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You Heart What You Eat: Chick-Pea-Casse-Cotta

This week, Explore's food contributor Tera Johnson-Swartz shares a recipe that is easy to make and loaded with protein and vitamins.

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Steamboat Scuttlebutt

Short strokes from life in Ski Town USA

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Fossil find: New Pterosaur found near Dinosaur National Monument

There’s more reason to make the voyage toward Vernal, Utah — and to be glad you weren’t doing so 210 million years ago. At a cliffside, first unearthed in 2009 just outside Dinosaur National Monument, paleontologists recently discovered the remains of a new pterosaur, the largest flying reptile of its time.

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Kermit the Frog vs. Local David Jolly

People in Steamboat have many hidden talents. None more guttural than that of David Jolly, a former Disney performer who, in 2004 after Disney’s acquisition of The Muppets, was a lily pad’s hop away from becoming the new voice for the lovable Kermit the Frog. Here’s how the two stack up head to slimy head.

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The Lorenz home: A showcase of industrial mountain contemporary

Call it “steampunk.” That sums up the interior of Jim and Lisa Lorenz’s new 2,600-square-foot, three-bedroom, 2 1/2-bath house in upper Fairview, which blends an array of modern finishes with a more rustic, industrial-style feel.

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Straw bale gardens

With no shortage of straw in the Yampa Valley, add productive garden space and raise your planting bed with straw bale gardening.

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10 tips for creating a raised-bed garden

Want your garden to grow to new heights, while saving your knees for Steamboat’s ski slopes? Try a raised bed for easier access and greater productivity.

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Indoor gardens

With Steamboat’s short growing season, why not extend it to produce fresh produce year-round? From microgreens to tomatoes, it’s easier than you think with a small scale indoor garden. While it won’t yield the same results as a sunny outdoor garden, the flavor can’t be beat when outdoor growing isn’t an option.

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Hoop houses

One of the most straightforward ways for controlling a gardening environment is the hoop house, a semi-circular tunnel structure encapsulating a garden.

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Grow your own

Nothing beats homegrown veggies on the dinner plate. But with Steamboat’s relatively short growing season, it’s easy for the window to close before your plants produce. We went to an expert — the CSU Extension Office’s Todd Hagenbuch — for the following pointers on growing produce in the Yampa Valley.

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Fresh food fast: Farm to Fork delivers locally sourced foods

Want fresh food — that’s not pizza — delivered to your front door? Enter Farm to Fork, Steamboat’s newest locally sourced food delivery service.

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Extending the season

It takes a green thumb, good timing and a little bit of luck to pull off a successful garden in Steamboat Springs, where the average frost-free season is just 59 days. Unless, of course, you know these tips for extending the growing season.

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Cultivating a generation

The Yampa Valley Autism Program is cultivating more than just vegetables. Its Community Cultivation program, established for individuals with disabilities and at-risk youth, cultivates life and social skills that help its members grow right alongside the produce.

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Steamboat Staycations: Close-to-home travel ideas

Who says you have to go to Botswana for your getaway? Summer or winter, countless adventures await closer to home, from renting cabins with a crackling fire to soaking in hot springs or taking the train to Glenwood. Read on for close-by vacations that let you stretch your legs and pocketbook while having you back home Sunday night — tan, rested and ready for the week ahead.

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Cooking with: CMC chef Joseph Lentz

Cameron Poole still remembers when Colorado Mountain College's cafeteria was more, well, college-like, but those days are long gone. As college kids have grown more "food savvy" and aware of where their meals come from, CMC has adapted and stepped up its game in a brand new dining hall...

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