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Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column newly in love with bearnaise sauce.

And, yes, we respond to our seventh-grade readers, we’re thinking about marrying it.

No, seriously: You ever try a food on a whim, maybe at the request of somebody else, and next thing you know, you want to have it with every meal? That’s sort of where we’re at with bearnaise sauce. We’ll have you know, it not only goes well on steak, chicken and fish, but it makes a tasty topping for eggs in the morning and a good mayo substitute for your lunchtime sandwich. And that’s not mentioning how fun it is to say “bearnaise.”

Maybe it’s the creamy base we love, maybe it’s the hint of tarragon. Who knows? All we know is, it’s got to be one of the most multi-

purpose sauces ever invented.

Which brings us to the Question of the Day: Our younger readers will argue that ketchup is the utilitarian sauce king. The epicureans might fight for hollandaise. We’re wondering what our readers find to be the most useful, all-purpose, god-send of sauces. Send us your thoughts to, fax at (970) 668-0755 or just recite the sauce ingredients on the voicemail at (970) 668-3998, ext. 237.


Who needs coffee when you can just drive out of the driveway in the morning, get on to the main road and have your passenger door fly wide open when you make that left-hand turn?

Nothing quite gets the blood going like the sound and feel of air rushing from places it’s not supposed to and looking over at all your important electronic equipment ready to slide off the seat into the waiting arms of the curb. Whoo! Hello! Good morning!

Fortunately, though, we’re the kind of paranoics who are always worried about this sort of thing. Actually, we usually imagine much more surprising, perilous situations (e.g. a piston shooting through the hood as we’re cruising I-70 at top speed, a tire coming off on one of the sharper turns on Swan Mountain Road, a meteorite crashing through the sun roof and landing in the back seat, etc.). So, we were able to calmly pull over and get the door shut. Yeah, that was us, driving down the road, cool as James Bond, with the passenger door wide open.

You should see how cool we react when people tell us our zipper is down.


Everybody’s made a big hoo-doo out of Staffer No. 004 departing, and we’d be remiss if we didn’t as well.

Here’s to Jane Reuter, who teased the men of the office by leaving her Victoria’s Secret catalogs around, drove both sexes crazy by getting songs like Elton John’s “Rocket Man” stuck in her head and singing bits of it regularly throughout the day and who once spent a whole night buying us whiskey because she didn’t believe we could just keep swallowing it like that.

Ta-ta, Ms. Reuter.


We’re out with the bloodhounds tracking down the mystery of the opening door …

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