Karen Brucoli Anesi

Position: Special to the Herald

Snowdown Chili Cook-off insiders dish what goes on behind the scenes

Think your homemade chili is pretty hot stuff? Here’s your chance to find out. You, too, can join this year’s cast of Snowdown comics who probably can’t even agree on the spelling of this treat,...

DATE: Jan. 30, 2019 | CATEGORY: Food

Mushroom & Wine Festival brings together foraging and fine dining

A bad-ass mushroom walks into a bar. Ten minutes later, the bouncer heaves him out the front door. “What’s up, dude?” he pleads to the bouncer. “I’m just bein’ a fungi.” (Fun guy. Get it?) Oh, and...

DATE: Aug. 22, 2017 | CATEGORY: Food

Multiple generations share the kitchen

Back in the day of bumper stickers, the tip to parents was pretty clear: “Be nice to your kids. After all, they will be choosing your nursing home.” In 2017, the kids might even be signing your pay...

DATE: April 25, 2017 | CATEGORY: Food

Chuck wagon cook-off revisits history of American cowboy cuisine

When God pondered where Dutch oven cooks might be happiest, he saved an acre or two under the trees between the La Plata County Fairgrounds and Durango High School, so the people could have a...

DATE: Aug. 2, 2016 | CATEGORY: Food

Durango Farmers Market feeds mind, body and soul

Wind your way through our soon-to-be-20-year-old Durango Farmers Market and you’ll find there’s a lot happening beyond leafy greens this time of year. Next to the transit station downtown and in...

DATE: June 28, 2016 | CATEGORY: Food

Passover food traditions vary by ancestry

You do not have to be Jewish to know the story of Passover, the holiest holiday commemorating the exodus of the Jews from enslavement in Egypt. Let me take you back to your days in Sunday school...

DATE: April 19, 2016 | CATEGORY: Food

Sober as a judge?

I had 40 samples of Back-to-the-’80s-style chili Saturday morning. But that wasn’t enough. I went back and tasted eight of them again. While the Snowdown Chili Cook-off is all about fun, when it’s...

DATE: Feb. 2, 2016 | CATEGORY: Food

Dining among the dwellings

I ate rattlesnake at Mesa Verde. It sounds like a pitch for a Halloween horror show, but when I was offered a bite at the Metate Room in Mesa Verde’s Far View Lodge, I was pretty sure I heard the...

DATE: Sept. 8, 2015 | CATEGORY: Food

Outside the box

First came the surprise in the box called Cracker Jacks. Then came predictable fast food in the box – as in Jack in the Box. Now comes innovative, out-of-the-box street food from Durango’s The...

DATE: June 23, 2015 | CATEGORY: Food

A chili reception

Twenty teams of steampunks cooked up early morning pots of chili for Saturday’s “Slushdown,” a rib-sticking reward for parade-watchers who braved a steady drizzle the night before. You might expect...

DATE: Feb. 3, 2015 | CATEGORY: Food

Holiday heritage remembered

T he meals we share at Christmas add up to far more than the sum of their tasty parts. For at least five Durango-area residents, the holiday kitchen hosts the fight to preserve their culture. No...

DATE: Dec. 23, 2014 | CATEGORY: Food

The great pumpkin

Remember Peter the pumpkin eater? He kept his wife in a pumpkin shell. And, the story goes, she did pretty darn well. But the nursery rhyme forgets to mention that, while in the shell, she feasted...

DATE: Nov. 18, 2014 | CATEGORY: Food

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