So, remember that spiced apple maple bacon donut I told you about yesterday?
Well ... Heidi didn't care to leave my imagination hanging too long, and sent another care package over earlier today with four samples. Imagine my delight upon opening this box:
I usually refrain from critically assessing food that's been provided to us for free, to stay on the right side of the whole conflict-of-interest thing — we don't want people thinking they can "buy" coverage with treats — but seriously, holy shit.
I love it. Half our office smells like a diner still, a couple hours after I walked samples around. (Yeah, I share; I'm a nice guy sometimes.) Close your eyes, and the donut smells like a whole plate of syrup-covered pancakes with strips of bacon on the side.
If a regular donut is say, a smart bomb, this sinful creation is an atom bomb. (Picture a mushroom cloud of happiness in the flavor centers of your brain.)
And really ... if you think I'm just saying that because I got some free grub ... you're kinda dismissing the fact that we're talking about a fucking maple bacon donut.
Here, take another look:
I called Heidi for the lowdown on how she makes it, and here's what she said: She puts apple bits and bacon bits in the dough and then fries the donuts in part regular oil and part bacon fat, which accounts for extra bacon flavor and some culinary chutzpah on the chef's part, then she finishes them with the maple glaze and a garnish of mini bacon chunks.
I told her that I'm taking home the last half of one donut to experiment with putting a fried egg on top, something she says she's never tried. But she did say she's been considering making a bread pudding out of the day-old donuts.
At that point, I think we'd be talking about the edible equivalent of a hydrogen bomb.
——- ORIGINAL POST, 5:24 P.M., FEB. 9 ——-
In the spirit of care-package transparency as well as full disclosure: I received a box of goodies today from Heidi Cottrill of Chef Sugar's Cakes and Confections.
Well, technically, her husband David dropped them off while saying a quick hello. When the couple was teaching at Paragon Culinary School, I worked closely with them on a feature about the program's extreme final.
Before catching up with Heidi by phone today, I last spoke with her in September about her store's opening for my Side Dish column. We talked about stuff like — you know — the spiced apple maple bacon donut that still have yet to try.
Well, in newer news, Heidi says that an episode of Food Network Challenge in which she competed will likely air around April or May sometime. (We'll update you when we find out.)
Heidi received a call yesterday confirming that the show is in the editing process now. Though she's obviously not able to share the competition's results, she was able to say that her challenge involved making a cake that reached at least three feet tall and played to the theme of "awesome ’80s."
Also, she's already been invited back to appear on future episodes, which are conveniently shot at a studio in Denver. (Other contestants fly from around the country.)
As for what was in that box Heidi sent me, take a look:
What you're seeing is red velvet, lemon, peanut butter cup and double chocolate cupcakes with red velvet, tiramisu, triple berry and mocha cake balls.
Heidi says the cake balls are trending currently and that people are going bonkers over them.
David explained to me how simple and utilitarian they are. Heidi essentially takes cake scrap that's trimmed from her elaborate custom cakes and wads it into a ball that's dragged through icing. Messy but fun.
In addition to all these items in the outfit's daily display case, you can stop by for a cup of Barista espresso or coffee. Around springtime, look for the return of Heidi's amazing key lime tart, which I gushed over back when she was making it for Palapa's Surfside (which is now the second José Muldoon's location).
UPDATE: The discussion on exorcism, mentioned in the initial post as scheduled for next Wednesday, Feb. 16, has been postponed. It will be rescheduled at a later date.
(Original post at 6:45 a.m. Thursday)
The extent of my knowledge about exorcism and demonic possession is what happened to that poor kid in that one movie with the vomit and the nice old priest. I had no idea that it was still a thing.
The Liberal Catholic Church Center of Colorado Springs will present a discussion on the topic of Exorcism on Wednesday, Feb. 16 at 2720 East Las Vegas St., Suite 115, at 7 p.m.
