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Want to Become a Better Cook? Start by Learning These Culinary Terms!

February 26, 2015 1:06 pm

When you encounter a recipe that’s full of complicated cooking terminology, it’s easy to feel intimidated. What if your chopping instead of dicing leads to a flop of a soufflé? These kitchen terms will teach you a few things about proper cooking techniques, and they’ll make you feel more confident about your next culinary endeavor.

  1. Beat. To beat a mix or batter is not the same thing as mixing it. Beating involves briskly whipping with a spoon, wire whisk rotary beater, or electric mixer, and it incorporates air into the ingredients in order to obtain a light, fluffy consistency.
  2. Blacken. Blackening a piece of meat or vegetables is a popular Cajun cooking technique that chars seasonings onto the food in order to give it a crunchy, spicy coating. This involves cooking over high heat in a heavy skillet.
  3. Fold. If a recipe calls for you to fold one ingredient into another, it means to combine them without decreasing their volume. Use a rubber spatula in vertical swipes across the mixture, pulling some of the mixture from the bottom to the top each time.
  4. Garnish. Once your dish is completed, you may garnish it by adding a decorative bit of fresh herbs, fruit or greens.

Glossary of Basic Cooking Terms [Les Petites Gourmettes]
Cooking Terms [Recipe Goldmine]
Glossary of Cooking Terms [UMN]
Glossary of Cooking Terms [Better Homes & Gardens]
Culinary Terms [About.com]

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National Love Your Pet Day!

February 20, 2015 10:01 am

Bring your four legged, furry friend into the Leasing Office today, Friday, February 20th for a special treat as we celebrate, "National Love Your Pet Day!" We would love to spoil your pets with love too!

Don't forget we are a pet friendly community, so if you are thinking of getting a pet, talk to the Leasing Staff if you have any questions about next steps.

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Breakfast Is Served All Day Long at Hutch & Spoon in Denver

February 18, 2015 12:02 pm

The aroma of fresh brewed coffee permeates the air as you walk into the Hutch & Spoon in Denver. Regulars report that the space exudes a warm, friendly vibe, and that's the exact intention of the cafe's owner, Tracy Zimmer. She founded Hutch & Spoon as a place where Denver locals could connect over platefuls of fresh, wholesome fare.

While the menu changes frequently, breakfast items might include a breakfast burrito with egg, bacon, cheddar, and chipotle potatoes; yogurt and fresh fruit; and just-baked pastries. Breakfast is served open to close, but diners who prefer lunch fare can opt for a Swiss and bacon sandwich on sourdough bread, among other selections. Be sure to pair your lunch with Hutch & Spoon's cucumber or pineapple-ginger soda, both of which are made in-house.

The Hutch & Spoon is open for breakfast and lunch 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays.

Hutch & Spoon
3090 Larimer Street
Denver, Colorado 80205
(303) 296-2317

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