Sprinkles Fairy Bread Sandwiches

Sprinkles Fairy Bread Sandwiches

Make any day a celebration! Just barely sweet, these sparkly sandwiches make a fun breakfast surprise, after-school snack, or party food. Inspired by Robert Louis Stevenson’s poem “Fairy Bread” from A Child’s Garden of Verses, fairy bread is a...

Sparkling Cranberry and Brie Crostini

An unpublished photo from my book, Sprinkles!: Recipes and Ideas for Rainbowlicious Desserts was nominated for the 2014 Photography Master’s Cup in the Food Photography category. Here’s the recipe to go along with the photo, reprinted from my Food Network...
How to Cover Easter Eggs in Sprinkles!

How to Cover Easter Eggs in Sprinkles!

I made fancy sprinkles covered Easter eggs, and you can too. It’s easy! Learn how in my latest article for the Food Network. http://blog.foodnetwork.com/fn-dish/2014/04/how-to-decorate-easter-eggs-with-sprinkles/

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...
The Bakepedia Interview

The Bakepedia Interview

I had a wonderful time doing this interview for the magnificent Bakepedia, written by the equally magnificent Lauren Chattman.  Here’s the link to the whole Q & A.: http://www.bakepedia.com/blogpost/jackie-alpers-sprinkles-interview/
My New Sprinkles Food Network Column

My New Sprinkles Food Network Column

I’m beyond thrilled to announce that I am writing and photographing a monthly column for the Food Network! It features seasonal & holiday recipes, fun projects and entertaining ideas that use sprinkles. Here’s January’s!...

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...

The Sparkling Pearl Tropical Cocktail

A variation of the Bushwacker glamorized with sparkling sprinkle bits and pearl sugar dragées in tropical hues, this is a seafaring drink said to be invented on a Caribbean island founded by pirates. Ahoy! This recipe is excerpted from my book Sprinkles Recipes and...

Christmas Cookie Season

It’s christmas cookie season, and while biscotti isn’t technically a cookie per se, they often find their way onto the plethora of platters that mark the season. From cookie swaps, to office parties, to host/hostess gifts, cookies are part of what defines...

Sprinkles Rainbow Blog Tour

Cookbook trailer for Sprinkles via Quirk Books on Youtube Hey there cookbook fans! Next week Quirk Books is releasing my debut cookbook, Sprinkles! Recipes & Ideas for Rainbowlicious Desserts. It’s an adorable book that teaches you all about...

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...

Haunted Halloween Gingerbread Houses

I created these Halloween themed haunted gingerbread houses for iVillage.  For instructions and easy tips on how to make these houses, visit their website.    You may have seen those amazing haunted Halloween gingerbread houses on Pinterest and thought that they...

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...

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...

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...

Eating Los Angeles: Baco Mercat

Baco Mercat may be the most casual restaurant that my brother in-law has ever worked at, but I think it’s the best. Bon Appetit & Esquire agree with me, naming it to their list of best new restaurants for 2012. I loved that the super-endearing wait staff all...

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...

I love brussels sprouts!

Brussels sprouts and bacon compliment each other so perfectly that this may be my favorite food of all time. You cook the bacon in with the sprouts so that a little bit of bacon grease seeps into them and makes them crispy. I can’t explain why this dish is so...
Eating Los Angeles: Canter’s Deli

Eating Los Angeles: Canter’s Deli

I love an authentic Jewish deli. Canter’s Deli in Los Angeles is one of the best and most famous. I’m going to bypass the normal deli fare in this post and just share a few photos of the dishes and people that I found the most interesting. It’s...
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...

Mexican Shakshuka: Eggs Simmered in Tomato Crema

Breakfast I think it’s interesting how similar variations of dishes develop in different parts of the world. I’d never heard of Shakshuka until recently, but it’s very popular in the Middle East and Israel and it’s somewhat similar to Huevos...

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...

Sicilian Shrimp with Hot Peppers and Lots of Garlic

There was a line in front of the fish case at the market today and everyone in front of me was buying the rock shrimp. As soon as I got up to the counter I saw why. They were firm, shimmering and as big as my palm – at only $6.99 a pound! Right then and there, I...
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...
Eating Los Angeles

Eating Los Angeles

I’m going to step away from posting recipes in this post. From taco trucks to Mario Batali, from un-named starlets at Bon Appetit’s top rated boutique coffee shop, to the world famous Chateau Marmont; I ate my way through Los Angeles last weekend and here are...
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...

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