Hemp seeds have started infiltrating grocery-store shelves across America. They're often sold shelled and in bulk quantities, but some producers have also been packaging them as snack items. Roasted and seasoned, they're fine snacks -- they taste nothing like pot and don't get you high, but they're ... More >>
In this week's Chef & Tell, I mentioned that I had taken a pickling and preserving class at the Cook Street School of Culinary Arts, through the school's program for home cooks. Cook Street offers a wide range of instruction for amateurs, ranging from classes in basic knife skills, wine and food pai ... More >>
Now that we're in the summer swing of things, you'll want to save money for those epic road trips. Fortunately, there's a lot you can do for free in Denver this week, including learning about abstract agricultural art, hearing about fashion and discussing architecture. Don't forget to check the Wes ... More >>
Watching period dramas like Mad Men, it's easy to think that the elaborately costumed women of yesteryear just had an innately sophisticated sense of style. But that's not the case -- the Joan Holloways and Betty Drapers of the era were well-instructed in the art of dress by a group of women who stu ... More >>
Update: PETA is still making problems for mall Santa and former Westword cover boy Bill Lee. Five days after calling him out for an incident in which his reindeer escaped from a Santa appearance in Dillon and had to be tracked down the next morning (get the details below), the animal rights organiz ... More >>
Before Colorado farmers can plant industrial hemp, the state Department of Agriculture must come up with a way to register and inspect their crops. To help establish those regulations, lawmakers authorized the creation of a nine-member advisory committee. The members of that committee have been cho ... More >>
This 1915 article from the Littleton Independent shows that the U.S. government had interest in cannabis as a medicine even as some states around the country had begun to ban it as an illicit drug. Not only were they interested, they were growing it themselves. An excerpt: "A medical drug plant far ... More >>
Earlier this week, on Monday, I spent the afternoon in Kansas -- specifically St. Francis, Kansas, a small, sleepy town just a few miles east of the Kansas/Colorado border, population a mere 1,200. Cattle far, far outweigh humans in St. Francis -- there are thousands and thousands of them -- and o ... More >>
A bill to register hemp farmers with the state Department of Agriculture has been introduced at the State Capitol. As explained in our cover story, "Green Acres," the marijuana-centric Amendment 64 also made it lawful to grow hemp, weed's sober stepsister. The bill, known as SB 241, creates a proc ... More >>
How safe are doggy pools in Colorado pet-care centers? Apparently dangerous enough that the state's Department of Agriculture is now considering rules to mandate life jackets for dogs in the state's boarding kennels and daycare facilities. And officials say that if they ultimately go forward with th ... More >>
If there's anyone in this city who's become synonymous with salumi and sausages, it's Mark DeNittis, the co-founder of Il Mondo Vecchio, a Denver salumeria and production plant that opened in 2009 in a bare bones industrial building on South Cherokee Street. DeNittis and his partner, Gennaro DeSanti ... More >>
The Medical Marijuana Enforcement Division confirms that an investigation is underway involving meat products infused with THC, the active ingredient of marijuana. In the meantime, multiple sources tell us that meat products like a jerky made by local firm Benjamin's Edibles are being removed from m ... More >>
Public school students are being awfully whiny about their school lunches right now. The reason is because the United States Department of Agriculture just restructured standards for school lunches for the first time in over a decade, and now students have to eat more fruits, vegetables and whole gr ... More >>
Those summer bike rides to the local farmers' market have apparently paid off. Once again, Colorado ranks lowest on the state-by-state adult obesity rate analysis conducted by the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Maybe it's because there are so many appealing outd ... More >>
Before the 'Pizza as a vegetable' debacle made national headlines and inspired legislation from District 2's House Representative Jared Polis, there was the original school lunch controversy: the battle over ketchup.
When money and ethics collide, the crash is usually fun to watch. But when you throw public school meals into that mix, you get an ugly food fight with few winners and lots of losers -- and those losers are kids who are just trying to eat their lunches and get to recess.
