Monster Eggs

Looks can be deceiving; my favorite monsters are scary looking, but innately good. Just like these monsterized eggs, which have been turned green and frightening looking, but are completely delicious. They are also monstrously easy to make. Fried Eggs with Pesto &...

Sweet & Spicy Grilled Chicken Wings

Sweet & Spicy Grilled Chicken Wings These wings are hot! The spiciness will vary greatly though, depending on the heat of the chili flakes you are using, and the barbecue sauce you select. Choose a sauce that doesn’t list high fructose corn syrup as the...

Snack of the Day: New York Style Hot Dog Bites

The folks at Whole Foods Markets asked me to come up with a holiday recipe using ingredients from their stores. I’d planned to do an organic grass-fed roast beef with root vegetables from their amazing produce section. Then I saw this sign. It was right past the...

Postmodern Art Popsicles

What is the nature of art? Can it exist in popsicle form? Is it still art after the popsicle has been eaten? How does the process of melting affect the piece? These are some of the questions that I pondered while creating, and then ingesting this popsicle. I made it...

Crustless Quiche With Five Kinds of Peppers

Sometimes in the morning when I want a little treat, I drive down the street to my favorite coffee shop where they make the most amazing quiche. I’ve been doing it so much lately that I thought I’d try and make it for myself, without the crust. My version...

BLT Lettuce Wraps: THE BEST Late Summer Meal

I had no idea when I made this yesterday that today, AUG. 31st, was NATIONAL BACON DAY.  All I had been thinking was how the BLT is the perfect end-of-summer meal. Tomatoes are at their best, and something about the heat and humidity of the Arizona monsoon season...
5 Healthy Breakfasts in Cute Cups!

5 Healthy Breakfasts in Cute Cups!

This week I put together five easy, healthy, breakfast recipes for iVillage. They are all in cute single size servings! There’s something for everyone; low-carb, no-carb, high-protein, gluten-free, vegetarian/vegan, low-fat, and/or low-sugar!  Click on the...
Artichoke Week!

Artichoke Week!

(Self proclaimed) Artichoke Week continues! Grilling makes artichokes taste even better. My newest article for Broadway and Thresher explains how to do it properly.

Consider the Artichoke

There was a basket of cute purple and green baby artichokes in the produce section of the market. My intent was to buy the larger globe artichokes for my recipe but these charmed me. I figured that I would grill these up and serve them with a lemon-butter dipping...
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...

Buffalo Chicken: Tenders & Tacos Recipes

I have an on-going, and pretty much constant craving for buffalo wings. I’d alway thought that buffalo wing sauce was one of those fast food enigmas (like the McRib) that could never be replicated by average people. It’s turns out that wing sauce is based...

Win Friends With Salad

I am going to make a bold statement and say that you can indeed win friends with salad in stark contrast to the Simpson’s clip I’ve posted below. Here’s a good one to start with: Greek Country Salad with Lemon-Anchovy Vinaigrette 1 cup cherry...
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...

The Wedge

The Wedge salad is one of these very classic, simple recipes that’s accessible to everyone. One that’s been loved for generations and modified along the way to accommodate changing tastes. When I’ve had this at steakhouses it’s usually served...

Pretty in Pink: Candied Lady Apples

These easy candied apples are a healthy, sweet treat that are fun for kids to make. I used Lady Apples, which are stunning, tiny, sweet apples that resemble crab apples. Also called Christmas Apples, they are generally available in stores starting in mid-October.  The...
Chicharrones, Cornichons & Chicken Liver Pate Bites

Chicharrones, Cornichons & Chicken Liver Pate Bites

My choice for snack of the day is… Chopped liver paté smeared onto pork rinds and topped with cornichons! This may seem like an unlikely, (and un-kosher) combination at first, but the pork rinds add a nice crunch without distracting too much from the chopped...

Carne Asada Tacos

Yay! It’s National Taco Day! Here’s a recipe of one of my favorite kinds – Carne Asada, from the book Knack Mexican Cooking by Chelsie Kenyon. Carne Asada Tacos Ingredients1/2 cup chile sauce2 limes (juiced)1 pound skirt steak16 small corn tortillas8...

Scrambled Eggs With Gorgonzola & Salsa

This recipe is the result of an early morning haze wherein I emptied random things from the refrigerator into a pan in a blurry attempt to make breakfast. It came out better than I expected, and now my husband and I eat scrambled eggs for breakfast this way almost...

Coctel De Camaron: Mexican Style Shrimp Cocktail

The shrimp cocktail I grew up with in Ohio was reserved for special occasions. It was served in a chilled martini glass filled with crushed ice topped with a dollop of horseradish and lemon juice infused ketchup, the shrimp dangling around the rim. I loved it. Mexican...
Tiny Sweet Peppers Stuffed with Cheese

Tiny Sweet Peppers Stuffed with Cheese

Miniature sweet peppers weren’t really sold anywhere a couple of years ago. Suddenly they’re everywhere. They have a little bit more of a bit to them than their name suggests, but they are far from hot. They are also adorable, perfect for little snacks and...

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...
Arizona Lentil Caviar

Arizona Lentil Caviar

I have a long-standing distrust of any food that contains lentils. Lentil soup has always been my go-to answer when asked about my most hated food. I first experienced the suspicious discs floating aimlessly among a few desaturated carrot chunks in the thin, dishwater...
Healthy Lox and Cream Cheese Frittata Recipe

Healthy Lox and Cream Cheese Frittata Recipe

Growing up, in my family we liked our salmon smoked. Preferably on top of a bagel and cream cheese. Well, I haven’t eaten a bagel since I decided that the payoff wasn’t worth the 450 calories of bad carbs. I still love the lox and cream cheese combo, and I...
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...
Black & White Nachos

Black & White Nachos

This recipe makes a white nacho cheese sauce instead of the traditional yellow. Black beans add contrast, fiber and a bit more protein. There are more colors here than just black and white. but you get the point. White Cheese Nachos With Black Beans, Salsa and...
Chipotle Deviled Eggs With or Without Caviar

Chipotle Deviled Eggs With or Without Caviar

Thanks to the lovely people working behind the scenes at the Food Network (whose tweets reveal that they are apparently having some kind of office-wide deviled egg challenge), I’ve been having an unyielding urge for deviled eggs. Since I like a salty-spicy combo...
Who Needs Green Beer When There Are Margaritas?

Who Needs Green Beer When There Are Margaritas?

In Arizona we tend to forgo the green beer in favor of a lovely pale green margarita on St. Patrick’s Day. You can make them easily at home without the high-sugar mix. If you use high end tequila and Grand Manier instead of tripe sec it’s called a Cadillac...

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