It’s all in the Grind

I’m talking about the secrets to grilling the perfect hamburger, of course. There are many steps in the creation of a juicy, flavorful, and tender grilled burger. Labor Day weekend is coming up so here’s your l...

Cured: Where happy cheese lives

The store windows were taped with paper to keep out the lookie-loos. Mark and I had an appointment so we let ourselves in, despite the ‘do not enter’ sign. We walked into a homey but voluminous retail space ...

Blackberry Liqueur: Mix it up

As a former pastry chef, I always have liqueurs on hand. When people see my shelves of bottles I assure them that “they are for baking purposes.”  Some people smirk a little with skepticism. The truth is I do n...
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Strawberry Fields Forever

One of my favorite memories is walking the streets of Paris for the first time. (Four days of bliss.) The streets were narrow and the cobblestone alleys heavily rutted. The buildings were ancient and ornate wit...
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Artists in the Kitchen (video)

Chefs are artists who wield knives of all sizes to transform flesh and vegetable into plated sculpture. I had the pleasure of spending a day with Chef Rodney Herwerth of the Inverness Hotel in Englewood, Colo...
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Speaking of Fairly Tasty…

Speaking of pie, I thought I’d make one for us. I felt guilty for not including a recipe in my post about the Denver County Fair yesterday. All that talk of pies and pie-eating contests had me drooling for pie....
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Fairly Tasty Stuff

A good old-fashioned county fair smells like funnel cakes and candy apples mixed with hay, manure, and sweaty bodies. It’s a heady mixture of earth, animal, and mineral. There’s nothing quite as fun and pure as...
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Snowmass Culinary & Arts Fest 7/21-7/23

The Snowmass Culinary & Arts Festival is this weekend. If you love to watch celebrity chefs show off their talents, while savoring creative foods and libations in the middle of a ski resort, this is an ev...
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Drink in a Colorado Sunset

WATCH THE VIDEO ON THE BIG SCREEN AT YOUTUBE or....   Colorado sunsets are a gorgeous phenomenon. And now we have a sweet martini to help celebrate them, thanks to the Inverness Hotel in Englewood, Colo...
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Serving Up Patriotism, Part 2

Baked Alaska – what a delicious invention -- moist cake soaking up cold ice cream that is slathered with a layer of meringue while the whole kit-and-kaboodle gets popped into the oven long enough to crisp the o...
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Serving up Patriotism, Part 1

The 4th of July is just around the corner. Every party will have a table full of red, white and blue decorations and food items. No doubt, someone will bring a white sheet cake topped with blueberries and raspb...