<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - life >> food]]> http://gazette.com/rss/life/food Tue, 26 Jul 2016 06:28:50 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Scrambled eggs baked in muffin tins make mornings easier]]> http://gazette.com/scrambled-eggs-baked-in-muffin-tins-make-mornings-easier/article/1581147?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/scrambled-eggs-baked-in-muffin-tins-make-mornings-easier/article/1581147?custom_click=rss

When it comes to healthy eating, good intentions and willpower can only take us so far. That's why I believe strongly in making the healthy choice the easy choice, especially when it comes to morning decisions.

Spending a little time to set myself up for success makes a huge difference in my ability to stick to healthy plans. For instance, I set out my workout clothes at night - so rolling out of bed and into them is a no-brainer. Should the 15 seconds it would take to open a drawer and grab exercise clothes be the thing that derails a workout? Perhaps not. But, alas, it does for me.

Same thing can happen in regard to food. When I'm hungry and in a rush, I'm far more likely to grab anything that will fill my belly.

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]]> Tue, 26 Jul 2016 04:20:02 -0600 <![CDATA[Eat Well: Healthy frozen fruit treats are easy to make in ice cream machine]]> http://gazette.com/eat-well-healthy-frozen-fruit-treats-are-easy-to-make-in-ice-cream-machine/article/1581148?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/eat-well-healthy-frozen-fruit-treats-are-easy-to-make-in-ice-cream-machine/article/1581148?custom_click=rss

Fresh berries and summer fruits are at their peak right now. Sweltering temperatures have been lingering. What better excuse to indulge in healthy, refreshing frozen fruit desserts like sorbets, ice cream, slushies and frozen smoothies?

But don't just settle for something out of the grocery store freezers. Allow me to introduce you to Cuisinart's newest ice cream maker: the Fruit Scoop Frozen Dessert Maker. It makes 100 percent fresh fruit desserts and drinks in about 20 minutes.

What makes this machine unique is that it comes with two paddles: one that is designed to mash and mix fresh fruit - creating textures ranging from chunky to smooth - and one that mixes and aerates ingredients to make ice cream or other creamy

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]]> Tue, 26 Jul 2016 04:15:21 -0600 <![CDATA[Summer squash makes flavorful 'pasta' dish]]> http://gazette.com/summer-squash-makes-flavorful-pasta-dish/article/feed/376490?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/summer-squash-makes-flavorful-pasta-dish/article/feed/376490?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 will also 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. And it's one of the few dairy products that can be heated in a sauce without curdling in the process.

Summer squash is so tender and delicate that it's

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]]> Mon, 25 Jul 2016 08:18:11 -0600 <![CDATA[Dunkin's improving its egg patty: less water, more yolk]]> http://gazette.com/dunkins-improving-its-egg-patty-less-water-more-yolk/article/feed/375156?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/dunkins-improving-its-egg-patty-less-water-more-yolk/article/feed/375156?custom_click=rss

NEW YORK (AP) — Dunkin' Donuts is adding more of a special ingredient to improve the taste of its egg patty: eggs.

The company says it has been testing a patty with a higher concentration of eggs, and less water and other ingredients.

On its website, Dunkin's breakfast sandwiches appear to contain what looks like a single cooked egg. But the "fried egg" listed for the sandwiches is actually a composite that mixes together ingredients including egg whites, water, egg yolks and modified corn starch.

Dunkin' Donuts, which is trying to step up the quality of a range of food items, said it has been testing the new egg formula for several months and that the new version should start rolling out nationally in mid-August.

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]]> Thu, 21 Jul 2016 12:56:09 -0600 <![CDATA[A selection of cocktail recipes using Brazil's cachaça]]> http://gazette.com/a-selection-of-cocktail-recipes-using-brazils-cachaa/article/feed/375194?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/a-selection-of-cocktail-recipes-using-brazils-cachaa/article/feed/375194?custom_click=rss

A selection of cocktail recipes for cachaca, a sweet, clear liquor that is a signature flavor of Brazil.


