<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - life >> food]]> http://gazette.com/rss/life/food Thu, 25 Aug 2016 10:57:46 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Pike's Pub: When ordering a beer flight, ask bartender for guidance on which to sample first]]> http://gazette.com/pikes-pub-when-ordering-a-beer-flight-ask-bartender-for-guidance-on-which-to-sample-first/article/1583476?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/pikes-pub-when-ordering-a-beer-flight-ask-bartender-for-guidance-on-which-to-sample-first/article/1583476?custom_click=rss

You step into a new brewery and order a flight of beer - a handful of samples, each a few ounces and each a different style.

The question is: Which do you try first?

The answer is complicated.

Properly attacking a flight is key to noticing every beer's flavor and to ensuring that no brews overpower the next in line. Try the wrong beer first and you could ruin your palate for each ensuing sample.

"For each individual, they might not want to go through the effort of doing all that, but I think it's going to help them enjoy the experience better," said Taylor Donner, assistant brewer of soon-to-be-opened Cerberus Brewing Co., 702 W. Colorado Ave.

Misconceptions abound on the correct order to try beers, and I've



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Wed, 24 Aug 2016 12:51:11 -0600
<![CDATA[Corn on the cob gets flavor boost (2 recipes to impress)]]> http://gazette.com/corn-on-the-cob-gets-flavor-boost-2-recipes-to-impress/article/1583475?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/corn-on-the-cob-gets-flavor-boost-2-recipes-to-impress/article/1583475?custom_click=rss

With the eagerly anticipated corn season in full swing, farmers markets and stores shelves are full, and locals are in full swoon. If all you've ever done is boil corn the old-fashioned way, we offer today some inspiration to think outside the husks.

First, let's talk about finding a good ear of sweet corn. Unless you grow your own, you'll get the best-tasting selection at a farmers market. Sweet corn is so tender it must be picked by hand. Most of the corn you see in grocery stores is mechanically harvested, so it is a less sweet variety. Plus, even when it comes from our state, you don't know how long the corn has been in transport - and the longer the corn is kept after being picked, the less sugary sweetness it will have.



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Wed, 24 Aug 2016 12:33:15 -0600
<![CDATA[Carrot and quinoa mini-muffins are great snacks or breakfast]]> http://gazette.com/carrot-and-quinoa-mini-muffins-are-great-snacks-or-breakfast/article/feed/389376?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/carrot-and-quinoa-mini-muffins-are-great-snacks-or-breakfast/article/feed/389376?custom_click=rss

The reason cupcakes took the baking world by storm a few years ago is because, in short, they are awesome. A sweet little package of moist, crumby goodness topped with a dollop of creamy, fatty frosting — I understand my four daughter's (and America's) obsession.

For the healthy eater, cupcakes might seem like a non-starter; completely off the table. Except, my 10-year-old daughter, Charlotte, did something very wise that changed everything for me last year.

At someone else's party, she chose a mini-cupcake over a regular-sized cupcake, which frankly puzzled me, given the "more-is-more" tendency normally driving my children's sugary-treat decisions. Her reason? Because it was "cuter." To her, tiny was darling, and that made

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]]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 08:58:37 -0600 <![CDATA[Taking green bean salad up a notch]]> http://gazette.com/taking-green-bean-salad-up-a-notch/article/1583474?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/taking-green-bean-salad-up-a-notch/article/1583474?custom_click=rss

Green beans can be, well, I'll say it, boring.

They are one of the more accessible and affordable vegetables on the market, and one of the easier to prepare, but too often they bring to mind the word "meh."

But green beans can lend themselves to so many kinds of preparations and seasonings that there are lots of reasons to make the effort to take them to another level. They can be roasted, steamed, boiled and sauteed, or served at room temperature in a salad.

Here they are paired with bright, tangy clementines and salty feta, then lifted another notch with minced shallots and fresh thyme leaves.

If you don't have coarse Dijon, you can use regular, though I like the extra texture that the coarse variety gives to

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]]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 04:30:04 -0600 <![CDATA[Summer squash makes flavorful 'pasta' dish]]> http://gazette.com/summer-squash-makes-flavorful-pasta-dish/article/1583561?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/summer-squash-makes-flavorful-pasta-dish/article/1583561?custom_click=rss

Summer squash reproduces so energetically that calling it prolific is understating the case. Still, why not take advantage of its bounty?