Among the topics to be discussed will be the function and purpose of Exorcism, common misunderstandings, and Exorcism in popular culture.
Admission is free but space is limited. Interested persons are encouraged to call Father Ian Carman at 719-387-0308 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Aren't exorcisms like, totally 1970s?
"Sure," says Father Carman.
Who's getting exorcised nowadays?
Any person, he says, who has lost control over themselves to an outside force. This could be an entity, a malevolent being, or this could be an addiction to chemicals, such as meth or booze.
And exorcisms aren't as common as they once were because, a lot of what people thought was demonic activity in the past was actually the result of physical or mental ailments. The reason we have fewer exorcisms nowadays is thanks to developments in the medical and mental-health sciences.
"In the run-up for an exorcism, a lot of the questions rely very heavily on chemical dependency, drug use, what sort of family life they have, if they are under any kind of stress — a whole battery of stuff that we look at," he says. While the ritual might make the sufferer feel better for the moment, it obviously isn't treating the underlying, critical concern. Many of the people who come to him for an exorcism are sent to their therapists or primary care physicians.
"The question I ask is, 'Why do you think you are possessed?'" he says. The answers are often that the person is hearing voices, or that they see dark objects out of the corner of their eye. "One of the first questions that rises up is, 'How long have you been off your medication?' "
The Rite of Exorcism is sacramental. It is subdued compared to the Hollywood version, mostly just prayers, chanting, and maybe the possessed might squirm a little. "They are about as dramatic as, say, a trip to the dentist," Carman says. "They come in, they sit in a chair, we do the procedure, then it's over and we send them on their way."
Many exorcisms require multiple trips to the chair.
There are various exorcism rituals. There is the solemn ritual, which requires the sanction of the church, and to have a priest present. And, he says, "there is the simple ritual that almost any baptized person can do, if you are in the Christian religion, or anybody who is a faithful initiate of their religious practice — because the other religions have their exorcisms also." Exorcism is an ancient practice, actually, predating Christianity as it is found in Judaism and earlier even in the Egyptian, Greek, Roman and Babylonian cultures. There are Hindu exorcisms and Muslim exorcisms.
While the popular image of exorcisms is that of a holy man waging holy war by flinging holy water on the devil-possessed and chanting, the reality is that an exorcism is more a form of spiritual intervention, more akin to therapy or pastoral guidance.
"Like any other addiction or psychological condition, the patient doesn't simply have the backbone to admit that there is a problem here and I need to fix this," the father says. An exorcism can provide the courage and support for someone possessed by drug addiction — or the devil — to finally take ownership of their lives.
Though you don't have to forgive the infectious disease that's been trying to kill me the past three days, please forgive the late posting: Last Sunday's fifth annual Glass Slipper Ball was more than worthy of a look.
Presented by the Zonta Club of the Pikes Peak Area, the event raises funds for "projects that assist women locally and globally." Among several groups, TESSA was a major beneficiary, as was the fund for the Young Women in Public Affairs award and local human trafficking awareness efforts.
Just like the providers of numerous silent auction pieces, more than 20 local chefs donated their time and food for free for this glitzy gala held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. Committee chair Laura Stamp said attendance for the $100-per-ticket event was roughly equal to last year.
Also like last year, the most deserving food in our opinion fared none too well in the people's choice voting. But the winners did represent themselves nicely. The host, featuring executive chef David Terrell, took home the award for best appetizer (or savory option) for its lightly flaky skewer of miso-glazed bottlenose dolphin and yellowfin tuna. Best dessert went to Whole Foods, and its executive pastry chef Pierre Osborne, for its beautiful assortment of pastries, including those in the shape of a swan and a bumble bee, not to mention a whole carriage, complete with a team of four horses, made of white and dark chocolate.
