<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - life >> food]]> http://gazette.com/rss/life/food Tue, 20 Mar 2018 03:38:13 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Protein-packed waffles a morning energy kick-starter]]> http://gazette.com/protein-packed-waffles-a-morning-energy-kick-starter/article/1622948?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/protein-packed-waffles-a-morning-energy-kick-starter/article/1622948?custom_click=rss

After a bout with the flu zapped my appetite for eggs, I have been on a relentless search for an energy-packed morning kick-starter.

I tried nut butters on toast (too many calories), oatmeal (boring), yogurt (too fatty if full fat, too sugary if low-fat), power drinks (too much fuss) and cereal (back to boring).

Then I heard about Kodiak Cakes' Buttermilk Power Cakes Flapjack & Waffle Mix, with 14 grams of protein, and decided to give them a try.

I went with the waffle option, and now I'm almost as hooked on a couple of wedges of these waffles as I was on my over-easy egg of the past. They're delicious and filling.

The serving size is based on a half-cup of batter, or three 4-inch flapjacks, and equals 190

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Mon, 19 Mar 2018 17:15:15 -0600
<![CDATA[This fish is crumby - and we like it that way]]> http://gazette.com/this-fish-is-crumby-and-we-like-it-that-way/article/1622947?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/this-fish-is-crumby-and-we-like-it-that-way/article/1622947?custom_click=rss

This dish reminds me of home. It's similar to one my mother had in regular rotation when I was a kid. She would roll flounder fillets (often fish my dad had caught off the Long Island coast) with breadcrumbs and butter, then sprinkle them with lemon juice and bake them.

It also happens to be one of my daughter's favorites and a weeknight go-to in our home. I put my own stamp on it, mostly to make the breadcrumbs as crispy as possible (because, really, who can resist crispy breadcrumbs?) and with an eye on optimizing the dish's healthfulness.

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Mon, 19 Mar 2018 17:15:05 -0600
<![CDATA[Unlock the sweet side of cabbage without opening any windows]]> http://gazette.com/unlock-the-sweet-side-of-cabbage-without-opening-any-windows/article/1622945?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/unlock-the-sweet-side-of-cabbage-without-opening-any-windows/article/1622945?custom_click=rss

I have unfortunate childhood memories of cabbage and cabbage soup. When I was a kid, my mother's boiled cabbage would send me running from the house - from the smell. Later, she and at least one of my older sisters spent many unhappy months on the then-trendy cabbage soup diet, complaining with every bite.

But I've come to love the vegetable in adulthood, thanks to my discovery of other ways to cook it (or not). My favorite still is to grill it in "steaks" until charred.

I've even come around to cabbage soup. Alana Chernila has a great method in her new book, "Eating From the Ground Up.

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]]> Mon, 19 Mar 2018 17:10:05 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs area cooking classes and events starting March 14, 2018]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-cooking-classes-and-events-starting-march-14-2018/article/1622638?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-cooking-classes-and-events-starting-march-14-2018/article/1622638?custom_click=rss Cooking classes, tastings and other culinary events in and around Colorado Springs.

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Wed, 14 Mar 2018 08:32:15 -0600
<![CDATA[The heart races - for chocolate. Here are five quick-fix ways to enjoy it.]]> http://gazette.com/the-heart-races-for-chocolate.-here-are-five-quick-fix-ways-to-enjoy-it./article/1622634?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-heart-races-for-chocolate.-here-are-five-quick-fix-ways-to-enjoy-it./article/1622634?custom_click=rss

Given the choice between a box of chocolates, however beautifully rendered, and a warm and shiny batch of chocolate baked or swirled on the stovetop, I'll go with the latter every time. The recipes here won't take much time or effort to put together, and offer options for everyone - as long as they like chocolate.

Even if you don't, these might change your mind.

The dark chocolate and raspberry brownie tarts, with the juicy fruit tucked in, represent an easy upgrade to fabulous. Instead of standard squares, they're baked in individual tart pans or small pie pans, although muffin-top pans can work in a pinch.

The seven-minute vegan chocolate sauce has the perfect consistency for dipping and spreading. Its flavor is

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Wed, 14 Mar 2018 08:30:45 -0600
<![CDATA[Yes, you really do need two types of measuring cups]]> http://gazette.com/yes-you-really-do-need-two-types-of-measuring-cups/article/1622530?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/yes-you-really-do-need-two-types-of-measuring-cups/article/1622530?custom_click=rss

I get it. Kitchens are small and budgets smaller. It would be easy to say a measuring cup is a measuring cup is a measuring cup. Is it really necessary to have separate equipment for dry and wet ingredients?

