<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - life >> food]]> http://gazette.com/rss/life/food Sat, 29 Apr 2017 13:32:11 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[On Food: Colorado Springs has a new culinary school]]> http://gazette.com/on-food-colorado-springs-has-a-new-culinary-school/article/1601747?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/on-food-colorado-springs-has-a-new-culinary-school/article/1601747?custom_click=rss

I had the pleasure of being a student at the inaugural cooking class of Colorado Springs Culinary Enthusiasts, a new business owned by Chuck Frazier and Jodi Woodruff. The home-based school is located at 6005 Twin Rock Court in the Erindale Heights area. Their large, open kitchen will be the setting of future demonstrations and hands-on food preparation classes. Frazier and Woodruff developed a business plan for their culinary school after completing an externship at Till Kitchen. Till's executive chef Gerardo Castro had recruited the two to complete the externship before they graduated from the Napa Valley Cooking School in Helena, Calif. Once in Colorado Springs, they decided to stay.



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Thu, 27 Apr 2017 11:36:43 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs coffee shop is where to find a traditional Cuban sandwich]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-coffee-shop-is-where-to-find-a-traditional-cuban-sandwich/article/1601750?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-coffee-shop-is-where-to-find-a-traditional-cuban-sandwich/article/1601750?custom_click=rss

Thought you knew what a Cuban sandwich, or cubano, was? Just a ham, cheese and shredded pork combo, right? With just those ingredients in mind, you might get a little confused if you order the sandwich at some Colorado Springs eateries.

Urban Steam has "the Castro," which stacks an 8-ounce beef burger, ham, pulled pork and Swiss cheese - topped with tomato, border slaw and sweet pickle - on a ciabatta bun spread with Dijon mustard and spicy barbecue sauce. The "Little Piggy Sliders" are made with pulled pork, ham, spicy barbecue sauce, pepperjack cheese, pickles and green chilies.

Order a Cuban sandwich at Coquette's Bistro and you'll get roasted pork butt, ham, Swiss cheese, topped with Dijon mustard and pickles, on a



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Wed, 26 Apr 2017 11:20:19 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs area cooking classes and events starting April 26, 2017]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-cooking-classes-and-events-starting-april-26-2017/article/1601813?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-cooking-classes-and-events-starting-april-26-2017/article/1601813?custom_click=rss WHAT'S COOKING

CLASSES

ONGOING

The Seasoned Chef - 999 Jasmine St., Suite 100, Denver. Registration: 1-303-377-3222, theseasonedchef.com. - Exploring the Five Tastes, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Thursday, $79. - Couples Class: California Seafood, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Friday, $180. - Young Chefs Class: A Trip Through the Mediterranean, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Saturday, $79. - Basic Skills Every Cook Should Know, 6-9:30 p.m. May 3 and 10, $165.

EVENTS

THURSDAY

Graziano Winemaker Dinner - 6:30 p.m., The Margarita at PineCreek, 7350 Pine Creek Drive., $70 plus tax and gratuity. Reservations: 598-8667.

SATURDAY

2017 Culinary Passport - To benefit ACF Pikes Peak Chefs Endowment Fund, 6-9 p.m., St. Paul's Church,

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]]> Wed, 26 Apr 2017 04:40:02 -0600 <![CDATA[Time to rescue that boring 'salad with chicken']]> http://gazette.com/time-to-rescue-that-boring-salad-with-chicken/article/1601749?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/time-to-rescue-that-boring-salad-with-chicken/article/1601749?custom_click=rss

I typically think of salad with chicken as a workhorse of the healthful culinary world.

It reliably gets the job done and can be good, but it is rarely memorable or inspiring. Truthfully, it can be a boring fallback. I suppose I should have had higher expectations when I ordered one at Fume in Napa Valley several months ago. The place was recommended by a culinary-pro local friend, and I was in a mecca of good food and wine. Still, I was taken aback by how compelling that salad was. The thought of it stuck in my mind so long I had to come up with my own version.

What makes this salad so special is its variety of tastes, colors and textures, which makes each forkful a bit different, so eating it feels like a constant

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]]> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 09:10:03 -0600 <![CDATA[Texas doughnut chain expanding into Colorado Springs with as many as four locations]]> http://gazette.com/texas-doughnut-chain-expanding-into-colorado-springs-with-as-many-as-four-locations/article/1601536?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/texas-doughnut-chain-expanding-into-colorado-springs-with-as-many-as-four-locations/article/1601536?custom_click=rss

Shipley Do-Nuts, a popular family-owned chain based in Texas, is coming to Colorado Springs as soon as this year or in 2018.

The company said this week that 58 franchised locations are planned around Colorado, starting in Denver this year.

Shipley, founded in 1936 and now headed by a third-generation member of the company's namesake family, has more than 280 franchise locations in Texas, Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee.

