<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - life >> food]]> http://gazette.com/rss/life/food Mon, 02 May 2016 06:42:30 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Cracker Jack replaces beloved plastic toys with QR codes and a 'mobile experience']]> http://gazette.com/cracker-jack-replaces-beloved-plastic-toys-with-qr-codes-and-a-mobile-experience/article/1575132?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/cracker-jack-replaces-beloved-plastic-toys-with-qr-codes-and-a-mobile-experience/article/1575132?custom_click=rss

It's the seventh inning, "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" just echoed through the park and you've decided, because you're hungry or maybe just a sucker for good marketing, that nothing goes better with a stretch than a tiny box of American tradition.

You flag down the vendor, who also likely is selling "cold beer!", and ask kindly for some Cracker Jack. You forget the fact that you're hungry and, like many people who buy Cracker Jack, forgo the popcorn and peanuts and dig down deep for the real reason this candied concoction is so beloved: the chintzy prize found inside.

Instead, you find a QR code, and realize not even Cracker Jack could escape those millennials.

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]]> Sat, 30 Apr 2016 10:00:01 -0600 <![CDATA[Toast mom with savory and sweet topped toasted breads for a satisfying meal]]> http://gazette.com/toast-mom-with-savory-and-sweet-topped-toasted-breads-for-a-satisfying-meal/article/1574779?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/toast-mom-with-savory-and-sweet-topped-toasted-breads-for-a-satisfying-meal/article/1574779?custom_click=rss

To honor Mom on her special day, propose a toast.

No, not the bubbly kind. Rather, a toasted piece of bread topped with savory or sweet ingredients. Read on to get some ideas, then consider setting up your own for a unique, even comforting, morning meal for Mom.

So who's on this bandwagon? Vernick Food & Drink in Philadelphia has at least half a dozen types of toast on the menu. Half-inch-thick slices of sourdough bread are brushed with olive oil and grilled over lava rocks. Toppings range from fromage blanc with pickled ramps to Caesar salad with boquerones (a Spanish tapa that includes anchovies). Nearly 3,000 miles away in Los Angeles is Sqirl, which serves toast topped with smoked whitefish, salmon or fromage blanc



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Fri, 29 Apr 2016 17:06:13 -0600
<![CDATA[Are you ready to replace your moisturizer with a pill?]]> http://gazette.com/are-you-ready-to-replace-your-moisturizer-with-a-pill/article/feed/343269?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/are-you-ready-to-replace-your-moisturizer-with-a-pill/article/feed/343269?custom_click=rss

MIAMI (AP) — The makeup industry is trying to convince women that looking good on the outside starts from within — but it's unclear whether the products they're trying to hawk are safe and effective.

Big-name beauty companies and retailers including Sephora and Urban Outfitters are rolling out pills and drinkable liquids loaded with exotic herbs, vitamins, seeds, berries and substances such as collagen. The products promise to do things such as firm up skin and improve its natural glow.

The trend is picking up steam. Although a small portion of the $16 billion beauty products market, sales of beauty supplements targeting the face have grown from less than $1 million in 2013 to over $4 million in 2015, according to market

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]]> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 16:12:23 -0600 <![CDATA[Using whole grains to gussy up that old three-bean salad]]> http://gazette.com/using-whole-grains-to-gussy-up-that-old-three-bean-salad/article/feed/343199?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/using-whole-grains-to-gussy-up-that-old-three-bean-salad/article/feed/343199?custom_click=rss

In certain parts of the country, a good three-bean salad is almost always the anchor to a potluck or picnic, the kinds of gatherings where sturdy, crowd-pleasing, portable — and frankly inexpensive — food is wanted.

There have been countless variations of three-bean salads made with nothing more complex than the beans and bottled vinaigrette. And they've most certainly been well received. But after a while those salads can start to feel heavy and monotonous. I was after something with a fresher feel.

In this version, the addition of spelt and canned hearts of palm adds tons of interest. A generous amount of fresh herbs provides brightness. Spelt is a whole grain that been around since ancient times, but now it is only com

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]]> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 08:00:11 -0600 <![CDATA[Try the world of food with mail-order ingredient kits]]> http://gazette.com/try-the-world-of-food-with-mail-order-ingredient-kits/article/1573906?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/try-the-world-of-food-with-mail-order-ingredient-kits/article/1573906?custom_click=rss

About a year ago, while scrolling through messages on Facebook, a pop-up ad appeared for Try the World ingredient boxes. I was intrigued so I clicked the link.