Here I slice the squash into long ribbons and employ it as "pasta." Use a mandoline (be sure to use the guard that comes with it), although a Y-shaped peeler also will work. The resulting "pasta" is more flavorful and less caloric than pasta itself.

I coat the sliced squash with a creamy sauce based on low-fat cream cheese, sometimes called Neufchatel, which is lower in fat and calories than full-fat cream cheese and also lighter in texture.

Summer squash is so tender and delicate that it's easily overcooked and turned into mush. The goal is to cook it so that it retains a bit of

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]]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 04:30:03 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs area beer related events starting Aug. 24, 2016]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-beer-related-events-starting-aug.-24-2016/article/1583560?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-beer-related-events-starting-aug.-24-2016/article/1583560?custom_click=rss BREW CALENDAR

Tuesdays

Tuesday Night Karma Hour - One dollar per pint sold will be donated to a local charity, 5-9 p.m., Bristol Brewing Co., 1604 S. Cascade Ave. Go online for host charity; bristolbrewing.com.

Beer & Bass - Brewer/DJ DiggyV spins Liquid Drum & Bass, 7-10 p.m., Triple S Brewing Co., 318 E. Colorado Ave.; triplesbrewing.com.

Tuesdays-SUNDAYS

Free Tours - Storybook Brewing, 3121 A N. El Paso St. Reservations: facebook.com/storybookbrewing.

First Tuesdays

Yappy Hour - Hosted by Camp Bow Wow, 5-7 p.m., Pikes Peak Brewing Co., 1756 Lake Woodmoor Drive, Monument. Anyone bringing a dog to the dog-friendly patio receives $1 off beer; 632-9247,

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]]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 04:30:02 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs grocers carrying new, spiced-up yogurt flavors]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-grocers-carrying-new-spiced-up-yogurt-flavors/article/1583462?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-grocers-carrying-new-spiced-up-yogurt-flavors/article/1583462?custom_click=rss

I've made no secret of the fact that Noosa is one of my favorite brands of yogurt. And one of the things that sets apart the Colorado-based company is its creativity when it comes to flavors.

I gushed over blackberry serrano in January when it hit the shelves exclusively in Colorado. The thick, creamy top layer covering the chunky fruit layer was spicy, with a distinct serrano chili flavor. The combo was perfection.

But wait - there is more perfection! I recently tried several new Noosa flavors: raspberry habanero, pineapple jalapeño, mango sweet chili and Mexican chocolate. And I am giving them all an enthusiastic two thumbs up.

I must confess: I was skeptical about the pineapple- flavored yogurt.



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Tue, 23 Aug 2016 09:15:29 -0600
<![CDATA[COOKING ON DEADLINE: Thai Green Pork Curry]]> http://gazette.com/cooking-on-deadline-thai-green-pork-curry/article/feed/388836?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/cooking-on-deadline-thai-green-pork-curry/article/feed/388836?custom_click=rss

The scent of Thai curry cooking is very possibly one of the greatest kitchen smells ever.

Ingredients like lemongrass, chilies, garlic, ginger, coconut milk, and spices like coriander and cumin all mingle together to create a heady perfume that pulls people to the table.

There are as many versions of Thai curry as there are provinces of the country — perhaps as many as there are Thai cooks. Thailand is at the center of Southeast Asia, and its cooking has influenced and been influenced by the cuisines of many countries, from India to China.

While making your own curry paste is an interesting and rewarding experience, opening a jar of Thai curry paste is by far the easiest solution for a weeknight dinner. It's available

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]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 05:53:32 -0600 <![CDATA[Lemon juice makes a chicken and potato bake into a breeze]]> http://gazette.com/lemon-juice-makes-a-chicken-and-potato-bake-into-a-breeze/article/1583463?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/lemon-juice-makes-a-chicken-and-potato-bake-into-a-breeze/article/1583463?custom_click=rss

Autumn might be the official season of the one-pot wonder. Kids are back in school, the office water cooler gets crowded as we trickle back from summer vacations, and suddenly dinnertime feels like more of a time squeeze.

Busy lives need quick meals that don't require a ton of prep, wild ingredients or lots of dishes. The last thing I want to see after a long day of work, kids' activities and homework checking is a counter loaded with dishes.

