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Articles Written By MattMaenpaa


Classroom Kitchens

October 25th, 2014

I firmly believe that if you are passionate about something, you can learn to do anything.  For me, that calling was food.  I grew up in a food-is-love household, making cookies with my mom when I was little and helping with dinner when I was older.  I might not have been a great cook back then, but when I felt like cooking I did alright.  Something changed along the way and I decided to go to culinary school and pursue the insane career of professional cook. Nearly a decade later, I find myself more interested in cooking for my family than for four hundred brunch lovers.  Feeding my family... Read More

Al Pastor and IPA at Cyclhops.

October 18th, 2014

At the northern end of Boulder County is the sprawling town of Longmont, home to more breweries, farms, restaurants, sweet shops and cows than you could shake a stick at.  And more places open up all the time, drawing more people to Longmont.  Oskar Blues is a fixture of Longmont, providing support to the community with food, beer and charity.  Their Can’d Aid rallied around Longmont, Lyons and Boulder to help out after the floods last year and are still going strong.  In June, they helped carry out the 4th annual G’Knight Ride, a town-wide bike ride for families that culminated... Read More

A Taste of Argentina, In Boulder

October 1st, 2014

Rincon Argentino is tucked away in The Village at Arapahoe and Folsom, near McGuckins Hardware.  They don’t really advertise, though they do have a nice website.  The interior is small, homey and inviting.  Futbol matches play on the tv, tables line the walls and a bar counter faces the open kitchen.  The kitchen itself is beautiful, immaculately clean and always busy.  The oven is wood-burning, visible from most points in the restaurant, and certainly adds to the authenticity. I found it a couple years ago, shortly after they’d opened, by pure happenstance as I walked down Folsom.  I... Read More

Taco Wednesday

September 24th, 2014

It’s Taco Tuesday!  Okay, it’s Wednesday, but it was Tuesday when I made the tacos so it still counts.  And really, who doesn’t love tacos?  I could probably eat them every day, if my wife wouldn’t object.  The Boulder area has some fantastic taco places, from Cyclhops in Longmont to Illegal Pete’s locations on the Hill and Pearl. But I’m not going to sit here and tell you where to buy tacos.  I could go on for days, pages even!  No, better still I’m going to share with you my DIY taco smorgasbord made with mostly local ingredients pillaged (and paid... Read More

The Farm to Your Table

September 17th, 2014

We’re lucky here in Boulder County to be blessed with amazing food all year round.  Better still, we’re lucky to have some of the best Farmer’s Markets I’ve experienced in my life.  Something about walking down the street, smelling vendors serving hot food, seeing all the gorgeous produce and getting to talk to farmers, vintners, cheesemakers and chefs gets me excited. The Boulder County Farmer’s Markets run for almost half a year, from early April to the last weekend in November, making for an excellent opportunity to see the full range of seasonal produce.  Many of the vendors, from... Read More

An Ode To The Peach

September 10th, 2014

It’s September already here in Boulder County and soon enough the leaves will start to turn and that first October snow will be on us.  Fortunately for us, the local Farmer’s Markets are still bustling and we can reap the benefits of summer for a little while longer.  Nestled on the Front Range, we have access to a bounty of amazing food grown within a day’s drive.  Access to the wildly varied seasonal produce and Boulder’s blooming food culture were what brought my wife and I here in the first place, among a thousand other reasons. It wasn’t that hard to think... Read More