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Colorado Brewers’ Festival – Fort Collins

Colorado Brewers’ Festival – Fort Collins

June 28-29

 

Colorado Brewers Festival, or COBF, is celebrating 25 years of showcasing local brewers on Saturday, June 28th and Sunday, June 29th. This year the festival will be presenting about 100 Colorado craft beers from over 50 Colorado brewers.

When the festival started in 1990 Fort Collins had only three microbreweries. Today Fort Collins has fourteen breweries and is one of the most respected brewing centers in the United States. Colorado itself is nearing 300 across the state and the U.S. has become the most advanced brewing nation on Earth.

This year for the first time there will be no entry fee for the festival. Peggy Lyle, festival director says, “We are making it easier for more people and families to come in and enjoy the bands, food and recreational activities we offer beyond beer.”

The Festival provides a complete new ”Colorado” experience which features beer, outdoor activities, Colorado music, and a chance to enjoy all of this with friends! There will be themed areas will help visitors to navigate through everything COBF has to offer. Start with some of the unique opportunities that Colorado has to offer like zip lining and rock climbing in “The Wilderness” area. In “The Backcountry” area visitors can check out the booths for more information on the different vendors and brewers attending the event. Wanting to learn more about the brews you will be enjoying all weekend? Attend Beer School in “The Summit” area where visitors can speak with brewers and learn more about their craft. “The Great Plains” is the entry station area on Laporte Avenue. “Base Camp” is where you go to relax and enjoy the main stage or maybe just hang out in the grass under a shade tree. “The Springs” offers free water stations so you will be able to stay hydrated while visiting the festival. At “The Chuck Wagon” you will fi nd food trucks with food at its fi nest. “The Outhouse” area, which is pretty self-explanatory, is very necessary at a beer tasting event!

This year COBF is happy to have Marty Jones, “an award-winning journalist turned beer evangelist” to share some of his ideas and to help us understand the ever-changing beer environment and culture. He is also a popular speaker at the annual Craft Brewers Conference and works with a select group of small-batch beer and beverage makers to continue to improve their products with new ideas and promotion.

Start the weekend by attending All Brewers’ Ever on Friday and help to welcome the brewers and master brewers from across Colorado while sampling some of the exclusive craft beer. Saturday morning start your day with Breakfast and Brews at Mainline. Brunch will be served alongside a tasting of beers. The entire week leading up to the festival brings excitement to Fort Collins. Arrive early and check out the local breweries, shopping, and dining of Fort Collins.

This article is featured in the Summer 2014 edition of Living in Fort Collins.  To access more articles and digital editions of our magazine follow Pelican Publications at www.issuu.com/pelicanpublications.

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Choice City Rebels Roller Derby

The Choice City Rebels were founded in 2009 by 11 derby-addicted women we refer to as our founding mothers.  As most of the surrounding teams, we were originally a women’s only league with a jr. team of 6-17 year old girls.  We grew our jr. team to include boys in 2012.  Last year we also opened our adult team to include men.  Taking it co-ed has brought a new dynamic and cohesion to the team we’ve greatly enjoyed.  We are also working diligently to bring banked track to the area and to our league.  This will truly allow us to be the league of derby choices.  Our jr. team is also undergoing some major changes this year.  This month, in fact, they become part of the YOSA group (youth olympic sports association) at the Qdoba Event Center.  We’re excited for them and all the opportunities this will allow them for the future.

Learn more about the Choice City Rebels by visiting their website at www.choicecityrebels.com. Photo provided by Choice City Rebels and taken by Paul Nuben.

This article is featured in the Spring 2014 edition of Living in Fort Collins.  To access more articles and digital editions of our magazine follow Pelican Publications at www.issuu.com/pelicanpublications.

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Pinot’s Palette – Fort Collins

Paint. Drink. Have fun.