Baked dinners are a classic weeknight solution, but how to make one that is healthy, flavorful and easy? This basic chicken and potato bake is so simple you might breeze right past the recipe.

The trick is lots of lemon juice. Half a cup sounds like a bunch, but it's what makes the

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]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 04:10:09 -0600 <![CDATA[Mexican grilled corn produces quite a statement]]> http://gazette.com/mexican-grilled-corn-produces-quite-a-statement/article/1583411?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/mexican-grilled-corn-produces-quite-a-statement/article/1583411?custom_click=rss

There is nothing better than an ear of steamed or grilled fresh corn in late summer.

Except for maybe this Mexican grilled corn.

A bold statement? Well, I'm not planning to give up on plain old corn on the cob anytime soon. But I am planning, for the remaining corn months of the year, to alternate unadorned cooked ears of corn with these embellished ears from day to day, week to week, until the air gets nippy and the leaves turn yellow and drop from the trees.

And then I will think about fresh corn for 10 months.

But first, Mexican grilled corn, known as elotes: In Mexico, you can buy this from street vendors much as you can get a hot dog or soft pretzel in the U.S.

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]]> Mon, 22 Aug 2016 10:50:01 -0600 <![CDATA[Use orange juice to tame the heat in spicy shrimp dish]]> http://gazette.com/use-orange-juice-to-tame-the-heat-in-spicy-shrimp-dish/article/feed/388458?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/use-orange-juice-to-tame-the-heat-in-spicy-shrimp-dish/article/feed/388458?custom_click=rss

Have you ever whipped up a spicy dish — chili, for example — and realized when it's too late that you somehow overdid it and added way too much of the hot stuff? Happily, there are two very simple ways to restore some equilibrium: adding dairy and/or sugar. It's a balancing act performed all over the world. The Indians serve their vindaloo with yogurt. Mexicans tamp down the heat of their habaneros with crema or sour cream. Here in the U.S., we use sugar to counteract the heat in our barbecue sauce (although we then tend to overdo it in the other direction and make it too sweet).

So, how to tame the heat in this spicy shrimp? I went with sugar in the form of fresh orange juice, boiled down until it's concentrated, which then be

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]]> Mon, 22 Aug 2016 08:09:43 -0600 <![CDATA[Pikes Pub: Considering a blended beer? Colorado Springs brewer has a few tips]]> http://gazette.com/pikes-pub-considering-a-blended-beer-colorado-springs-brewer-has-a-few-tips/article/1582375?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/pikes-pub-considering-a-blended-beer-colorado-springs-brewer-has-a-few-tips/article/1582375?custom_click=rss

Few would argue that craft beer can't stand on its own, especially here in the Pikes Peak region.

If you're a lover of libation with the time to investigate the area's more than two dozen (and counting) brewing establishments, we promise you'll find something to suit.

But if you can't? Well, don't let the menu stop you. Consider a cocktail - a craft beer cocktail.

"Some people like to blend beers," said Steve Stowell, certified cicerone and owner of Triple S Brewing Co. in Colorado Springs. "We have 10 beers on tap, so if you did 10 factorial ... that's a lot of combinations of beers."

Spirits, too, can goose up a brew. At Triple S, the cocktail menu has several options that pair liquor and suds.



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Fri, 19 Aug 2016 17:04:50 -0600
<![CDATA[Grilled skirt steak gets a kick from salsa, black beans]]> http://gazette.com/grilled-skirt-steak-gets-a-kick-from-salsa-black-beans/article/feed/387182?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/grilled-skirt-steak-gets-a-kick-from-salsa-black-beans/article/feed/387182?custom_click=rss

If you ask a chef what his or her favorite steak is, chances are the answer will be rich, beefy skirt steak.

Skirt steak is often associated with Tex-Mex tacos and fajitas, but I grill it year 'round and pair it with everything. It is prized for its flavor, but must be cut against the grain of the meat or it is hard to chew. Many people marinate the skirt steak, but I like to grill it over a medium high heat, about 550 degrees, seasoned with nothing but olive oil and kosher salt so that I taste all of the natural beef flavor.

