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Shakshuka (Eggs Baked in Tomato Sauce)

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
6 cloves garlic, sliced very thin (or shaved on a mandoline)
1 red pepper, cored and diced
1 tablespoon sweet paprika
2 stems of basil with the leaves
4 vine-ripened tomatoes, diced
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon sugar (not needed if you use good-quality tomatoes)
1 teaspoon salt
Black pepper
4 eggs

1 ball fresh mozzarella, diced
Place garlic slivers and olive oil in a cold pan (use a pan or pot that has a lid and a wide base).
Heat pan on very low heat and allow garlic to slowly caramelize. This should take about 20 minutes.
When the garlic has turned a light caramel color, turn up the heat and add the diced pepper.
Stir and sauté for a few minutes.
Add the paprika and the basil stems and stir in the garlic oil. Add the tomatoes.
Reduce the heat and cook for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Season the tomato sauce with lemon juice, sugar and salt.
Heat the sauce until it's bubbling.
Break four eggs into the sauce, leaving a little room between each egg.
Season each egg yolk with salt and fresh cracked black pepper.
Spread out pieces of fresh mozzarella around eggs.
Cover pan and cook on high for about three minutes or until whites of eggs are set and yolks are still a little runny.
Top with fresh chopped basil.
Serve in a bowl with challah bread or crusty ciabatta bread.

Nutritional information per serving: 284 cal., 13 g fat (4 g sat.), 25 mg chol., 34 g carb., 834 mg sodium, 3 g fiber, 13 g pro. Serves 4

Robin Bar-On, executive chef,
Udi's Bread Cafe
7357 E. 29th Ave.
Denevr, CO
Recipe As Seen: June 27, 2007 Rocky Mountain News

Avocado-Tomato-Cucumber Martini

2 avocados, diced
4 tomatoes, diced
1 cucumber, diced into small cubes
1 ounce olive oil
Juice of 1/2 lime
1 clove garlic, finely diced
10 slivers of chives, diced fine
Salt and pepper to taste

Combine all ingredients.
Serve in a martini glass.
Nutritional information per serving: 207 cal., 17 g fat (2 g sat.), 0 chol., 14 g carb., 159 mg sodium, 6 g fiber, 6 g pro.
Serves 4

Noel Cunningham, chef-owner,
Strings Restaurant
1700 Humbolt St.
Denver, CO
Recipe As Seen: June 27, 2007 Rocky Mountain News

Local Denver, Co band Xiren.

Xiren, a name derived from Greek mythology and Celtic lore, is a rock trio packing a counter tenor and a lifetime of musical performances. Loaded with volumes of original songs and talents as broad as their reach; they're east-meets-west with a knowing grin and firm handshake. It's new music, built to last, with roots in a Detroit garage and branches spanning the Colorado Rockies and beyond.

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On June 15, 2007 we had a performance at the Sangre de Cristo Arts and Conference Center (Pueblo, CO) by Denver Taiko, a Japanese drum ensemble from Denver, CO they were really good, it was really hot that day. This is like what they played. It is in 2 parts.

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