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Dessert Recipes

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    April 9, 2014

    How to Make a South African Milk Tart

    My husband arrived home with some crumpled printed pages from a website. Bold orange highlighter illuminated some of the words. He handed them to me. Just a few pastry ideas for me from his South African friend at work, Elwin. After seeing my article on Lamingtons, Elwin wanted to pass along some i ... More >>

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    April 8, 2014

    Making Mendl's Courtesan au Chocolat with Country Velador of Super Chunk Sweets and Treats (VIDEO)

    First things first: If you haven't seen Wes Anderson's newest film, The Grand Budapest Hotel, by now, you're really missing out. The director's latest effort is beautiful, funny, quirky, and best of all, involves food. Of course it doesn't feature just any edible creation, but rather a pastry that b ... More >>

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    March 31, 2014

    5 Lowbrow Desserts That Deserve More Street Cred

    Lowbrow - n. One having uncultivated tastes. When I was a kid, let's say 8 years old, I would often spend the night at my grandma's house. She lived in a duplex and her house was locked with skeleton keys. There was a hug collection of costume jewelry and scarves for playtime, and she would let me ... More >>

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    March 28, 2014

    How to Make A Chocolate Cake Shot

    I have a somewhat long-distance relationship with shots. I mean, they're fun, and they're easy to throw together, but when your first position behind the stick is making very complex tropical drinks, it's easy to have a simple part of a bartender's repertoire fall by the wayside. Then my birthday r ... More >>

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    March 24, 2014

    Not All Buttercream Is Created Equal: A Chow Bella Primer, Part One

    I received an email order request the other day. It started like this: "I just had one of your chocolate and whipped cream cupcakes at the market." No whipped cream here, folks, just real buttercream. No shortening, no emulsifiers. Butter. European butter.

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    February 24, 2014

    How to Make a King Cake for Mardi Gras

    Before I knew Mardi Gras was associated with copious alcohol consumption or showing breasts for beads, it was all about the cake. Tucked away in the loft of a Lutheran church, my grade-school French class would indulge in yeasty cinnamon cake every snowy February. I would cross my fingers under my ... More >>

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    December 6, 2013

    5 Desserts to Take to Your Holiday Party

    Holiday tunes are blaring on the radio as I walk the aisles of every store. Parking lots become asphalt spaces of rage. Christmas tree lots have popped up everywhere. Lights twinkle strung in gaudy heaps on every outdoor yard item. The holidays have arrived, and with them the numerous holiday par ... More >>

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    November 8, 2013

    Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Squares: Chow Bella Pumpkin Showdown

    From time to time, Chow Bella's contributors challenge one another to a showdown: Make the best dish you can, using one common ingredient. This time (naturally), it was pumpkin. For the next few weeks, we'll be sharing the results, and at the end, we'll let you know who won. Today: Lauren Saria sto ... More >>

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    October 28, 2013

    Pumpkin Rice Krispies Treats: Chow Bella Pumpkin Showdown

    From time to time, Chow Bella's contributors challenge one another to a showdown: Make the best dish you can, using one common ingredient. This time (naturally), it was pumpkin. For the next few weeks, we'll be sharing the results, and at the end, we'll let you know who won. Today: Assistant cultu ... More >>

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    October 21, 2013

    Chow Bella's Pumpkin Showdown: Bourbon Pumpkin Tart with Marshmallow Creme

    From time to time, Chow Bella's contributors challenge one another to a showdown: Make the best dish you can, using one common ingredient. This time (naturally), it was pumpkin. For the next few weeks, we'll be sharing the results, and at the end, we'll let you know who won. Today, we begin with o ... More >>

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    September 26, 2013

    Pavlova: Rock a Killer Version of This Meringue-Based Dessert

    Normally, we don't see pavlova's popping up on the dessert menu at many restaurants. In fact, the only place you may have seen this beauty is on the glossy pages of a food magazine. Perhaps you've dismissed the pavlova for its simplicity or it could be that you have never tasted the fabulous texture ... More >>

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    September 18, 2013

    10 Reasons To Love Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

    Gluten-free blues got you down? Get in the kitchen and get baking. Here are 10 reasons to love GF chocolate chip cookies -- and really, all chocolate chip cookies in general. 1. The only "real" chocolate chip cookies, the ones made from Nestlé Toll House chips using the recipe on the back of the ... More >>

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    July 24, 2013

    DIY Ice Cream with Pastry Chef Rachel Miller

    As the monsoon storms roll in to smother the dry heat, Phoenix inhabitants have begun to hibernate in the chill of their air-conditioned homes. Transporting frosty treats is near impossible, as they melt into puddles before we can puzzle-piece them into our already packed freezers. I'm a custard ... More >>

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    June 17, 2013

    13 Favorite Cold Dishes in Metro Phoenix

    Here in Phoenix, most of us take the saying "if you can't take the heat, get out of the kitchen" pretty literally come summer, knowing that the cooker can become the cook-ee in a matter of minutes. We can simmer in our own sweat at the stove or broil ourselves to rosy rareness at the outdoor grill . ... More >>

