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.

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...

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...

Northern Style Southern Biscuits

Until recently, the only biscuits I ever made at home came from a Pop n’ Fresh can, so when friends from overseas asked me for a real American biscuit recipe, I scoured every book I could find, starting with the biscuit tome Southern Biscuits by Nathalie Dupree...
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...

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...

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...

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...
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...
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...
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...
The Muddler

The Muddler

I’m a bit muddled thanks to the help of my friends, and it smells a little bit like tequila in here. Lately, people have been sending me wonderful presents and coincidentally two of them were based on smashing citrus fruits and various high quality liquids...
Recipe for Spicy Citrus Shrimp Ceviche Tostadas

Recipe for Spicy Citrus Shrimp Ceviche Tostadas

When life gives me lemons (and well, shrimp) I make ceviche. Sometimes life, (or a really cool sponsor), gives me something really awesome. This time it was O Clementine Olive Oil… and “O” my gosh I love this stuff. The O people actually smash...
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...
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...
Thai Green Papaya-less Salad Recipe

Thai Green Papaya-less Salad Recipe

Som Tum (Green Papaya Salad) is my very favorite Thai dish. It’s crunchy, salty and spicy and I swear that it will cure whatever ails you – known or unknown. Here in Tucson it’s really hard to get fresh green papaya, so I use packaged coleslaw mix...
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...
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....
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...
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...

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...

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...
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...
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...
Bear Canyon Ranch Dressing

Bear Canyon Ranch Dressing

Across the creek from my house is a neighborhood called Hidden Valley. The first time I drove through, I noticed a property nestled behind a row of mesquite trees. There was a large hand painted sign in front with a picture of a chicken on it that read Hidden Valley...
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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