A couple of entrepreneurs who enjoyed traveling and loved to eat devised an idea for sharing their foodie finds with friends.

"We realized that there were millions of people just like us who wanted to try foods from around the world but didn't have time to travel," they write on their website. "Today, instead of bringing these foods back from our travels in suitcases, we work directly with local artisans around the world to help bring their products to the U.S."

The "products" are boxes of ingredients with recipes themed by country.



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Thu, 28 Apr 2016 08:43:03 -0600
<![CDATA[McDonald's tests McNuggets without artificial additives]]> http://gazette.com/mcdonalds-tests-mcnuggets-without-artificial-additives/article/feed/342196?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/mcdonalds-tests-mcnuggets-without-artificial-additives/article/feed/342196?custom_click=rss

NEW YORK (AP) — Like the indestructible Twinkie, Chicken McNuggets are practically a culinary punchline, a symbol of hyper-processed fast food with a list of ingredients that reads like a chemistry exam. But now McDonald's wants to take at least some of the mystery substances out.

The world's biggest hamburger chain says it is testing a version without artificial preservatives.

It's the latest move by McDonald's to try to catch up with changing tastes and turn around its business, which has lost customers in recent years.

The new McNugget recipe is "simpler," and "parents can feel good" about it, the fast-food company said.

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]]> Wed, 27 Apr 2016 13:48:10 -0600 <![CDATA[This Mother's Day, consider an epically delicious roast bird]]> http://gazette.com/this-mothers-day-consider-an-epically-delicious-roast-bird/article/feed/342212?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/this-mothers-day-consider-an-epically-delicious-roast-bird/article/feed/342212?custom_click=rss

Ever since my parents came to England in 1972, my mum has had a wild love affair with roast chicken.

The only thing she loves even more is her family and unfortunately for her, my dad is a vegetarian. So for 41 years now, her opportunities to turn the oven on, throw caution to the wind and put a beautiful bird in to roast have been limited. She's simply too loving a wife to torment my dad like that.

That's why every Mother's Day, there is only one thing that we will cook: tandoori roast chicken. But this isn't just any old roast chicken; it is one worthy of a feast. It has all the merits of a normal roast chicken, flavorful crispy skin, butter-soft meat and largely fuss-free prep, but it is much more elegant and celebratory.

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]]> Wed, 27 Apr 2016 08:24:48 -0600 <![CDATA[On Food: Gooey Butter Cake, a 'St. Louis thing,' hits the sweet spot in Colorado Springs]]> http://gazette.com/on-food-gooey-butter-cake-a-st.-louis-thing-hits-the-sweet-spot-in-colorado-springs/article/1574775?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/on-food-gooey-butter-cake-a-st.-louis-thing-hits-the-sweet-spot-in-colorado-springs/article/1574775?custom_click=rss

My introduction to gooey butter cake came by way of a neighbor who dropped off a gift she referred to as "gooey coffee cake that is very popular around the St. Louis area."

I loved it and wondered if she would share the recipe. She did, and I started making the cake regularly in the early 1980s. Over the years, my devotion to the cake waned and I eventually moved on to other treats.

Then, in 2010, I traveled to St. Louis for a board meeting of a culinary organization - and, lo and behold, a decadent piece of gooey butter cake was delivered to my room as a gift. The chef at the Ritz Carlton had dressed it up with a chocolate wedge replicating the city's famous Gateway Arch. My first bite brought back memories of the dessert I



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Wed, 27 Apr 2016 08:19:28 -0600
<![CDATA[Doing the impossible: Make a vegan Caesar worth celebrating]]> http://gazette.com/doing-the-impossible-make-a-vegan-caesar-worth-celebrating/article/1574909?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/doing-the-impossible-make-a-vegan-caesar-worth-celebrating/article/1574909?custom_click=rss

I've heard that many restaurant chefs despise making Caesar salads, but I don't understand why.