For our part, we liked Garden of the Gods Gourmet's vegetarian tri-pepper roasted mushroom tomato tapa in a balsamic reduction, which was incredibly rich, layered with bright flavors that cascaded further the more one ate. Motif brought an awesome miniaturized version of its Kobe beef sliders (in no small part because we can't stop writing about them, according to chef/owner Andrew Darrigan); the Margarita at PineCreek offered tart and savory Peking duck tacos, which it currently offers on its downstairs menu; and the Blue Star/Nosh, with ever-brilliant pastry chef Alicia Prescott, got dressy and kicked out amazing chili-laced truffles, cheesecake pops and cupcakes.
Click below for pictures from the ball.
Richard Skorman scored a major victory today, earning the endorsements of both the Colorado Springs Police Department and the Colorado Springs Professional Firefighters Association.
With public safety always a hot botton issue in the city budget process, the endorsements are a good sign for Skorman. And it doesn't hurt that both groups also contributed to Skorman's campaign.
February 10, 2011
PUBLIC SAFETY ASSOCIATIONS ENDORSE SKORMAN
COLORADO SPRINGS POLICE PROTECTIVE ASSOCIATION AND COLORADO SPRINGS PROFESSIONAL FIREFIGHTERS ASSOCIATION STAND BEHIND SKORMAN
Richard Skorman, candidate for Colorado Springs Mayor received an official endorsement from The Colorado Springs Police Protective Association and Colorado Springs Professional Firefighters Association today.
Here’s what the leaders of those two groups said about the Skorman endorsement:
“The Colorado Springs Police Protective Association is proud to endorse Richard Skorman forMayor of Colorado Springs. We believe that Mr. Skorman has a proven and tested track record of looking out for the best interests of the citizens of this city. His vision for Colorado Springs is broad and inclusive and reaches out to all demographic groups. Our organization believes that Richard Skorman is the best candidate to lead our city into a challenging future.”
—Pete Tomitsch, President of the CSPPA
"Richard has an established track record of advocating for the resources Colorado Springs Professional Firefighters need to safely and efficiently protect the citizens of Colorado Springs."
—Jeremy Kroto, President of the Colorado Springs Professional Firefighters Association
Both groups also contributed to Skorman’s campaign. The CSPPA donated $10,000 and the Firefighters donated $2,400.
I just got off the phone with Il Postino event and marketing director Shelby Pywell, who offered quite an update on changes at the eatery.
Everything's pretty much on schedule for that venture to open sometime this summer, but everything you might have come to know about Il Postino has changed, and remains in transition for now.
Here's the deal as it affects you:
• The outfit has also hired a new head chef named Seles Bowser. Bowser brings both Louisiana and Las Vegas experience with him, and his new menu debuts tonight. He'll likely become the hotel at-large's food and beverage director down the road.
Take a look at the menu here:
As you can see, the healthy-eating focus — the linchpin of Il Postino's original concept — has been somewhat subverted. But prices remain generally affordable still, with "tapatizers" and an obvious Cajun/Southern influence. And look: a $39 bone-in filet for the high rollers.
• Structurally, a wall has been knocked down and a small stage area has been added, complete with a piano.
• And here's where the plans get a bit murky and remain tentative, but Pywell says there's a good chance that Il Postino will re-brand and turn into X300, the restaurant that was originally slated to be inside the hotel one building away.
The plans for X300 still include a concept built around 100 tapas, 100 wines by the glass and 100 beers.
A recent video has surfaced that shows a young, school-aged male, being subjected to physical and verbal abuse from fellow students.
As reported by the Philadelphia Inquirer, this video was recorded by a purported perpetrator involved in the incident. It's just one of several bullying stories that have surfaced, including those that ended with the devastating deaths of Asher Brown and Tyler Clementi.
Brown and Clementi were both targeted because they were gay and subsequently took their own lives. These disturbing cases drew media attention to national suicide awareness campaigns like It Gets Better and The Trevor Project.
