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Pumpkin Cookies Two Ways


Chocolate chip cookies may be America’s favorite treat for most of the year, but they’re going to have to move over this month—or at least share the stage—with the real star in November, the pumpkin cookie. Ultra moist, simple to make and so wonderful to give as gifts, the pumpkin cookie is the treat, at least in my [...] Keep Reading »

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Pan-Seared Pork Chop Casserole


Casseroles are amazing. Their make-ahead versatility is a great helper in the kitchen. But casseroles also provide the opportunity to let ingredients meld, often creating more robust flavors as they cook. Then, there’s the pan-seared method of cooking, where ingredients cook quickly on the outside, searing in those wonderful juices. One of my all-time favorite [...] Keep Reading »

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Italian Crème Cake


I love this recipe. Love, love, love it. Elaine Nall’s Italian Crème Cake is just plain crazy out-of-this-world delicious. Period. I got my hands on it a few years ago, and it’s always on my short list of favorite desserts. The recipe was given to Elaine, a longtime Scottsdale educator, more than 40 years ago, [...] Keep Reading »

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Southwestern Grilled Corn and Chili Salad


You probably wouldn’t recognize my kitchen table on Sunday mornings. It’s pretty fun to look at, though. Old recipe boxes are stacked on top of each other. Mounds of heritage recipes that I’ve researched, collected and categorized fill the tabletop from corner to corner. Then the organizing begins. The pile that’s always the highest is [...] Keep Reading »

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It’s July and we’re looking for ways to stay cool, eat lighter and maybe give the slow cooked oven recipes a rest. The heck if I’m going to give up my sweets, though. So what better way to kick off July than with two scrumptious desserts that require very little effort? Watermelon cake is all [...] Keep Reading »

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The Moistest Carrot Cake Ever


It’s not that I fancy myself a carrot cake expert by any means. I just know a darn good carrot cake when I taste one and this is the best I’ve ever had. I owe a big thanks to Paradise Valley resident Michael Garrett for sending in this “gotta have” version of one of America’s [...] Keep Reading »

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Grandma Lupe’s Tacos


This month, in honor of Mother’s Day, I pay tribute to Guadalupe Valenzuela Peyron Proctor or “Grandma Lupe.” She was the beloved mother and grandmother who left a treasured recipe behind for five generations to enjoy. Here’s the story from Grandma Lupe’s granddaughter, Hayley Gibbons. “When there’s a cause for celebration or a need for [...] Keep Reading »

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Kit Cooking


We’ve seen so many of them on store shelves for years. Packages and kits that make a meal or dessert, and all you do is add water or just a few ingredients. I’ve passed them up thousands of times, but this shopping trip was different. From chili kits to Kung Pao chicken sauces to signature [...] Keep Reading »

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Mardi Gras Gumbo


March is Mardi Gras month. Mardi Gras, or “Fat Tuesday,” is the last night of eating rich foods before fasting for lent. So let the indulging begin with this amazing and hearty recipe for seafood and sausage gumbo! My thanks to Scottsdale resident Kathy Rice for sharing this festival of flavors in a bowl! Note: [...] Keep Reading »

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A Chocolate Lover’s Dream


This month is a chocolate lover’s dream, and if you’d like to surprise your sweetie with a little morsel of homemade goodness, these are four of my very favorite recipes. The cookie pops couldn’t be easier! Just let the cookie itself do the work for you. No baking required. (I can promise that these will [...] Keep Reading »