Celebrations

Fleur De Sel Caramels

Fleur de sel (“flower of salt”) is a hand-harvested sea salt with distinctive flavor. Look for variations that have a pink or gray tone. You’d think that something with such a fancy-sounding name might be complicated to make, but in fact these sweet and savory bite-size treats are as easy to concoct as they are to devour. Still, if you want to let your friends believe these caramels are a feat of culinary magic, your secret’s safe with me.
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Appetizers

Chiltepin Hot Salsa Recipe From the Taste of Tucson Cookbook

Chiltepin salsa is an all-purpose salsa that can be used for dipping, for seasoning, and as a taco sauce. A little goes a long way, so if you prefer a milder salsa, cut the amount of chiles down by a half or a third. This recipe is from the Taste of Tucson cookbook by Jackie Alpers. […]

Baked Goods

Chocolate Pistachio Biscotti with Sprinkles

This triple-chocolate double-baked treat is dipped in a dark chocolate coating with sprinkles on top. Arizona is one of only three states in the US where pistachios are grown and chocolate and sugar are two of the most revered ingredients in Sonoran cuisine. […]

Cheese and Dairy

Snack of the Day: Nacho Cheese, Slim Jims and Beer Nuts on a Bagel.

This snack is best eaten very late at night, preferably after attending a party of some other festive gathering. It’s easily assembled and pleasant to look at, even when blurry. September 13, 2014 by Jackie Alpers […]

Appetizers

Sonoran Style Chipotle Chicken Salad

Like all regional cuisines, Sonoran style Mexican food is evolving. My spicy Sonoran style chicken salad could easily be served in tortas (sandwiches) alongside the pork or beef varieties, or in tacos, which are now available served on lettuce leaves at local restaurants as well as on traditional corn or flour tortillas. I used store-bought rotisserie chicken which has become a staple in Mexican home cooking. […]

Baked Goods

My New Sprinkles Food Network Column

I’m beyond thrilled to announce that I am writing and photographing a monthly column for the Food Network! It features seasonal & holiday recipes, fun projects and entertaining ideas that use sprinkles. Here’s January’s! http://blog.foodnetwork.com/fn-dish/2014/01/how-to-beat-the-winter-blahs-with-sprinkles/ Brighten […]

Appetizers

Recipe for Fennel, Blue Cheese & Spanish Chorizo Mini Pizzas

This week I’m  a guest writer/photographer for heart-stoppingly beautiful new magazine about rural culture, Broadway+Thresher. Here’s a link to the article, featuring my photos and the recipe I developed for “Fennel, Blue Cheese & Spanish […]