Eric Attard, executive director of the Pikes Peak Gay and Lesbian Community Center, recorded a testimonial for It Gets Better. (The Indy first reported on this project here.) Attard's video features a personal account of the harassment he endured on account of his sexual orientation.
This bullying epidemic can't be cured by a vaccine or a pill; only a coordinated effort of community support can effectively tackle this issue. The testimonials of hope and perseverance of individuals who have been the targets of bullying are positive and inspiring messages that truly help address the epidemic. Although these testimonials won't immediately solve the bullying problem, together they serve as evidence that speaking as one, we can create a very strong support system.
If you want to record your own video, check out this page on the It Gets Better website.
U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn is certainly flexing his pro-drilling, anti-regulation muscles lately. Being named the chair of the Energy and Mineral Resources Subcommittee, Lamborn is now taking directs shots at the Obama administration, calling for the unfettering from federal oversight drilling on public lands. The man is blazing trails!
On Saturday, he preached a feisty pro-business, anti-government sermon to a choir of about 250 Republican faithfuls. You can read about that, here. And today, he intends to speak on the floor of the House in support of H Res 72, which would direct "certain standing committees to inventory and review existing, pending, and proposed regulations and orders from agencies of the Federal Government, particularly with respect to their effect on jobs and economic growth."
His text, as e-mailed to us from his office:
Under normal circumstances, the programs under the jurisdiction of the Energy and Mineral Resources Subcommittee bring in the second highest revenue to the federal treasury, provide opportunities for American job creation, and contribute to our Nation’s economic and national security.
However, the Obama Administration is crippling American energy and mineral production through restrictive, new policies, rules, and regulations.
President Obama’s de facto moratorium on offshore drilling in the Gulf of Mexico has left many thousands of people out of work. Since last spring, the Administration has issued only a handful of new shallow water permits and they have issued no new permits for deepwater leases. Why are no permits being issued? The answer is simple — it’s regulatory confusion.
The Administration, in attempting to create new rules for oil and gas permitting, has repeatedly changed the rules and moved the goalposts on companies operating on both federal lands and waters.
Instead of thoughtful, reasoned rulemaking that seeks public comments and engagement, the Administration engaged in rulemaking by word processor by directing the change of over 14,000 engineering requirements.
The Louisiana Secretary of Natural Resources has said the changes would not enhance safety but instead “creates a regulation with increased safety risks, mandates that cannot be met, and too many ambiguous and unenforceable requirements to count.”
And it is not just the Gulf of Mexico that’s been idled. Last week we learned that 800 direct jobs and more than a 1,000 indirect jobs would not be created due to the failure of the EPA to simply issue an air permit after five years of consideration.
This same regulatory uncertainty is happening with solar energy in the Western United States. While the Administration has announced that solar energy is one of its highest priorities, it has once again created tremendous regulatory confusion.
The new solar energy zones proposal, while potentially helping some solar development, has left dozens of major energy projects and many jobs with absolutely NO regulatory path forward.
The regulatory confusion on federal lands is even worse for onshore oil and gas production. Rule changes and regulations have cost billions in lost investment in the West. In my home state of Colorado, there’s been nearly a 90 percent drop in new leases on federal land.
A recent study by the respected Western Energy Alliance — based in Denver — has documented $3.9 billion in investment that was diverted from the West in 2010 because of red tape and overregulation by the Department of Interior. The Western Energy Alliance estimates this lost investment could have helped create upwards of 16,000 jobs in the West. And these are high-paying jobs.
The Administration is now examining how to impose federal regulations for the first time on hydraulic fracturing on federal lands. This proposal would duplicate state permitting and create an unnecessary obstacle for American energy development.
Finally, no discussion of burdensome regulations would be complete without addressing the Administration’s war on coal. Nowhere is this effort more evident than their effort to rewrite current surface mining rules. The current rule was the result of years of environmental review, public comment and hearings, and responsible rulemaking.