Pinot’s Palette is locally owned and operated by co-owners, Kim Fain and Tony Curtis.  They have been open for one and a half years and employ ten artists.  All of their artists are trained in the “Pinot way” of painting to help the inspiring artists that come into the shop.  So bring your friends, open your favorite bottle of wine and get ready to be inspired.  Pinot’s Palette will send you home with your very own masterpiece that you created while having a fun evening with friends.

Instead of the traditional wedding shower or Christmas party invite your friends to a wine and paint party.  Pinot’s Palette will even bring the party to you.  What could be easier?  They also feature wine and cheese pairings with the help of the Welsh Rabbit Cheese Shop for special events.

“Pinot’s Palette has a mission to bring art to the masses in a fun way and to teach the painters the magic of creating their own masterpieces.”

This article is featured in the Spring 2014 edition of Living in Fort Collins.  To access more articles and digital editions of our magazine follow Pelican Publications at www.issuu.com/pelicanpublications.

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Lucile’s – Fort Collins

401 S. Meldrum, Fort Collins

Located in a small yellow cottage at 401 South Meldrum, Lucile’s delivers big New Orleans flavor!  The warm and cozy surroundings are reminiscent of lifestyle and culture that is only found in New Orleans and is also found in their food.   Lucile’s friendly staff welcome customers like old friends and the good service keeps customers coming back for more.

Lucile’s offers an array of gourmet breakfast and lunch items. We recommend stopping by for a breakfast of warm beignets, a New Orleans style donut that’s hard to resist.  Your taste buds will be transported straight to “The Big Easy” with just one bite of the New Orleans style items, such as a the Praline Waffle, collard greens, or grits.

Have Lucile’s cater your next event for a meal that everyone will be talking about!

This article is featured in the Spring 2014 edition of Living in Fort Collins.  To access more articles and digital editions of our magazine follow Pelican Publications at www.issuu.com/pelicanpublications.

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Everyday Joe’s Coffee House – Fort Collins

144 Mason St, Ft. Collins

Since 2002 the Timberline Oldtown Church has gathered at 144 South Mason Street every Sunday.  For the remaining six days in the week the amazing space with its high ceilings, art covered brick walls and painted concrete floors was without use.  Instead of letting the beautiful venue go unappreciated Timberline Oldtown Church opened its doors to the public with the creation of Everyday Joe’s Coffee House.

At Everyday Joe’s Coffee House it is widely accepted that everyone deserves to be taken care of.   Coffee and espresso drinks are made with care and served with a welcoming smile by volunteers. In an effort to benefit and serve the community Everyday Joe’s was formed as a non-profit coffee house run mainly by volunteers.  The space is equipped with a stage, sound system and theater lighting for weekend concerts, community events or to be reserved for private parties.  All of these amenities are offered to help build a sense of community in Fort Collins.

At my last visit to Everyday Joe’s the two baristas, Quinn and Cara, eagerly welcomed me in.  They are two of the many volunteers that work a four-hour shift whenever their schedule allows and work for tips only.  The volunteers are told that part of their work agreement is “you have to be able to serve people with love.”   In my short visit I found Cara and Quinn to be perfect example of this.   At the end of each day the coffee house offers the homeless free coffee and a place to come in from the cold until the homeless shelter opens.  Quinn shared a story about a homeless man that stopped at Everyday Joe’s and told the volunteers working that day of his plan to walk to Wyoming to find work.  The volunteers also discovered that the man’s boots had holes worn through the bottom, making it difficult to walk any distance.  After sharing this same story at church on Sunday, three pairs of boots were waiting for the man at Everyday Joe’s the very next day.  No matter your religion or faith, I believe everyone can appreciate generosity.

If you are looking for a good cup of coffee and a place where you can relax don’t hesitate to go to Everyday Joe’s Coffee House.  You will love the experience.

This article is featured in the Spring 2014 edition of Living in Fort Collins.  To access more articles and digital editions of our magazine follow Pelican Publications at www.issuu.com/pelicanpublications.