A caipirinha at Bulla Gastrobar, a Spanish restaurant and bar in Coral Gables, Florida:

1.5 ounces of cachaca

Half a lime cut into cubes

2 bar spoons of white sugar

In a rocks glass, muddle the lime and sugar until well combined. Add cachaca, then pour into a shaker, add ice and shake vigorously. Pour everything back into original glass so that the contents mix with sugar that was left over in the muddle glass. Once combined, pour into a fresh rocks glass and serve with a lime wedge.

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]]> Thu, 21 Jul 2016 11:37:59 -0600 <![CDATA[Chrissy Teigen offers a variation on the Caprese salad]]> http://gazette.com/chrissy-teigen-offers-a-variation-on-the-caprese-salad/article/feed/375157?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/chrissy-teigen-offers-a-variation-on-the-caprese-salad/article/feed/375157?custom_click=rss

The Caprese salad of fresh mozzarella, basil and tomatoes is universally loved.

I personally make it all summer long and although I mix up the tomatoes based on what I can buy at the farmers' market, it is virtually the same every time.

Since it is tomato season and we waited a long time for this moment, I looked for a new take on a summer favorite — and found it in "Cravings," model Chrissy Teigen's cookbook that she co-wrote with Gourmet magazine alumna Adeena Sussman.

Teigen adds a few new elements: She uses burrata — fresh mozzarella with a creamy center — and cuts the tomatoes in different shapes and sizes, some slices, some wedges.

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]]> Thu, 21 Jul 2016 11:21:18 -0600 <![CDATA[Scrambled eggs baked in muffin tins make mornings easier]]> http://gazette.com/scrambled-eggs-baked-in-muffin-tins-make-mornings-easier/article/feed/374583?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/scrambled-eggs-baked-in-muffin-tins-make-mornings-easier/article/feed/374583?custom_click=rss

When it comes to healthy eating, good intentions and willpower can only take us so far. That's why I believe strongly in making the healthy choice the easy choice, especially when it comes to morning decisions.

Spending a little time to set myself up for success makes a huge difference in my ability to stick to my healthy living plans. For instance, I set out my workout clothes the night before, so rolling out of bed and into them is a no-brainer. Should the extra 15-seconds that it would take for me to open the dresser drawer to grab my exercise clothes be the thing that derails an entire workout? Perhaps not. But alas it does. For me, anyway.

Same thing can happen when it comes to food.

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]]> Wed, 20 Jul 2016 09:23:04 -0600 <![CDATA[8 historic restaurants that have stood the test of time in the Colorado Springs area]]> http://gazette.com/8-historic-restaurants-that-have-stood-the-test-of-time-in-the-colorado-springs-area/article/1580626?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/8-historic-restaurants-that-have-stood-the-test-of-time-in-the-colorado-springs-area/article/1580626?custom_click=rss

Since Colorado Springs was founded in 1871, different restaurants have come and gone. Some last longer than others, while many seem to stick around. But there are a select number of eateries that seem to thrive here and have been around for up to 142 years.

- Briarhurst Manor

Briarhurst Manor was built by Manitou Springs' founder, William Bell, in 1874. Back then the place served as Bell's and his family's home. Now, it is an event venue and restaurant able to seat 500 people.

- Cliff House

Cliff House has been around longer than Colorado has been a state. Built in 1874, Cliff House started as an inn for miners before it was converted into a resort in 1876. In the 1980s, Cliff House was damaged in a fire and

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Wed, 20 Jul 2016 06:08:58 -0600
<![CDATA[Dinner in 25 Minutes: Mumbai Sandwiches]]> http://gazette.com/dinner-in-25-minutes-mumbai-sandwiches/article/1580637?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/dinner-in-25-minutes-mumbai-sandwiches/article/1580637?custom_click=rss

Famous as Indian street food, the Mumbai sandwich provides what's often lacking in a meatless sandwich: a balance of crunch and heat and juiciness. Better yet: It holds together.

A classic features boiled potatoes, a zippy green chutney and spices; this riff proves that grilled cheese sandwiches are not just for cozying up to warm tomato soup. Here, we've used Taleggio cheese instead of the spuds. The spice is a simple mixture of garam masala and cinnamon. But if your palate prefers something bolder, you might want to add a sprinkle of ground cumin or ground red chili pepper.