Colorado franchisee Carpo Colorado, part of Texas-based Carpo Restaurant Enterprises that operates locations of Jersey Mike's subs and Bush's Chicken, will head development of Shipley Do-Nuts around the state, said Scott Mellon, Carpo's president.



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Mon, 24 Apr 2017 11:18:36 -0600
<![CDATA[Pikes Pick: Get a free taste of Dog Haus Saturday]]> http://gazette.com/pikes-pick-get-a-free-taste-of-dog-haus-saturday/article/1601546?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/pikes-pick-get-a-free-taste-of-dog-haus-saturday/article/1601546?custom_click=rss

There's a new place to satisfy your howling for dogs: Dog Haus at 162 Tracker Drive. Be part of the pack for a free one from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. April 22. There's a full menu of gourmet dogs, sausages, burgers, corn dogs, sides, beer, and shakes. Seven signature hot dog options are made with all beef tubes served on grilled King's Hawaiian rolls. Think Sooo Cali, with wild arugula, tomato, crispy onions, spicy basil aioli and avocado; Downtown Dog, featuring a smoked bacon wrapped dog topped with caramelized onions, pickled bell peppers, mayo, mustard and ketchup; and Cowboy, with white American cheese, smoked bacon, barbecue sauce and crispy onions.



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Fri, 21 Apr 2017 16:49:17 -0600
<![CDATA[With its fried chicken and mud walls, Juniper Valley Ranch remains timeless in Colorado Springs hills]]> http://gazette.com/with-its-fried-chicken-and-mud-walls-juniper-valley-ranch-remains-timeless-in-colorado-springs-hills/article/1601121?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/with-its-fried-chicken-and-mud-walls-juniper-valley-ranch-remains-timeless-in-colorado-springs-hills/article/1601121?custom_click=rss

The dream is of the open land, the hills of piñon and juniper, the neighing of horses under the sky blushing in spring's evening glow - and the red mud hut at the center of it all.

It has come to Olivia Dickey as she's been away from her country home south of Colorado Springs for the first time, working the past five months as a student teacher in Spokane, Wash. She's learned how absence makes the heart grow fonder.

She often recalls a quote from Mother Teresa. "It's about finding peace," Dickey says. "'Go home and love your family.'"

She's back home for Easter, the busiest day of the year in the mud hut that is Juniper Valley Ranch Restaurant, famed for the family-style fried chicken dinners that haven't changed since



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Fri, 21 Apr 2017 13:42:35 -0600
<![CDATA[Wine Guy: Affordable white Burgundy does exist]]> http://gazette.com/wine-guy-affordable-white-burgundy-does-exist/article/1601232?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/wine-guy-affordable-white-burgundy-does-exist/article/1601232?custom_click=rss

I wrote in a recent column on affordable Bordeaux, "(A)s these wines (the top Bordeaux) have reached icon status, their prices have followed into the hundreds and even thousands of dollars - per bottle. Still, it is possible to find good, affordable Bordeaux." Just change Bordeaux to Burgundy.

The most famous Burgundies (those of the Côte d'Or) have become out of reach for most wine drinkers but it is still possible to find good Burgundy at reasonable prices, if you know where to look. This column centers specifically on white Burgundy - the wines are 100 percent chardonnay as Burgundy is the birthplace of chardonnay.

A longtime favorite of mine is Mâcon-Villages.

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]]> Wed, 19 Apr 2017 05:00:01 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs area cooking classes and events starting April 19, 2017]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-cooking-classes-and-events-starting-april-19-2017/article/1601342?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-cooking-classes-and-events-starting-april-19-2017/article/1601342?custom_click=rss WHAT'S COOKING

CLASSES

ONGOING

The Cooks Marketplace - 4697 Centennial Blvd. Registration: 960-4414, thecooksmarketplace.com. - Ladies Night Out, 6-8 p.m. Saturday, $35.

The Seasoned Chef - 999 Jasmine St., Suite 100, Denver. Registration: 1-303-377-3222, theseasonedchef.com. - French Bistro Classics, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Thursday, $79. - Couples Class: Happy Hour Bites, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Friday, $160. - Plan Ahead: Making On-the-Move Food, Saturday, call for times, $79.

EVENTS

THURSDAY

Chef Showcase - To benefit Rocky Mountain Health Care Services, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Antlers hotel, 4 S. Cascade Ave., $50. Reservations: tinyurl.com/hrcpdsd.

FRIDAY

Beer Dinner - 5:30

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]]> Wed, 19 Apr 2017 05:00:01 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs culinary schools offer kids cooking camps and classes]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-culinary-schools-offer-kids-cooking-camps-and-classes/article/1601226?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-culinary-schools-offer-kids-cooking-camps-and-classes/article/1601226?custom_click=rss

If there's one thing I've learned from judging junior chef competitions, it's that kids are crazy about cooking. And with summer right around the corner, some forward-thinking local culinary businesses have an idea for how those kids could be spending their time: in cooking camps.