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Mama Said Sew – Fort Collins

121 East Mountain Ave., Fort Collins

Angela Gray opened Mama Said Sew in 2010.  With several generations of sewers in her family Gray wanted to bring back the art of crafting and the ability to sew clothing that would last.  Angela and her staff share a passion for creating and crafting and are working to spread the word.  Today many people do not think twice about purchasing the items that could be easily made at home. Mama Said Sew hopes to introduce its creative ways to customers and keep crafting alive for a new generation.  Gray and her staff love seeing the look on a customer’s faces after completing a project.

Mama Said Sew offers several different classes such as Learning to Sew, Kids Sewing Club, Craftsy Classes, Block of the Month, and Sewing 101 to name a few.  They also have a great selection of fabrics and fabric bundles, while adding new fabric daily.

This article is featured in the Spring 2014 edition of Living in Fort Collins.  To access more articles and digital editions of our magazine follow Pelican Publications at www.issuu.com/pelicanpublications.

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The Lincoln Center – Fort Collins

417 W. Magnolia St., Fort Collins

Lincoln Center’s mission is to be a leader in cultural experience for the community.  Lincoln Center offers professional theater, music, children’s programs, visual arts, and dance programs.  There are two performing art spaces, which include a 1,180-seat performance hall and a 220-seat theatre.  Lincoln Center is one of Colorado’s largest and most diverse presenters of the arts.  Three galleries and outdoor sculpture area, terrace, and performance garden are all a part of the Lincoln Center.  Artists interested in having their work displayed may submit proposals for consideration of solo and group exhibitions in their galleries.

This article is featured in the Spring 2014 edition of Living in Fort Collins.  To access more articles and digital editions of our magazine follow Pelican Publications at www.issuu.com/pelicanpublications.

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More on “Jute” Box Craft from Spring Magazine

Ready to make a quick craft that looks like it came from your favorite home interior store?

Let’s get started!  You can use any size cardboard box or container you want, round, square, or rectangle.  Just remember to allow for additional supplies if it is bigger than the size we are using.  The supplies I used are for a 6x6x6 box.  So gather up your scissors, glue gun and lots of glue sticks. You will also need around a yard of material, such as muslin for the lining of the box. This can be purchased from your local craft store or if you happen to have any extra material lying around, that can be used as well.  Don’t forget the jute!  Jute can also be purchased from you local craft store.  I used about 27 yards of ¼” jute for my project.  I also sewed my lining, but you can also glue it together if you would rather.

1)    To make a pattern for the lining I laid the cardboard box I was covering on some paper and traced around one side making it ½” larger on 3 sides, and 2” larger on the top side.  Cut out the shape that you have traced on the paper and lay it on the material as a guide.  This is now your pattern to use when cutting out the material for the lining.  (Hint: Try making a small mark on the “top side” of the pattern and each piece of material as a reminder that the “top sides” should not be sewn/glued together in the next step)

2)    Cut this pattern out of your material four times and either glue or sew the sides together, using  ¼” seams.

3)    Now trace the bottom of the cardboard box and cut out to form a pattern as we did in step 1. also adding ½” on each side.  Cut this out of your material one time and either glue or sew on the bottom piece onto the bottom of the lining , again using a ¼” seam.  You should now have a  5-sided cloth box that fits perfectly inside the one you are covering.

4)    Place the newly constructed cloth box into the cardboard box.  Fold the top 2” up over the top of your cardboard box making sure your seams aren’t showing.  You now have a place to start gluing the jute.

5)     I started about 1” from the top of the box to make sure the jute would hold down the lining that I folded over.  It is very important to get the first line even, gluing as you go all the way around the box.  Keep gluing and going around keeping the jute tight and close together until you have reached the bottom.  Guess what?  You are already done!  Isn’t it amazing what you can make from some scraps of material, a cardboard box, some glue and some rope?  Happy crafting.