In pondering the purchase of some local eggs recently, I recalled an article I'd read about the terminology of egg labels and how misleading they can be. So I was hesitant to buy "free-range" eggs, but I really wanted to make crepes and decided to pull the trigger. Unfortunately, I made the wrong c ... More >>
It's a new year, and 2012 should be another rich, full year of food, drink and, with any luck, a few more naked photos of Anthony Bourdain. It's time to kick 2011 in the gnocchi and usher in a brand-new 365 days of fresh foodie resolutions. We all know that willpower can wane with the first plate ... More >>
Lay off the junkHot on the heels of the new USDA nutrition guidelines, which basically boil down to "lay off the calories, fatty, and consume a vegetable once in a while," comes a study that gives you more incentive to eat right: Junk food doesn't just cause you to gain weight; it also make ... More >>
Where's the beef? Not in the Taco Bell tacos. At least not according to Beasley Allen, an Alabama-based law firm that has filed a class-action lawsuit against Taco Bell for misleading advertising. Its beef is the beef, or lack thereof: Allegedly, the taco filling has only 36 percent animal p ... More >>
There's more than one way to get mauled at a big-cat sanctuary. After he was attacked by a tiger at the Serenity Springs Wildlife Center last year, a volunteer then had the bite put on him by the refuge's founder -- who claimed that the victim had to pay $40,500 as his "share" of the result ... More >>
Blackberries and beets are on the list. So are horseradish, hops and horehound. Even wasabi, wormwood and watermelon are eligible to receive money under the Colorado Department of Agriculture's Specialty Crops Block Grant Program. But marijuana? Sorry, says agriculture spokeswoman Christi L ... More >>
The $40 million bug...Yesterday, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced that the federal government would devote $40 million to dealing with the bark-beetle problem that's turned wooded areas in Colorado and other western states from green to brown. Governor Bill Ritter, who wrote a ... More >>
I'd rather have Ben Stein suit up for the Nuggets than Shaq.Colorado blogs that fulfill the USDA recommended amount of cyber. Andrew Feinstein at Denver Stiffs floats the possibility of the Nuggets trading Kenyon Martin for Shaquille O'Neal, who's dragged down both Phoenix and Cleveland in r ... More >>
The USDA recently recalled almost 111,000 pounds of frozen beef steak fritter due to the risk of small pieces of plastic that may be in the food. That's all well and good and nice to know the USDA has our back, but what in the hell is a beef steak fritter?Moo. Maybe it's a regional thing or ... More >>
Do you know where your cluck comes from? Following a recent birthday barbecue feast, I woke up before the sun with a wretched bellyache and proceeded to hurl my guts out. Nothing reminds you that you aren't 21 anymore like puking bacon cheeseburgers and red wine and going up against a hangove ... More >>
Leapin Lemurs EnviroKidz Rating: Two-and-a-half spoons out of four Cereal description: Here's a partial list of ingredients in Leapin' Lemurs: "organic corn meal," "organic whole grain corn meal," "organic evaported cane juice," "organic peanut butter," "organic molasses," "organic ... More >>
Yesterday, Greeley's own JBS Swift Beef Co. recalled over 41,000 pounds of meat contaminated with O157:H7 E.coli bacteria, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service. The stuff went out on April 21 to enterprises in Colorado and a dozen other states rangin ... More >>
When Obama began his presidency, he pledged transparency. And last week, the USDA had new regulations go into effect for labels of origin. The labels of origin will be put on beef, pork, lamb, chicken, goat meat, fish and shellfish products, noting which country the product came from. When I heard a ... More >>
Here's a selection of the best of last week's music blogging from around the Village Voice chain: The ten-year anniversary of In the Aeroplane Over the Sea has arrived, and this live set from 1997, covering several songs from the now-classic release, is as good a way as any to celebrate.
The steaks may be prime, but the restaurant isnt choice.
If one schnauzer is nice, what's wrong with 150?
It's All Relative
Full of Beans
Out of the Bleu.
Texas Land & Cattle Steak House
We brake for jerky, America's fastest-growing snack food.
The Colorado Springs Airport hopes to keep coyotes off the runways.
Still game to try venison despite disease scares.
They’ve been worshiped, they’ve been slaughtered. Now bison are back—so why won’t you buy some burger?