Sorry, I'm not going to let you Marie Kondo your way out of this one.

You should have dry measuring cups, and you should have liquid measuring cups.

I knew I had to stage an intervention to enforce this bit of kitchen wisdom after spending years watching my mom doubled over the counter awkwardly trying to reach in and level off flour in a Pyrex liquid measuring cup. I went to the kitchen store and bought her a much nicer set of dry measuring cups than even I owned.

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Wed, 14 Mar 2018 08:30:15 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs cooking school offers chocolate workshop to hone truffle-making skills]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-cooking-school-offers-chocolate-workshop-to-hone-truffle-making-skills/article/1622529?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-cooking-school-offers-chocolate-workshop-to-hone-truffle-making-skills/article/1622529?custom_click=rss

Ever wonder what tempering chocolate is all about? Or why you need to do it? Know what polycarbonate candy molds and acetate sheets are? If you're staring blankly at the page, the answers await at two Artisan Chocolate Workshops offered by Colorado Springs Culinary Enthusiasts.

This home-based school, owned by Chuck Frazier and Jodi Halas Woodruff, will hold the workshops April 7 and 8, taught by Woodruff's longtime mentor, Jaxon Stallard, a Boston-based culinary instructor.

Stallard's and Woodruff's lives intersected at Stallard's cooking school in Park City, Utah. She was teaching year-round interactive classes and workshops, and Woodruff attended several.

Stallard's interest in food and cooking took her on an

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Wed, 14 Mar 2018 08:29:39 -0600
<![CDATA[Roasting a chicken is as easy as putting a baking sheet in the oven]]> http://gazette.com/roasting-a-chicken-is-as-easy-as-putting-a-baking-sheet-in-the-oven/article/1622528?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/roasting-a-chicken-is-as-easy-as-putting-a-baking-sheet-in-the-oven/article/1622528?custom_click=rss

Learn to roast a whole chicken, and you'll eat well for life. And if you're anything like Prince Harry, it might help you get engaged, too.

A roast chicken can be an impressive centerpiece for dinner, and you can use the meat to make many other dishes, whether enchiladas, chicken salad or pot pies. Plus, the bones are ideal for broth, and if your chicken comes with a giblet packet of the liver, gizzard and such, make stock or gravy.

Just as important: Roasting a chicken is not that hard.

You can scour the internet or cookbooks and find way too many complicated or intimidating strategies. Brining. Flipping. Stovetop and then oven. Spatchcocking. I didn't want any of it. I wanted to roast a chicken, simply.

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Wed, 14 Mar 2018 08:28:55 -0600
<![CDATA[St. Patrick's Day will soon be here. Colorado Springs Irish have a few party tips]]> http://gazette.com/st.-patricks-day-will-soon-be-here.-colorado-springs-irish-have-a-few-party-tips/article/1622138?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/st.-patricks-day-will-soon-be-here.-colorado-springs-irish-have-a-few-party-tips/article/1622138?custom_click=rss

If you had a name like Sean Fitzgerald and owned a bar called The Wobbly Olive, you might plan a hearty party with plenty of Irish food and special cocktails for St. Patrick's Day. But Fitzgerald is so passionate about the holiday, he usually holds a weeklong party at his bar.

"St. Patrick's Day is a good excuse to drink," he said. "For us Irishmen, this is like our Mardi Gras. Our carnival. And it's absolutely about the food."

This year, though, the party will be slightly modified due to construction obligations at his sister restaurant, Wobbly Olive West.

"I want to give the chefs a break," he said. "They are training for opening the new place (Wobbly Olive West) and getting ready to roll out new menus here and at our

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Sat, 10 Mar 2018 19:49:46 -0700
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs area cooking classes and events starting March 7, 2018]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-cooking-classes-and-events-starting-march-7-2018/article/1622141?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-cooking-classes-and-events-starting-march-7-2018/article/1622141?custom_click=rss CLASSES


Cocina Corazón - Various locations. Registration: 661-3030, cocinacorazon.com/events. - Mexican Salsas, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, $55.

Colorado Springs Culinary Enthusiasts 2018 Culinary Kid's Program - 6005 Twin Rock Court. Registration: coloradospringsculinaryenthusiasts.com. - Artisan Bread, Focaccia, 4-5:30 p.m. Thursday, $50.