This recipe calls for a panini press; you also can cook the sandwiches in a skillet or grill pan (a la grilled cheese). Serve with a green salad or

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]]> Wed, 20 Jul 2016 04:20:04 -0600 <![CDATA[Dinner in 30 Minutes: Salmon Rice Bowls]]> http://gazette.com/dinner-in-30-minutes-salmon-rice-bowls/article/1580636?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/dinner-in-30-minutes-salmon-rice-bowls/article/1580636?custom_click=rss

Confession: For most weeknight meals at home, I no longer use a plate. That doesn't mean that I'm chewing over the sink, merely that I've gone "full bowl."

The ceramic one I picked up at a craft show has a flat bottom and straight, 2-inch sides, which means I can cut things in it. And it has the magic ability to turn what I'm eating into comfort food.

It also happens to be just the ticket for this recipe, which blends a few Asian pantry ingredients with a little citrus, some fresh greens and a zippy ginger- lime vinaigrette.

This is soft food but feels substantial. Regarding this salmon preparation: The word "foolproof" comes to mind.

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]]> Wed, 20 Jul 2016 04:20:03 -0600 <![CDATA[On Food: Colorado Springs Broadmoor offers monthly culinary weekends]]> http://gazette.com/on-food-colorado-springs-broadmoor-offers-monthly-culinary-weekends/article/1580639?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/on-food-colorado-springs-broadmoor-offers-monthly-culinary-weekends/article/1580639?custom_click=rss

The Broadmoor's ongoing "moveable feast" series called Taste and Savor has struck a chord with the local foodie population, attracting sellout crowds eager to spend a weekend learning from noted chefs and winemakers. The "moveable" part of the series is its setting, which changes within The Broadmoor's holdings with each event. Three feasts are still to come this summer.

The event Monday is titled "Broadmoor Farms to Broadmoor Tables." Although a weekend package was offered, the culinary team has opened the daylong experience to the public. It starts at 9:30 a.m. at the South Tower. From there, you will be whisked away for a tour of the Broadmoor Farms, complete with a tasting of foods grown at the farm and a cooking demonstration.

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]]> Wed, 20 Jul 2016 04:15:03 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs area cooking classes and events starting July 20, 2016]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-cooking-classes-and-events-starting-july-20-2016/article/1580756?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-cooking-classes-and-events-starting-july-20-2016/article/1580756?custom_click=rss WHAT'S COOKING



Colorado State University Extension - 17 N. Spruce St. Registration: epcextension.eventbrite.com. - Food Preservation Workshop: Pickling Vegetables, 6-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, $25.

The Seasoned Chef - 999 Jasmine St., Suite 100, Denver. Registration: 1-303-377-3222, theseasonedchef.com. - Al Fresco Italian, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Thursday, $79. - Couples Class: Happy Hour Bites, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Friday, $79. - Young Chefs Class: Introduction to Basic Skills, 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Tuesday and July 27, $149. - Marvelous Meals in Minutes: Colorado Proud, 6:30-9:30 p.m. July 27, $79.



Manitou Springs Dinner Tour - 5-8 p.m., downtown Manitou Springs, $55.

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]]> Wed, 20 Jul 2016 04:15:02 -0600 <![CDATA[Wine Guy: Think pink for summer's drink]]> http://gazette.com/wine-guy-think-pink-for-summers-drink/article/1580638?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/wine-guy-think-pink-for-summers-drink/article/1580638?custom_click=rss

Dry pink wines finally seem to be gaining appreciation in the U.S. While sweet "blush" wines have been popular for years, I'm happy to see sales of the dry style increasing.

Europeans have known for a long time the joy of drinking such wines. Whether rosé (French), rosato (Italian) or rosado (Spanish), the best display bright, fresh aromas and flavors that approximate the profile of their red siblings (red berries but also rhubarb, watermelon and citrus) but drink like most white wines: best cold and young to enjoy their vibrant character.

Among rosé devotees, France is the prime source. Rosé from Provence in particular offers consistent quality at reasonable prices.

