Category Archives: Carolyn Dunmire

Just follow the directions

Print this articleI am a cook. Not a baker or chef. And as a cook, I enjoy the privilege of improvisation and substitution. I rarely follow a recipe; rather, I follow the whims and serendipity of whatever falls out of … Continue reading

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Instant Summer

Print this articleAfter a record-breaking (or was it back-breaking) winter, we ushered in the summer solstice with almost two feet of snow in some parts of Colorado. Days later, it topped 80 degrees in Cortez. Instant summer? This wet and … Continue reading

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Out of the very air

Print this articleWhat are plants made of ? This is not a trick question. I began pondering this after reading about an experiment in The Overstory, the Pulitzer Prize winning novel by Richard Powers. The protagonist Patty Westerford (modeled after … Continue reading

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Eating like a Parisian

Print this articleI love to travel … and eat. Not necessarily in that order. When I am feeling wanderlust and don’t have any imminent travel plans, I turn to library books to take me away. Lately my travel bug landed … Continue reading

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Questions, questions

Print this articleWith the arrival of spring and its subsequent snowstorm, my thoughts have turned to this year’s garden. What will happen out there in 2019? Spring is the season of hope and decisions. What to plant? When to plant? … Continue reading

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A philosophy of food

Print this articleMy recent obsession with all things diet has finally led me to consider a philosophy of food. Philosophers are quick to point out that food has been a topic for thinkers since the dawn of civilization. Plato included … Continue reading

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A diet in good taste

Print this articleDuring this time of New Year’s resolutions, it seems appropriate to consider our diet and examine what we eat and why we eat it. In a socially connected digital world, there seems to be an infinite number of … Continue reading

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Stay healthy – avoid plastic

Print this articleReviewing the predicted food trends for 2019, I found that many are focused on food waste and packaging, specifically plastics. With the horror stories of marine animals dying after ingesting large amounts of plastic, I decided to examine … Continue reading

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The spice of life

Print this articleIn a year when I am blessed with an abundance of squash, it would be remiss on my part as a local foodie not to comment on the Pumpkin Spice phenomenon. The seasonal appearance of pumpkin spice harkens … Continue reading

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How to U-pick

Print this articleWith a bumper crop of apples this year, I believe it is a good time to remind readers/eaters that there is an etiquette to U-pick. Whether you are paying to enter a pumpkin patch or just heading over … Continue reading

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Weird abundance, or peacetime in the Hopper Wars

Print this articleWith the cooler weather and shorter days, we have moved into an uneasy peace in the “Hopper Wars.” I can’t seem to pinpoint the exact day when the number of grasshoppers was noticeably reduced,and I timidly uncovered some … Continue reading

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The local Food Network

Print this articleI need to start by saying this is not a pitch for the cable television channel or any of its shows. What it is – is a pitch for the communication chain and information-sharing that I recently uncovered … Continue reading

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Opening day

Print this articleIt’s a beautiful, warm Saturday morning and I am enjoying the sound of bird song and the scent of blooming lilacs while dreaming about opening day.  It’s true that I am a baseball fan and that the outdoor … Continue reading

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Thriving in drought

Print this articleWell, it’s official. We are in a severe drought. Just a month ago there was hope that this year’s low snowpack could fill McPhee Reservoir. But with a dry April, it looks like the reservoir won’t fill completely … Continue reading

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The local food blockchain

Print this articleAs a curious person who likes to keep up with trends, I have been reading about the blockchain. While I still have no idea how this thing works, I realized that the concept of “creating incorruptible trust with … Continue reading

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