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August 16, 2012
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MATHIS: Life is just peachy at the Palisade festival

A few times a year, it gets a tad busy out here in our little "quiet end of the valley," and this weekend is one of the biggies - the 44th annual Palisade Peach Festival!The festival kicked off last night with the ice cream social and street dance, and it continues all weekend down at Riverbend Park in Palisade and throughout the town.The highlight of the festival is the Peach Festival at Riverbend Park; today from 2-10 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. From food to fashion and everything in between, 100-plus booths will be at Riverbend Park.Another highlight is "Peach Cuisine with Colorado Chefs." From 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, local chefs (and one cook from Jersey) will be demonstrating inventive ways to incorporate peaches into tasty recipes, from entrees to desserts, from sauces to beverages. (I will be onstage Saturday doing two recipes!)Think you have a winning peach recipe? Enter it on the Peach Recipe Contest. Submissions are due by 9 a.m. at the Memorial Building in downtown Palisade.From Walking Tours to AgriTours, a Just-4-Fun Car show, the Peach Festival Parade on Saturday, from 9-10 a.m., a Peach Eating contest at 2 p.m. on Saturday, a 3 & 5K Race on Saturday at 8 a.m., there really is something for everyone, an event where you can actually take the whole family. An admission of just $5 (and you get a peach, too) will not break your wallet; come on out and have a peach of a time in Palisade!

I was driving up to Glenwood Springs a week or so ago and then stopped back last week (just to make sure) and found this food truck, "Da Beef," parked next to the liquor store, across from the Sonic in Rifle. Nothing fancy, but one of THE BEST Chicago beef sandwiches I have had outside of Chicago! Yes, they have the Giardiniera. I like the spicy, of course. Next time you are cruising along I-70, about to hit Rifle, pull off and treat yourself!Lee is the founder and owner of Decadence Gourmet Cheesecakes and Catering. He can be reached via email at decadencecheesecakes@mindspring.com, on the web at www.decadencecheesecakes.com, or by calling 970-256-4688. Also, find him on the web by searching Facebook or by visiting Twitter (@decadenceGJ).

2 Palisade peaches, somewhat firm, pitted, cut into 1-inch chunks4 jalapenos, seeded, cut into large dice8 ounces queso panela, cut into 1-inch dice2 tablespoons vegetable oil2 tablespoons fresh squeezed lime juice2 tablespoons honey2 tablespoons finely chopped pine nuts or walnutsAssemble skewers by placing one piece each of peach, jalapeno, and queso Panela on a pick or short skewer and repeating until all of the products are used. Combine the vegetable oil, lime juice, and honey and whisk together. Brush the mixture over the skewers and grill until the peaches begin to soften.Arrange on a platter and sprinkle with chopped nuts.Recipe courtesy of Wayne Smith, culinary arts professor from Western Colorado Community College, on FOX 21 Morning News.

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