Published on Tuesday, December 03 2013 09:27
Each month, the Colorado Department of Agriculture features a different commodity to highlight the variety and quality of products grown, raised or processed in the state. This month, Colorado beef is featured in the Colorado Meatballs recipe.
The cattle industry is Colorado’s largest agricultural sector. Colorado ranks 10th in the nation for cattle numbers, with 2.6 million
Published on Monday, December 02 2013 09:45
Finding the perfect tree, hunting for special menu ingredients and searching for ideal gifts can be stressful. The Colorado Department of Agriculture has a variety of online resources to help consumers through this special, but hectic, time of year. The Colorado Food and Agriculture Gift Guide and the Colorado Christmas Tree List help shoppers connect with local producers.
Published on Monday, November 04 2013 12:40
Each month, the Colorado Department of Agriculture features a different commodity to highlight the variety and quality of products grown, raised or processed in the state. This month, Colorado sunflower seeds are featured in the Chewy Granola Bars recipe.
Colorado produces 55 million pounds of sunflower seeds each year. The state ranks seventh in the nation for sunflower production. Sunflower seeds are power-packed with healthy fats, protein, fiber, minerals, vitamin E, and phytochemicals. Look for Colorado sunflower seeds at your local grocery store or specialty food store.
Chewy Granola Bars
Chef Jason K. Morse, C.E.C., Executive Chef, Douglas County School District and 5280 Culinary, LLC
3-1/2 Cups Instant Oats
1-1/2 Cups Sugar
2/3 Cup Oat Flour
1 Teaspoon Kosher Salt
1-1/2 Teaspoons Cinnamon
3 Cups Dried Fruits (blueberries, currants and/or cranberries)
3 Cups Seeds (mix of pepita and sunflower)
3/4 Cup Sun Butter
2 Tablespoons Vanilla Extract
1/4 Lb. Unsalted Butter, melted
1/2 Cup Honey
2 Tablespoons Water
Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment or spray well with pan spray. Stir together all the dry ingredients, including the fruit and seeds. In a separate bowl, whisk together remaining wet ingredients. Toss the wet ingredients with the dry until the mixture is evenly crumbly. Spread in the prepared pan, pressing firmly to ensure they are “packed” to the shape of the pan. Bake the bars for 30 to 40 minutes, until they’re brown around the edges. Cool the bars in the pan completely on a cooling rack. Remove from the pan and place onto a cutting board. Once cooled, use a large knife to cut the bars into the desired sized pieces.
Visit www.coloradoagriculture.com for a complete list of recipes.
Published on Thursday, November 28 2013 14:11
As energy costs continue to rise, help is available for Boulder County residents who struggle to pay their winter heating bills. LEAP, the Low-income Energy Assistance Program, is accepting applications now through April 30, 2014.Read more: Energy Assistance Now Available
Published on Tuesday, October 22 2013 15:23
Each month, the Colorado Department of Agriculture features a different commodity to highlight the variety and quality of products grown, raised or processed in the state. This month, Colorado peppers are featured in the Colorado Jalapeno Rockets recipe.
Peppers are plentiful in Colorado, especially in the Pueblo area where they are celebrated each year during the Pueblo Chile & Frijoles Festival, which will occur September 20-22, 2013. In