It’s no secret I love supporting local, especially when it comes to food. Here, I feature Colorado food products and I’m always interested in learning more, educating and of course, tasting.
I recently learned of Colorado Proud – a free program developed by the Colorado Department of Agriculture. I’m sad to say, they’ve been around since 1999 and I’m just now learning of them! It highlights Colorado food and agricultural products that have been grown, raised or processed in Colorado.
The resources on the site don’t just provide a list of Colorado-everything, but there are also resources including: a list of all Colorado farmers markets, resources for Colorado wine, recipes, how to find Colorado gifts and more! It’s pretty comprehensive and is a great resource.
I wanted to highlight two products that are part of Colorado Proud that I’m loving and I also want to share some recipes they’ve compiled that include these ingredients.
The first is Hacienda Maize with their hot pepper jelly recipe that has been in their family for years and is still produced in small batches. The kick comes from Colorado chiles and they work with Colorado farmers from Pueblo to Brighton. One of their more popular products are their Jalapeno Jammin’ Jelly.
One day after work I came home and took out a block of Parmesan and slathered the Fire Roasted Jalapeno Diablo Jammin’ Jelly on a cracker and with my mouth ablaze (in the best way) I couldn’t stop eating it!
My favorite recipe they feature is Pecans Picante – candied nuts fire roasted chile jelly! It’s easy to make and is perfect finger food for hosting a party!
The second Colorado Proud product I’m no stranger to is Loredanas. I’ve been devouring their marinated cheeses, tapenades, spreads and vinaigrette’s for a long time and love going by their stand at the Boulder Farmers Market. A product of the Fruili-Venezia Giulia area of Northern Italy, this family run business has my own Italian mother buying in bulk everytime she comes to visit Boulder. She can’t find anything like it. We use it on salads, marinating meat and for cheese plates.
My particular favorite is their fig balsamic vinaigrette with it’s creamy texture it’s so delectable. With the Superbowl coming up, check out their featured appetizer recipes like the polenta recipe with Siena al aglio spread with marinated asiago and parmesan cheese and garlic.
You can learn more about great Colorado Products at ColoradoProud.org.