Each cow has two skirts steaks — the inside and the outside, which is the most flavorful. Most grocery stores simply label their skirt steak, "skirt" but if you can find a butcher who offers both, be

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]]> Thu, 18 Aug 2016 13:40:17 -0600 <![CDATA[Lemon juice makes a chicken and potato bake into a breeze]]> http://gazette.com/lemon-juice-makes-a-chicken-and-potato-bake-into-a-breeze/article/feed/386591?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/lemon-juice-makes-a-chicken-and-potato-bake-into-a-breeze/article/feed/386591?custom_click=rss

Autumn might be the official season of the one-pot wonder. Kids are back in school, the office watercooler gets crowded as we trickle back from summer vacations, and suddenly dinnertime feels like more of a time-squeeze.

Busy lives need quick meals that don't require a ton of prep, crazy ingredients or lots of dishes because the last thing I want to do after a long day of work, kids activities and homework-checking is a counter loaded up with dishes.

Baked dinners are a classic weeknight solution, but how to make one that is healthy, flavorful, and easy? This basic chicken and potato bake is so simple, you might breeze right past the recipe.

But the trick is: lots of lemon juice.

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]]> Wed, 17 Aug 2016 09:47:33 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs area cooking classes and events starting Aug. 17, 2016]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-cooking-classes-and-events-starting-aug.-17-2016/article/1582981?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-cooking-classes-and-events-starting-aug.-17-2016/article/1582981?custom_click=rss WHAT'S COOKING

CLASSES

ONGOING

The Seasoned Chef - 999 Jasmine St., Suite 100, Denver. Registration: 1-303-377-3222, theseasonedchef.com. - Cooking the Paleo Way: Eat More Fish, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Thursday, $79. - Couples Class: Magical Marrakesh, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Friday, $79. - Sushi and Tepanyaki Grill, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturday, $79. - Baking at 5280, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Tuesday, $69.

EVENTS

SATURDAY

Pasta in the Park - To benefit TESSA, 5:30 p.m., Myron Stratton Home, Colorado 115, $120. Advance tickets: tessacs.org.

SUNDAY

Clam Jam VIII - 3:30 p.m., The Margarita at Pine Creek, 7350 Pine Creek Drive, $60. Reservations: 598-8667.

TUESDAY

Rivetto Wine

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]]> Wed, 17 Aug 2016 04:40:02 -0600 <![CDATA[A Brazilian casserole ideal for the Olympics]]> http://gazette.com/a-brazilian-casserole-ideal-for-the-olympics/article/1582887?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/a-brazilian-casserole-ideal-for-the-olympics/article/1582887?custom_click=rss

As the world remains focused on the host country of the Olympics, I'm reminded of a trip I took to Brazil 20 years ago with my friend, chef and cookbook author Christopher Idone. He was so enamored of Brazilian food that he wrote a wonderful cookbook, "Brazil: A Cook's Tour," for which I was the editor.

We traveled through Sao Paulo, Rio and Bahia, and all the recipes over which we had pored on manuscript pages were suddenly there in real life, red with dende oil, crunchy with manioc flour, aromatic with coconut milk. There were rich Feijoadas, creamy Tutu a Mineira, hot and cheesy Pao de Queijo.

Brazil's combination of Indian, African and European (mainly Portuguese) cultures is visible in the ingredients, techniques and

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]]> Wed, 17 Aug 2016 04:40:02 -0600 <![CDATA[On Food: Culinary finds abound at Food & Wine Classic in Aspen]]> http://gazette.com/on-food-culinary-finds-abound-at-food-wine-classic-in-aspen/article/1582885?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/on-food-culinary-finds-abound-at-food-wine-classic-in-aspen/article/1582885?custom_click=rss

For a foodie, the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen is like Christmas in June. This is where you get an inside peek at new trends in cuisine, learn tips for finding the best sippers and brush shoulders with chef rock stars.

It's the ultimate food trade show.

Here are some of my takeaways from this summer's biggest national culinary event.

A new-to-me food that caught my eye was a Hinoka Kabu turnip, which was served during a cooking demonstration titled "A Celebration of Champagne & New England" given by Lexus, a car manufacturing company sponsor.

The chef cut the turnip on a mandolin, resulting in paper-thin slices. He tossed them in a red wine and bone marrow vinaigrette.