The Cooks Marketplace - 4697 Centennial Blvd. Registration: 960-4414, thecooksmarketplace.com. - Eat Your Veggie - Burgers, 6-8 p.m. Thursday, $65. - Pressure Cooker Adaptions, 6-8 p.m. Friday, $65. - National Ranch Dressing Day, 1-2 p.m. Saturday, free, no registration required. - Knifes Skills, 6-8 p.m. Saturday, $45. - Vintage Recipes & Cookery Series, 6-8 p.m.

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]]> Wed, 07 Mar 2018 06:15:02 -0700 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs elementary school kids compete in district cooking contest]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-elementary-school-kids-compete-in-district-cooking-contest/article/1622137?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-elementary-school-kids-compete-in-district-cooking-contest/article/1622137?custom_click=rss

We gave you a tip last year to get youths to eat healthy: Let them create recipes to enter in a cooking contest.

And more than 150 District 20 students did. They entered the annual Sodexo Future Chef's Challenge for the chance to win an array of culinary gadgets and the opportunity to represent the district in the regional contest. The Sodexo food-service company staged the contest again in February, challenging youths to create a healthy, Asian-fusion dish, and 175 aspiring junior chefs jumped at the chance.

The entries were narrowed to 10, each of whom brought their ingredients to one of 10 cooking stations set up by dietitian Kate Fowler, director of school food and nutrition, and her staff.

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Tue, 06 Mar 2018 07:40:39 -0700
<![CDATA[Cocido Madrileño: A deeply comforting and beloved stew from Madrid]]> http://gazette.com/cocido-madrileo-a-deeply-comforting-and-beloved-stew-from-madrid/article/1622140?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/cocido-madrileo-a-deeply-comforting-and-beloved-stew-from-madrid/article/1622140?custom_click=rss

You're probably familiar with Spanish paella and tapas. Now meet cocido Madrileño, a beloved stew from Madrid. A small bite this is not. "In Spain, we normally eat it at 2 p.m., drink wine and take a nap," says David Sierra, chef at the Capitol Hill restaurant Joselito Casa de Comidas. His recipe, based on the one his mother made every Sunday, takes two days to prepare and is served only on Thursdays during winter. (It's tradition that restaurants serve it on Thursdays in Spain, says Sierra, because according to legend, that is the day that King Alfonso XIII would go out to eat the cocido.)

While most of the dish's components are cooked in one pot, custom calls for it to be served in three courses (called "tres vuelcos").

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]]> Mon, 05 Mar 2018 16:05:36 -0700 <![CDATA[Wine Guy: Affordable, everyday bordeaux values]]> http://gazette.com/wine-guy-affordable-everyday-bordeaux-values/article/1622139?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/wine-guy-affordable-everyday-bordeaux-values/article/1622139?custom_click=rss

As recent wine industry reports show blended wines gaining popularity, I wonder how much of that is Bordeaux. I suspect little. And I suspect that is largely because of price.

When I first got interested in wine, I could afford even top Bordeaux on occasion. The famous château of the Left Bank (of the Gironde estuary) communes of Margaux, Paillac, St. Estephe, St. Julien and Graves - plus the Right Bank communes of St. Emilion and Pomeraol - get most of the attention. But their prices are beyond what most can afford.

Bordeaux values do exist, though. Wines from the Left Bank, particularly those carrying the Cru Bourgeois label, offer admirable quality for significantly lower prices. Here are three Cru Bourgeois to serve as

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]]> Mon, 05 Mar 2018 16:05:35 -0700 <![CDATA[This breakfast for dinner has the best diner moves]]> http://gazette.com/this-breakfast-for-dinner-has-the-best-diner-moves/article/1622136?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/this-breakfast-for-dinner-has-the-best-diner-moves/article/1622136?custom_click=rss

Sometimes it's fun to swerve from the typical evening-meal lineup toward breakfast for dinner. And by breakfast, I don't mean Froot Loops - but a hearty, diner-style meal.

This recipe touches all the bases. It has crisped potato pancakes, with your choice of grated root vegetables mixed in (beets will turn the pancakes pink) and a smoky protein, here in the form of salmon, but Canadian bacon could stand in.

As for the eggs, I prefer to fry them because I love the way the yolk breaks on top of each pancake, forming a yummy sauce. If you're worried about how to fry eight eggs quickly and efficiently, recruit - maybe one of the kids - to break an egg into a small bowl. Then you can slip it into the pan while your partner breaks

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