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]]> Wed, 20 Jul 2016 04:15:02 -0600 <![CDATA[Find out why classic Swiss fondue never went out of style]]> http://gazette.com/find-out-why-classic-swiss-fondue-never-went-out-of-style/article/feed/374295?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/find-out-why-classic-swiss-fondue-never-went-out-of-style/article/feed/374295?custom_click=rss

Food as fashion has never made a lot of sense to me. Kale is out (no, not really), jackfruit is in, and so on.

But guess what? In Switzerland, the birthplace of fondue, this creamy cheese dish never went out of style, and once you make up a pot for your crew, you will realize why the Swiss never ever considered letting it go the way of the Jell-O mold.

Emmenthal cheese (or, in Switzerland, Emmental) and Gruyere are the two most classic cheeses used in authentic Swiss fondue. Other traditional choices are Comte, Rachlette and Swiss Vacherin, which melts beautifully.

If you want to add different cheeses, do; you need cheeses with flavor, and cheeses with a smooth, creamy melting texture — classically, cow's milk cheeses

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]]> Tue, 19 Jul 2016 16:44:46 -0600 <![CDATA[This microwaved version of claypot fish is legit delicious]]> http://gazette.com/this-microwaved-version-of-claypot-fish-is-legit-delicious/article/1580635?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/this-microwaved-version-of-claypot-fish-is-legit-delicious/article/1580635?custom_click=rss

Years ago, I was traveling alone for work in New York and popped into a restaurant across from my hotel.

I asked for a menu recommendation, and my waiter insisted on claypot fish - a simple dish of cod, tomato, onion, potato and lemon baked in a small cazuela, or clay pot.

I was skeptical but hooked at first bite: fresh, simple and comforting all at once. The vegetables created a light, aromatic broth that steamed the fish gently to delicate perfection. The meal was so good, in fact, that I went back the next night and ordered the same thing. In a city with more must-try restaurants than I could hope to visit, repeat visits mean something.

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]]> Tue, 19 Jul 2016 04:15:01 -0600 <![CDATA[Zucchini flowers are perfect for stuffing]]> http://gazette.com/zucchini-flowers-are-perfect-for-stuffing/article/feed/373614?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/zucchini-flowers-are-perfect-for-stuffing/article/feed/373614?custom_click=rss

Zucchini flowers are perfect for stuffing. In the following recipe, the flowers are filled with cheese before frying. The result is a creamy, flavorful filling and a supercrisp crust.

For years, my go-to deep-frying batter has been made of roughly equal parts beer and flour. But I wanted the batter for this dish to be crisper, more like tempura, so I added seltzer and baking soda and swapped out half of the flour for cornstarch. Unlike flour, cornstarch has no gluten, which ensures a thinner, more delicate coating that nonetheless holds its shape.

You'll want to mix the batter just before using it to prevent the bubbles from evaporating. Combine the dry ingredients and park them on the counter while you prep the blossoms and

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]]> Mon, 18 Jul 2016 09:39:38 -0600 <![CDATA[Naturally sweet granola bars are sure to be a hit with kids]]> http://gazette.com/naturally-sweet-granola-bars-are-sure-to-be-a-hit-with-kids/article/feed/372354?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/naturally-sweet-granola-bars-are-sure-to-be-a-hit-with-kids/article/feed/372354?custom_click=rss

Once upon a time, my Indian grandma was left in charge of packing school lunches for my sisters and me. We were sent off to school with some potato curry and a garlic chutney so fierce my eyebrows twitched on the bus all the way to school and I couldn't bear to open the Tupperware in fear of what might be unleashed on my friends.

After that, I outlawed traditional Indian food in my packed lunches, setting my mother free to get creative with Anglo-Indian dishes that became family favorites.

This granola bar using dates, coconut and peanuts is among the recipes she created. It doesn't use sugar, instead relying on dates and honey as sweeteners.

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]]> Thu, 14 Jul 2016 09:45:09 -0600 <![CDATA[This microwaved version of claypot fish is legit delicious]]> http://gazette.com/this-microwaved-version-of-claypot-fish-is-legit-delicious/article/feed/371917?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/this-microwaved-version-of-claypot-fish-is-legit-delicious/article/feed/371917?custom_click=rss

Years ago I was traveling alone for work in New York City, and I popped into a random restaurant across the street from my hotel.

