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The Recipe Exchange

Readers sometimes wonder how The Connection chooses which recipes to publish, and though the criteria are far from strict, we generally look at a few factors:  First, and most important, do the recipes on these pages guide readers in creating something they will want to eat and serve to friends and family?  If the answer is no, you will not see it here.

We also consider the difficulty level of recipes and try to include an even mixture of both simple-to-prepare recipes (some salad and fresh-produce recipes are more about assembly and don’t require cooking or baking at all) and more difficult dishes.  It is rare that we include recipes that require preparation spanning several hours or lots of expert know-how, so if we do, our food editor is pretty confident that the time and effort will be worth it.

For the most part, recipes we gravitate toward do not require specialty shopping for tools or ingredients, and nearly everything is fairly budget friendly. Most of the selections you’ll find here are based on either traditional favorites for a particular time of year, or what is growing in the fields and readily available at the supermarket or the farmers market.  Much of what we write about are recipes our food editor has made hundreds of times with consistent results.  We do experiment with new things too, and if it’s tasty, you’ll probably read about it here.

Finally, we are thrilled to say that this column is interactive, and sometimes readers catch something we’ve missed, give feedback for how a recipe could be improved, or simply contact us to let us know they have particularly enjoyed something they have read here in their own kitchen.  Please join in!

We hope you enjoy our collaboration with other cooks, testing their recipes and sharing the enjoyment that results.

Out of this world marinara sauce

May 1, 2020

Perfect dessert – Simple Strawberry Fool

April 1, 2020

A taste of spring in this veggie-packed side dish

March 1, 2020

Jambalaya: A tale of making a classic dish my own

February 1, 2020

Resolution-worthy chicken lettuce wraps

January 1, 2020

Chicken and cranberries – Easy

December 24, 2019

Carrot Soup – Easy

December 24, 2019

Baked Apples – Fast and Easy

December 23, 2019

Cookies for a gluten-free holiday

December 1, 2019

Be elated by late-summer elote

August 1, 2019

Parfaits – Patriotic Two Ways

July 1, 2019

Cheesy Beer Bread

June 5, 2019

Crackers – Homemade

May 2, 2019

Green Lentil Salad

April 1, 2019

Fresh Banana Jam

February 28, 2019

Chocolate lava cake

January 31, 2019

Ramen – Soup up your ramen

January 1, 2019

Turkey Hand Pies

November 1, 2018

Roasted sweet potato breakfast stack

October 1, 2018

Coleslaw, redefined

August 1, 2018

Milk Cake – Hot

May 31, 2018

Ham sandwiches in Mornay sauce

April 30, 2018

Cheesy Soufflé

March 28, 2018

Cacciatore

March 5, 2018

Apple cocoa truffles

January 30, 2018

Green super food Soup

January 1, 2018

Sheet Pan Thanksgiving Dinner

November 2, 2017

Apple Cider Muffins

October 2, 2017

Chili Salsa

September 25, 2017

Zucchini and peppers on the grill

August 25, 2017

Cream Bisquits

May 1, 2017

Orzo with Parmesan Cheese

April 4, 2017

Peas and radishes, a springtime story

March 1, 2017

Sweet (potatoes) for your sweet – Sausage stuffed sweet potatoes

February 1, 2017

Simple salad dressing for a super new year – Pomegranate vinaigrette

January 1, 2017

Creamy caramel for Christmas

December 1, 2016

Satisfying and hearty: chili in the Crock-Pot

October 1, 2016

Apple (Butter) of Your Eye

August 29, 2016

Spring into the season with this colorful and tasty dish – Pasta Primavera

April 1, 2016

Hoppin’ John Rice & Beans

March 23, 2016

Sugar Cookie Bars

March 23, 2016

Chocolate Refrigerator Roll Cake

March 23, 2016

Passover charoset for your springtime table – Charoset

March 1, 2016

Roasted beans for a crunchy, healthy snack – Roasted Garbanzo Beans

February 1, 2016

Waffles for dinner make the new year bright

January 1, 2016

Super soup for a simple supper – Lasagna Soup

December 1, 2015

Simple pumpkin sippers for a cozy holiday treat – Pumpkin Steamers

November 1, 2015

Seven layer bar done better; an old classic transformed – Seven-layer cookies

October 1, 2015

Pasta perfect for summer’s end – Orzo Salad with Pine Nuts and Cranberries

September 1, 2015

Quick and simple summer overnight oatmeal

August 1, 2015

Holy guacamole, Chipotle goes public with recipe!

