Molletes

These open-faced breakfast sandwiches are made by slathering refried beans onto toasted bolillo rolls and then heaping avocado slices, a fried egg, hot sauce, and lots of cheese on top. If you can’t find bolillos at your local bakery, use a sweet French roll instead.

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.

Matzoh Molletes

This quick vegetarian breakfast is a cross between matzo molletes and huevos rancheros. I used beans from a can and my homemade chiltepin salsa.

Chocolate Caramel Apple Pops

Cute, kid friendly recipe for slices of apples dipped in chocolate and decorated with sprinkles candy or nuts. This recipe was originally developed fro Refinery29.

S’mores Brownie In A Mug

This recipe was originally developed for Refinery29. Brownies are pretty good all on their own, but when you fold in marshmallows and give them a soft, melted chocolate center, they take on a whole new level of decadence. Even better, you can make this recipe just for yourself, day or night.

Chelada Beer Cocktail Recipe

Chelada Beer Cocktail Recipe This super-refreshing citrus beer cocktail is served in a chile and salt rimmed glass over ice. It's kinda like a beer margarita. I love it because it's a big drink that lasts a long time and it has considerably less sugar and...

Recipe for Hibiscus Agua Fresca

Hibiscus Agua Fresca This recipe is an outtake from my new cookbook Taste of Tucson that was cut for space. It comes from Erika and Jake of Seis Kitchen, who said to be sure and not throw out the hibiscus flowers after you boil them, eat them instead! They said,...

How to Grill The Perfect Cowboy Steak

How to Grill The Perfect Cowboy Steak Making authentic cowboy steaks is really easy. When I asked Bryan Keith, the Grill Master from Pinnacle Peak Steak House if he had any additional tips he said, "Put some love in it!"  1 20- ounce T-bone from the short...
Buffalo Chicken Rumaki Bites

Buffalo Chicken Rumaki Bites

Whatever happened to Rumaki, that vaguely Polynesian appetizer that they used to serve at tiki themed parties in the 70s? Maybe making buffalo-style rumaki will help modernize them a bit and bring them back into the public lexicon? Let’s all try serving this...
The Italian Stallion Hot Dog

The Italian Stallion Hot Dog

This no-recipe recipe is my tribute dog to Sweathog, Vinnie Barbarino. Slice an Italian roll across the top, not the side. Spoon a tablespoon of warmed marinara sauce inside the cut roll, then tuck in a couple of slices of provolone, Top with a grilled spicy Italian...
Bombshell Boxed Brownie Dessert Pan Pizzas

Bombshell Boxed Brownie Dessert Pan Pizzas

These individual brownie pan pizzas are baked and served in Lodge 3.5” cast iron skillets. You can use one 9” cast iron skillet instead if you prefer. The options for different toppings are endless. Have fun experimenting with different combinations or...
Mini Brownie Stack Cakes

Mini Brownie Stack Cakes

Remember, that brownie mixes now come in gluten free varieties too! This recipe was first written for Refinery29. Ingredients 1 package brownie mix Cooking spray 2 cups mixed fresh berries 1 cup whipped cream. Instructions Serves 4 You will need four mini springform...
The Mexican Street Corn Hot Dog

The Mexican Street Corn Hot Dog

Inspired by Mexican Style Street Corn, this whole beef jumbo hot dog is topped with roasted corn, mayo, lime and spices and served in a top-cut, whole grain bolillo roll. Food photo and recipe by Jackie Alpers.

Chocolate Pistachio Biscotti with Sprinkles

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.

Recipe: Sweet Corn Paletas

Sweet Corn Paletas Why isn’t corn used in more desserts? It’s naturally sweet, and the kernels add a nice pop to these paletas. Have ready an ice pop mold with 6 to 8 wells to make these festive treats. There is a popular sweet drink called Atole sold by street...
Recipe: Three Sisters Pizza With Corn Masa Crust

Recipe: Three Sisters Pizza With Corn Masa Crust

Corn, beans and squash are three of the earliest domesticated crops grown by Native Americans in the Sonoran region. For this recipe, prepared corn masa, which is usually used to make tortillas or gorditas, is pressed into a cast iron skillet for the crust. If...
Greek Yogurt Pizza Dough

Greek Yogurt Pizza Dough

This recipe has only two ingredients! The fine folks at @refinery29 made made the video. With this pizza dough trick, you’ll be a pie-making pro in no time. Prep Time: 10 Minutes Yield: One large or two small pizzas. 1 cup plain Greek yogurt, full fat or 2% 1...

Oreo Ice Cream Sandwiches With Sprinkles!

This may be one of the easiest recipes ever. It was originally written for and published on Refinery29 where you can find seven more of my Oreo recipes. I literally wrote the book on sprinkles, so if you’re interested in learning more ways to cover everything in...

Thai Cauliflower “Fried Rice” with Coconut

Cauliflower that has been pre-chopped into tiny rice-sized bits is my favorite new food product. It’s almost indistinguishable from real rice in recipes, yet contains significantly less carbs, so it’s perfect for grain-free and Paleo diets. If you want a...

Creamy Wheat Berry Breakfast Hash Bowl

Prepare the grains according to package instructions unless otherwise noted. You can do this in advance and store the cooked grains in the refrigerator to save time later. Different varieties of the same grain have different cooking times so be sure to check the...
Sweet Pepper Poppers

Sweet Pepper Poppers

How To Make Sweet Mini Pepper Poppers Lay peppers on preparation surface. Slice off the front of each one, leaving a deep well and the stems intact. Fill the remaining hole with jalapeño cream cheese for a kick of heat that’s milder than traditional poppers. Top...

Chicken Pot Pie in a Mug

For centuries, people believed that it was impossible to make a chicken pot pie in the microwave. I have proven them wrong. This recipe first appeared in the article, “10-Minute Dinner Recipes That ANYONE Can Make” Get the rest of the dinner in a mug...

Black & White Cookies With Sprinkles

Black & White Sprinkles! Cookie Look to the cookie. These soft and cakey half-and-half cookies are the perfect palette for your favorite sprinkles, jimmies, confetti, or dragees in elegant shades of black and white. This recipe is from my book Sprinkles!: Recipes...
Mini Ice Rings filled with Sprinkles & Fruit

Mini Ice Rings filled with Sprinkles & Fruit

In my latest article for the Food Network I give step-by step instructions with photos on how to make individual ice rings to cool down and brighten up summer drinks. They are easy enough to make for everyday celebrations, or make them all different for parties...

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.

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...

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...
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...
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...
Lavender Limeade

Lavender Limeade

Here’s another idea for an easy summer beverage. Lavender Limeade is super easy and you don’t need to add a bunch of sugar. The lavender flowers add their own sweetness. For one glass, boil 2 c. water, add a teaspoon or so of sugar, the juice from one or...
The Calypso Cooler

The Calypso Cooler

I haven’t had a wine cooler since the 80’s when Bartles & Jaymes were at their heyday. I didn’t even realize they were still being made until I came across a display case stacked with bottles of the Seagram’s version by the supermarket...

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