My original recipe was rooted in the classic for years: raw egg yolk, umami-laden anchovies, nutty Parmesan cheese, tart lemon juice. I then top that basic Caesar salad with almost any protein to turn it into a truly satisfying meal. Steak, shrimp or chicken work well, as do turkey meatballs, roasted pork tenderloin and - my secret weapon - about every kind of canned fish available.

Over time, I've adapted and adjusted my beloved Caesar salad recipe to account for changes in my family. When I was pregnant, I avoided raw eggs. My daughter's gluten intolerance kicked the sourdough croutons to the curb.

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]]> Wed, 27 Apr 2016 05:00:08 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs area cooking classes and events starting April 27, 2016]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-cooking-classes-and-events-starting-april-27-2016/article/1574908?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-cooking-classes-and-events-starting-april-27-2016/article/1574908?custom_click=rss WHAT'S COOKING

CLASSES

ONGOING

The Seasoned Chef - 999 Jasmine St., Suite 100, Denver. Call or go online for cost if not indicated. Registration: 1-303-377-3222, theseasonedchef.com. - Young Chefs Class - Oven Magic, for ages 11 and older, 10:30 a.m.- 1:30 p.m. Saturday, $59.

Taste of Life Natural Market and Prepared Meals - 18965 Base Camp Road, Suite A3, Monument. Registration: 487-2858, tasteoflife stores.com. - Jam and Scone Making, 6-8 p.m. Thursday, $25.

EVENTS

THURSDAY

Juan Gil Estates Wine Dinner - 6:30 p.m., The Margarita at PineCreek, 7350 Pine Creek Drive, $65 plus tax and gratuity. Reservations:

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]]> Wed, 27 Apr 2016 05:00:06 -0600 <![CDATA[Ready to mix it up on Mother's Day? Try rye berry pancakes]]> http://gazette.com/ready-to-mix-it-up-on-mothers-day-try-rye-berry-pancakes/article/1574776?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ready-to-mix-it-up-on-mothers-day-try-rye-berry-pancakes/article/1574776?custom_click=rss

Breakfast in bed on Mother's Day is practically mandatory.

While that's fine, it doesn't mean you need to serve the same old plain pancakes. After all, Mom is special. Her breakfast should be, too.

So we created these rye-based pancakes that offer a hearty - but not heavy - alternative to the typical flapjack. They are a fun and delicious way to work whole grains into the meal. And to dress them up a bit more than usual, we spiked the maple syrup with cocoa powder. We added fresh raspberries to the batter, but blueberries or sliced strawberries would be a great choice, too.

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]]> Wed, 27 Apr 2016 05:00:06 -0600 <![CDATA[Wine Guy: California cabernet sauvignon new releases]]> http://gazette.com/wine-guy-california-cabernet-sauvignon-new-releases/article/1574778?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/wine-guy-california-cabernet-sauvignon-new-releases/article/1574778?custom_click=rss

Cabernet sauvignon has been the most popular red wine among U.S. consumers for decades, and California cabs are the best-sellers.

A style that has emphasized richness and concentration along with pronounced ripe fruit and lavish oak has been dialed back somewhat recently in favor of more balance. The most successful wines still offer solid fruit, supple texture and refined tannins, resulting in offerings that are enticing now but also able to improve with age.

Top values

With these wines, expect quality at an attractive price:

- 2013 Rodney Strong Alexander Valley ($28). This is a perennial value with admirable complexity and refined tannins, enabling it to entice drinkers into early consumption but also tempt

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]]> Wed, 27 Apr 2016 05:00:04 -0600 <![CDATA[3 tips for a better, easier breakfast in bed on Mother's Day]]> http://gazette.com/3-tips-for-a-better-easier-breakfast-in-bed-on-mothers-day/article/1574774?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/3-tips-for-a-better-easier-breakfast-in-bed-on-mothers-day/article/1574774?custom_click=rss

Breakfast in bed is a love ritual in our home. Anytime there is a special occasion - a birthday, Mother's Day, Father's Day, whatever - the rest of the family follows an unspoken agreement to meet early in the kitchen to craft a breakfast-in-bed tray. I'm always first to the kitchen and, as I get the project rolling, my daughters show up one at a time, bleary-eyed and clutching handmade crafts or cards and some flowers picked from the garden.

As the team leader for many of the breakfasts our family has orchestrated over the years, I've developed a few best practices.

Tip No. 1: Do the bulk of the work the previous night. Overnight breakfast recipes are key.

