Ranch Foods Direct’s
Leona Espinoza shares her favorites, CLICK HERE.
Luscious hydroponic Colorado greens to brighten up
your winter, including fresh sweet basil. From CSS Farms at
Colorado City, CLICK HERE to visit them online. Now
offering the finest quality frozen vegetables, organic and USA
grown, from Sno Pac Foods, a family owned business since
SWEETHEART STEAKS: Cut in heart
shapes for a fun gift or romantic dinner at home.
Dining… at Home
Ranch Foods Direct launches new home service option,
individualized to suit anyone’s tastes or budget. CLICK HERE to read the news
French bistro favorite for intimacy, romance
It’s the time of year for cozy
dinners, and many locals will be turning to a Colorado Springs
dining establishment that has been delivering a fittingly intimate
experience for almost two decades.
|La Petit Maison is located in a quaint
Victorian-style cottage on Old Colorado Avenue, where tables
are small, tones are hushed and a snowy patio outside hints at
the bustling summer to come. The place exudes the quietly
pleasant and conscientious demeanor of its proprietor and chef
On a recent visit, we sampled creamy rich bowls of
lobster bisque as we anticipated the stellar main course: a
beautifully prepared Callicrate Beef New York Strip that seemed
to run the length of the plate. Chef Henri’s quietly
understated attention to detail is expressed in exquisitely
prepared dishes and preference for quality ingredients. He also
gives special care to the expert selection of wines and
Consistently voted a local “Best of the
Springs” winner and already suffused with a romantic
atmosphere, Le Petit Maison is also doing something extra
special for Valentine’s Day this month by offering a five-
course dinner for $60 plus tax and gratuity. The special menu
will also be served on the nights proceeding and following
Valentine’s on Feb. 14.
Chef Henri creates other special wine tasting dinners
throughout the year. You can get updates (or other details) by
visiting the website, CLICK HERE . (They serve dinner Tues-
Sat, 5 -10 pm, Sunday 5 - 9 pm — Please note, they are
closed on Mondays. Stop by 1015 W. Colorado Ave. or call 719-
The French bistro is also available for private
|Make yourself a
student of local food —
On campus eatery ranks with the best
Quick quiz: the fresh local food Bon Appetit
Management Co. serves on the Colorado College campus is only
for the students. T or F? False!
For grabbing a quick bite, a smoothie or coffee and a
snack, Ranch Foods Direct Retail Manager Kindra Dale
enthusiastically recommends The Preserve at Colorado College
(formerly the Herb’n Farm.)
| “I’d never eaten there
before, and I especially enjoyed the ground beef, pepperoni and
cheese pizza. That’s the same ground beef and
pepperoni we make and sell at Ranch Foods Direct,”
Kindra said after a recent visit. “The vanilla sorbet,
orange, banana and honey smoothie I had was wonderful
Indeed, the welcoming deli is only a quick campus
stroll away. It offers several hot entrees, as well as freshly made
sandwiches, soups, salads and the house-made pizzas. Bon
Appetit, which earned the contract to provide the
college’s food service at the beginning of the school year,
goes all out to buy local and features fresh quality ingredients
from Ranch Foods Direct, Venetucci Farm, Colorado Bread Co.
and Shawn's Bakery.
The Preserve’s lead supervisor, Kerstin, says
the new food service contract has totally won over the students.
“I’m very excited, and the rest of the staff is very
excited,” she said when we stopped in for a bite at
Kindra’s suggestion. “And I’m a local
grower myself so I really appreciate the fact that they
aren’t focused on trucking food in from South
Kerstin, who raises goats near Calhan, was true to
the spirit of Bon Appetit, pushing us to try a local cane sugar
sweetened orange cream soda from the Durango Soda Company
here in Colorado to go with our hamburger pizza and a helping
of the creamy hot mac ‘n cheese complete with crunchy
topping. Located at 1090 N. Cascade Ave., The Preserve is open
daily from 11 a.m. to midnight. Remember, you don’t
have to be a student of the college to enjoy eating there. The
casual dining area offers a sweeping view of the gorgeous
Rockies looming beyond a bright bank of windows. But you
don’t have to stay: you can also pick up grab-and-go
items including fruit cups, cheese trays, sandwiches, baked
goods and candies.
For a full list of Bon Appetit locations on the CC
campus, CLICK HERE.
|Mark your calendar for more
canning tips —
Meat canning demonstration offered Feb.
