Sep 18 2014 01:32pmCommit These Must-Know Kitchen Terms to Memory
Knowing the proper kitchen terms can mean the difference between your cake rising or flopping, your casserole baking or burning, and your steak tasting juicy and flavorful instead of dry and bland. Here are a few cooking terms that every at-home chef should know. Al dente. Though you’ve likely seen this term on the menu at your favorite Italian restaurant, do you know what it means in terms of cooking? Al dente literally translates to “to the tooth,” which describes the tender yet firm way that pasta should feel after cooking. Blanch. To blanch something, like an egg or greens, means to completely submerge it in rapidly boiling water and cook it just slightly. Caramelize. Caramelizing involves heating sugar enough for it to turn brown and have a special crunchy taste. This is normally applied to desserts, meats, or onions. Clarify. To clarify means to remove the solids from a liquid until said liquid turns clear. For example, when you skim the foam from the top of a pot of broth or remove the milk fat from butter.Glossary of Basic Cooking Terms [Les Petites Gourmettes]Cooking Terms [Recipe Goldmine]Glossary of Cooking Terms [UMN]Glossary of Cooking Terms [Better Homes & Gardens]Culinary Terms [About.com]CC-BY-2.0/Flickr/Eric Hossinger
Sep 15 2014 01:35pmSkoops Ice Cream Will Delight the Whole Family — Even Fido!
Skoops Ice Cream & More is a charming neighborhood cafe in southeast Denver that serves freshly-made sandwiches, salads, and ice cream. Regulars say the cafe's name does them a disservice, as most think the sandwiches outshine the ice cream! The staff is friendly, helpful, and lets you sample all the ice cream flavors you want. Ice cream flavors rotate daily and include coconut crunch, banana chocolate chip, and butter pecan.Sandwich varieties include turkey brie strawberry, Southwest chicken, and pesto-mint tuna salad. Skoops is extremely dog-friendly and even makes frozen yogurt made for dogs. There’s limited seating inside, but there’s plenty more seating outside on the patio. The line gets long, but it moves fast. Parking can be a challenge, but there's free Wi-Fi.Skoops Ice Cream1209 E. 9th AvenueDenver, CO 80218(720) 362-3692https://www.facebook.com/pages/Skoops-Ice-Cream-and-More/197809026915916http://www.yelp.com/biz/skoops-ice-cream-and-more-denverCC-BY-2.0/Flickr/Joy
Sep 04 2014 01:33pmMy Favorite Muffin: Baked Bliss
Since 1995, My Favorite Muffin has been the bakery of choice for people all over Centennial. The cake-like muffins here come in over 20 different varieties. You can order up a classic flavor, or choose something a little more adventurous with something like Boston cream pie or strawberry cheesecake. Bagels are also available, and the various breakfast sandwiches that you can order are a can't-miss option for plenty of visitors. The coffee gets rave reviews, too! Indoor and outdoor seating are both available, and service is fast and friendly. Visit My Favorite Muffin's website to find out more!My Favorite Muffin12201 E Arapahoe RoadCentennial, CO 80112(303) 799-8931http://www.yelp.com/biz/my-favorite-muffin-centennialCC-BY-2.0/Flickr/Nicola
Sep 01 2014 09:20amHappy Labor Day!
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Aug 28 2014 02:08pmHacienda Colorado: Mexican Fare near Littleton
Find Mexican cuisine at Lakewood's Hacienda Colorado. They’ve coined the term ‘Mountain Mex’ to refer to their inventive take on Mexican food, but they also feature some of the touchstones you might expect. Case in point: the vast selection of tequilas, which numbers more than 120 to be enjoyed in margaritas or on their own.In addition to Hacienda's indoor dining room, the place also has an outdoor patio. You can start your meal with an appetizer like Queso Blanco with poblano chiles, Hacienda Guacamole with chips, or Pike’s Peak Nachos with ground beef, guacamole & sour cream. Specialty entrees include Hacienda Chipotle Lime Chicken, Chipotle Baby Back Rib Combo with chipotle barbeque ribs & your choice of a chile relleno or enchilada, and an Applewood Roasted Carnitas Burrito.Visit Hacienda Colorado's website to learn more about this local restaurant!Hacienda Colorado5056 S. Wadsworth WayLakewood, CO 80123(303) 932-0272http://www.haciendacolorado.com/http://www.yelp.com/biz/hacienda-colorado-littletonCC-BY-SA-2.0/Flickr/Mike65444
Aug 21 2014 02:02pmEasy Ways to Improve Your Typing Speed and Accuracy
