Monday, December 9, 2013 12:45 pm
It is only a few short weeks until Christmas and as I ponder about how to make this year’s event merry and bright, I thought I would share my ideas with you.
Friday, December 6, 2013 3:45 am
It’s one thing to have a beautiful, comfy bed. But what if it also included a TV screen, game console and dimmable, color-changing lights?
Thursday, November 28, 2013 3:45 pm
Clearly, the gifts under the tree with the eye-catching wrapping paper and bows were the focus of Christmas morning.
Thursday, November 28, 2013 3:45 am
With the rush of the holidays safety may take a backseat to the festivities, but local organizations are warning people to be aware this holiday season.
Tuesday, November 26, 2013 2:14 pm
Ahwatukee Foothills News staff members travel down memory lane to share what the holidays mean to us
Tuesday, November 26, 2013 1:04 pm
It’s a meeting of holidays so rare it will be tens of thousands of years before it happens again. Thanksgiving and the first day of Hanukkah — the Jewish Festival of Lights — fall on the same day this year, creating what many celebrants have dubbed “Thanksgivukkah.” And it’s opened up a whole new world of culinary opportunities.
Tuesday, November 19, 2013 10:39 am
November comes along and minds are on travel, turkey and family gatherings. This classic slider provides an autumn twist. This Bacon and Bleu Cheese Slider will fast become a family favorite and change up the typical “hamburger night.” The dish is fun, and uses a slight shortcut with cornbread mix and it’s easy to get the kids involved (buttering the pan, mixing the ingredients, what kid doesn’t want to crack an egg?). If you aren’t a bleu cheese fan, easily substitute equal amount of goat or gorgonzola cheese. For an extra kick, add one jalapeno (seeded) to the cornbread mix. Prefer a moister cornbread muffin? Replace 1 cup of the milk with one can creamed corn. Kids typically prefer a toned down version of the mayo, use more or less of the chipotle depending upon your families taste. These sliders make great appetizers for your holiday parties or a great main dish for family meals. Enjoy!
Thursday, November 14, 2013 3:45 am
Every Thanksgiving presents the same challenge — how to juggle the turkey and the stuffing and the pie and all those sides in just one oven.
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 12:15 pm
If you think you couldn’t possibly enjoy Shakespeare, this could be the show to change your mind.
Thursday, October 17, 2013 6:00 pm
If you think you couldn't possibly enjoy Shakespeare, this could be the show to change your mind.
Thursday, October 17, 2013 5:45 am
When I was in high school, my mom and I threw all kinds of dinner parties.
Saturday, October 5, 2013 9:45 am
Housekeeping, drudgery? Not to us members of the unofficial “clean club.”
Monday, September 30, 2013 4:52 pm
If you lived in a comfortable home in 17th century France or 19th century England, your chairs might well have been embellished with nail-head trim. It was a clever, decorative way for craftsmen to secure materials to upholstered furniture.
Monday, September 30, 2013 5:33 am
The first time I ate white chicken chili, it was wrapped in a burrito. And I fell instantly in love.
Friday, September 6, 2013 11:45 am
Moth-wing light fixtures? Thunderhead wallpaper? If you’re an armchair naturalist, you’ll love one of this year’s big home decor trends.
Wednesday, August 21, 2013 4:45 am
BLT sandwiches are synonymous with summer. And the only thing better than a BLT sandwich is a grilled BLT pizza!
Wednesday, August 7, 2013 11:57 am
When hot weather squelches your appetite, sip your way to refreshment with these chilling beverages.
Tuesday, August 6, 2013 9:45 am
When I was growing up in Virginia, one of the signs of summer I anticipated most was the appearance of fat green tomatoes on the vines in our garden. We picked them well before they started to blush, dipped the thick slices in egg and milk, dredged them with cornmeal, salt and pepper, then fried them in a skillet.
Thursday, July 18, 2013 9:33 am
The classic caprese salad — tomatoes paired with fresh mozzarella and torn, peppery basil leaves — is such a delicious blast of summer.
Wednesday, July 10, 2013 1:08 pm
Even though fruit and cheese tend to go together like soup and sandwich, the first time I saw watermelon and feta cheese paired up on a menu it struck me as very odd.
Thursday, July 4, 2013 9:11 am
Casseroles have never really had much of a place in my culinary repertoire. It’s a time thing mostly. I’d rather sear something off in a few minutes than stand around while it slowly bakes.
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 2:04 pm
Caribbean flavors jazz up this simple supper salad. We glaze the shrimp with a zesty rum-spiked marmalade, then toss them on a hot grill with tomatoes and corn before combining everything with a few more veggies. We serve the whole thing with grilled bread seasoned with garlic and orange for a bit of crunch and to aid in scooping up all the delicious bits.
Thursday, June 13, 2013 11:21 am
Humorist Dave Barry has said, “the greatest invention in the history of mankind is beer. The wheel was also a fine invention, but the wheel does not go nearly as well with pizza.”
Wednesday, June 5, 2013 7:03 am
Summertime is burger time. And it’s so easy to throw a few beef patties on the grill. Not much is required in the way of embellishment, yet they have a big happiness return.
What’s the magic ingredient? Fat, of course. Beef burgers are high in fat, which guarantees flavor and juiciness. And because fat enhances flavor, it also makes anything else you put in or on the burger taste better, too.
Heartbreakingly, as you decrease the fat content in a burger, its flavor tends to go bye-bye, too. This is a real problem if you want to dig into a delicious burger and still want the blood to continue sailing through your arteries. The solution? Turkey.
I know. I know. You’ve tried turkey burgers and it was like eating wet cardboard. Hah! But you haven’t tried my turkey burgers...
Let’s start with the basic ingredient — ground turkey. While researching this recipe, I discovered that the labels on ground turkey can be quite confusing. You’d figure that a package labeled “lean” would mean what it says. Weirdly, it turns out that the calories and fat in a 4-ounce portion of “lean” ground turkey can range from 120 calories with 1 percent fat to 160 calories with 12 percent fat (which is as rich as a lean beef burger). As always, it’s best to read labels and not rely on words such as “lean” or “white meat” when looking for healthy choices.
Or, better yet, grind your own turkey. Start by buying a small package of turkey tenderloins, the flap of meat that lies just under the breast. As little as a 1 1/2 pounds of turkey tenderloins can be ground to produce six burgers. Cut the tenderloins into 1-inch cubes and freeze them for 30 minutes. Pop them in a food processor and pulse until they achieve a medium-grind consistency.
Now we come to the crucial part of the recipe, the part I call Turkey Helper. The blandest and driest of white meats, turkey cries out for flavor and moisture. Happily, any number of vegetables can answer this call, including sauteed onions, bell peppers or mushrooms, shredded raw Napa cabbage, or carrots.
Friday, May 10, 2013 3:40 pm
A line started forming outside of The Venue in Old Town Scottsdale as Cook, Quian and friends arrived.