The Administration is now is now purposefully limiting public comment opportunities and rushing forward with a rule that BY ITS OWN ADMISSION will cost thousands of jobs.
Even worse, the Obama Administration recently pulled a permit three years AFTER IT WAS APPROVED for a coal mine that was already hiring people. What sort of confidence can anyone have in an Administration and its regulatory environment when issued permits can be stripped away at whim?
Mr. Chairman, this resolution asks us to focus on the impacts of restrictive regulations just like these and that is what we plan to do. We will focus on how we can clear these regulatory hurdles to create a path for energy security, lower energy prices to strengthen the economy, helping to balance our budget, and most of all, more high-paying energy jobs for Americans.
On the first decent weather day in a week, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper toured Fort Carson and then made remarks to a battery of reporters, emphasizing his first priority: economic development.
"I think we should reflect on how fortunate we are to have Fort Carson," the governor said, noting that Carson accounts for billions of dollars in direct and indirect economic impact.
"In many ways, Fort Carson is the link between Colorado Springs and Pueblo," Hickenlooper added. "How do we get these communities to work together for economic development? How can we build better relationships and be more productive? We can make sure those in the military have the best training possible, the best equipment, the best of everything."
Hickenlooper said he'll visit all 64 counties in the next couple of months, beating the drum for economic development.
Asked whether he'll try to change the minds of many in Southeast Colorado who oppose the Army's expansion of Pinon Canyon Maneuver Site, he noted while the expansion is off the table for now, bridges need to be built.
"How do we listen closely to their concerns and make sure we address those concerns? I think what we should be looking at the facilities that are there now and how do we get maximum use."
He added he would like to see the post become "part of the community," like it is in Colorado Springs, where there's "a general appreciation" of Carson.
Asked to comment on the recent announcement that the Army prefers Carson as the site for a new Combat Aviation Brigade, Hickenlooper said Colorado's goal is to "give those warriors the best training they could possibly get": "I hope the community reaches out and makes their sacrifice for our country something that is revered."
Wearing an Under Armour brand jacket with ARMY on the back, the governor said he'd like to see such garments made by Grand Junction-based Loki, a company that manufactures a jacket with gloves tucked inside the sleeves. He noted the Under Armour jacket doesn't have that feature.
Hickenlooper's 15-minute appearance drew a full contingent of media. It nearly coincided with a prayer luncheon at the Air Force Academy, which began at 11:30 a.m.
Wadhams, you might recall, recently dropped his bid for another term. One might assume his move was related to the embarrassment that was the November election. But, no. Not exactly, anyway.
Wadhams said he was sick of Colorado Republicans nominating extreme candidates that can't win over independent voters — and therefore can't win statewide elections. Wadhams says it was this trend — and not his job performance — that led to the November disaster in which Republicans lost their bid for a U.S. Senate seat and the governor's mansion despite a conservative surge.
Listen, Wadhams kind of has a point. There was little question that Wadhams was not a fan of Republican gubernatorial nominee Dan Maes — a tea party favorite, campaign money-dipper, and far-right whack job. But the conservatives chose Maes, and there was nothing Wadhams could do about it.
After his announcement, Wadhams predicted that if Colorado conservatives continue to nominate extreme right candidates, they'll lose Colorado all together. And here's where that Colorado Independent story comes in. Turns out, Public Policy Polling recently did a study that all but proves Wadhams is right.
Here's a sample of the Colorado Independent's article (PPP's Tom Jensen is referenced):
Asked to choose between a moderate Republican and Democratic President Barack Obama, vilified as a big-government liberal and a socialist by Tea Partiers almost since his inauguration, Obama wins by 6 points in Colorado. Against a conservative Tea Party candidate, however, Obama’s spread doubles to 12 points.
As Jensen puts it, the difference is particularly dramatic among independent voters, where Obama leads against a moderate Republican by 10 points but sails ahead of a Tea Party conservative by a whopping 24 points.
