All About Squash

November 13, 2011

Every fall I go on a pumpkin diet. This diet, however, isn’t a diet in the sense that involves withholding of any kind. We’re talking about more of an exclusive indulgence in a particular ingredient: pumpkin. Lattes, soups, breads, scones, pie (obvi). My favorite pumpkin creation of the season has been this extravaganza: layers of […]


The ultimate indulgence

October 4, 2011

Full disclosure: I love carbs. I know what you’re thinking: Who doesn’t, right? But I’ve got it especially bad. Cake, cookies, pancakes, cupcakes. Bread. I love it all. I’ve even earned a reputation as cupcake guru among my Denver friends, and during my college days I carried around the nickname, “Carbs.” (It may have been […]


Rub elbows in the kitchen with Lon Symensma

September 15, 2011

If you pay any attention to the Denver food scene, then you’ve likely heard chef Lon Symensma‘s name a time or two. Our city’s proud to call this man our own: last year, he bid adieu to the big food world of NYC (and his post at the fifth highest grossing restaurant in the US, […]


Food Trucks!

August 28, 2011

Not long ago, I was in Portland, OR, and I was charmed by a recurring sight in the city landscape: food trucks. Pods of colorful vehicles congregating bumper to bumper or side by side, dishing out fast, fresh eats. One hot dog truck even had a decked-out school bus parked alongside it for diners to […]


Back at it with Learn to Cook Part 2

August 10, 2011

I was recently back in the Stir kitchen for part two of the Learn to Cook series—all about roasting and grilling—rubbing elbows with my Learn to Cook groupies. The ice was broken, we’d gotten our hands dirty, we’d cooked some delicious food. We were ready for more. Just to be sure we’ve got our basic […]


The oh-so exciting “Learn to Cook” series: Part one!

July 20, 2011

Ever since I started taking classes at Stir, I’ve had my sights set on the Learn to Cook class series. It’s a three-part tour of those need-to-know culinary basics: Part 1: Sauteing and Pan Searing. Part 2: Roasting and Grilling. Part 3: Seasoning and Flavoring. If you’ve mastered those fine skills, then you can really […]


5280 approves!

July 7, 2011

We’re not much for tooting our own horn, but just this once, we’re going to make an exception. Stir Cooking School was named 5280 magazine’s “Editor’s Choice 2011” in the “cooking class” category! Here’s what those editors had to say: “When you’ve attended as many culinary classes as we have, it takes a lot to […]


Girls’ Night Out

June 25, 2011

An evening at Stir presents all the necessary ingredients for a smashing girls’ night: tasty cocktails—check. Amazing food—check. Lively conversation—check. And so it was last Friday evening. Women came from all corners of town for Stir’s Girls Night Out: Summer Fun. Frankie and Wendy brought Sandra out for her birthday. Jackie grabbed her mom, who […]


Butter really does make everything better

June 5, 2011

I’ve never been to France. Or anywhere in Europe for that matter. But I’d surely love to go. And when I envision myself strolling those famous Parisian streets, it’s with a pastry in hand, en route to my next meal. Last Wednesday, I got a sweet taste of French fare (no travel required) at Stir‘s […]


It’s party time

May 19, 2011

Photo courtesy of NAKA Designs The best parties I’ve been to involve three things: friends, food and some kind of theme. OK, and some tasty beverages too. So that makes four. Fortunately, many of my Denver friends are in agreement about the theme part. Over the past couple years, I’ve been to a “Breakfast at […]