Pamela Hasterok

Position: Special to the Herald

Make any day a picnic

Hammocks, folding chairs, blankets, lanterns, books of poetry and, of course, food – cold salmon, baby veal chops, ham sandwiches, pickles, sponge cake, fruit and light ale – that was an American...

DATE: Sept. 9, 2014 | CATEGORY: Food

Chef’s choice

Professional chefs, just like home cooks, hanker for the freshest produce, the purest protein, the most spectacular fruit. And boy, do they know what to do with it. So, now, at the height of the...

DATE: Aug. 19, 2014 | CATEGORY: Food

The art of canning

When is a tomato not just a tomato? When it’s a beauty queen. “Ooh, look at that. That’s beautiful,” cooed La Plata County Fair judge Emily Wegener as she turned the jar of skinless Roma tomatoes...

DATE: Aug. 12, 2014 | CATEGORY: Food

Taste under pressure

They diced, they sliced, they minced, they chopped, they grilled, they pureed and they sauteed, often all at once. If there is a lesson to be learned from watching two local top chefs compete...

DATE: Aug. 5, 2014 | CATEGORY: Food

Today’s veganism

An amateur boxer, an Olympic sprinter and a former president – you’ll never guess what unites them. C’mon, try. It can drop the pounds, get rid of belly aches, improve your athletic performance...

DATE: July 29, 2014 | CATEGORY: Food

The fledgling oenophile

You’re out for a nice dinner with a companion or friends. You surveyed the wine list, but many of the choices are unfamiliar. You love sauvignon blanc, but don’t see one you recognize. The waiter...

DATE: July 22, 2014 | CATEGORY: Food

A fruity fete

The early spring and late frost killed the apricots. Birds ate most of the few sweet cherries. If the weather stays warm and the good Lord smiles upon the Western Slope, the peaches will come in...

DATE: July 8, 2014 | CATEGORY: Food

Grass-fed beef

In Colorado, we love our beef. It’s the first thing we serve out-of-town guests, and it’s our No. 1 choice to celebrate a special occasion. After all, nobody asks for salmon for their birthday...

DATE: July 1, 2014 | CATEGORY: Food

Sickly sweet

It’s in mayonnaise, bread and bacon. It’s in cupcakes, ice cream and soda. It lurks in everything we eat. It’s sugar and it’s killing us. The latest research says Americans eat about 100 pounds of...

DATE: June 24, 2014 | CATEGORY: Food

Part chemistry, part wizardry

Wasabi caviar, watermelon tartare, a smoking Manhattan – oh, my. Liquid nitrogen, reverse spherification, immersion circulators – oh, dear. Julia Child would not approve. But a professional chef...

DATE: June 10, 2014 | CATEGORY: Food

Restaurant row

CORTEZ – Past the car washes and banks, the budget motels and storage buildings, beyond the liquor stores and auto parts shops, you’ll arrive at a single block of U.S. Highway 160 that makes the...

DATE: June 3, 2014 | CATEGORY: Food

Montezuma County promotes local, healthy foods

With its cattle ranches, hay farms and a long history of eating meat and potatoes, Montezuma County might not be the first place that springs to mind when you think of healthy eating. But you’ll be...

DATE: June 3, 2014 | CATEGORY: Food

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