At $21 a Pound, Roasted Hemp Seeds Look Like a Cash Cow

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These are for eating, not for planting (and then smoking).
Hemp seeds have started infiltrating grocery-store shelves across America. They're often sold shelled and in bulk quantities, but some producers have also been packaging them as snack items. Roasted and seasoned, they're fine snacks -- they taste nothing like pot and don't get you high, but they're high in protein (nine grams in three tablespoons) and full of omega essential fatty acids.

But when we saw a bag of Ziggy Marley Hemp Rules -- seeds that are USDA certified organic -- selling for $7.99 for six ounces (before tax), we started considering the potential of hemp seeds as a cash crop.

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Five of the Best -- and Worst -- Pumpkin Spice Foods This Year

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Pumpkin spice season gets earlier and earlier every year, much like the Xmas shopping holiday, and somewhere around mid-August the traditional pumpkin spice goodies appeared on shelves. The beloved PSLs have been shooting through Starbucks drive-throughs like nutmeg-scented balls from a seasonal-favorites cannon. Sadly, the pumpkin spice condoms, tampons, toilet paper and Doritos are all hilarious online hoaxes, but rest assured the pumpkin-spice Oreos are all-too-real. This year's crop of pumpkin spice snacks has turned up some new faves and a few questionable choices, but one thing's for certain: pumpkin-spicing everything ain't going away until at least December.

Here's a list of five of the best -- and worst -- pumpkin spice things this year.

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Aurora's Josh Bayne Forages for Food on Fat Guys in the Woods

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The Weather Channel
The Weather Channel, like cable companions TLC (which apparently was once focused on learning), the History Channel and NatGeo (because National Geographic didn't sound cool enough for the kids), has evolved from strictly education and information to entertainment. The Weather Channel's fall schedule includes a "survival" show called Fat Guys in the Woods -- and Sunday's episode will feature Aurora resident Josh Bayne.

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Telluride Mushroom Festival's Long, Strange Trip to This Weekend's 33rd Fest

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Telluride Mushroom Festival
Many folks who hear about the Telluride Mushroom Festival wonder whether it focuses on mushrooms for eating, or mushrooms for, you know, seeing Pocahontas riding a dragon and stuff. The confusion is reasonable, considering fungi's dual history as both a food and as a catalyst for vision quests.

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Tonight only: Camel meat tacos at Los Chingones

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Lori Midson
One hump or two?

The meat in the taco snap above? Camel. And, why not? According to i24news.tv, the camel, "dubbed the 'ship of the desert,' occupies a significant place in the culture of the Arabian Peninsula." In fact, the story continues, in the United Arab Emirate, there are "camel races, camel beauty contests and competitions for the tastiest camel cuisine."

And now -- tonight only -- you can eat camel tacos at Los Chingones, Troy Guard's edgy shrine to tacos on Upper Larimer.

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Photos: Twelve Denver Bronco culinary masterpieces for Super Bowl Sunday

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Super Bowl Sunday is the second largest calorie-consuming holiday of the year after Thanksgiving, but while Thanksgiving is all about the turkey and mashed potatoes, Super Bowl Sunday, at least in Denver, is all about the celebration of the orange-and-blue. We've gotten a full crush of press releases trying to sell us on boring Super Bowl snacks , but we're committed to a blowout, and the photos on the following pages -- some of the most creative and crazy Denver Bronco culinary creations we could find -- are spectacular marvels of Bronco mania. From breast-baring cakes and pancakes to pizza and popcorn, these concoctions, some of which were made locally, sink Seattle's ass.

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Denver Museum of Nature and Science on the hunt for a sixth taste sense

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All photos courtesy of Genetics of Taste website
Do you see dead people? Well, too bad. That's not the sixth sense that the Denver Museum of Nature and Science is looking for. The museum's Genetics of Taste Lab has partnered with Purdue University on a new community study to identify a sixth taste in the human spectrum: sweet, sour, salty, savory, bitter...and soon-to-be something else.

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The twenty goriest and most gruesome Halloween cakes (and one very disturbing baby cake video)

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There's gross -- and there's gross anatomy, the deeply gruesome and gory body parts that hit the table on Halloween, the one day of the year when demonic bakers emerge from their caldrons and devise recipes that make your stomach turn green. The cakes on the following pages, all allegedly edible, are not of the candy corn type. No, these are the twisted works of deranged minds, the kind who find morbid fun in making sure that the rest of us have reoccurring nightmares, even after the haunted houses have retired to the grave. These cakes are proof that bakers aren't afraid to glorify the creep factor. And the there's Dan Gentle, a cake designer who created the "baby cake" -- a cake that may very well be one of the most disturbingly good-in-all-the-wrong-ways works of diabolical art you've ever seen. Proceed with caution when you flip the page.

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Squeaky Bean honors the dearly departed with shrines -- and cocktails

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Johnny Ballen

Leave it to Johnny Ballen, the eccentric (and innovative) owner of the Squeaky Bean, to honor the lives of those that have passed with more than just a obligatory R.I.P.

It all started years ago at the former Squeaky Bean with Farrah Fawcett (who died of anal cancer) -- and whose death was markedly overshadowed by Michael Jackson (who died of a drug overdose). Ballen, who had already given Fawcett -- leggy in that famous swimming suit poster -- a prominent place on the wall, insisted that the poster wasn't enough, and so he immortalized the actress by giving her a permanent shrine on a shelf. Ballen left Jackson's death, on other hand, to play out in the media. "Michael Jackson rained on poor Farrah's parade," deadpans an unapologetic Ballen.

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Can you down a Juicy Lucy burger in less than 39 seconds? Vesper Lounge issues a challenge

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Frank Bonanno

Frank Bonanno still spends most of his time in the kitchen, cooking, hanging out with his chefs and, when the moods strikes, engaging them in battle -- in this case, a burger battle. Yesterday, Bonanno, who owns Mizuna, Bones, Luca d'Italia, Osteria Marco, Lou's Food Bar, Bonanno Brothers Pizzeria, Wednesday's Pie, Russell's Smokehouse, Green Russell and Vesper Lounge, corralled several of the chefs from Vesper, Mizuna, Luca and Bones into the Vesper kitchen -- and challenged them to eat a Juicy Lucy burger, a two-patty bomb encased with melted cheese that allegedly originated at Matt's Bar in Minneapolis.

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- Exclusive first look: Frank Bonanno's Vesper Lounge opens tonight
- Denver's ten best burgers
- Hey, glutton: Can you tackle Denver's beastiest food challenges?

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