Don’t forget to watch for our next craft in the summer issue!

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Raintree Animal Hospital – Fort Collins

Raintree Animal Hospital – 2335 South Shields Street, Fort Collins

Located at 2335 S Shields St. in Fort Collins, Raintree Animal Hospital features superb doctors, state of the art facilities and capable staff. Add a pet friendly atmosphere to the mix and it is understandable why Raintree Animal Hospital is one the most highly rated veterinary clinics in the area.

Howard T. Robinson, DVM, CHOICE VETERINARIAN-Dr. Robinson grew up in the Niagara Falls area and earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Cornell University, then graduated Cum Laude from Colorado State University with his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine degree in 1992. Dr. Robinson became part owner of Raintree Animal Hospital in 1998 and sole owner in 2008.  Internal medicine and senior pet care are two of Dr. Robinson’s strongest professional interests. To balance his busy and successful professional life, Dr. Robinson enjoys spending time with his wife Randi and their children Madeline, Melissa and Mark.

John Arnold, DVM, CHOICE VETERINARIAN-Dr. John Arnold has had a diverse array of homes as he was born in California, studied abroad in Australia and practiced in Oregon, California, and Nevada. As part of an equally diverse educational background, Dr. Arnold has a B.S. in Zoology, a Masters in Business from Colorado State University and graduated from the Colorado State University of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Arnold is AAVMA Certified in Veterinary Acupuncture with a strong focus on pain management and neurological disease. Diversity also characterizes Dr. Arnold’s hobbies, which include surfing, rock climbing, hiking, soccer, ice hockey, and photography. His family includes his wife, Jess, and an English bulldog named Carter.

Deborah Kiser, DVM, CHOICE VETERINARIAN-A native of the Midwest, Dr. Kiser graduated from Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Kiser has worked in small animal practices for over twenty years, including several cat specialty clinics. Dr. Kiser loves learning and is always taking classes related to veterinary medicine or other interests. In her spare time Dr. Kiser enjoys music and being creative with arts, crafts, and photography. As may be expected, Dr. Kiser has two kitty “children” at home, Claudia and Tango.

Susan Wyman– PRACTICE MANAGER-Susan was born and raised in the northwest suburb of Chicago, but moved to Colorado in 1997 to attend Colorado State University.  After graduating from CSU in 2001 with a B.S. in Wildlife Biology, Susan completed the Veterinary Technician Program at Front Range Community College and in 2004 become a certified veterinary technician. Susan worked at Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital until she joined Raintree Animal Hospital in 2013 as practice manager. Susan enjoys spending time with her pet-extended family which includes her husband, two young boys, two dogs, two cats, and a bird.

This article is featured in the Winter 2013-2014 edition of Living in Fort Collins.  To access more articles and digital editions of our magazine follow Pelican Publications at www.issuu.com/pelicanpublications.

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Stuft Burger Bar – Fort Collins

Stuft Burger Bar – 210 South College Avenue, Fort Collins

Stuft Burger Bar offers an adventurous take on a classic meal by offing unique topping like fire roasted green chili peppers, pico de gallo, or even a fried egg to your hamburger.  If that’s not adventurous enough for you, go bold with additions like peanut butter or even pineapple.  You might discover a new favorite!

This is an excerpt from an article featured in the Winter 2013-2014 edition of Living in Fort Collins.  To access more articles and digital editions of our magazine follow Pelican Publications at www.issuu.com/pelicanpublications.

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Webster University

Founded in 1915, Webster University is a private, nonprofit, and truly global university.  Webster has regional accreditation through the Higher Learning Commission and the School of Business & Technology holds specialized accreditation with ACBSP.

