Paradise Valley Tag Archives

Girl Scout Cookie Dessert Challenge

It’s my favorite time of the year in Arizona, when cool temperatures reign and everyone is outdoors enjoying the sunshine while the rest of the country freezes.  It’s also that time of the year for the Girl Scout Cookie Dessert Challenge, now in its fifth year.  From Feb. 1 – 28, pastry chefs across the Valley and Flagstaff compete to create a winning dessert using …

My Favorite Dishes of 2017

I know I’m supposed to do these “best of the year” wrap-ups before the year actually ends.  With the craziness of the holiday season, I’m just glad I made it through to 2018 in one piece, so I’m not going to be too hard on myself.  Looking back, we traveled quite a bit – Savoie (France), Alaska, New York, Santa Barbara, Dallas, San Antonio, the Grand Canyon, …

The Sicilian Butcher

Are you craving Italian food but in the mood for something innovative? Time to check out The Sicilian Butcher Craft Meatballs and Charcuterie Bar at 15530 N. Tatum which opened early December. The Sicilian Butcher is a meatball and charcuterie inspired concept that has a build-your-own-meal experience. What does that mean? You can design your meal essentially. From the menu, you can build your own …

Bloodies, Bubbles and Brunch at Hash Kitchen

“I looked at it (vodka), sniffed it. It was pretty pungent and smelled like rotten potatoes. ‘Hell, what have we got to lose? Get me some Worcestershire sauce, some tomato juice, and lemon; That ought to kill the smell.’ “ George Jessel, “The World I Lived In” Whether you believe the Bloody Mary cocktail was named for Mary Tudor who burned hundreds of religious dissenters …

Hopdoddy’s Oktoberfest Menu

German settlers started moving to Central Texas in 1831 driven from their homeland by political and economic pressure, and lured to the New World by land grants and the dream of a better life.  Within a few short years, they found a pocket of Texas to call home and started populating the area with towns whose names such as New Braunfels, Boerne, Fredericksburg, Bergheim, and …

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 …

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 …

Pépin’s Heart and Soul in the Kitchen

On a book tour for his latest cookbook, Heart & Soul in the Kitchen, Jacques Pépin took some time to entertain a gaggle of Phoenix ladies (and a couple hommes) at Elements restaurant at the Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain.  We sipped on Ruinart champagne and were treated to a lovely four course meal prepared by Chef Beau MacMillan while listening to Jacques’ stories of his incredible …