The turnip tastes more like a mild

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]]> Wed, 17 Aug 2016 04:40:02 -0600 <![CDATA[Wine Guy: Crisp, fresh Mediterranean whites perfect for summer]]> http://gazette.com/wine-guy-crisp-fresh-mediterranean-whites-perfect-for-summer/article/1582884?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/wine-guy-crisp-fresh-mediterranean-whites-perfect-for-summer/article/1582884?custom_click=rss

As hot as it has been lately, one would be forgiven for thinking we somehow have been transported to the Mediterranean. Except, instead of ocean views, we have mountain views. Still, we can enjoy crisp, refreshing white wines from Mediterranean countries.

Italy, Spain and Portugal are all countries best known for their reds, but their whites can be ideal choices for summer. Enticing aromatics, vibrant fruit, lighter wines come with the added interest of being mostly from indigenous grapes.

Pinot Grigio is Italy's best-known "Bianco," and many of the best come from the Alto Adige in the northeast. My favorite was the 2013 Tramin "Unterebner" ($24), a surprisingly complex single vineyard wine of lemon, cashew and caramel.

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]]> Wed, 17 Aug 2016 04:40:02 -0600 <![CDATA[The surefire process for a balanced smoothie is literally bananas]]> http://gazette.com/the-surefire-process-for-a-balanced-smoothie-is-literally-bananas/article/1582886?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-surefire-process-for-a-balanced-smoothie-is-literally-bananas/article/1582886?custom_click=rss

Whipping up a smoothie can be one of the easier paths to a tasty, healthful breakfast or snack, but it is also remarkably easy to make one that lacks both of those qualities.

If the proportions are off, a smoothie can wind up thin, bland or overly sweet and laden with sugary calories - not the thick, creamy, refreshingly fruity, sustaining fuel you crave. My surefire strategy for ensuring the latter is threefold: Incorporate chunks of very ripe frozen banana; use milk as the primary liquid (adding just enough to get the ingredients blending smoothly); and include nuts, nut butter and/or seeds.

The frozen banana provides a thick frothiness, filling fiber and enough sweetness so you don't need added sugar.

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]]> Wed, 17 Aug 2016 04:35:02 -0600 <![CDATA[COOKING ON DEADLINE: peak season for Mexican Grilled Corn]]> http://gazette.com/cooking-on-deadline-peak-season-for-mexican-grilled-corn/article/feed/386056?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/cooking-on-deadline-peak-season-for-mexican-grilled-corn/article/feed/386056?custom_click=rss

There is nothing better than an ear of simply steamed or grilled fresh corn in the late summer.

Except for this Mexican Grilled Corn.

A bold statement? Well, I'm not planning to give up on plain old corn on the cob any time soon. But I am planning, for the remaining corn months of the year (that's a real thing, you know, the corn months), to alternate unadorned cooked ears of corn with these embellished ears from day to day, week to week, until the air gets nippy and the leaves turn orange and drop from the trees.

And then I will just think about fresh corn for the next 10 months.

But first, Mexican Grilled Corn, known as elotes: In Mexico, you can buy this from street vendors much as you can get a hot dog or soft

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]]> Tue, 16 Aug 2016 08:36:41 -0600 <![CDATA[For healthy, forgiving cooking, try a foil pack in the oven]]> http://gazette.com/for-healthy-forgiving-cooking-try-a-foil-pack-in-the-oven/article/1582870?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/for-healthy-forgiving-cooking-try-a-foil-pack-in-the-oven/article/1582870?custom_click=rss

Kids are heading back to school, which means we are teetering between the lazy days of summer and the impending promise of cool air, long sleeves and the desire to fire down the grill and turn on the oven.

This is the perfect time to talk about one of my favorite shoulder-season cooking strategies: the foil pack. Place thinly sliced vegetables with a little marinade or vinaigrette (store-bought will work) in a sheet of heavy-duty aluminum foil and fold shut into a packet, pinching the edges. This handy setup will be equally delicious whether cooked on the grill or in the oven.

Add some fish or chicken, and you'll have a full meal, packaged and pretty in individual servings, a presentation that thrills dinner party guests and



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Tue, 16 Aug 2016 07:51:00 -0600
<![CDATA[Blueberries and Cream Ice Pops are refreshing summer treat]]> http://gazette.com/blueberries-and-cream-ice-pops-are-refreshing-summer-treat/article/feed/385583?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/blueberries-and-cream-ice-pops-are-refreshing-summer-treat/article/feed/385583?custom_click=rss

These days there's never a time when we can't find blueberries at the supermarket. But summertime is the season for the homegrown varieties. They're abundant right now and can be used in all kinds of recipes. One of my favorites is blueberries and vanilla ice cream — it's sweet and tart and creamy all at once — so I thought I'd team blueberries and heavy cream in frozen pop form for Blueberries and Cream Ice Pops.