I asked for a menu recommendation from my waiter, and he insisted on a claypot fish, a simple dish of cod, tomatoes, onion, potatoes and lemon baked in a small cazuela, or clay pot.

I was skeptical, but completely hooked at first bite: fresh, simple, comforting all at once. The veggies created a light aromatic broth that steamed the fish gently to delicate perfection. The simple meal was so good, in in fact, that I went back the second night of my trip and ordered the exact same thing. In a city with more must-try restaurants than I could ever hope to visit, repeat visits mean something.

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]]> Wed, 13 Jul 2016 10:26:29 -0600 <![CDATA[Cooking on deadline: Roasted tomatoes deepen gazpacho flavor]]> http://gazette.com/cooking-on-deadline-roasted-tomatoes-deepen-gazpacho-flavor/article/1580175?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/cooking-on-deadline-roasted-tomatoes-deepen-gazpacho-flavor/article/1580175?custom_click=rss

I could eat quarts of gazpacho all summer long. When I set about making this version, the goal was a gazpacho with great, fresh tomato taste but even deeper flavor.

The solution was simple: Roast the tomatoes first.

The sweet, layered result is well worth the extra hands-off time it takes to bake them. If you feel like your tomatoes are perfect, then skip the roasting and get right to the chopping.

You can use peppers that are the same color, but the blend of hues won't be as varied. You also can swap in a green pepper; some people love their slightly more bitter flavor.

In a perfect world, all of the vegetables in a gazpacho would be finely diced, and look pretty and symmetrical.

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]]> Wed, 13 Jul 2016 04:25:02 -0600 <![CDATA[Dinner in 20 minutes: Smoked turkey salad with cashews and sherry dressing]]> http://gazette.com/dinner-in-20-minutes-smoked-turkey-salad-with-cashews-and-sherry-dressing/article/1580172?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/dinner-in-20-minutes-smoked-turkey-salad-with-cashews-and-sherry-dressing/article/1580172?custom_click=rss

"You need to eat!" as my mother would say. But today, you don't need to cook.

Here's a quick option: Start with a hunk of smoked turkey from the deli, then toss with a few crunchy bits including seedless grapes. Serve nestled in radicchio leaves, and with warm flatbread or naan. The dressing is basically a doctored mayonnaise - it's surprising what a few tablespoons of good dry sherry will do. If you don't have that on hand, use half that amount of sherry vinegar instead.

Even if you're setting the table for two, make the full recipe and count on leftovers for lunch, which can be tossed with crisp romaine or tender napa cabbage, or you could stir in some cooked grains.

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]]> Wed, 13 Jul 2016 04:25:02 -0600 <![CDATA[Pikes Pub: Mind the nose when sampling Front Range suds]]> http://gazette.com/pikes-pub-mind-the-nose-when-sampling-front-range-suds/article/1580171?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/pikes-pub-mind-the-nose-when-sampling-front-range-suds/article/1580171?custom_click=rss

Craft beer fans can take a tip from wine lovers when sampling the season's array of creative brews: Sniff before you sip.

"When I design a beer, aroma is definitely taken into account. It has a huge impact on how a beer is perceived. Your olfactory system and your emotional center in your brain share a common pathway, so getting yourself excited about a beer has a lot to do with that initial experience of the aroma," Paradox Beer Co. brewer Jeff Airman said. "It's really a builder of anticipation, like the top of the roller coaster."

The ride begins before that, though, with sight and even sound, given a brewer/server who appreciates the art of the setup.

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]]> Wed, 13 Jul 2016 04:20:02 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs area cooking classes and events starting July 13, 2016]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-cooking-classes-and-events-starting-july-13-2016/article/1580230?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-cooking-classes-and-events-starting-july-13-2016/article/1580230?custom_click=rss WHAT'S




The Cañon City Queen Anne Tea House - 813 Macon Ave., Cañon City. Registration: 275-5354. - The Art of No Bake Desserts, 2 p.m. Saturday, $30.

Colorado State University Extension - 17 N. Spruce St. Registration: epcextension.eventbrite.com. - Food Preservation Workshop: Pickling Vegetables, 6-8:30 p.m. July 26, $25.

