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Can you ever ever ever get enough of these guys?

They are the complete breakfast, the perfect landscape on which to build a lunch, in something liquid,  the surprise addition to dinner, and lovely after dinner (or before.)  And they say summer — summer that is too quickly approaching September.  But then, September has its own deliciousness.

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We Love Local Foods!

 Whether you get your  news from  NBC  CNN  Twitter  YouTube  Huff Post or the U.S. Department of Agriculture, it would be hard not to know that it’s been a very dry year across the country.

Colorado struggles periodically with its high-desert heritage, but our local growers are innovative and smart. And because so many Colorado families are into healthy lifestyles and local fruits, vegetables and greens, they are flocking to the “local produce” section in greater numbers.

FreshPack has Olathe Sweet CornColorado peaches, melons and cantaloupesActually we have much more Colorado-grown goodies than ever before — both conventionally grown and certified organic.

FreshPack asked Chef Michael Long to help us figure a new thing to do with Colorado chiogga beets and, what d’ya know, he made the prettiest Bull’s Eye salad with a red cactus pear vinaigrette.

We are always trying to figure out new ways to put all of this locally grown abundence to work for your health and enjoyment. What are your ideas?

Call us at 303.412.6232 for more information on local green beans, cabbages, cilantro, greens, lettuces, onions, radishes, potatoes and tomatoes.  It’s like a garden around here!

Colorado Proud

David Asbury has been in the farming universe since his youth.  He went on to learn even more at Colorado State University.  He believes that growing the most wholesome produce organically, using sustainable practices, is the highest calling a farmer can aspire to.

He started Rocky Mountain Pumpkin Ranch and then Full Circle Farm — 900 acres and 70 varieties of vegetables — he and his team grow also small grains, grass hay, corn and alfalfa for rotation to give the soil the needed rest from vegetable production.  From Longs Peak (14,259 feet) to the west, the watershed feeds the area’s rivers and reservoirs, which RMPR and Full Circle Farms tap carefully to conserve and manage their variety of crops.

Full Circle Farms’ philosophy is that in showing respect, dignity and integrity for all things, they — and hopefully we — have a better connection to humans, plants and soil.

At FreshPack, we’re looking forward to a summer of great fresh veggies from just a few miles away.

Amazing

Every Year Food and Wine picks out emerging chefs, all shiny and relatively new, to celebrate and honor.  This year, we have no objection to their nominating Colorado’s own Lon Symensma and Will Nolan — although we balked at being placed in “the southwest.”  Food and Wine invites you read more about them and to vote — it’s your civilized duty.

   

Lon Symensma

RESTAURANT ChoLon    LOCATION Denver, CO

WHY HE’S AMAZING Because he combines his Michelin-starred experience and yen for Asian street food to make Vietnamese dishes that are tasty and beautiful.(Read a review

Will Nolan

RESTAURANT Eight K          LOCATION Snowmass Village, CO

WHY HE’S AMAZING Because he’s honoring his Louisiana heritage by creating refined Creole comfort food at a prestigious Aspen ski resort.(Read a review

 Come on — show your support for these AMAZING chefs —  VOTE HERE!

Good + Food

Talking of Pleasure, this moment I was writing with one hand, and with the other holding to my Mouth a Nectarine — how good how fine. It went down all pulpy, slushy, oozy, all its delicious embonpoint melted down my throat like a large, beautified Strawberry.  – John Keats (1795 – 1821)

 We heard there was a Decadent Wellness seminar at tomorrow’s Keystone Culinary Festival.  (Here’s Channel 4’s piece on the entire fest.)  We just liked the combination of “decadence” and “wellness” — people don’t use those two words together enough, these days!

 So we thought we’d go in search of likely foods that fit the description.

 Jacob Conover made this really fresh, light unnamed salad of

  • Grapefruit
  • Papaya
  • Ataulfo mango (the meatier, beautiful green to blush yellow kind – also known as champagne mango)
  • Sunflower sprouts
  • Leeks
  • Red Fresno pepper
  • Habanero pepper…

 …dressed in its own juices – we listed them in order of proportion, high to low, but the mix is up to you!

R.J. reminded us of all the kiwi fruit that is known, at this time of year, for its color, shape, natural design, succulence and flesh.  All this and a great source of Vitamin C.

 Kim thinks almost any kind of organic fruit smoothie  qualifies as decadent (ideas start with one from Alfalfa’s in Boulder.)  

Carrots + asian pear + granny smith apples + a vegetable juicer = “vibrant” flavors.  This comes from Justin, who says he was shocked at how good the combination was. 

Voluptuous stemmed strawberries are the definition of decadent wellness – eat them all by themselves (vitamin C, calcium and iron) or dip them in your most decadent creation (we are dark-chocolate people!)

Now, enjoy your weekend.

 

If the divine creator has taken pains to give us delicious and exquisite things to eat, the least we can do is prepare them well and serve them with ceremony. – Fernand Point

And the award goes to…

We’d like to thank the Academy for all our new followers. ~ Season’s Harvest

We aren’t the only ones who are gushing about Colorado’s own Fruition, Rioja, Restaurant Six89 and Frasca Food & Wine.  Take another look at the D Post story on the 2012 JBF Awards – winners to be announced May 7 – giving you plenty of time to get to Cannes for that annual film hoohaw.

 There are more reasons than ever to be excited about Denver Restaurant Week.  You still have a chance to make some eleventh-hour reservations – and since it starts this weekend, we DO mean last-minute.

 If you are “just visiting” or have been cooking at home a lot, you need to educate yourself and your palate by trying some of these wonderful places.  To guide you, let 5280 send you to the 25 Best, or consult Urban Spoon for helpful reviews, 10Best’s lists include great places to eat, and our city’s food critic helps us narrow it down to ten at The Denver Post.   Finally 5280 gives us the low down on the most recent Top Chef casting call.

 If the Oscars are your thing, you should visit FoodRepublic.com’s 17 Best Picture Food Scenes (only one of which we agree is both about food and “best” – you guess which.)

 If you are watching at home with all your celebrity friends who were “on hiatus” in 2011 (weren’t we all?) go straight to Epicurious.com’s Oscars Party Planner.

And one last award for best “fishie” information in Denver goes to Seattle Fish’s Market Report!

See you at the Vanity Fair party.

       

Colorado Organic Chefs

Great answers from Colorado organic chefs Alex Seidel (Fruition) and  Ryan Hardy (Montagna).