Jensen explains that those numbers demonstrate that “a lot of independents in the state are open to voting Republican next year but they’re not going to if there’s an ultra conservative nominee.”
Problem in Colorado is that Republican voters here don’t want moderate candidates. Jensen reports that 66 percent want to nominate a conservative candidate and only 25 percent want to nominate a moderate.
That 66 percent of Republicans working to nominate a strong conservative candidate will be alone in voting for that man or woman.
If you're looking to break the confines of Colorado Springs this month, look no further ...
Tater tots are one thing and tattered text another. At the Tattered Cover, Denver’s humongous independent bookstore, there are two talks in the coming month that are guaranteed better than having your tots. Personally, I gotta have my text.
On Saturday, Feb. 12 at 2 p.m., Ree Drummond will be talking about (and signing) her new book: The Pioneer Woman, Black Heels to Tractor Wheels-A Love Story. I’m not sure if I would want to be involved in a love story that includes tractor wheels, let alone black heels, but hopefully Ree will explain the 'Pioneer Woman' moniker. Last time I checked pioneers went west, not east. I'm on to you Ree; changing history can't be that easy.
Next up on the docket...
If you don't enjoy overachievers, well, this is not the author for you. On Monday, Feb. 21, at 7:30 p.m, Brian Greene will be signing and presenting on his book, The Hidden Reality: Parallel Universes and the Deep Laws of the Cosmos. Greene is not only a Harvard grad, but also a Rhodes Scholar and Columbia professor. Like I said, if you're not feeling self-assured today, I wouldn't venture into this talk about the physics of string theory.
Want to extend your trip past Denver?
Of course, the Boulder Book Store would host the author lecture on a book about a talking monkey. On Wednesday, March 2, at 7:30pm, Yann Martel, author of of the Booker prize-winning, The Life of Pi, will be speaking about his new book, Beatrice and Virgil, (chronicling a talking donkey and a talking howler monkey, respectively).
If you've read the main story on our "7 Days to Live" in this week's issue out today, under the headline "Glory from the Ashes," you know that the film RISE will be showing at three local theaters for its one-night-only booking next Thursday, Feb. 17.
What you don't know, and need to know, is that you don't have the luxury of just showing up that night for the 6 p.m. screenings. In fact, if you go to the website, rise1961.com, which can link you to any theater nationally that has the film on Feb. 17, you'll soon find how popular it is in Colorado Springs.
Almost all theaters are screening RISE at 6 p.m. that day. But at Tinseltown in south Colorado Springs, it's sold out and now a 9 p.m. showing has been added. You can buy tickets online at $10 each, and it would be smart to do so as soon as possible.
The other two local theaters, Hollywood Theaters 14 (out north) and Cinemark Carefree Circle (at Powers Boulevard), already are sold out for 6 p.m. and so far haven't added a second screening.
You do have other choices, but they require more driving. Pueblo's Tinseltown, which actually is just off Interstate 25 on the north end of Pueblo (closest to Colorado Springs), still has $10 tickets available at 6 p.m. That's actually only about a 40-minute drive at the most from the Springs.
Otherwise, you have to go to Castle Rock or Denver, where the seats are available but they're also $15 each.
Just in time for V-Day, a few sales you should know about.
First up, a weekend-long jewelry trunk sale at A Call to Life, 2502 W. Colorado Ave. The cute, if oddly named, shop that opened last August in the space Barracuda Bazaar used to occupy (now at 2603 W. Colorado Ave., near the also-relocated Envi), carries women's clothing, accessories, art and other eclectic household items.
Next, SuperFine Designs, at 1753 Eighth St., will be hosting an evening of "jewelry, champagne and chocolates." Perhaps you've caught previous SuperFine sales at Colorado Coffee Merchants? I picked up some great bracelets in December, each for less than my coffee cost me. (Not to say the coffee is expensive. More the other way around.)