Blueberries can vary wildly in flavor and texture, even when they're in season and locally grown. They can be very sweet or tart, large and soft, or small and crunchy. Occasionally, they can also be sort of bland. But even a bland berry can be pointed up with a few ingredients.

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]]> Mon, 15 Aug 2016 07:26:11 -0600 <![CDATA[For healthy, forgiving cooking, try a foil pack in the oven]]> http://gazette.com/for-healthy-forgiving-cooking-try-a-foil-pack-in-the-oven/article/feed/383603?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/for-healthy-forgiving-cooking-try-a-foil-pack-in-the-oven/article/feed/383603?custom_click=rss

Social media tells me that in part of the country, kids are already back-to-school. And so we are teetering between the lazy days of summer and the impending promise of crisp cool air, long sleeves and the desire to fire down the grill and turn on the oven instead.

This is the perfect time to talk about one of my favorite shoulder-season cooking strategies: the foil pack! Place thinly sliced veggies with a little marinade or vinaigrette (even store-bought will work) in a large sheet of heavy-duty aluminum foil and fold shut into a packet, pinching the edges, and this handy little guy will be equally delicious whether cooked on the grill if you have a hot fall day, or in the oven, if you're already in pumpkin latte weather.

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]]> Wed, 10 Aug 2016 09:27:53 -0600 <![CDATA[COOKING ON DEADLINE: Taking green bean salad up a notch]]> http://gazette.com/cooking-on-deadline-taking-green-bean-salad-up-a-notch/article/feed/383085?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/cooking-on-deadline-taking-green-bean-salad-up-a-notch/article/feed/383085?custom_click=rss

Green beans can be — well, I'll say it, boring.

They are one of the most accessible and affordable vegetables on the market, and one of the easiest to prepare, but too often they bring to mind the word "meh."

But green beans can lend themselves to so many different kinds of preparations and seasonings that there are lots of reasons to make the effort to take them to another level. They can be roasted, steamed, boiled and sauteed, or served at room temperature in a salad, as in this recipe.

Here they are paired with bright, tangy clementine oranges and salty feta, then lifted up another notch with minced shallots and fresh thyme leaves.

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]]> Tue, 09 Aug 2016 10:10:27 -0600 <![CDATA[Pork pie problem: UK food traditions to lose EU support]]> http://gazette.com/pork-pie-problem-uk-food-traditions-to-lose-eu-support/article/feed/382928?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/pork-pie-problem-uk-food-traditions-to-lose-eu-support/article/feed/382928?custom_click=rss

BUILTH WELLS, Wales (AP) — Welsh farmers like Rees Roberts, who has 1,000 acres with sheep, cattle and crops, can expect to earn a premium on their meats thanks to a certificate of regional authenticity.

But that marker of distinction — the same kind that ensures Champagne can only come from the French region of the same name — is granted by the European Union and is now at risk after Britain voted to leave the 28-country bloc.

The certificates, of which there are 73 across Britain for goods like Stilton cheese and Melton Mowbray pork pies, not only help farmers earn more but also shape rural communities' identities. Add to that the loss of $3.97 billion in EU subsidies for U.K.

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]]> Tue, 09 Aug 2016 01:17:29 -0600 <![CDATA[Summertime herbs make versatile herbed yogurt cheese]]> http://gazette.com/summertime-herbs-make-versatile-herbed-yogurt-cheese/article/feed/382578?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/summertime-herbs-make-versatile-herbed-yogurt-cheese/article/feed/382578?custom_click=rss

If there's ever a time when you can have too much of a good thing, it might be right now, when fresh summertime herbs are beyond abundant. Happily, this recipe for Fresh Herbed Yogurt Cheese is just the ticket when you're looking to put a dent in the stockpile of herbs overflowing in your garden or taking up too much space in your refrigerator. It's a fresh cheese based on Greek yogurt, and it's very flexible regarding its herbal flavorings.

I've chosen some of my favorites, including chives, parsley, thyme and tarragon. But if you have other herbs at hand — basil, cilantro, mint, oregano — go right ahead and swap them in for my mix.

