• Cooked pizza crust
  • Creamy Quinoa Stuffed Poblano Chilies
  • Poblano Cream Sauce
  • Simple Potato Soup
  • Pomegranates: Food of the Gods and Mere Mortals

Tis the Season: Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Posted by on Dec 24, 2014 in Desserts, Recipes | 0 comments

Tis the Season: Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

It’s that time of year when crazy holiday baking ensues. I have friends all over the country posting photos on how they set up to wage the battle of flour and sugar. Having worked in professional kitchens during the holidays, I haven’t been able to give in to this frenzy in the past. This blog is decidedly void of any posts that tell you how to measure, mix, and wrap up sugary treats for friends and family. I could, however, explain to you how to make stuffing for five hundred hungry holiday partiers. read...

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I Wrote a Cookbook!

Posted by on Dec 19, 2014 in Books | 0 comments

I Wrote a Cookbook!

Sometimes as a chef I am challenged to write down recipes. The birth of this blog and website were because my spouse said, “Did you write that down? Go write it down.” I had bits and scraps of paper floating around the house with scribbles of ingredients and amounts. But there was nothing formal. So I took to writing the ingredients and process down in a notebook, then transcribed it to the blog. There are standards for writing recipes. How you put the ingredients in, how the amounts are abbreviated. I read about these processes after...

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Gluten Free Pizza Dough Perfection

Posted by on Dec 17, 2014 in Entree, Recipes | 0 comments

Gluten Free Pizza Dough Perfection

As a chef, I usually am on the hunt for culinary perfection. While working in professional kitchens this meant perfecting the executive chef’s vision. Since I made the transition out of professional kitchens and into my own business, I drive myself even harder to find that flavor, that process, that technique that works. Each one of my recipes goes through a rigorous process: test, re-test, taste, have the spouse eat it more than once. Make sure the amounts, times, temperatures, and ingredients work. Strive for flavor perfection. read...

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Following the Spice: Cinnamon

Posted by on Dec 15, 2014 in Herbs & Spices, Ingredients | 0 comments

Following the Spice: Cinnamon

  Cinnamon was always on the shelf in my home growing up. Mom used it for everything from toothaches (just stick it on the gums) to cinnamon sugar on toast. She put it in a variety of dishes, which confused some of my friends and neighbors. Isn’t cinnamon a spice for baked goods? Pastries, apple pies, not spaghetti sauce and meat rubs. It turns out my mom wasn’t wrong. She was operating on the idea that cinnamon is good for the gut, fights off diabetes, and helps reduce cholesterol. She learned these things from her mother, who learned...

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Creamy Quinoa Stuffed Poblano Chilies

Posted by on Dec 12, 2014 in Entree, Recipes | 4 comments

Creamy Quinoa Stuffed Poblano Chilies

Today, we continue talking about poblano chilies, mainly because I’m trying to find things to do with the sole survivors of my garden: poblano and jalapeno chilies. With so many chilies to harvest, I have to come up with uses for them. Sure, I could roast them, chop them up and throw them in the freezer for later use. This is a perfectly acceptable method for the preservation of garden abundance. But there’s this other thing you can do with chilies. You can stuff them. As a matter of fact, I made a little video that shows you how to do...

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Poblano Cream Sauce: Warmth for the Winter

Posted by on Dec 10, 2014 in Recipes, Sauces | 0 comments

Poblano Cream Sauce: Warmth for the Winter

I love chilies. Anyone who reads this blog understands that. The two plants I managed to maintain and get fruit from this year are my jalapeno and poblano chili plants. I didn’t start them from seed; I got them at the local garden shop. During the height of summer when the temperatures soared and there was no rain, I thought I would lose the plants. Coming home from vacation I was so sad that I might lose these two beautiful plants. Once the weather started turning and we started having cooler days, my chili plants not only flowered, but they...

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Vegan Eats in Houston-Topeka-Santa Fe

Posted by on Dec 5, 2014 in Restaurant Reviews, Travel | 0 comments

Vegan Eats in Houston-Topeka-Santa Fe

This is the second installment of the great Summer Trek (Part 1 is here). I realize it’s almost the end of November but summer vacation was really worth the trip, and there were surprises with the dining out experience. I’ve never been to Houston, home of NASA, the Gulf Coast, and lots of Big Texas friendliness. I wasn’t, however, sure about the dining situation. Our friend lives in a suburb, pretty far away from the cultural centers where we would be able to get a quick vegan eats fix. Once we arrived, we cast about for options. read...

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December Food Holidays: Joys of the Season

Posted by on Dec 1, 2014 in Holidays & Observances | 2 comments

December Food Holidays: Joys of the Season

December is here and while some parts of the country, and even the world, are buried knee or neck deep in snow, here in the Sunny Southwest it is a mild and dry 78 degrees. I can kick my feet up on the back porch with a tamarind agua fresca and write my articles for the blog without wearing a jacket. December, of course, is the month of Christmas, if you celebrate it, along with Hanukkah and Kwanzaa. Unlike other months, the food holidays this month reflect the food found in holiday celebrations (although there is no national challah bread...

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Pomegranates: Food of the Gods and Mere Mortals

Posted by on Nov 28, 2014 in Food Knowledge & History, Fruits, Holidays & Observances, Ingredients | 0 comments

Pomegranates: Food of the Gods and Mere Mortals

November is National Pomegranate month, so before the month ends, I wanted to write a little about the history and uses of this many-seeded, delectable fruit. Growing up in Arizona, pomegranates were one of the joys of winter season. They were prolific here in the Southwest. My dad was a gardener and worked where there were many pomegranates. He would bring them home during season for us to eat. I loved cracking them open and just picking out the seeds one by one. Some people like to pop them out into a bowl. Not me. The challenge was how to...

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Ancho Chili Enchiladas

Posted by on Nov 26, 2014 in Entree, Recipes | 0 comments

Ancho Chili Enchiladas

This is the time of year when the tamale cookers come out and you can find street vendors in parking lots selling homemade tamales and food trucks loaded with both sweet and savory tamales. But for me, living here in the Southwest, it is as much about the enchiladas as the tamales. Enchiladas first entered Mexican cuisine in the mid-19th century. Reportedly, they are an invention of Mexican miners who would roll food into a hot, fresh corn tortilla. This tradition dates back to the Aztecs, who would wrap corn tortillas around fish and eat...

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