As wineries reopen for tastings, expect appointments, pre-poured glasses and plenty of sanitizer

The text message conveyed urgency and alarm, even without all caps and exclamation points. “There’s a 6-foot snake in the Pavilion terrorizing guests.” It was June 4, the first day in nearly two...

DATE: Aug. 31, 2020 | CATEGORY: Food

How to choose, prep and use all those summer cucumbers

Each family has its own lore, often-repeated stories and catchphrases. One that I’ll always remember, although told to me secondhand, is from my oldest niece, who while at her great-grandparents’...

DATE: Aug. 31, 2020 | CATEGORY: Food

In the quest for a pandemic coping mechanism, I’ve become a cookie monster

I don’t know when it began, but at some point during the pandemic I became somewhat panicked whenever the household cookie supply started to run low. I may have even cut out, once or twice, for a...

DATE: Aug. 26, 2020 | CATEGORY: Food

Soba noodles, tomatoes, zucchini and bright vinegar make this pasta salad fit for summer

When I was young, pasta salad fell into two categories: A creamy concoction in which mayonnaise held together elbow macaroni, vegetables and ham; or a vinaigrette-style salad with tri-color fusilli...

DATE: Aug. 25, 2020 | CATEGORY: Food

As the restaurant industry suffers, the James Beard Foundation scraps its prestigious awards until 2022

With the coronavirus wreaking devastation in the restaurant industry – many establishments are closed or operating at low capacity, thousands of workers have been laid off and many sickened – the...

DATE: Aug. 24, 2020 | CATEGORY: Food

Ugly produce is the best bargain at farmers markets. Here’s how to buy and use it.

We all grew up hearing that it’s not what’s on the outside but the inside that counts, that you can’t judge a book by its cover and all those other oft-repeated pieces of wisdom. Of course, as...

DATE: Aug. 23, 2020 | CATEGORY: Food

Former Ignacio science teacher makes salsa to send students to Space Camp

As of yet, Danny Jacques hasn’t been to outer space. Growing up on a ranch in Ignacio, he was fascinated by space exploration and wanted to be an astronaut. But not knowing how to accomplish that...

DATE: Aug. 19, 2020 | CATEGORY: Food

Ore House teams up with Rochester Hotel to provide alternative dining experience

While many of downtown Durango’s restaurants have reopened after COVID-19 closures, others have been quietly biding their time, including the Ore House. Because of its location on College Drive...

DATE: Aug. 18, 2020 | CATEGORY: Food

This no-bake coconut cream pie plays it cool with a chocolate cookie crust

Summer is the season for pie-making. And though I love a slice of fruit pie (à la mode, please) during these dog days, a slice of a no-bake cream pie is what I’m here for. Be it lemon, chocolate,...

DATE: Aug. 17, 2020 | CATEGORY: Food

This virtual reality dining experience is trippy – and might be the future of restaurants

The James Beard House is a circa-1844 townhouse in the West Village, its creaky floors filled with oil paintings and homages to the greatness of the culinary center’s namesake food writer and cook,...

DATE: Aug. 12, 2020 | CATEGORY: Food

How to choose between food processors and blenders for your cooking projects

Food processors and blenders tend to get lumped together when people talk about kitchen appliances. After all, you can throw a bunch of ingredients into each and come out with something pureed....

DATE: Aug. 11, 2020 | CATEGORY: Food

Half ceviche, half shrimp cocktail, this cool, bright dish is thoroughly refreshing

In the height of summer, my appetite often settles into a no-man’s land where I’m hungry but find myself stuck in a lackadaisical funk in which I just don’t feel like eating. It’s as if the act of...

DATE: Aug. 11, 2020 | CATEGORY: Food

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