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Thursday, March 15,2012

Little restaurants that could

Small establishments hold their own against the giants

By Blair Madole
In a foodie town with freight engines like Frasca, Centro and The Kitchen, it is easy to get overshadowed. Yet with optimism, family support and fresh, authentic food, restaurants like Il Pastaio and Arabesque exemplify the little engine that could.
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Thursday, March 8,2012

Wilder paths to rejoining civilian life

How the great outdoors are helping veterans and their spouses cope

By Blair Madole
The Women’s Wilderness Institute, a Boulderbased non-profit organization focused on helping women build strength and courage through wilderness experiences, recently teamed up with the Sierra Club and the University of Michigan to research the benefits of outdoor activities for veterans.
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Thursday, February 16,2012

Biff 2012 | Bitter stories

‘Bitter Seeds’ leads a call to action against GMOs

By Blair Madole
The story that unfolds in the documentary Bitter Seeds, featured at the Boulder International Film Festival, is about farmers who wager it all on what are promised to be miracle seeds, but land dust and failed crops rather than a magic bean pole.
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Thursday, February 2,2012

Searching for a CSA

By Blair Madole
If you are trying to avoid GMOs and the potential for strange growths or zombie-like qualities this summer, participating in a CSA, or Community Supported Agriculture, may be a good choice.
Thursday, December 15,2011

Strange bacon

By Blair Madole
Bacon is one of those things that people say makes everything better. Wrap it around scallops or a filet or toss some on a sandwich and you have a very popular menu item. One local bartender even said bacon is the reason he stopped being a vegetarian. However, it is possible that the bacon craze has gone too far.
Thursday, December 15,2011

Kick-butt kitchen gear

Gift ideas for the friend who likes to cook

By Blair Madole
This holiday season, you don’t need to be an expert to find a gift for your kitchen-dwelling friend. Here are a few ideas that will get your thoughts cooking and will give your friend’s kitchen skills a boost. Some of these items also have some unexpected benefits and dual purposes that may come in handy.
Monday, December 12,2011

Foodie fanaticism

Gifts for the food and drink lovers

By Blair Madole
Buying a gift for self-proclaimed foodies can be daunting, especially if you aren’t as knowledgeable as they are on the subject. You can’t go wrong with a gift card or a dinner at one of the nicer places in town. On the other hand, if you are feeling a bit more adventurous, here are a few engaging gift ideas for your food-and-beverage-loving friend.
Monday, December 12,2011

Stocking success

Your guide to stuffing a stocking and showing up Santa

By Blair Madole
Stockings are one of the better things about the holidays. Stuffing them requires imagination and knowledge of the receiver beyond a specific list of desired presents, and you have a small space to prove you have it. If you’re stumped, here are a few ideas for what to stuff in those stockings so you can prove that Santa’s elves aren’t the only ones capable of putting one together.
Thursday, December 1,2011

Not your average neighborhood coffee shop

By Blair Madole
Vajra Rich looks like a mad scientist, complete with messy hair, a glint in his eyes and beakers and circular heaters that look like they belong in a chemistry lab. He doesn’t work with obscure chemicals or create monsters though. He makes coffee.
Thursday, November 17,2011

Alternative Thanksgiving options

By Blair Madole
Sometimes it can be fun to play with holiday traditions, especially those involving food. Altering an ingredient, making a new dish, or changing a presentation can create a fresh energy for the table and may help alleviate the stress of hosting your hard-to-please in-laws and extended family.
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