More Than A Million Copies Of Colorado Cache Cookbook Sold Since 1978

Meringue mushrooms, Mandarin salad, skier’s sausage—they’re just a few of the classic recipes found in the Colorado Cache Cookbook, a staple in Centennial State home kitchens.

The cookbook was first published in 1978 by the Junior League of Denver as a fundraiser. Today, more than a million copies of the Colorado Cache have been sold, with the proceeds supporting the women’s organization’s community service programs.

Long-time Junior League member Jaydee Boat oversaw the first edition of the classic cookbook 40 years ago, and burned out her hand mixer in the process of whipping all the eggs for those meringue mushroom cookies. Boat told Colorado Matters that some of the keys to the cookbook’s success were keeping recipes simple and fresh, and adding sections for Mexican food as well as fish and game.

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Tarantulas Are On The Move In Southern Colorado

Something creepy takes place in southern Colorado this time of year. Tarantulas appear en masse scurrying across highways and up walls.

Arachnologists Paula Cushing, of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, and Brent Hendrixson of Millsaps College in Mississippi told Colorado Matters that these big hairy spiders are simply out looking for love.

It’s easiest to spot them around dusk in late September into October. There’s two types of tarantula here in Colorado. Large brown tarantulas with leg spans of about five inches are found in the southeast part of the state. In the southwest corner of the state the tarantulas are smaller and black with leg spans of about three inches.

In either case it’s the males that are out and about. The females stay close to their spider silk lined burrows. Tarantulas spin silk, but not for webs.

The two scientists say that most tarantulas, including those found in Colorado, are not aggressive and are disinterested in biting people. They have to feel quite threatened before they will bite.

Hendrixson says,  “no one has ever died from a tarantula bite.”

Cushing adds that if you did get bitten it’ll hurt temporarily, like a bee sting and there are a few species in Australia that are the exception to this, which can be aggressive with a more toxic venom.

While tarantulas can make good pets, Cushing says it’s critical to make sure to only purchase lab raised tarantulas, as there are some species that are endangered because too many have been wild caught for the pet trade.

Cushing has led the Colorado Spider Survey since 1998, working with volunteers  and other scientists to collect tens of thousands of specimens. They’ve added their findings to a huge online database of arthropods, a bug database.

Hendrixson will speak about the biology, natural history, and diversity of U.S. tarantulas tomorrow, Friday September 28 at 11 a.m in Ricketson Auditorium at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. The lecture is free with general admission to DMNS or DMNS membership.

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How To Put Your Garden And Lawn To Bed For The Winter.

Is your garden ready for winter? Peak gardening season may be winding down, but there are still ways keep your plants happy — whether they’re outdoors or in. Master gardener Loni Gaudet of Berthoud, answers gardening questions on Colorado Matters

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Measuring The Success of the Colorado State Fair

More than 444,000 people attended this year’s Colorado State Fair in Pueblo, which ended on Labor Day. Fair officials say that’s down slightly—about 7 percent—but the fair was a success by the standards that count.

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2018 @ColoStateFair In #Pueblo Winding Down Today

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Labor Day marks the last day of the Colorado State Fair. Story to follow on KRCC later this week.

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How Major General Maurice Rose Became Known As The ‘Immaculate Killer Of Nazis’ And Redefined WWII Tank Warfare

Most Denverites are familiar with Rose Medical Center, but they probably don’t know the hospital was named after the highest ranking Jewish officer who served in the U.S. Army during World War II, Major General Maurice Rose. Denver author Marshall Fogel has written a new book, “Major General Maurice Rose: The Most Decorated Battle Tank Commander In US Military History.”

Fogel spoke with Colorado Matters about Rose’s life. After dropping out of East High School at age 16, Rose joined the Army. Through several enlistments, he moved up the ranks despite anti-Semitism from the community and from his military peers. During the war he became known as the “Immaculate Killer of Nazis.”

Rose innovated the strategy of using a line of tanks to form a moving front, and led the Third Armored Division known as “Spearhead.” He fought in the Battle of the Bulge and liberated many European towns and cities, including Cologne, before being killed in combat on March 29, 1945

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Happy Colorado Day! Here Are The Stories Behind Our State Bird, Folk Dance And Fossil

Some state symbols for Colorado are obvious—the native bighorn sheep as the state animal, or the columbine as the state flower, for example. Others take a bit more background. Take the Centennial State bird (the lark bunting), folk dance (square dancing) and fossil (Stegosaurus).

Colorado Life Magazine editor Matt Masich spoke with Colorado Matters about the three-way battle for the state bird title, how a Colorado native helped pull square dancing back from the brink of extinction and why the Stegosaurus fossil found in Morrison was housed at an out-of-state museum for a 100 years before finally making it back to Colorado.

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That Time We Met A Mermaid From Pueblo. No, Really. True Story

Pixy Wright is founder of Pueblo’s Mermaid Lagoon. And, because the tail prevents her from walking, she was carried into the CPR News studios by her husband, Bill Wright. And he is dressed as a pirate.

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A story now about swimming. With a tail. It’s something mermaids do — including in landlocked Pueblo, where there’s a small but dedicated mermaid subculture whose members meet at the CSU-Pueblo pool. Pixy Wright is founder of Pueblo’s Mermaids Lagoon. And because the tail prevents her from walking she was carried into our studios by her husband, Bill Wright. And he is dressed as a pirate.

Pixy’s mermaid name is Queen Ary. She wears a sequined tail with two different reds, undertones of pink and pearl white and it refracts light and shimmers. Her fluke — fins by the feet — are decorated too. It took her eight months to make this tail, layering the sequins on by hand. And when she puts it on, and slips into the water she leaves the human mess of a world behind and floats beyond what she thinks of as normal boundaries

Hear the conversation Queen Ary, the mermaid at

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The Holy Grail Of Baseball Cards Will Be At History Colorado For Just Three Days

Next week, an armored truck will transport a small piece of cardboard worth millions of dollars from a secret vault to the History Colorado museum. That slice of cardboard is the “Holy Grail” of baseball cards. It’s from 1952, featuring legendary Yankees center fielder Mickey Mantle. It’ll be on display for three days at the “Play Ball” exhibit alongside other items from baseball history, such as Joe DiMaggio’s uniform and a baseball used during the first Rockies game.

The Mantle card and other items come from the prodigious collection of private collector and Denverite Marshall Fogel. He spoke with Colorado Matters about what makes the card so valuable. It’s in mint condition and has a perfect PSA 10 rating. I’ll only be shown for three days, July 16-18, because of concerns about UV damage.

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Colorado Forensic Anthropologist Helps Solve Murders and Missing Person Mysteries

A couple of years ago, hikers in Chaffee County spotted human bones in a rocky ravine. Investigators recovered the remains and combed the area for clues. Was it a homicide? They weren’t sure. So they sent the remains — and some artifacts — to an expert:  forensic anthropologist Diane France with the Human Identification Lab of Colorado.

France spoke with Colorado Matters about how she studies bones and other evidence to help solve murders and locate missing people. She’s worked on all sorts of cases involving human remains including after the 9/11 terrorist attacks and even evaluating the authenticity of skeletons said to belong to a royal family murdered in tsarist Russia. In the Chaffee county case she used a belt buckle and scraps of leather found near the bones to determine that the death occurred in the mid- to late-1800s. The remains belonged to a teenage male who died from a head injury, possibly after falling from his horse.

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