Cooking camps can help them hone their skills and create some good eating habits. Several are planned this summer, geared to various ages and teaching about a wide variety of foods. Here's what we found:

Colorado Springs Culinary Enthusiasts

This is a newly opened cooking school, owned by Chuck Frazier and Jodi Woodruff, that offers a wide variety of classes - taught by either them or guest chefs - for kids on up to adults.



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Tue, 18 Apr 2017 10:59:42 -0600
<![CDATA[Six foods to eat for a mood boost]]> http://gazette.com/six-foods-to-eat-for-a-mood-boost/article/1601228?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/six-foods-to-eat-for-a-mood-boost/article/1601228?custom_click=rss If you've ever found bliss in a bite of chocolate or smiled when someone offered you a french fry, then you know food can make you happy. But while it's true your favorite treat may give you a brief emotional lift, sustained mood-boosting brain power can only come from a consistent supply of nutritious foods.

Recognizing the difference between a jolt of cookie-fueled joy and the positive effects of long-term nutrition for brain health is important. Researchers are taking a closer look at how food can impact your mood and future cognitive function, and they are finding that what you eat does make a difference.

There's a mountain of evidence to show that the well-researched Mediterranean diet can help reduce the risk of heart



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Mon, 17 Apr 2017 13:08:42 -0600
<![CDATA[Quick to make, fun to eat: Why Chinese lettuce wraps will never go out of style]]> http://gazette.com/quick-to-make-fun-to-eat-why-chinese-lettuce-wraps-will-never-go-out-of-style/article/1601229?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/quick-to-make-fun-to-eat-why-chinese-lettuce-wraps-will-never-go-out-of-style/article/1601229?custom_click=rss

Here's a meal that works for a household full of folks on different schedules.

Stir-fry the ginger-and-garlic-flavored mushrooms and ground pork whenever you've got a quorum for dinner.

It has a minimal amount of heat from small red chilies and a bit of piquancy from the combination of Chinese rice cooking wine and soy sauce. (Portions for young or timid eaters can be done without the chilies, of course.)

The mixture goes into crisp leaves of small-head lettuce and gets a last-minute helping of crunchy scallions; spoon in what the appetite demands.

Similar dishes at Chinese-style restaurants often goop up the mixture or make it too sweet; this one's got a nice savory balance.



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Mon, 17 Apr 2017 13:00:10 -0600
<![CDATA[Even when this Italian soup doesn't go as planned, it's still good]]> http://gazette.com/even-when-this-italian-soup-doesnt-go-as-planned-its-still-good/article/1601227?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/even-when-this-italian-soup-doesnt-go-as-planned-its-still-good/article/1601227?custom_click=rss

It takes only five or six ingredients to make this Italian egg drop soup called stracciatella, but technique is key.

You must blend - not whisk - the peppery egg and Parm mixture so the yolks and whites marry well without becoming frothy. Then, you must stir the heated, spinachy broth as you pour in the mixture; the whirl of liquid should lengthen the eggy additions into tender strands that cook almost on contact.If the broth is too hot or the eggs are overbeaten, you could wind up with a milky-looking brew and more chunky bits of egg white.

It might be easier to execute those silky strands if they were only beaten egg, but then the cheese would clump on its own or largely melt from view.

Serve with warm, crusty bread.



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Mon, 17 Apr 2017 13:00:03 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs area cooking classes and events starting April 12, 2017]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-cooking-classes-and-events-starting-april-12-2017/article/1600864?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-cooking-classes-and-events-starting-april-12-2017/article/1600864?custom_click=rss 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 Tea House - 813 Macon Ave., Cañon City. Registration: 275-5354. - Ethnic, German or Italian, 2 p.m. Saturday, call for cost.

Colorado Springs Senior Center - 1514 N. Hancock Ave. Registration: 955-3400, csseniorcenter.com. - Delicious Low-Carb Cooking, 2:30-4:30 p.m. Tuesday, $15.

The French Kitchen - Call for location and cost. Registration: 694-4016, tfkcc.com. - Quiches, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The Seasoned Chef - 999 Jasmine St., Suite 100, Denver.



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Wed, 12 Apr 2017 09:20:40 -0600
<![CDATA[The fried American sandwich that's a little bit French]]> http://gazette.com/the-fried-american-sandwich-thats-a-little-bit-french/article/1600722?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-fried-american-sandwich-thats-a-little-bit-french/article/1600722?custom_click=rss

If the French croque monsieur and the American grilled cheese had a child, it would be the Monte Cristo: a sandwich filled with cheese and sliced meat, battered and often deep-fried. The retro dish pops up now and then at diners, taverns and such chains as the Cheesecake Factory.

According to the Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America, the sandwich was first mentioned in 1923, in an American restaurant industry publication. While its origin story and the source of the name are unknown, historians generally agree that the dish comes from California. Despite its murky beginnings, the hefty sandwich continues to be popular.

1. Bread: According to a recipe in the 1949 "Brown Derby Cookbook," three slices of white bread

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