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]]> Tue, 26 Apr 2016 04:50:59 -0600 <![CDATA[Ready to break the rules on salade nicoise? Grab a tomato]]> http://gazette.com/ready-to-break-the-rules-on-salade-nicoise-grab-a-tomato/article/feed/341471?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ready-to-break-the-rules-on-salade-nicoise-grab-a-tomato/article/feed/341471?custom_click=rss

Salade nicoise was the first recipe I made when I lived in France, a country that later would become my second home as an adult.

But at the time I was 19, spending a semester abroad. A week after my arrival, my French was barely sufficient to order a coffee, let alone get me through my first French cookbook. Despite the language barrier, one thing that that book made clear was that a true salade nicoise never would include tomatoes because of the acid.

I stood at a turning point: Would I follow the cookbook's stern direction (even I understood the author's tone — the tomato thing was not an "optional" point), or would I include my personal favorite part of every salade nicoise I had ever eaten (dare I even call them that an

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]]> Mon, 25 Apr 2016 17:37:22 -0600 <![CDATA[Hint! Hint! This is the treat moms want on Mother's Day]]> http://gazette.com/hint-hint-this-is-the-treat-moms-want-on-mothers-day/article/1574780?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/hint-hint-this-is-the-treat-moms-want-on-mothers-day/article/1574780?custom_click=rss

I'm always at a bit of a loss about what to say about Mother's Day, not to mention similar holidays that feel slightly manufactured.

I'm not a curmudgeon about them, exactly, but I'm a bit skeptical of the external forces that say, "THIS is the day you need to celebrate your sweetheart/father/mother/uncle's neighbor's dog/cousin, and you'd better do it right!" Go out? Stay in Breakfast in bed? The pressure! Who needs it?

But on the flip side, I definitely would be sad if the kids ignored the holiday completely. And because I am always firmly entrenched in the kitchen, I do get a bit excited when they elbow me out and take over the culinary detail for the day.

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]]> Mon, 25 Apr 2016 07:10:02 -0600 <![CDATA[Hint! Hint! This is the treat moms want on Mother's Day]]> http://gazette.com/hint-hint-this-is-the-treat-moms-want-on-mothers-day/article/feed/340417?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/hint-hint-this-is-the-treat-moms-want-on-mothers-day/article/feed/340417?custom_click=rss I'm always at a bit of a loss about what to say about Mother's Day, not to mention similar holidays that feel slightly (more than slightly?) manufactured.

I'm not a curmudgeon about them, exactly, but I'm a bit skeptical of the external forces that say, "THIS is the day you need to celebrate your sweetheart/father/mother/uncle's neighbor's dog/cousin, and you'd better do it right!" Go out? Stay in Breakfast in bed? The pressure! Who needs it?

But on the flip side, I definitely would be sad if the kids ignored the holiday completely. And because I am always firmly entrenched in the kitchen, I do get a bit excited when they elbow me out and take over the culinary detail for the day.

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]]> Fri, 22 Apr 2016 10:10:34 -0600 <![CDATA[Eat Well: Easy recipes to lighten up Passover meal]]> http://gazette.com/eat-well-easy-recipes-to-lighten-up-passover-meal/article/1574402?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/eat-well-easy-recipes-to-lighten-up-passover-meal/article/1574402?custom_click=rss

Passover, the eight-day Jewish festival that begins Saturday, isn't known for light, flavorful recipes. This year, let spring be the inspiration for lightening up Seder, the ceremonial opening meal.

The Seder plate, which serves as the centerpiece of the table, holds ritual foods including the shankbone (commemorating the sacrifice of lambs when the Hebrews fled Egypt), karpas (spring greens symbolizing the freshness of spring), charoset (sweet salad of apples, nuts, wine and cinnamon that represents the mortar used by the Hebrew slaves to make bricks), a roasted egg (signifying springtime and renewal) and maror (bitter herbs such as horseradish, recalling the bitterness of slavery).

Salt water is also on the table and



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Thu, 21 Apr 2016 11:32:26 -0600
<![CDATA[The fresh flavor of white asparagus is worth searching for]]> http://gazette.com/the-fresh-flavor-of-white-asparagus-is-worth-searching-for/article/feed/339870?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-fresh-flavor-of-white-asparagus-is-worth-searching-for/article/feed/339870?custom_click=rss

Here in America we think of white asparagus as the pink elephant of the vegetable world — not even a rumor so much as a hallucination.

