• Dining Review: Home-cooked Mexican food like a warm embrace north of Colorado Springs

    ROBIN INTEMANN, The Gazette
    Updated: 7 hr ago

    Arlene's Beans Mexican Take-out and Catering is a hole-in-the-wall joint. Trust me, the description is meant as a term of endearment because Arlene's is a warm, friendly place with authentic, mouthwatering Mexican food. The nondescript exterior belies the attention to detail in the...

  • Colorado Springs award-winning Cajun restaurant hires new chef

    By teresa farney teresa.farney@gazette.com -
    Updated: 22 hr ago

    Alexandra Kowalski is the new chef whipping up New Orleans dishes at Mamma Pearl's Cajun Kitchen, 6620 Delmonico Drive. "I almost hired her on the spot when she came in for the job interview," said owner Robert Brunet. "She came in wearing her whites with her tool kit, ready to start...

  • Colorado Springs area cooking classes and events starting Aug. 16, 2017

    By Carlotta Olson -
    Published: Wed, Aug 16, 2017

    CLASSES ONGOING Colorado Springs Vegan Cooking Academy - CSU Extension, 17 N. Spruce St. Registration: csvegancooking.com. - Seitan and Soy Curls (Vegan Meat), noon-2 p.m. Saturday, $55. Colorado State University Extension - 701 Court Street, Suite C, Pueblo. Registration:...

  • Pair up and dig into a no-cook platter for two

    By Bonnie S. Benwick The Washington Post -

    For a dish that's more than 60 years old, beef carpaccio is still in the game. Here, it steps up from appetizer status to no-cook entree for two. It becomes a casual platter, with crunch and color strewn about any way you like it. While the small hunk of best-quality tenderloin firms...

  • Colorado Springs farm dinner showed off Colorado-made cheeses with local veggies and meat

    By Teresa J. Farney teresa.farney@gazette.com -

    More than one of us was perplexed by the covered plastic cup of tannish-tinted liquid with a bright blue borage flower floating in it. It was placed in front of us at a recent "Night on the Ranch"dinner by Mike Preisler at Corner Post Meats Ranch in Black Forest. It was the first...

  • Pikes Pick: If you like it hot, try Spencer's Chili Fest in Colorado Springs

    By teresa Farney teresa.farney@gazette.com -
    Updated: Tue, Aug 15, 2017

    Can't decide what level of heat you'd like for your roasted green chilies? Alice Robinson, one of the family owners of Spencer's Lawn and Garden Center, 1430 S. Tejon St., is here to help. Spencer's Chili Fest takes place at the Tejon Street location from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on...

  • Downtown diners to have more lunch options as Colorado Springs launches Food Truck Tuesdays

    BY CONRAD SWANSON conrad.swanson@gazette.com ­-
    Updated: Tue, Aug 15, 2017

    Downtown diners will have a few extra lunchtime options on Tuesdays as Colorado Springs premiers Food Truck Tuesdays off South Tejon Street. For 10 weeks, eight food trucks will set up shop on the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum's west lawn at 215 S. Tejon St., Claire Swinford, the...

  • You'll want to put this Sicilian vegetable salad on everything

    By Ellie Krieger The Washington Post -
    Updated: Tue, Aug 15, 2017

    I don't use my slow cooker often, but I break it out in the summer when my culinary mission, besides getting to my farmers market each week, is to avoid standing over a stove or firing up my oven. Based on the popularity of the Slow-Cooker Ratatouille I did for this column last summer,...

  • An Italian sauce that brings life to any vegetable it touches

    By Joe Yonan The Washington Post -
    Updated: Tue, Aug 15, 2017

    I don't miss many things from my meat- and seafood-eating days, but I do miss anchovies. Not because I want to pluck them straight from the can or jar, but because crushing them into a paste and adding them to sizzling garlic and onion is a fine way to bring depth to a tomato sauce....

  • Dining Review: Ambiance proves addictive at Manitou coffee shop, cafe

    By Robin Intemann The Gazette -
    Updated: Thu, Aug 10, 2017

    The vibe at Red Dog Coffee and Cafe is as arty and friendly as Manitou Springs in general. The menu consists of sandwiches, a few salads, a daily quiche and an array of baked goods. What we sampled was fine but not at the top of the best-ever category. This might not be the place...

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