Parmesan Pepperoni Crustless Pizza

Parmesan Pepperoni Crustless Pizza

If you bake a layer of Parmesan cheese in the oven it will crackle and pop after a while, turning into a crispy, brown cheese cracker that’s much tastier than any pizza crust I’ve encountered. I topped this baked cheese crisp  (which is a popular dish...
Johnny Marzetti Three Ways

Johnny Marzetti Three Ways

I’ve hit a carb overload. The holidays are over, thank god. I’m really ready to get back to eating healthy, but I also want food that carries some weight to it, so I came up with these easy recipes for the formerly carb loaded comfort food, Johnny...

Chocolate & Coffee Figgy Pudding Recipe

I want some figgy pudding! How could I not after hearing that song year after year. So, I came up with this recipe for Chocolate & Coffee Figgy Pudding for my latest article in Broadway+Thresher so that you can have some too. I don’t really have any winter...

Mini Pumpkin Goat Cheese Cheesecakes

Saying that I don’t eat a lot of sweets is perhaps not the best way to start a post about dessert. Cake in general is not really my thing. I prefer fruit, though I do like cheesecake because it’s more savory than most desserts. In fact this cheesecake was...

Red Wine Sausages With Creamy, Cheesy Noodles

It’s the middle of the end of summer and it’s insanely hot. Today it was 112 in the shade (my thermometers under an overhang); and yet, I still felt the urge to cook up this markedly autumn dish… I may be ready for fall. The deep maroon hue of the...
Cincinnati Style Turkey Chili

Cincinnati Style Turkey Chili

Cincinnati chili does not exist in Arizona, except for in a suspicious canned variety, so I went on quest and figured out how to cook it myself. I made 4-way (spaghetti, beans, onions, cheese) Cincinnati style turkey chili. The turkey part was my own invention because...

Salsa Chicken Lettuce Tacos

I was very surprised to find that one of my favorite Mexican restaurants now offers their famous tacos nestled in a large lettuce leaf instead of a tortilla. I was even more amazed at how much I enjoyed them served that way; I didn’t miss the tortilla at all. So...
The Best Fettuccine With Whole Clams

The Best Fettuccine With Whole Clams

I came up with this recipe because I wanted a more creamy, cheesy sauce than the traditional version. I started with a really basic cream sauce using a combo of milk and some of the juice from the clams as a base. I’m using Fiber Gourmet pasta which is an...
Grilled Chipotle-Lime Mexican Style Corn

Grilled Chipotle-Lime Mexican Style Corn

Every year on the 4th of July I make a different version Mexican grilled corn, which along with the Sonoran style hot dog is a popular street food around here. This year I modified a recipe from Cooks Illustrated that they have been featuring on their site. You can...
Sonoran Style Chunky Guacamole Recipe

Sonoran Style Chunky Guacamole Recipe

Chunky Guacamole for the win! I swear the recipe from my cookbook Taste of Tucson is the best ever… it’s spicy, salty and creamy yet crisp and bright with lots of citrus and just a tiny bit of crunch from the fresh Serranos. Some people avoid avocados...

Rolled & Baked Breakfast Tacos

Rolled & Baked Breakfast Tacos Wake, roll and bake for breakfast. Mexi-breakfast is always the best. Rolled & Baked Breakfast Tacos 2 eggs1 T. Greek yogurt2 frozen sausage or veggie sausage patties6 6 ” corn or flour tortillas1/2 c. light Mexican...
Quick and Easy; Rotini Pasta with Caviar and Parmesan

Quick and Easy; Rotini Pasta with Caviar and Parmesan

I had a lot of left over caviar from my deviled eggs recipe so I boiled up some pasta and mixed it in with a hearty dose of Parmesan cheese. This recipe is super simple and really tasty. I love the way the caviar sinks in between the pasta’s nooks and crannies....
Homemade Thin Crust Pizza

Homemade Thin Crust Pizza

More often than not, Sunday night is Pizza Night at my house. It took me forever to figure out how to make a thin crust pizza at home. I practiced stretching the dough for months. First I tried to roll out the dough onto a pizza stone. That did not work. Then I...

Classic Caesar Salad Recipe and Photo by Jackie Alpers

CAESAR SALAD DAYS This is a story about choices, creativity, personal power, and a salad. Specifically, the Caesar salad from the 1967 Joy of Cooking. My mother made it table side at a dinner party in our home during her wilder bachelorette days. It had been an adults...
Onion-Barley Matzoh Ball Soup Recipe

Onion-Barley Matzoh Ball Soup Recipe

I’m craving soup. Here’s a hearty vegetarian version of traditional matzoh ball soup. I modified it from an onion/mushroom soup recipe that my mother used to make when I was a kid. For the matzoh balls: 1 packet matzoh ball mix – I use Manischewitz 2...
Healthy Vanilla-Cinnamon French Toast Recipe

Healthy Vanilla-Cinnamon French Toast Recipe

Serves 2 Ingredients: 4 pieces light whole grain bread 1 cup egg substitute 1/4 cup non-fat milk 1 T. pure vanilla extract 1 tsp. cinnamon 2 T. 100% pure maple syrup light butter Instructions: Spray a large skillet with canola cooking spray & heat to medium/low....

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