 Relations Coordinator Wendy Delesha of 9250 E. Costilla Ave in Greenwood Village stated that Webster offers a full range of masters programs geared towards working adults at the Webster University Denver Metro campus Monday through Thursday from 5:30- 9:30 PM.Wendy noted that the following degree programs are offered on location at the Denver Metropolitan Campus:
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA)
  • Master of Health Administration (MHA)
  • MA in Management & Leadership
  • MA in Human Resources Management
  • MA in Information Technology Management
  • MS in Space Systems Operations Management
  • MA in Procurement and Acquisitions Management
  • Certificate in Government Contracting

Undergraduate Degree Completions:

  • BA in Management
  • BS in Business Administration
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The Welsh Rabbit in Fort Collins

The Welsh Rabbit at 216 Pine Street in Fort Collins provides an incredible section of cheeses and everything to go with them.  Equally exceptional is the knowledge of the staff in selecting perfect pairings for your next wine and cheese party or a special night in.  While at the The Welsh Rabbit, let the helpful staff compose a menu that is just right for your party with extraordinary flavors and delightful presentation.  Put together your own dream cheese platter or take these recommendations for a selection guaranteed to impress and satisfy the most savvy of cheese lovers.   (The Welsh Rabbit was featured in the Living in Fort Collins magazine)

And now, a sampling of cheeses……

Cranberry Goat Chevre A fresh goat cheese surrounded in cranberries which adds brilliant color to the cheese platter.

Fromage de Meaux This buttery and rich brie is one of the top selling bries from France. Its decadent flavor fits perfectly into any party spread.

Windsor Red As the name suggests, this British cheddar adds  a pop of beautiful red to the plate.  Its color and sweetness are from being blended with a bit of port and brandy.

Ossau-Iraty This sweet and creamy selection has been enjoyed for more than 2,000 years and is also known as “the farmers dessert”.  It originates from Spain and is often served with cherry compote.

Rogue River Blue All the way from Oregon, this award winning blue cheese arrives carefully wrapped in brandy-soaked pear leaves that add to its unique flavor.

Sage Derby This sage infused British cheddar is a perfect addition to our cheese platter with its beautiful green marbling and mild sage flavor.

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Vern’s Toffee House in Fort Collins

After being introduced by a friend to the sweet confections at Vern’s Toffee House at 444 South Link Lane in Fort Collins I have been giving the delicious butter almond toffee as gifts ever since.  This local, family-owned business has welcomed three generations into the toffee making business while maintaining a high quality product that is enjoyed across the country.  (Vern’s Toffee House is featured in the Living in Fort Collins magazine)

Follow these food safety tips and keep grilling all summer long!

Food Safety Tips for Outdoor Eating

Nothing says summer quite like a beautiful sunny day and the smell of a fiery grill. As the temperatures raise so do the risk of foodborne illness and the spread of bacteria, which can ruin any summer outing.  That doesn’t mean you have to put an end to summer picnics and neighborhood barbeques.  To help fight foodborne illnesses follow these steps and keep on grilling! Continue reading

Enjoy an Evening Under the Stars with the Colorado Ballet at the Arvada Center August 29th.

Colorado Ballet

October of 2013 marks the official start of the 53rd season of the Colorado Ballet.  As envisioned by its founders, Lillian Covillo and Freidann Parker in 1961, Colorado Ballet has shared classical ballet with Denver and its surrounding communities. The cultural impact of Colorado Ballet reaches far beyond the stunning professional performances of each season, engaging the community through outreach programs and training the future generation of professional dancers. Continue reading

One of Living in Denver's Favorite Things: The Infinite Monkey Theorem

One of Our Favorite Things: The Infinite Monkey Theorem

The Infinite Monkey Theorem

As the urban Denver winery states on their website: The Infinite Monkey Theorem represents a counter culture in winemaking. No vineyard. No pretense. Continue reading

White Fence Farm

White Fence Farm – Celebrating 40 Years!!!

