As you know (or as you will find out at about 4 p.m. Sunday if you live in Boulder), the CU vs. CSU football game is coming right up, which means there’s some tailgating to do. But lay off the Frito-Lay and Natty Ice, because there are tons of good, local food and drink options available to make your tailgating party the most delicious locavore pre-gaming you’ve ever been a part of.
Camera food editor Cindy Sutter serves up some great choices for carnivorous and vegiforous* tailgaters :
Such a local game deserves a local menu. How fortunate for us that the obvious menu choices for Buffalo vs. Ram are two foods that have long Colorado associations, not to mention extreme tailgating well-suitedness: bison (a.k.a. buffalo) and lamb.
If you’re into something a little more decadent, there’s always the bison hot dog, served Mexican style. What’s that, you might ask? It should be wrapped in bacon (Longs Farm, please) and served with cheese, and roasted jalapenos or green chiles. Now that’s a tailgating mouthful.
For those of you who like to stick with the basics, go for a bison burger. Just offer plenty of fixings. Several cheeses, jalapenos, caramelized onions, mushrooms. All local, and all delicious.
You may never party the same way again once you’ve checked out Cindy’s buffalo tacos, lamb skewers and grilled eggplant recipes. And don’t forget to have some local brews — plenty of choices there, too!
*No, this is not a real word.
Saturday, Saturday, Saturday!
Hide your children and tighten your chinstraps because in just under a week it’s time for the NatureSweet Homegrown Tomato challenge!
The event, whose Colorado portion takes place at a King Soopers in Arvada, pits home gardeners against one another to see who grows the best tomatoes (or “love apples” — why? Well, the Internet says “Probably translation of French pomme d’amour from the former belief in the tomato’s aphrodisiacal powers,” but we still think it sounds funny).
If you enjoyed Food, Inc., but wanted more of the flavor of protest and outrage that Boulder County has seen during the GMO beet debate, “Bananas!” may be the flick for you:
Of course, it’s not out yet. No, there’s a bit of controversy surrounding this one. Read more
They’re walking to the beat of their own drummer, living super-green and doing so with an infectious sense of joy.
Head on over to elephant for photos of Conscious Coffees’ bike-delivery system and what separates their coffee containers from everyone else’s.
Thanks to Michelle Obama (and, you know, generations of urban gardeners that predate her), the idea of a kitchen garden is commonplace once more.
But for some people, that’s not enough — not close enough to the earth and the food we all eat.
For these people, there are farm internships:
“Michael Pollan isn’t there at 5:30 a.m. making your coffee and helping you bunch carrots,” he says.
The Cures have had interns who couldn’t take the grueling work.
“July is the decider month,” he says. “Anne and I say, ‘If they make it through July, they’re going to be a farmer.”
The internships range in time and compensation (often the compensation is room and board and extra veggies), and you can find out a ton more in Camera food editor Cindy Sutter’s story, “So you want to work on a farm….“
Julia Child inspired tons of people to cook in the French fashion, smearing every available surface with butter — and with gusto. But Boulder’s not quite like that. We’re a city that orders off the menu. We have particularities as well-known as vegetarians, vegans, gluten-free eaters and locavores.
So how can chefs here capture the spirit of Julia Child while feeding their gluten-averse locavegevore guests? Read more
I know the financial footprint of my sweet tooth — and so do dentists in the various places I’ve lived recently — but I haven’t bothered to think about the carbon footprint of my sweet tooth. Happily, someone else has:
In this week’s special sweeteners edition of Essentials, the Camera’s Cindy Sutter reported on the environmental impact of sweeteners, from honey to high fructose corn syrup.
See also the Camera’s reports on how natural your sweeteners are (or aren’t) — and an update on Colorado’s benighted bee population, post-Colony Collapse Disorder!