Exploring Colorado Wineries by Paula Mitchell

Meet Paula Mitchell and Explore Colorado Wines!

Many of us know the pleasures of a good bottle of wine. When properly paired with a meal, it can create a plethora of uniquely exciting tastes, taking a home-cooked meal from good to outstanding. However, even some of the most passionate locavores might come up with questions when it comes to nearby wineries. That’s where Paula Mitchell and her book Exploring Colorado Wineries come in. Mitchell has assembled an easy to use compendium of wineries and tasting rooms in our very own state. Believe it or not, there are over 125 and luckily we have Exploring Colorado Wineries to help us discover them. [Read more…]

Cookbook author Michele Morris will be in the store June 21, 2013 5-8 p.m.

An Interview with Tasting Colorado Cookbook Author Michele Morris

When it comes to eating well, many chefs and home-cooks look to their surroundings for inspiration. This can come in the form of centering dishes around nearby ingredients or asking locals for old recipe favorites. The new cookbook Tasting Colorado: Favorite Recipes form the Centennial State does both, and a whole lot more. Best of all, its author Michele Morris will be a part of our June Foodie Walk spectacular on the 21st of this month from 5-8pm. [Read more…]

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MM Local: Preserving Summer Sunshine

As all of that gorgeous summer produce is coming into season, we foodies can have a lot on our minds. Hypnotized at our farmer’s markets by bright offerings that grow steadily larger and more flavorful with each passing week, many of us can’t wait to get home and whip them into something delicious. Those long winter months seem a distant memory but there is always the idea of that rather daunting task, canning and preserving summer harvests, lurking somewhere in the depths of our brains. The idea can be stressful, even for the experienced canner, as summer produce can arrive in all its full-fledged glory and be gone in a flash.

Luckily for those of us in Northern Colorado (and across the state) some lovely fellows from Boulder have taken out the guesswork.  In September of 2009, Jim Mills and Ben Mustin launched MM Local, with the vision to fearlessly provide customers with fabulous, local fruits and veggies year-round through preserving.  They partner primarily with small, organic growers across the Front Range and Western Slope to get produce at the peak of its season and then keep their products pure, simple and scrumptious. [Read more…]

Tara Parr and Lauren Dittmann of Raindrop Retreat

Fresh From the First Farmer’s Market

Last Saturday was my first visit of the season to the Larimer County Farmer’s Market at 200 W. Oak.  Excited to kick off the summer season with some delicious dishes, I headed straight to Tara Parr’s booth, Raindrop Retreat.  She always has something tasty to share and is a delight to visit with.  Lauren Dittman is also working in collaboration with Tara this season.  They helped me choose some mustard greens and  a small collection of delectable strawberries.  I’ve never cooked with mustard greens and I wanted to do something more than just saute them.  Returning to my trusted copy of The Joy of Cooking, I found this delicious recipe.

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For our Cupboard Foodies…a fabulous new restaurant!

Maza Kebab 2427 S. College Ave. Unit B-1 Fort Collins, CO 80525
970-484-6292 open daily for lunch and dinner

The word is spreading about Fort Collin’s most recent restaurant addition, Maza Kebab.  This is not your typical gyro fast food joint, but Fort Collin’s own Afghani restaurant.  Always looking for a new place to eat, I was recently talking to some fellow Cupboard employees.  They said customers had been in that very day looking for the Afghani restaurant in Fort Collins.  Unlikely, I thought.  I promptly searched my phone to verify the truth or falsehood of this notion.  It was true!   A review popped up written by Kristin of Feasting Fort Collins about Maza Kabab, an afghani restaurant opened 4 months ago in Fort Collins.  Well, I had to go!  [Read more…]