It’s difficult to not notice White Fence Farm’s sign running along Jewell Avenue that states “Over 4 Million Chicken Dinners Served”.   The first thing that occurs after passing by is my stomach rumbling with cravings for homemade fried chicken, hot corn fritters and desserts from scratch.  After dining at White Fence Farm, that sign alone makes my mouth water and I think that it may become a hindrance to my driving abilities.

White Fence Farm has been a staple in the Lakewood community for 40 years.  Families from all over the country and the world have dined here. From the outside you may not realize that White Fence Farm sits on 12 acres of ground cultivated for an unforgettable family dining experience.  Today a restaurant setting on  acres of beautifully landscaped grounds is almost unheard of.  The unique set up makes White Fence Farm more than just a restaurant but also an entertainment destination. The history of this establishment runs deep with a longstanding sense of family and community.  The grounds and dining rooms at White Fence Farms are maintained with a great deal of hard work and love, which is more than evident in the details.  The farm is reminiscent of a time when family gatherings were not a quick break fit into a full schedule, but about connecting with family and friends over wholesome food while sharing the day’s events.

The promise of a homemade fried chicken dinner is the main draw for many first time customers at White Fence Farm.  The food is definitely worth the hype, but it’s not the only thing that keeps devoted customers coming back time and time again.  Although the majority of meals served are chicken dinners, White Fence Farm also offers aged T-bone steaks, broiled chicken breasts, New York strip steak, and roasted turkey breast to name a few options.  Every meal is served family style with side of pickled red beets, creamy coleslaw, kidney bean salad, special blend cottage cheese and everyone’s favorite corn fritters.  The real trick is saving room for the amazing fried chicken that is the star of White Fence Farm.  Finish your meal with one of the seasonal desserts made completely from scratch and worth every bite.  It’s the kind of homemade pie that would make mom proud.  Maybe that’s why Mother’s Day is one of White Fence Farm’s busiest days of the year!  On Mother’s Day, the farm has served up to 3,000 chicken dinners!

White Fence Farm has more to offer than a great meal.  While waiting for your table, take in the beautiful and award winning landscaping around the Waterside Walk or visit the farm style petting zoo at the OK Corral.  Take a walk down to Granny’s for fresh fudge, coffee or a slice of pie.  On most nights music can be heard coming from the Americana Barn, which has a stage that’s used by a different band almost every night and a dance floor for weekly square dancing!  There are also several gift shops located around White Fence Farm, including Colorado Christmas where it is Christmas year round!  The Giggle Blossom Cottage is a charming boutique filled with original children’s clothing and accessories.  Squeals of laughter can be heard racing down the two-story slide better known as the Pig Chute.

With so much to do and see, White Fence Farm feels like a tiny community all its own.  But that certainly doesn’t keep them from reaching out to the larger surrounding community of Lakewood through several local charities and by donating countless meals.  Once a year, White Fence Farm hosts an Adoption Exchange Picnic, where prospective parents can meet children in need of a loving family.   Every month White Fence Farm hosts a group dinner for the Denver Rescue Mission, which helps those in need to become productive and self-sufficient individuals.  This holiday season, they will also provide meals to the well deserving staff of Toys for Tots.

Owner Charlie Wilson, who quite humbly refers to himself as the “Head Busboy”, has been the driving force behind White Fence Farms for over 40 years. Before White Fence Farm was the restaurant we know today, it was a working farm and to Charlie it was simply home.  His family raised cattle and hay on their ground.  Charlie even used the John Deere tractor, which now sits on the White Fence Farm’s grounds. It is easy to see that this is now not just a restaurant to Charlie.  It is his history, his future, and his family.

July 17, 2013 will be White Fence Farm’s 40th anniversary!  Celebration plans are already in the works for this major milestone.

