Healthy Salad Recipes: Thanksgiving Salad with Roasted Pumpkin and Pear

By Melissa Schneider November 22, 2013 No Comments

If you’re looking for a tasty Thanksgiving salad that will disappear from the bowl in about ten minutes, this is the one.  Better yet, much of this healthy salad recipe can be made ahead of time.  Shake up your shallot-soy dressing early next week, and roast your pumpkins and pears on Wednesday.  Then toss up this salad in a snap on Thanksgiving!

Pumpkin Pear Salad

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Alpine Toffee: A Christmas (Love) Story

By Nicole Hopping November 19, 2013 No Comments

christmasstoryThe best holiday candy gifts are the ones with the richest histories, steeped in generations of vivid memories brought back to life with the first bite.  Since flavors often invoke strong memories of holidays past, you might discover that any deviation from tradition can trigger pandemonium.

Or, at least you would discover this if you were part of the corporate gift-giving team from a certain Denver-based company (who shall remain nameless). For years, this company had been giving out Colorado’s own Alpine Toffee.  Then, for some reason, perhaps in the spirit of holiday experimentation, the team decided to give out peanut brittle instead one year. Read More →

Your Holiday Gift Giving Guide!

By Alison Adnan November 14, 2013 No Comments

Local Favs

Denver’s Corner Store “Local Love” Gift Box

Looking for the perfect gift to send to that special someone? Have you thought about gifting them with something representative of our beautiful home? We think there is nothing better than sharing with family and friends a little bit of what makes our beloved Colorado so great.

There are, as you know, many things that make Colorado a wonderful place to live. One of them being all the amazing local companies producing artisan foods and gourmet products for us to enjoy. Since many of the products we love are not as easy to come by for those who live out of the state, why not share them with your loved ones this holiday season? Read More →

Are You Ready for National Cake Day?

By Melissa Schneider November 12, 2013 No Comments

November 26th is National Cake Day!

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Who even knew we had such a holiday?  Much more importantly, why didn’t anybody ever TELL ME about it?  There I was, a dedicated cake-lover, complete unaware, not eating cake when I clearly should have been.  All those wasted years… Read More →

4 Strategies for a Gluten-Free Thanksgiving (Whether or Not You’re the Host!)

By Featured Guest Blogger November 7, 2013 No Comments

Gluten free ThanksgivingThanksgiving is coming up and with it, more food than most of us eat on any other day of the year. It’s a festive time to spend with your family and indulge in food specifically meant for this one day. A magnificent turkey, stuffing oozing with flavor, hot, buttered rolls, pumpkin and apple pies marching down the dessert table, and let’s not forget the sweet potato casserole!

However, for those who diets are gluten-free, Thanksgiving doesn’t necessarily hold the same excitement that it does for other food lovers.  Read More →

Butternut Squash Breakfast Risotto

By Nicole Hopping November 5, 2013 No Comments

b squash risottoStep aside pumpkin, winter squash season here! Make the most of warm winter flavors with this savory yet sweet butternut squash breakfast dish.

Level: Intermediate

Yield: 4-6 servings

Preparation Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

 

Ingredients

6 strips bacon

3 large eggs, beaten

1 cup shallot bulbs, peeled

1/2 cup fresh sage leaves

1½ cups arborio rice

4 cups low-sodium vegetable broth

5 tablespoons pure maple syrup

1 butternut squash, cooked and cubed (about 2lbs or 5 cups)

1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

 

Method

  • Finely chop shallots and sage, set aside.
  • Place bacon in a large saucepan and cook over medium-low heat for 3-5 minutes. Flip each piece and cook for an additional 3-5 minutes. Remove from heat and pat dry. Once cool, break up into small pieces and set aside.
  • Cook eggs in same pan. Add shallots; once translucent, add sage, rice, broth, and syrup. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until risotto is tender, about 20 minutes. If the risotto becomes dry add water gradually.
  • Remove from heat; add bacon pieces, squash, and balsamic vinegar. Stir thoroughly and serve immediately.

Post-Halloween Sugar Detox: Recipes and Strategies

By Melissa Schneider November 1, 2013 No Comments

Morning PumpkinsIt’s the morning after Halloween.  Whether you were passing out candy to swarms of neighborhood kiddos (and nibbling some along the way), or rocking out at some snack-strewn costume party, you might be in need of a Post-Halloween Sugar Detox.

Consider these five sugar detox recipes and strategies to get back on track:

1. Treat or…Trick Yourself Out of Finishing the Leftover Candy
Just because the neighborhood kids didn’t hoover up your ambitious stockpile of candy does NOT mean that you, personally, must polish it off.  As my grandmother used to say, “Better in the waste basket than the waist basket.”  (Budump-ching!)  If there’s something you love, like Reese’s Cups, then save one to eat after lunch or dinner today.  But after that, take action.  Throw out the rest of your candy–it doesn’t matter if you spent money on it.  Wouldn’t you pay $8 to lose three pounds?  If you can’t stomach pure disposal, give it to a hungry-looking teenager or your colleagues (but that’s kind of mean…they don’t need it either!).  Whatever you need to do—do it!  Don’t eat the leftovers. Read More →

Our Halloween Recipe Contest Winners!

By Melissa Schneider October 29, 2013 No Comments

Earlier this month we announced the first-ever Fooducopia Halloween Recipe Contest (here)…and today, it is time to announce our winning recipes!

First off, a big thank-you to everyone who submitted recipes.  After some testing and eating, and much deliberation, we have chosen three simple, tasty recipes that are both visually spooky AND easy to eat at a party:

  • Best Halloween Appetizer:  Spicy Pumpkin Cheese Ball, from Jane M. of Aurora, CO
  • Best Halloween Main Dish:  Mummy Dogs, from Cheryl K. of New York, NY
  • Best Halloween Dessert:  Chocolate Peanut Butter Spider Bites, from Sarah L. of Providence, RI.

Check out all of these great recipes below!

Spicy Halloween Cheese Ball

Pumpkin Cheese Ball

This appetizer is an awesome centerpiece for any Halloween eats table.  Start making this dish at least 3 hours before the party to allow for the requisite refrigeration time. Read More →

How to Get Started With the Paleo Diet

By Featured Guest Blogger October 24, 2013 No Comments

bacon and eggsHave you heard of the Paleo Diet?

The Paleo or “Caveman” Diet mimics the hunter-gatherer eating patterns of our ancient ancestors, who lived primarily on meat, fish, fruits and vegetables. As humankind developed agriculture-based societies, we started to purposely grow and mass produce foods like grains and corn.  But what if our bodies were never meant to function on a diet of processed grains and carbohydrates?

The Paleo Diet movement assumes exactly that:  Our bodies were not, in fact, made to eat like we do today.  And they might work a lot better if we returned to our roots. Read More →

The BEST Brunch in Denver!

By Alison Adnan October 22, 2013 No Comments

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Locavores, Unite! The Corner Store Cafe’s totally local Wild Mushroom Omelet. Photo by 5280 Magazine.

I know, you already have YOUR favorite weekend brunch spot. In fact, you probably frequent there so often that the servers know you by name and can recite your order by heart. But what if I told you that there is hidden gem among us. And that this gem of a restaurant — the Corner Store Café in Wash Park — serves THE best breakfast Denver has to offer, hands-down! That’s a pretty bold statement, and that is why I’ve done my research.

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