It actually has been a staple in Europe for centuries. These days, happily enough, I've been spotting white asparagus more often on our side of the pond.

White asparagus is white because the spears are never exposed to sunlight as they grow. Without sunlight, they produce no chlorophyll. Without chlorophyll, they don't turn green. White asparagus is a little milder and more delicate in flavor than the green variety. It's also rich in nutrients and very low in calories.

At the supermarket, the best white asparagus boasts the same attributes as the best green asparagus: a firm, smooth st

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]]> Thu, 21 Apr 2016 08:53:36 -0600 <![CDATA[Pikes Pub: To know your breweries is to know Colorado Springs]]> http://gazette.com/pikes-pub-to-know-your-breweries-is-to-know-colorado-springs/article/1574414?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/pikes-pub-to-know-your-breweries-is-to-know-colorado-springs/article/1574414?custom_click=rss

It's easy to get jaded about our liquid liberties living in Colorado, a state with the nation's third-highest number of breweries per capita - 7.3 for every 100,000 legal drinkers, in 2015.

The neutron-star density in the Denver metro area accounts for much of that skew; even so, Colorado Springs, a city of about 440,000, has 21 establishments that brew their own. Two more, Cerberus and Local Relic, plan late spring and summer openings.

That might sound tight 'til you consider the nature of the Springs, a city just shy of 195 square miles and the state's largest geographic municipality.

"You go up to Denver, there's a brewery on every block. Here, we're not anywhere near capacity for the size of town we are," said



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Wed, 20 Apr 2016 17:57:55 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs entrepreneur has built an award-winning group of restaurants]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-entrepreneur-has-built-an-award-winning-group-of-restaurants/article/1574413?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-entrepreneur-has-built-an-award-winning-group-of-restaurants/article/1574413?custom_click=rss

Randy Price, who co-owns Rocky Mountain Restaurant Group with his wife, Liz, is one happy fella.

Why? Of the three restaurant brands he operates in Colorado Springs, two of them won a total of nine gold awards and a silver award in the recently released Best of the Springs, and the third eatery won a silver and a bronze award.

Salsa Brava, his flagship restaurant, took golds for Mexican food, red chili, casual dining and enchiladas. Over Easy walked away with golds for restaurant service, Sunday brunch, bartender, breakfast and huevos rancheros. Justin Castor, the chef at Over Easy won a silver award in the best chef category. Sonterra Grill won a silver award for best business lunch and a bronze award went to Josh Davis, the



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Wed, 20 Apr 2016 17:35:40 -0600
<![CDATA[Chocolate and chicken? Yes, with this amazing mole sauce!]]> http://gazette.com/chocolate-and-chicken-yes-with-this-amazing-mole-sauce/article/1574415?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/chocolate-and-chicken-yes-with-this-amazing-mole-sauce/article/1574415?custom_click=rss

Don't be fooled into thinking mole (pronounced mole-EH) is only a Mexican chocolate sauce. To start with, though it is rich and decadent, it is savory, not sweet. In fact, depending on how it is made, it can pack significant heat. Most varieties involve some sort of ground nuts or seeds, which give these sauces a stick-to-your-ribs thickness that begs to be paired with hearty meats.

There are many ways to make mole. This version uses raw almonds, which are sauteed with onion, garlic, a few spices, a few chili peppers, some orange juice and tomato paste. The result is balanced and rich, and it won't overwhelm. You will, however, want some warm flour tortillas to sop up the excess. It's that good.

It's worth going out of your



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Wed, 20 Apr 2016 13:20:24 -0600
<![CDATA[Tart up your basic toast to show Mom love on Mother's Day]]> http://gazette.com/tart-up-your-basic-toast-to-show-mom-love-on-mothers-day/article/feed/339366?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/tart-up-your-basic-toast-to-show-mom-love-on-mothers-day/article/feed/339366?custom_click=rss For some reason, Mother's Day has become synonymous with breakfast in bed. Maybe it is because it is the easiest meal of the day and even folks who can't cook can make toast.

