Betsy Welch

About Betsy Welch

If Betsy didn't love growing, cooking, and eating food so much, you might never catch her standing still. She carries more insurance on her bikes than her car, and she only uses credit cards that dole out airline miles. She's a Lyons, Colorado girl with a salt-water past. http://www.cochicas.com/blog/
Posts by Betsy Welch

Setting the Table with three of Boulder’s Best Catering Companies

Summer weekends come at premium when you’re at a certain age; undoubtedly, you’ll have to set aside a few for rehearsal dinners and wedding bells.  It’s not the worst way to spend those precious days off, especially when you get to travel to a place that’s meaningful or one you’ve never visited before.  You can usually […]

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City Star Brewing brings Flap Jack Day Back to Life

City Star Brewing Company in Berthoud, Colorado is good at bringing things back to life.  Owners John and Whitney Way resurrected the main drag (Mountain Ave.) storefront that houses the brewery and taproom (its previous iterations were a barn and livery), and on September 7, they’ll put a beer-centric twist on an another Berthoud tradition. In […]

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A Whisky Story from Colorful (Lyons) Colorado

In the frenzied early morning hours of the flood, we got word that someone was trapped over at the distillery. As we debated putting kayaks into the swirling waters of the St. Vrain–then as wide as Highway 36–someone suggested that if anyone was stuck over there, he had plenty to drink and would probably fare just […]

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Bike to Farm to Table: Sports Garage’s farm dinner ride series

Spring has taken her sweet time to arrive in Boulder County this year, but no one is complaining about the emerald blanket and late-season lilacs left in her wake. Cyclists are happy (the trails and roads are finally dry!), and foodies are happy (a rain-free Saturday farmer’s market, and the tomatoes can finally go in the […]

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DIY at the Lyons Farmette

If you live in Boulder County, you’re well aware of how lucky we are to have access to bushels upon bushels of locally grown fruits and veggies.  At our market, you can also fill your canvas tote with multi-colored eggs, cuts of grass-fed beef, loaves of crusty bread, and creamy Colorado yogurt.  The next logical […]

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Tequila 101: Slow Down and Smell the Agave

As we walked into the swirly snow outside, a hint of tequila on our tongues, my friend proclaimed that she was going to the liquor store to buy a bottle of añejo.  I’d say her proclamation was testament to a good “tasting.” Zolo Grill has offered Tequila 101 a few times over the years, and […]

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Tequila 101 @ Zolo Grill

Having just returned from the great Mexican state of Jalisco, I can think of nothing better to do on a snowy Saturday afternoon that sip tequila. This Saturday, February 21 at 2:30pm, our friends at Zolo Grill are offering “Tequila 101,” an educational and culinary tasting experience featuring Corzo tequila.  Like any tequila-maker worth its […]

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Mindful slurping: Pho for one at Chez Thuy

I was paying for my ginger and daikon radishes, lamenting the fact that Maria Nguyen didn’t sell any home-cooking at her Asian Seafood Market.  “Where should I go for good Vietnamese?” I asked her.  “You go to Chez Thuy!” she barked at me (read this for context).  So, to Chez Thuy I went. Wondering if […]

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RAD: Real Athlete Diets: the best meal you never cooked

The timing couldn’t have been better: I had just returned home after a two-week holiday (empty fridge, too tired to cook), and Boulder continued to stun with warm, golden Indian Summer days begging for play  When Morgan Newlon of rad: real athlete diets invited me to sample some of their meals, I was thrilled. That […]

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Boulder County Farmer’s Market Springs to Life April 5

Spring seduces everyone. How could you not notice the tips of daffodils and crocus’ nosing eagerly through the hardened ground?  The rhubarb unfurling its leaves on ruby-colored stems, the bright green shoots of chive, onion, and leek standing at attention.  If you’ve spent this cold, windy winter eating seasonally, you’ll be smitten by the signs […]

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The Governor Has a Kegerator: Celebrate Colorado Craft Beer Week