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6 Reasons to Join Pinterest

6 Reasons to Join Pinterest… (And why you’ll love it just as much as we do)

 

If you haven’t heard of Pinterest by now its safe to assume you have been living under a rock for the past year.  That being said, you’ve probably also wondered what exactly the popular phrase “it’s on Pinterest” was referring to.  The social media mecca of just about everything interesting on the world wide web has seen exponential growth.  By February 2012, Pinterest crossed the 10 million-user mark faster than any other standalone site in history.

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The Perfectly Cooked Chicken

The Perfectly Cooked Chicken

The Perfectly Cooked Chicken
The Perfectly Cooked Chicken

The Perfectly Cooked Chicken

The perfectly cooked chicken is a myth to many. After countless attempts at pulling a perfectly cooked bird from the oven ending only with dry, coarse meat and Chinese delivery, the confidence is deflated. Well, ring the dinner bell, invite friends over and get out your crock-pot, because we have the method to cooking a chicken that will bring your kitchen confidence back in less than 8 hours.

THE PROCESS

Simple eating of natural foods and ingredients, eliminating processed foods high in sugars and syrups is a healthy habit that becomes easier as the weather warms and fresh produce is readily available. Simple eating begins with simple cooking, which is exactly why this chicken was introduced. There is no butter or oil in this recipe, so the natural juices of the bird can really come through, enhanced by the fresh onion and seasonings. Cooking it low and slow ensures moist meat, where an oven can easily dry it out before you have even set the timer. It also ensures that you can carry on your day without worrying about being present to watch, baste, rotate and remove.

 

THE USES

Having a fridge full of shredded chicken makes your world a lot easier. Mix it in with mayo, celery, salt and pepper and a squeeze of lemon juice; stuff it in a pita for lunch. Make a one-pot chicken noodles wonder by transferring all the chicken meat from the slow cooker to a soup pot, adding in any onions you can find. Dice 2 carrots and 2 stalks of celery, 2 minced cloves of garlic and add to the pot along with 4 cups of chicken stock, salt and pepper, a pinch of poultry seasoning and a pinch of oregano. Bring to a boil and add 1 package frozen egg noodles to the pot – cook until tender and most of the liquid is absorbed. Bump up a standard by adding it into your favorite homemade macaroni and cheese recipe. If you don’t have one follow this: boil 8 oz macaroni and drain, meanwhile melt 4 Tbsp. butter and add in 4 Tbsp flour, whisk until thick and light brown, add in 2 C. half & half slowly, whisking until thick, remove from heat and add 2 C. shredded Cheddar cheese, stir until smooth. Mix 1 C. shredded chicken into the pasta and add to a casserole dish, top with cheese sauce and mix to combine. Sprinkle top with 1/2 C. breadcrumbs and dot with butter; bake at 350 degrees until the top is brown and bubbly. Chicken tacos, enchiladas and quesadillas are simple solutions for taco Tuesday’s, and adding it to pasta tossed with olive oil, parmesan and toasted walnuts creates an elegant Friday night meal when paired with a glass of Pinot Grigio or your favorite white wine. So get out your slow cooker and start creating your own chicken meal masterpieces.

 

PERFECT CHICKEN

Use your slow cooker to create magic while you are at work or running errands and come home to juicy chicken that has fallen from the bone. Cook it on a Sunday and use it all week for chicken salads, casseroles and healthy protein whenever you want it.

 

1 whole chicken, rinsed and patted dry

1 large onion, sliced

1 Tbsp paprika

1 tsp salt (Lawrys salt if you have it)

1 tsp pepper

1.5 Tbsp garlic powder

2 Tbsp onion flakes

  1. Turn the slow cooker to High heat
  2. Layer the onion slices in the bottom
  3. Set the chicken on top (breast down)
  4. Mix all seasonings together and sprinkle over the top
  5. Cook on High for 1 hour, turn down to Low for 6-8 hours
  6. After 6 hours poke your chicken to see if it’s coming offthe bones yet, if not, let it go another hour or two.
  7. If you are putting a frozen chicken into the cooker, increase your cooktime on High to 3 hours