And that's not so bad. If the bread is good, there is nothing like toast with butter and jam. But with only a little extra work, you can make a more substantial toast that will wow you and your mother. My toast with smoked salmon and avocado mash is so good — and good for you — that you may find you will add it to your regular rotation.

Avocado toast is all the rage these days and I have always loved avocado and smoked salmon together. So this toast is really a mash-up of the popular avocado toast and the best flavors from Sunday's lox and bagels.

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]]> Wed, 20 Apr 2016 08:53:06 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs area cooking classes and events starting April 20, 2016]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-cooking-classes-and-events-starting-april-20-2016/article/1574476?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-cooking-classes-and-events-starting-april-20-2016/article/1574476?custom_click=rss WHAT'S COOKING

CLASSES

ONGOING

Pikes Peak District Library - Free. Registration required. - Eat Cheap and Healthy: Recipe Swap and Tasting, 5-6 p.m. Tuesday, Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Drive; tinyurl.com/zvmpq8b.

The Seasoned Chef - 999 Jasmine St., Suite 100, Denver. Call or go online for cost if not indicated. Registration: 1-303-377-3222, theseasonedchef.com. - Young Chefs Class - Oven Magic, for ages 11 and older, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. April 30, $59.

EVENTS

SATURDAY

Spring Fling - With release of five new wines crafted by Jeff Stultz, 1-4 p.m., The Winery at Holey Cross Abbey, 3011 U.S. 50, Cañon City, $25. Advance tickets: 1-877-422-9463,

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]]> Wed, 20 Apr 2016 05:40:09 -0600 <![CDATA[Ready to mix it up on Mother's Day? Try rye berry pancakes]]> http://gazette.com/ready-to-mix-it-up-on-mothers-day-try-rye-berry-pancakes/article/feed/338862?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ready-to-mix-it-up-on-mothers-day-try-rye-berry-pancakes/article/feed/338862?custom_click=rss Breakfast in bed on Mother's Day is practically mandatory. Which is fine. But that doesn't mean what you serve needs to be the same old plain pancakes. After all, Mom is special. Her breakfast should be, too.

So we created these rye-based pancakes that offer a hearty — but not heavy — alternative to the typical flapjack. They are a fun and delicious way to work whole grains into the meal. And to dress them up a little more than usual, we spiked the usual maple syrup with cocoa powder. We added fresh raspberries to the batter, but blueberries or sliced strawberries would be a great choice, too.

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]]> Tue, 19 Apr 2016 07:32:59 -0600 <![CDATA[3 tips for a better, easier breakfast in bed on Mother's Day]]> http://gazette.com/3-tips-for-a-better-easier-breakfast-in-bed-on-mothers-day/article/feed/338485?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/3-tips-for-a-better-easier-breakfast-in-bed-on-mothers-day/article/feed/338485?custom_click=rss

Breakfast in bed is a love language in our home. Anytime there is a special occasion to celebrate — a birthday, Mother's Day, Father's Day, whatever — the rest of the family follows an unspoken agreement to meet early in the kitchen to craft a breakfast-in-bed tray. I'm always first to the kitchen, and as I get the project rolling my daughters show up one at a time, bleary-eyed and clutching handmade crafts or cards and some flowers picked from the garden.

As the team leader for many of the breakfasts our family has orchestrated over the years, I've developed a few best practices. And my No. 1 tip: Do the bulk of the work the night before. Overnight breakfast recipes are key.

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]]> Mon, 18 Apr 2016 10:40:18 -0600 <![CDATA[Kohlrabi, miso and soy sauce lend an Asian flavor to slaw]]> http://gazette.com/kohlrabi-miso-and-soy-sauce-lend-an-asian-flavor-to-slaw/article/feed/337775?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/kohlrabi-miso-and-soy-sauce-lend-an-asian-flavor-to-slaw/article/feed/337775?custom_click=rss

I love all kinds of coleslaw, or just "slaw" as many people call it. I even like the sometimes mediocre, very creamy slaw served in those little paper cups alongside a sandwich at the deli or diner.

But I like to change up the notion of slaw, too, from the traditional all-American mayo-based types to this version, which is based on the salads we get when we go to Japanese restaurants. My older son, Jack, craves this gingery-miso dressing and I figured it would be great tossed with a jumble of crunchy shredded vegetables.

