Monday, November 26, 2018

Don't Pack Up The Grill Just Yet: A Guide To Winter Barbecuing

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Hopefully you enjoyed the summer, a time when we traditionally spend a lot of time outdoors and prepare meals on the grill. Sadly — for some — summer is over and winter is here, which means millions of Americans are packing up their barbecue grill. However, just because the temperature is falling doesn't mean you and your family can't enjoy some tasty BBQ — and we're not talking about spending a lot of money at BBQ restaurants.

Winter barbecuing is not just a myth or reserved for California and Florida residents during their sunny "winter" season. Even in snowy Upstate New York, windy Chicago, the frozen tundra of Green Bay, or any other chilly area, you can still set up your grill and cook up some amazing barbecue over the winter — you just have to know what you're doing.

There are four main styles of U.S. BBQ: Memphis, Carolina, Kansas City, and Texas. And, intrepid griller, you can enjoy them all this winter. Here are some amazing tips that will help you grill all kinds of great BBQ in the cold:

  • Trust your grill — You shouldn't be using a poor quality grill during the warmest of summer days. This is especially true during cold winter nights. If your grill is lacking, so will the food. Make sure you have a grill that can perform at a superior level in any type of weather. If your grill can withstand severe temperatures, get outside and trust the process. Your grill will be able to hold in heat very well during those frigid nights.
  • Clean your grill more thoroughly — You should always clean your grill before and after cooking no matter what the temperature is, but it's even more important during the winter. Since your grill has been functioning all summer long, it's best to put a little more effort into cleaning it over the winter.
  • Keep your grill covered — Covering your grill during the winter is crucial not only to protect it from the elements, but also when you need to fire up your grill after a heavy snowfall. Simply brush off the snow from the cover and then remove it. Within minutes, you'll have a fresh grill ready for a snowy BBQ.
  • Search for warming recipes — Winter grilling is all about keeping the cold temperatures at bay, so it's best to select recipes that are warm and comforting. Grill some beef or chicken with spicy marinades to offer a tasty boost of heat.

As you shovel your driveway all winter long, make sure you're clearing a path on your patio so you can reach your grill and whip up some amazing BBQ — and enjoy!

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Monday, November 19, 2018

Wild Goose Meeting House adds classic cocktails to service

Posted By on Mon, Nov 19, 2018 at 5:36 PM

The hipsterific Wild Goose Meeting House has a sound reputation for many offerings: food, coffee, beer and live music, just to name a few. But the spot's not so much known for its cocktails.

Taylor Ashley, coffee manager both at the Goose and sister spot Good Neighbors Meeting House, hopes to change that, at least somewhat. He started working at the Goose in March of 2015, leaving to help open Building Three Coffee before returning to the fold to help start Good Neighbors. Now, he's built a cocktail program for Goose and Good Neighbors owners Russ Ware and Yemi Mobolade, which went live at the Goose in early November and will be served at Good Neighbors come mid-December.

“I’m not trying to be original," he says. "I’m trying to make a good version of a classic.”

They're not trying to compete with Brooklyn's and the like, Ashley says — they're not a full bar, by his measure. Rather, they're trying to offer an easy inroad to classic cocktails for their guests, made as much as possible from Colorado-distilled spirits. Drinks cost between $8 and $12, with weekly $7 specials and happy hour bringing the cost down further.

Recently, Ashley invited the Indy to the Goose to sample his wares and talk shop. Check out what we tried and what we thought in the slideshow below.
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Thursday, November 15, 2018

Frozen Gold adds stylish, unique dessert to Atomic Provisions enterprise

Posted By on Thu, Nov 15, 2018 at 9:18 PM

Believe it or not, the Springs just got something before Denver.

Break out the good crystal and pop the champers — it's time to celebrate! Drew Shader, founder of Atomic Provisions, launched the newest arm of his culinary enterprise in the Springs on November 14. Located right next door to his extant three-in-one Springs biz, Atomic Cowboy/Denver Biscuit Co./Fat Sully’s, it’s called Frozen Gold. Shader and company have made a bold decision to open an ice cream parlor in November, but there’s nothing like Frozen Gold in town. The dessert spot does gourmet soft serve, offering cups and cones with specialty toppings, a dessert option for its heretofore dessert-less sibling establishment. Atomic Provisions marketing director Fearon Perry compares it to the city’s various ‘50s-style drive-ins “on steroids,” although the glitterific pink-orange-gold interior and disco soundtrack read decidedly 1970s.

Frozen Gold offers three house-made ice cream flavors, with space for a fourth rotating flavor. In addition to classic chocolate and vanilla, they offer a vegan coconut soft-serve, made with coconut milk. Atomic Provisions executive chef Corey King says their soft serve’s a higher quality product than what corporate competitors like Dairy Queen serve, thanks to two factors: butterfat and overrun. Frozen Gold soft-serve has half as much air pumped into it, compared to DQ, and far more butterfat — 8 to 9 percent, next to DQ’s 1.5 percent, King says.

Beyond plain cups and cones, Frozen Gold specializes in inspired combinations. The You’re So Cheesy, for instance, draws from Chicago airport mixed popcorn, a combination of caramel and cheesy popcorn. It’s vanilla soft serve, with a caramel “core” injected into the middle of the swirl, topped with Cheetos, Cheez-Its and cheddar Goldfish crackers. Other flavors include the breakfast cereal-inspired Silly Rabbit, filled with cereal milk, and the Samoa Samoa, a girl scout cookie-inspired vegan cone with brown sugar fudge and salted caramel.

We recently stopped in for a little dessert — check out the slideshow below for more info.
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Friday, November 9, 2018

Do good and drink good at All Colorado Beer Festival

Posted By on Fri, Nov 9, 2018 at 1:00 AM

All Colorado Beer Festival, Nov. 10, 1-10 p.m., Chapel Hills Mall, 1710 Briargate Blvd., $35-$65, $10/designated driver, allcoloradobeerfestival.com. - SHUTTERSTOCK.COM
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  • All Colorado Beer Festival, Nov. 10, 1-10 p.m., Chapel Hills Mall, 1710 Briargate Blvd., $35-$65, $10/designated driver, allcoloradobeerfestival.com.
Let’s take a look at these numbers: 80 Colorado breweries, 225 different beers to sample, two drinking sessions with early entry and Brewers Lounge tickets available, and four nonprofits benefiting from it all. The seventh annual All Colorado Beer Festival promises all of the above, plus a generally fun drinking experience. We know, as proud Coloradans, that we have some of the best breweries in the country, so this is your chance to get ‘em all (or a good number of them, at least) under one roof. Try flagship and new beers from Ska Brewing, the Springs’ own Smiling Toad, Manitou Brewing Company, Odell Brewing and plenty more. Proceeds from this year’s festival will fund TheatreWorks, Home Front Cares, the Empty Stocking Fund and UCCS’ ACBF Scholarship fund. Do good and drink good — what could be better?
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