The Seasoned Chef - 999 Jasmine St., Suite 100, Denver. Registration: 1-303-377-3222, theseasonedchef.com. - Young Chefs Class: Rollin' Sushi, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday, $59. - Fresh Herbs 101, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Thursday, $79. - More Smokin', 6:30-9:30 p.m. Friday, $79. - The Flavors of Hawaii, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturday, $79. - Zolo Grill:

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]]> Wed, 13 Jul 2016 04:20:02 -0600 <![CDATA[Dinner in 40 Minutes: Grilled Potatoes, Onion and Bacon Skewers]]> http://gazette.com/dinner-in-40-minutes-grilled-potatoes-onion-and-bacon-skewers/article/1580174?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/dinner-in-40-minutes-grilled-potatoes-onion-and-bacon-skewers/article/1580174?custom_click=rss

This is a smack-your-forehead, wish-I'd-thought-of-it, glad-someone-else-did dish that could just as easily be hors d'oeuvres or even breakfast with a side of fried eggs. Smaller, same-size potatoes - no larger than table-tennis ball size - are optimum here.

Because you par-boil the small spuds to barely tender while the grill heats, the skewers don't take long to cook. They simply are dressed with olive oil, salt and pepper, but you can spice things up as you like.

We tested this using a chimney starter and charcoal grill; if you have a gas grill or are relying on a stove top and a grill pan, you'll beat the 40-minute time estimate. Serve with a salad of peppery greens.

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]]> Wed, 13 Jul 2016 04:20:02 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs area beer related events starting July 13, 2016]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-beer-related-events-starting-july-13-2016/article/1580173?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-beer-related-events-starting-july-13-2016/article/1580173?custom_click=rss


THIRD Saturdays

Chauffeured Brewery Tour - Learn the drinking history of Colorado Springs, meet the brewers and receive a special brewer's reserve beer, 1-5 p.m., starting at Triple S Brewing Co., 318 E. Colorado Ave. Tour Smiling Toad, Bristol Brewing Co. and Gold Camp, $55. Reservations required 24 hours in advance; 344-5477, triplesbrewing.com.


Rocky Mountain Brew Run - 10 a.m., Boulder Beer Co., 2880 Wilderness Place, Boulder, $25. Registration: rockymountain brewruns.com.


Sunday Night Blues & Brews Jam - With The Tracey Quinn Band, 6 p.m., Peak 31, 2419 N. Union Blvd.; 227-7168.

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]]> Wed, 13 Jul 2016 04:20:02 -0600 <![CDATA[Cooking on Deadline: Asian beef-and-mushroom burgers]]> http://gazette.com/cooking-on-deadline-asian-beef-and-mushroom-burgers/article/feed/371455?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/cooking-on-deadline-asian-beef-and-mushroom-burgers/article/feed/371455?custom_click=rss

In grilling season, there's probably no food more popular than burgers. And while many kinds of burgers have become mainstream, from turkey to tuna to vegetarian, beef remains king.

But what if you could have the taste and juiciness of beef while cutting back on a bit of the fat?

The answer: Add in some mushrooms.

When chopped, mushrooms (either cooked or raw) have a similar texture to ground meat, and blend right in. It's a nice way to lighten up a summertime staple.

And then there's ponzu sauce, with which I've recently become a little besotted. Ponzu is a citrus-based sauce used often in Japanese cooking.

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]]> Tue, 12 Jul 2016 10:09:27 -0600 <![CDATA[Kitchenwise: Tuna or Salmon Stuffed Eggs rescue lunch box]]> http://gazette.com/kitchenwise-tuna-or-salmon-stuffed-eggs-rescue-lunch-box/article/feed/371057?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/kitchenwise-tuna-or-salmon-stuffed-eggs-rescue-lunch-box/article/feed/371057?custom_click=rss

If it's already time to start gearing up for school — and if you're open to rethinking the typical lunch box fare, consider losing the sandwich and embracing the stuffed egg.

There's nothing more elemental and satisfying than good bread, but the standard loaf is loaded with empty calories. Eggs, by contrast, are low-carb, high-protein and gluten-free. And just about anything you can slide between two slices of bread can also be stuffed into a hard-cooked egg.