Whichever herbs you use, be sure to chop them with a supersharp knife, and do so briefly

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]]> Mon, 08 Aug 2016 09:58:40 -0600 <![CDATA[Pastis creme puts lobster in a new light]]> http://gazette.com/pastis-creme-puts-lobster-in-a-new-light/article/feed/381113?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/pastis-creme-puts-lobster-in-a-new-light/article/feed/381113?custom_click=rss

Fabulous Food — the kind that deserves upper-case F's — doesn't have to be complicated.

One example: Grilled lobster with Pastis creme, a dish that's simple to prepare yet delivers big in the flavor department.

I created this recipe one summer when I was vacationing in Maine. I was eating lobster every night. I drink Pastis, an aperitif made with herbs and spices, so it was on hand. The Pastis, with a flavor similar to tarragon and licorice, makes a perfect cooking partner — especially with shellfish and green vegetables. (If you can't find Ricard Pastis, readily available Pernod has similar taste qualities.)

Looking for a change of pace from lobster with drawn butter, I mixed my Pastis with creme fraiche and b

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]]> Thu, 04 Aug 2016 12:07:39 -0600 <![CDATA[How decadent doughnuts can be made healthier _ baking them]]> http://gazette.com/how-decadent-doughnuts-can-be-made-healthier-baking-them/article/feed/380603?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/how-decadent-doughnuts-can-be-made-healthier-baking-them/article/feed/380603?custom_click=rss

Doughnuts are my kryptonite.

Fried sweet dough dipped in glaze, and then dunked into a cup of steaming-hot coffee? Yes, please. And I will give this to you straight: once or twice a year, I'm all in. I load up the car and take the kids to our favorite doughnut spot and we throw caution to the wind.

But for the average Sunday-brunch-type of indulgence, a girl needs a plan. I wanted to create a doughnut that would scratch the itch on a more semi-regular basis. And the baked version is just the ticket.

I make a doughnut in perhaps my favorite flavor of all time — peanut butter chocolate — that truly feels like a major indulgence, while it's actually just a minor one, thanks to a few tricks.

First, get yourself a

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]]> Wed, 03 Aug 2016 14:32:48 -0600 <![CDATA[COOKING ON DEADLINE: a Brazilian casserole for the Olympics]]> http://gazette.com/cooking-on-deadline-a-brazilian-casserole-for-the-olympics/article/feed/379971?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/cooking-on-deadline-a-brazilian-casserole-for-the-olympics/article/feed/379971?custom_click=rss

As the world turns its attention to the host country of the Olympic Games, I'm reminded of a trip I took to Brazil 20 years ago with my friend, chef and cookbook author Christopher Idone. He was so enamored of Brazilian food that he wrote a wonderful cookbook, "Brazil: A Cook's Tour" (Clarkson Potter), for which I was the editor.

We traveled through Sao Paulo, Rio and Bahia, and all the recipes over which we had pored on manuscript pages were suddenly there in real life, 3-D, red with dende oil, crunchy with manioc flour, aromatic with coconut milk. There were rich Feijoadas, creamy Tutu a Mineira, hot and cheesy Pao de Queijo.

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]]> Tue, 02 Aug 2016 10:42:04 -0600 <![CDATA[Kitchenwise: Tomatoes are the stars of Chilled BLT Soup]]> http://gazette.com/kitchenwise-tomatoes-are-the-stars-of-chilled-blt-soup/article/feed/379565?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/kitchenwise-tomatoes-are-the-stars-of-chilled-blt-soup/article/feed/379565?custom_click=rss

Everyone knows Joyce Kilmer's love song to trees — "I think that I shall never see/ A poem lovely as a tree." That's the way I feel about tomatoes. Accordingly, Chilled BLT Soup puts the "T'' in BLT. Yes, there's bacon and lettuce, and some toast, too, in the form of croutons. But the star of this show is the tomato in its season.

How do you know whether you're buying a good tomato? To start, pick it up. It should feel heavy, which lets you know it's ripe and juicy. Then take a whiff of the stem end. It should smell strongly like ... a tomato. Once you get it home, store it on the counter, out of the sun. If it's not fully red, just leave it alone. It will continue to ripen at room temperature. Don't put a whole uncut tomato in t

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