It’s Thursday, your mind has no doubt wandered to the weekend and all its non-work related offerings.  On tap at breweries and brew-friendly locales throughout the state is Colorado Craft Beer Week, which kicked off last weekend at the governor’s mansion in Denver. On Friday, Hick invited beer industry folks from around the state for […]

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Tequila, Tacos, Bikes, and Beer: These Are a Few of My Favorite Things

I had a boyfriend in high school with the savant-like ability to flip a word on its side and pronounce it by its backward spelling, and fast.  I can never seem to line up the letters that quickly; lucky for me, beer is a four-letter word, so REEB, Oskar Blues’ bike outfit, rolls off my […]

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Absurdly Good Stuffin’ Muffins: Thanksgiving Any Time of the Year

For many years, I skipped the stuffing. I thought I didn’t like it, and so I loaded my plate with mostly everything else–a bit of turkey, both colors of spuds, something green, and a dollop of cranberry sauce.  As family Thanksgivings morphed into “orphan” Thanksgivings or Friendsgivings, I boldly ventured into stuffing-landia after witnessing my […]

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This Juice Has Got Sol

Boulder digs its beverages.  Coffeeshops–of which there are many–buzz with patrons all hours of the day.  Microbreweries pop up like umbrella vendors in the rain (and tend to stick around after the thunder).  Distilleries pour gin cocktails while their whisky ages.  Now, thanks to Con Lazarakis, there’s a new libation in the lineup: Sol Juice. … When I […]

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High on the Hog: A Cochon 555 Retrospective

I didn’t really know what to expect at Cochon 555, but I didn’ t expect THIS.  Excited as I was for the event in Vail, I couldn’t picture it.  Then, once I arrived, everything was moving and shaking and begging for attention, and I had to saddle up for the ride–which began before we even […]

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Cool Girls Drink Beer

My love for Colorado knows no bounds.  Notwithstanding the obvious (cowboys, 300+ days of sunshine, tiny towns perched way up high), there just happens to be a special breed of gal making her way in the Centennial State.  And, unlike some of their more carb-conscious sisters across the globe, these ladies drink beer.  And really, […]

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You’re Invited to a Big Ole ‘Bacon Party

This  Sunday, March 10, Boulder will represent at one of the most unique food events in America.  Blackbelly Catering’s Hosea Rosenberg and Cured’s Will Frischkorn will join a host of chefs, farmers, butchers, mixologists and more at the pork-centric traveling culinary competition and tasting event known as Cochon 555, which is making its Colorado appearance at the […]

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World Food Tour Part Two: Land of the Super Gyros

Rather than watching news commentators bicker about what’s going on in the Middle East, we should all go share a gyro at Salem Garni’s Mediterranean Market and Deli.  We could argue about the origins of baba ganouj (Turkey? Lebanon?), or whether Halal meat tastes any different than meat processed the western way. Or we could […]

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Beyond Saigon — Asian Seafood Market is All That and More

Rumor has it that Boulder is #1 for being ranked #1 in various “best of” lists (“Looks best naked!” “Most trust funds per capita!” “More marijuana dispensaries than Starbucks!”). However, it doesn’t usually win many awards for ethnic diversity.  Which isn’t to say that there aren’t people from all over the world living beneath the […]

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Crockstars: Inaugural Crocktoberfest Unites Bikes, Beer, and Good Cookin’

If you were to ask someone who knows me what I like to do in my free time, they would probably say one of two things: she likes to ride her bike;  or, she likes to eat. (And cook.  Also to talk about food. And drink craft beer. While cooking. Sometimes while biking.  You get the point.)  It therefore seemed imperative […]

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At Farmette Farm Dinners, It’s the Community that Counts

Our agricultural forefathers would probably be baffled by an increasingly common scene around Boulder County in the summer months: well-dressed, well-educated folks from the city paying top dollar to sit outside, in a field, sometimes in thunderstorms or howling winds, to eat dinner. With strangers, no less!  The Lyons Farmette, an agricultural education center, working […]

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