July 1, 2015

Fresh, wonderful water to quench your thirst – Flavored “Good” Water

June 1, 2015

Dozens of delicious easy eggs for Mother’s day brunch

May 1, 2015

Carrot cake for all your favorite some-bunnys – Simple Carrot cake

April 1, 2015

A cheesy recipe for a light, fresh snack – Cucumber & Salmon Roll-Ups w/Dilled Yogurt Cheese

March 1, 2015

A hassle-free tasty treat for your Valentine sweet – Soft Center Molten Chocolate Cake

February 1, 2015

Belly up to the bar; hot chocolate, that is! – Hot Cocoa Bar w/Marshmallow Stirrers

December 1, 2014

Oven-free stuffing worth getting stuffed on – Oven-Free Slow Cooker Dressing

November 1, 2014

Rich and sweet: favorite flavors for fall – Caramel Sauce

October 1, 2014

Just peachy: fresh, late-summer delights – Peach w/Mozzarella & Basil Salad

August 29, 2014

Sumptuous cranberry scones for summer

July 31, 2014

Barbecue sauce for dad’s big day

June 1, 2014

A fiesta in your mouth for Cinco de Mayo – Tasty Taquitos

May 1, 2014

Light and lemony for springtime – Pink Lemonade Mousse

April 1, 2014

Heating things up in the cold – Award Winning Chili

March 1, 2014

Hearty and heart healthy granola for your valentine – Cranberry Nut Granola

February 1, 2014

Waking to a waffle wonderland on Christmas morning – Overnight Homemade Waffles

December 1, 2013

Make quick work of the evening meal with a slow cooker – Slow Cooker Pot Roast

October 1, 2013

Green chile, a Colorado favorite

September 1, 2013

A cool treat for a hot summer day – Fresh Fruit Popsicles

August 1, 2013

Pop up a great Fourth of July – Baked Caramel Corn

July 1, 2013

Give mom a sweet treat this Mother’s Day – Cinnamon Toast Breakfast Casserole

May 1, 2013

Smooth move: drink to your health this spring – Super Fruit Smoothies

April 1, 2013

Great food for get well soon – Stuffed Pasta Shells

March 1, 2013

Sweets for your sweet – sugar cookie perfection

February 1, 2013

Cool festive desserts made with ice cream – Layered Ice Cream Dessert

December 1, 2012

The feast before the feast: simple and satisfying – Festive Clam Chowder – Speedy Breadsticks

November 1, 2012

Treats and savory delights fresh from the pumpkin patch – Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

October 1, 2012

Cobbled together – summer fruit desserts – Any Fruit Cobbler

September 1, 2012

Herbs fresh from the garden – Classic Pesto

August 1, 2012

Rocky Mountain high: baking treats at high altitude

July 1, 2012

An old faithful; patriotic style – American Flag Cake

June 1, 2012

An egg-straordinary food – Creamed Eggs

April 1, 2012

A special treat this Valentine’s Day – Chocolate Marshmallow Mousse

February 1, 2012

Sweet treats for a scrumptious purpose – Campsite Chocolate Fondue

October 1, 2011

Herb-Crusted Leg of Lamb

April 1, 2011

Cut the calories; keep the flavor – Pecan Sticky Rolls

January 1, 2011

Appetizers; A tasty addition to a holiday menu – Stuffed Mushroom Appetizer

December 1, 2010

Garnish the holiday table with tasty side dishes – Cranberry-Orange Relish

November 1, 2010

Roast Butternut Squash Soup with Apples – Cooks Corner

October 1, 2010

Autumn Apple Cake – Cooks Corner

September 1, 2010

The perfect steak, grilled to perfection

August 1, 2010

Peach Berry Cobbler- A patriotic dessert for the Independence Day holiday, July 4

July 1, 2010

Grilling – It’s for more than just meat – Grilled Corn ’n’ Pepper

June 1, 2010

Brunches, Lunches and Showers – Rosemary & Garlic Chicken Spread w/Parmesan Focaccia

May 1, 2010

Ring in the new year with herb-crusted beef rib roast

January 1, 2010