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La Villa Bonita

I soaked the walnuts in milk and spent the next hour carefully peeling them, all the meanwhile thinking, “do people really go through this much trouble to make a sauce?”  It was the moment I came to appreciate the intensity and work spent on preparing traditional sauces.  But I was not at a fancy French cooking school: I was in Cuernavaca, Mexico, at a week-long cooking …

Farewell to Cowboy Ciao

The dining scene in the Valley has experienced a major loss.  By now, many of you have read the October 15 announcement that Cowboy Ciao would no longer open its doors to the public.  On their Facebook page, it was posted: Unfortunately, an end of an era has come upon us.  Tonight is the last night Cowboy Ciao will be open.  Thank you to all …

About Town: Fair Fare

I am a sucker for fairs and festivals, whether it’s the Luling Watermelon Thump or the Navajo County Fair.  Think about the innovations that were developed for fairs: the Eiffel Tower, the Ferris wheel, and fried Twinkies.  Where would we be without them?  Speaking of, our very own Arizona Exposition and State Fair is in full swing at the Arizona State Fairgrounds where it will …

10 Hot Topics from Aspen Food & Wine Classic 2018

As the temperatures have been in the triple digits here in Arizona, I wanted to turn my attention to what was hot at the 2018 Aspen Food & Wine Classic.  It was my sixth year to attend, and each year is just as fun as the previous, if not more.  While it is difficult to narrow it down to just 10 Hot Topics, I have …

Devour Phoenix Culinary Classic 2018

In revisiting the post I wrote regarding the Devour Phoenix Culinary Classic of 2017, I noted my intention to attend both days of the tasting event in 2018.  However, by the time I purchased my tickets in December (tickets went on sale in September), the tickets for Saturday were already sold out.  I realize this was such a rookie move for a culinary classic geek …

James Beard Foundation Taste of America Phoenix

The James Beard Foundation kicked off its culinary tour called Taste America in Phoenix on September 20 – 22, 2017.  This 10-city tour brings together chefs with foodies for a series of events celebrating James Beard and the mission of the Foundation, which is to “celebrate, nurture, and honor chefs and other leaders making America’s food culture more delicious, diverse, and sustainable for everyone.”  A …

10 Hot Topics From Aspen Food & Wine Classic 2017

I would be remiss if I let this summer float on by without sharing with you some of my experiences from the Aspen Food & Wine Classic held by Food & Wine Magazine in glamorous Aspen, Colorado.  This was my 5th year to attend, and it is my absolute guilty pleasure of the summer. Frosé.  We all know that rosé has exploded onto the culinary …

It’s a Sunday Affair

During our Harvest Dinner (http://www.texaztaste.com/harvest-dinner/), Aaron Chamberlin, chef and owner of St. Francis and Phoenix Public Market, and I hatched a plan to collaborate on a Sunday brunch.  We called up a few friends, designed a menu, and on a beautiful Arizona fall Sunday, pulled a table out in the sun, lit a fire in the outdoor fire pit, and rolled up the sleeves on …

Harvest Dinner

I am constantly amazed by the fact that I cannot remember where I placed my coffee mug, yet I can remember the exact details from a meal of ratatouille I had with my parents at Chez Georges in Paris in 1992. I used to say that running after kids has zapped all my memory cells, but now that they are approaching their teens, that excuse doesn’t …

Entertaining in the Desert, Part Three

While I am adding the finishing touches to some longer posts, I will share with you photos from a dinner party I hosted over the weekend.  We were celebrating two milestone birthdays, one for 45 and the other for 90 years. I drew inspiration from a photo on my Pinterest page, and designed a Chinese table scape, for one because my mom, Frances, had oodles of Chinese …