Consider the Artichoke

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...
Win Friends With Salad

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: March 30, 2013 by Jackie Alpers Ingredients 1 cup cherry tomatoes...
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...
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 because...
The Week of Gazpacho

The Week of Gazpacho

My husband woke up, looked at me in from his side of the bed and declared this the “Week of Gazpacho”. And so, it is. I got a handy little device called Vegetable Chop and Measure at Williams-Sonoma a couple of years ago. Without it the Week of Gazpacho...
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...