Computer literacy is one of the most important skills that employers look for in a potential employee, and many jobs even ask how many words you can type per minute. These helpful tips will show you how to improve your typing speed and accuracy in just a few simple steps. Memorize the keyboard. People who are very fast typers are able type quickly because they don’t have to look at which keys they’re pressing. Study the keyboard to memorize its arrangement, and then practice typing while looking at the screen instead of your hands. Practice good posture. In order to type at your fastest rate, you need to sit up straight and place your hands in a comfortable position. Keep your arms at your sides and your wrists extended out straight and away from your body. Don’t rest your wrists on the keyboard; rather, keep them slightly elevated with just your fingers touching the keys. Time yourself. Practice by typing a long passage from a book or magazine over and over again. Time yourself during each attempt, and keep track of when your time improves. Many people also count the words that they can type per minute in order to gauge how their typing is improving.5 Shortcuts to Increase Your Typing Speed [TypingTest.com]5 Ways to Boost Typing Speed and Accuracy [Lifehack]How to Improve Your Typing Speed and Accuracy [eHow]CC-BY-2.0/Flickr/John Ward
Aug 14 2014 01:44pmThe Book a Near: Find Used Books near Monte Vista
Don’t pay full price for a good book when you can find a good read at The Book a Near for half the price! Located just a short trip from Monte Vista in Centennial, Colorado, The Book a Near specializes in “gently used” books. You could also call them “previously enjoyed,” because you know when you buy something here, somebody else really liked it, too.Stop by and browse – book stores were built for browsing, and the Book a Near is no different. It’s not a big store, but you can still get lost in all of the titles that await you. You will find classic books, previous best sellers, children’s books, hard cover and paperback titles. The Book a Near18525 East Smoky Hill RoadCentennial, CO 80015(720) 886-0432http://www.yelp.com/biz/the-book-a-near-centennial-2CC-BY-2.0/Flickr/CCAC
Aug 07 2014 01:32pmRox Bar and Grill: Burgers and More in Littleton
Rox Bar and Grill is a relaxing Littleton spot where you can grab a burger or something heartier to eat. Pool tables, video games, wide-screen TVs and live music turn up the volume on the fun factor at this popular spot. Outdoor seating on the patio and a rooftop deck adds to the appeal, making it a pleasant place to dine al fresco when the weather's nice.Visit and you can settle in with a cocktail, glass of wine, or one of their 12 craft beers on tap and a flavorful appetizer like Nachos, Sliders, Rox Egg Rolls, Fried Pickles and House Made Tortilla Chips & Salsa. Heartier appetites will want to dig into the Classic Burger with Angus beef, lettuce, tomato & red onion, or a Mahi Sandwich with wasabi aioli & avocado. Rox's entrees include Chicken Pesto Pasta, Sirloin Steak with herb butter drizzle, and Bacon-Wrapped Meatloaf with mushroom gravy.Just a short trip from Monte Vista in Littleton, Rox is open daily.Rox Bar and Grill12684 W. Indore PlaceLittleton, CO 80127(303) 972-2769http://www.littletonbarandgrill.com/http://www.yelp.com/biz/rox-bar-and-grill-littletonCC-BY-2.0/Flickr/lindseygee
Jul 24 2014 01:33pmBatter Up: 3 Websites for Softball Enthusiasts
Youth and adult softball leagues are popular all over the United States, whether they’re through your school, workplace, or just your community. These high-quality websites provide some of the best softball coverage for both professional and community leagues, and they’ll even show you where to find the best gear and equipment for your next big game.ASA SoftballThe ASA Softball website is home to the Amateur Softball Association of America, and it provides detailed coverage of all of its games. You’ll also find a large database of ASA Softball information, lists of softball tournaments around the country, and training aids and certified equipment to keep you or your players safe and protected while playing.Team USAThis website is run by USA Softball and features game coverage, news, and resources for coaches and players. Keep up with the Team USA men’s, women’s, and junior leagues, and even purchase official merchandise to support your favorite softball team.SoftballIf you want to read longer, in depth articles about the sport of softball, this online magazine is the perfect resource. It also features photo and video galleries of games and events, health and fitness articles, and a full archive of past Softball magazine issues.CC-BY-2.0/Flickr/Alex Ford
Jul 17 2014 03:01pmMoon Kats Cafe: Relax in Englewood
A cozy little spot with a huge selection, Moon Kats Cafe is a hidden gem that brings bold and beautiful teas into town. A good afternoon tea isn't always easy to come by, but people who visit here are consistently impressed.There are a couple dozen teas to choose from here, all carefully chosen and covering a wide spectrum of styles and flavors. Tea ciders and chais are also available, as are a wide range of coffee and espresso drinks. Pastries, salads, and sandwiches are all on the menu to accompany your drink. You can order food items a la carte, or order an afternoon tea for a combination of treats and a pot of tea together! Reservations are recommended for the afternoon, but regulars say that it's worth the little bit of planning.Moon Kats Cafe2775 S. BroadwayEnglewood, CO 80113(303) 437-9514http://www.yelp.com/biz/moon-kats-cafe-englewoodCC-BY-SA-2.0/Flickr/naama