Still, I'm not talking about the typical version, loaded with mayo and a sprinkling of paprika. I mean eggs filled with any number of more substantial, and tastier, ingredients — from tuna or avocado to chicken or roast beef.

First, how to boil an egg.

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]]> Mon, 11 Jul 2016 10:37:52 -0600 <![CDATA[In 'Ingredienti,' Victor Hazan channels late wife Marcella]]> http://gazette.com/in-ingredienti-victor-hazan-channels-late-wife-marcella/article/feed/370238?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/in-ingredienti-victor-hazan-channels-late-wife-marcella/article/feed/370238?custom_click=rss

For a long time after his wife died, Victor Hazan couldn't bear to read the notebooks that contained her final book. He would open a cover, look at her distinctive handwriting and find it too painful to go on.

Marcella Hazan, the famed cookbook writer, had broken her right arm as a child, and the bone was set so badly that she had to write with her left hand. Her script resembled the writing of a small child. Facing it would mean facing her. The notebooks stayed closed.

"Handwriting is a mirror of a person's soul," Victor said. "It was a trauma for me."

And then, about a year after Marcella died in 2013, Victor had dinner with a friend who asked about the notebooks. Victor remembered the large espresso he would bring Ma

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]]> Fri, 08 Jul 2016 13:39:16 -0600 <![CDATA[Grill fish and fruit for an appealing summer dish]]> http://gazette.com/grill-fish-and-fruit-for-an-appealing-summer-dish/article/feed/369786?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/grill-fish-and-fruit-for-an-appealing-summer-dish/article/feed/369786?custom_click=rss

When I first started grilling, I had one of those beginner's luck experiences that made grilled salmon and pineapple a mainstay in my dinner rotation.

I was visiting my uncle in Florida and offered to make dinner. The only thing that everyone ate was salmon, so salmon it was! I wanted to give the salmon a sweet-and-sour flavor much like my uncle's favorite Asian dish. So I marinated the fish, scallions and thick slices of pineapple with traditional Asian seasonings of toasted sesame oil, fresh ginger, citrus juice, rice wine vinegar and soy sauce.

Because there was a fair amount of sugar in the marinade, I grilled the salmon on a cedar plank so it wouldn't burn and the bottom skin wouldn't get too fishy.

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]]> Thu, 07 Jul 2016 09:49:37 -0600 <![CDATA[Kale chips, move over. Try making baked BBQ zucchini chips]]> http://gazette.com/kale-chips-move-over.-try-making-baked-bbq-zucchini-chips/article/feed/369510?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/kale-chips-move-over.-try-making-baked-bbq-zucchini-chips/article/feed/369510?custom_click=rss

It all started with the kale chip.

I fell in love the texture of the thick, green leaf made thin and so delicately crisp by baking that it felt almost flaky, with just enough thickness to impart a satisfying little crunch before nearly dissolving into salty-grassy goodness on the tongue.

And I wasn't alone: healthy-conscious eaters crowned the kale chip its unofficial sweetheart and suddenly they were available not just in health-food stores, but in mini-marts, airports and gas stations.

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]]> Wed, 06 Jul 2016 14:55:45 -0600 <![CDATA[Cooking on Deadline: herbed salmon over a green, herby salad]]> http://gazette.com/cooking-on-deadline-herbed-salmon-over-a-green-herby-salad/article/feed/368890?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/cooking-on-deadline-herbed-salmon-over-a-green-herby-salad/article/feed/368890?custom_click=rss

It's amazing how the weather dictates what we want to eat, isn't it? Even if you're not consciously trying to cook with the seasons, you want braises and stews when it's cool out, and food that is lighter and brighter when it's warm.

This decidedly warm-weather salmon is bathed in an olive-oil-and-herb mixture and cooked at a fairly low temperature to let it cook through without browning, and give it a very tender texture. Then it's perched on a pile of spring-y greens — you can use any baby lettuce mix you like, or create your own. Mix that with a pile of additional fresh herbs, toss with some fresh lemon juice and good olive oil, and the whole thing tastes like late spring has willed itself into a meal.

Would I eat this i

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