last year, has been making it big on the bar scene, showing up as a crispy snack recently everywhere from neighborhood holes-in-the-wall to upscale...

  • If your mom fancies something fancy, consider a tea party

    Updated: Tue, Apr 28, 2015

    Some moms want a spa day. Some moms crave chocolate. And some moms just want a little fancy pampering. If your mom falls into that last category, consider throwing her a tea party this Mother's Day. And it's so much easier than it sounds. Brew up some of her favorite teas. Purchase...

  • Feeling peckish for pesto? Don't limit yourself to basil!

    By MELISSA D'ARABIAN The Associated Press -
    Published: Tue, Apr 28, 2015

    Fresh herbs are one of nature's better low-cal flavor sources. And as the weather warms, we'll transition from buying herbs in cute little clamshells costing a couple of bucks each to scooping large bunches of soft-leaved herbs into our carts for pennies on the dollar. Or perhaps you...

  • Sneaking some healthy, green fats into morning muffin treats

    Updated: Mon, Apr 27, 2015

    For me, this has been the year of the avocado. In addition to using them in all the usual suspects — guacamole, cobb salads and club sandwiches — my family also has been smashing them up on toast (try topping them with tomato slices, prosciutto, a drizzle of olive and a sprinkle of...

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