Kohlrabi was a great place to start. It is a member of the cruciferous vegetable family. They are about the size of an orange, with a bunch of stems sticking out and a thick skin that can range from pale gree

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]]> Fri, 15 Apr 2016 16:09:18 -0600 <![CDATA[Horseradish _ seriously underappreciated root with bold kick]]> http://gazette.com/horseradish-seriously-underappreciated-root-with-bold-kick/article/feed/337149?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/horseradish-seriously-underappreciated-root-with-bold-kick/article/feed/337149?custom_click=rss

Horseradish — a member of the mustard family native to Eastern and Central Europe — has been enjoyed by people since antiquity. Even so, when Peter Kump, one of my mentors, wrote in praise of the root in 1992, he argued well that horseradish remained vastly underappreciated.

Sure, we know it as a key ingredient of cocktail sauces and as one of the five bitter herbs served at a Passover seder. But fewer people know it for how well it complements roasted meats, poultry and fish, he said.

If anything, Peter may have understated its usefulness. Food historian Waverly Root wrote that some ancient populations ate copious amounts of horseradish in winter for its warming qualities and that Roman philosophers recommended horseradi

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]]> Thu, 14 Apr 2016 08:50:26 -0600 <![CDATA[Can parsnip "rice" sushi hold its own against the real deal?]]> http://gazette.com/can-parsnip-rice-sushi-hold-its-own-against-the-real-deal/article/feed/336607?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/can-parsnip-rice-sushi-hold-its-own-against-the-real-deal/article/feed/336607?custom_click=rss

HYDE PARK, N.Y. (AP) — As hauntingly good recipes go, anything with parsnips as the main ingredient seems an unlikely candidate. Except for this one.

During a recent meal at Pangea, a so-called "vegetable forward" student-run restaurant on the campus of The Culinary Institute of America, I was served a sushi roll made entirely from vegetables. The "salmon" was an amazing rendition made from slices of tomato. I know. I was just as dubious. Until I ate it. The rice? Made from finely chopped and seasoned raw parsnips. I know. I was just as dubious. Until I ate it.

Let me put it this way: I'm a happy carnivore and I love real — really good — sushi. But these rolls were so good, I'd gladly eat them at a legit sushi bar.

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]]> Wed, 13 Apr 2016 08:25:58 -0600 <![CDATA[Chocolate and chicken? Yes, with this amazing mole sauce!]]> http://gazette.com/chocolate-and-chicken-yes-with-this-amazing-mole-sauce/article/feed/336145?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/chocolate-and-chicken-yes-with-this-amazing-mole-sauce/article/feed/336145?custom_click=rss

Don't be fooled into thinking mole (pronounced mole-EH) is just a Mexican chocolate sauce. To start with, though it is rich and decadent, it is savory, not sweet. In fact, depending on how it is made, it can pack significant heat. Most varieties involve some sort of ground nuts or seeds, which give these sauces a stick-to-your-ribs thickness that begs to be paired with hearty meats.

There are many ways to make mole. This version uses raw almonds, which are sauteed with onion, garlic, a few spices, a few chili peppers, some orange juice and tomato paste. The result is balanced and rich, and it won't overwhelm. You will, however, want some warm flour tortillas to sop up the excess. It's that good.

It's worth going out of your w

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]]> Tue, 12 Apr 2016 08:35:14 -0600 <![CDATA[Doing the impossible: Make a vegan Caesar worth celebrating]]> http://gazette.com/doing-the-impossible-make-a-vegan-caesar-worth-celebrating/article/feed/335774?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/doing-the-impossible-make-a-vegan-caesar-worth-celebrating/article/feed/335774?custom_click=rss

I've heard that many restaurant chefs despise making Caesar salads, but I don't understand why. Who wouldn't love making lemony-cheesy-black-pepper-salad dreams come true?

So my resourceful little self has always had a solid Caesar salad game going at home. My original recipe was rooted in the classic for years: raw egg yolk, umami-laden anchovies, nutty Parmesan cheese, tart lemon juice. I then top that basic Caesar salad with almost any protein to turn it into a truly satisfying meal. Steak, shrimp or chicken work well, but so do turkey meatballs, roasted pork tenderloin and — my secret weapon — just about every kind of canned fish available.

Over time, I've adapted and adjusted my beloved Caesar salad recipe to account

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