Ranch Foods Direct will host its next canning
demonstration on Saturday, Feb. 28 at 10 a.m. Rachel
Zimmerman will demonstrate how to can lean cuts of beef, such
as top round, in jars using a pressure cooker. She’s
already given store employees a sample. “Preserved this
way the meat is so tender. You can use it for soups or stews or
whatever,” says Retail Manager Kindra Dale who will
assist Rachel with the demo.
The session is the first to be held in the new
demonstration area next to the retail store. The space was
created to provide greater comfort and convenience to
participants. The canning demonstrations are free of charge to
anyone who is interested. Just stop in at the store. If you need
more info, call and ask for Kindra, 473-2306.
|A random testimonial
“I want three more steaks right off of the same
cow as I got last time! Really, I have some out-of-state guests
and I want to cook them some meat to show them what really
good steaks taste like. It seems like I always cook better steaks
in my backyard than I can get in a restaurant. The beef just
doesn’t taste the same anymore. It doesn’t taste
as good as it did in the ‘40s and ‘50s. Last week
was the first time I’d tried the steaks here. I want three
more of those rib-eyes.”
— Richard Graham, Colorado
|Speaking out for
American industry —
Local manufacturer addresses national
Local manufacturer Dave Anderson gave a keynote
address to cattlemen attending the 10th annual convention of R-
CALF USA, a ranchers’ organization with hundreds in
attendance. Manufacturers and food producers need to
“stand together” to demand change in
Washington, he said, including fair and adequate support for
domestic farms and factories. He is a leader in the Coalition for
a Prosperous America, a group of domestic manufacturers
concerned about trade and economic policy, CLICK HERE.
Both groups face a similar challenge: global trade is
replacing domestic farming and manufacturing with cheap
imports, exploding the trade deficit and undermining the U.S.
CLICK HERE to
|Life off the
Simple living appeals to couple
At a time when excess has brought the economy
grinding to a near halt, living simply has never seemed like a
more elegant and conscientious choice. Andrew Macdonald and
his wife Sandra — who have joined the sales team at
Ranch Foods Direct — are an inspiring example of the
commitment to live a life of greater self-reliance.
“It’s very doable,” Andrew says.
“It is a little more work. I cut firewood frequently in the
wintertime. But I use a chain saw, not an axe.”
CLICK HERE to read
|Did you know?
… Fully one-half of the nitrogen in your body
comes from man-made rather than organic sources. The level of
nitrates in the Mississippi River today is four times what it was
Invention of commercial fertilizer makes for
The story of fertilizer is fascinating. And that’s
no b.s. Look at it this way: fixed nitrogen, the key ingredient in
commercial fertilizer, is also the explosive material needed to
build empires, and to defend them militarily.
In the story as told in Thomas Hager’s
The Alchemy of Air: A Jewish Genius, a Doomed Tycoon,
and the Scientific Discovery That Fed the World but Fueled the
Rise of Hitler, the heroes are chemists and the
supporting cast is filled with spectacularly successful
entrepreneurs and struggling laborers. (And obviously Hitler has
a cameo role.)
| The reason to read it? Hager, a veteran
science and medical writer, makes for a captivating storyteller,
imparting an engaging history of nations, trade and the rise of
science. The saga of synthetic fertilizer is the story of the
modern world. It reveals a complex brew, in which the good is
irretrievably mixed up with evil, bonding them as tightly as two
atmospheric nitrogen molecules floating in the air (atmospheric
nitrogen is represented by the symbol N2.) If only scientists
were as adept at separating those two elements as they have
now become at splitting apart the twin molecules that make up
With the new abundance of synthetically produced
commercial fertilizer from huge factories, Hager notes,
“most humans have moved past the old traditional
methods of crop rotation and manuring, severed the old ties
between crops and domestic animals, increased average farm
sizes and decreased crop varieties.” To a large degree the
impacts on the environment and human life are still unknown
(though there are reasons for concern.) Reading Hager’s
epilogue gives off chills. Not surprisingly, his is a tale of
progress, but also of tragic loss, on many levels. How
astounding that the developed world has traded the plague of
starvation for one of obesity and is sharing that legacy with the
rest of the globe. After finishing this book, the reader wonders
if human society will ever achieve the wisdom to take a sane
middle course. Let’s hope so.
"There can be no doubt that a society
rooted in the soil is
more stable than one rooted in
— Conservationist Aldo Leopold, author of A Sand
County Almanac (2009 marks the Centennial of Leopold’s
arrival in the Southwestern U.S.)
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