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    May 22, 2013

    5 Desserts That Pastry Chef Rachel Miller Is Totally Over

    I love sweets. Obviously. As a pastry chef, I fully understand giving the people what they want. But I also believe in challenging the diner to try something new, expanding their taste buds and minds. See also: - Sugar Rush: Confessions of a Wild West Pastry Chef, and the Launch of a New Column ... More >>

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    April 17, 2013

    Paleo Recipes for Brownies and Banana Bread

    If you haven't yet heard of the Paleo lifestyle, you're in for a treat. The Paleo philosophy is really simple: eat only whole, unprocessed foods and cut out all grains, legumes, and refined sugars. I know that cutting out grains and legumes may sound like the opposite of what many nutritionists advo ... More >>

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    March 20, 2013

    Bourbon Steak's Veronica Arroyo: Caramelpalooza Candymakers 2013

    As the chefs competing in Smeeks and Chow Bella's fourth annual Caramelpalooza -- coming 7 p.m. Friday, April 5, at UNION -- get out the candy thermometers, we've got our pens ready to introduce you to the faces behind the caramel. Veronica Arroyo is no stranger to the sugary showdown that is Caram ... More >>

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    February 20, 2013

    Flourless Sunflower Seed Butter Cookies

    I've been writing about food related Pinterest finds for one year and have yet to report on cookies. It's about time. And these are wonderful, particularly in this picky day and age. These cookies don't contain flour, or nuts and barely any diary - making them the absolute perfect treat for when y ... More >>

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    December 28, 2012

    The 5 Best Shots for Your New Year's Eve Party

    Ring the bell, it's time for Last Call, where JK Grence, bartender at Shady's, serves up booze advice and recipes. Got a burning question for your bartender? Leave it in the comments and it might be answered in a future column. When we Chow Bella folks were discussing our New Year's Eve plans, I wa ... More >>

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    December 11, 2012

    Robrt Pela's Dreaming of a Moist Christmas

    Ah, the holidays. Christmas is all about love, sharing, sweetness and light -- and keeping the antacids handy. In keeping with the spirit of the season, Chow Bella presents "Eating Christmas," in which some of our favorite writers nosh on the real lessons we learn this time of year. Today, Robrt Pel ... More >>

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    December 3, 2012

    Butter Pecan and Vietnamese Coffee Ice Creams at Windsor/Churn

    What kind of restaurant has dessert so insanely good that it gets its own storefront? Windsor/Churn, that's what. It kind of feels like I'm cheating here because the whole premise of Dessert First is to test restaurants' final courses, but when breaking the rules tastes so sweet, who the hell cares? ... More >>

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    November 30, 2012

    Three Cookie Doughs to Freeze Now, Bake Later

    It's that time of year. The holidays. And though it's tempting to wake up early the morning of a holiday party to bake, we recommend making these freezable recipes now, for easy baking later -- and a chance to sleep in. These aren't your typical sugar cookie recipes; these will make you look like a ... More >>

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    November 9, 2012

    Don't Want To Spend Thanksgiving Day in the Kitchen? Where to Buy Ready-Made Dishes for Turkey Day

    Don't you love Thanksgiving? It's a nationally sanctioned food marathon, and we're all encouraged to be athletes. No silly talk of calories, carbs or the evils of sugar on this one guilt-free day. Of course, for the person(s) preparing this misty watercolor rendition of a Norman Rockwell painting, ... More >>

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    November 8, 2012

    AndyTalk: Easier Than Pie - Pear and Ginger Cookie Crumble for Thanksgiving

    You need pie on Thanksgiving - or at least something shaped like a pie.

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    October 26, 2012

    May I Now Present the Awards for the Chow Bella Halloween Candy Showdown

    The best thing about being the judge for the 2012 Chow Bella Halloween Candy Showdown is, well, being the judge for the 2012 Chow Bella Halloween Candy Showdown. Bring on the sugar rush, Baby. With the challenge being to whip up a dessert incorporating their favorite Halloween candy, my fellow scri ... More >>

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    October 26, 2012

    Karen Olson Makes Chocolate Chip Cookies

    Forks up, Phoenix! Chow Bella and Roosevelt Row present the third annual Pie Social Saturday, November 3rd, from 2 to 6 p.m. on Roosevelt Row in downtown Phoenix. We've got an all-star line up of bakers making pies for you to taste, and from now til Pie Social, we'll introduce them to you, one by on ... More >>

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    October 25, 2012

    Make Your Own Chocolate Chip Heath Bars: Chow Bella's Halloween Showdown

    Trick... or treat? For the latest Chow Bella showdown, our writers whipped up a dessert reminiscent of, or incorporating, their favorite Halloween candy. Check back all week for recipes; tomorrow our critic Laura Hahnefeld will pick her favorite. Today: Claire Lawton's Chocolate Chip Heath Bars S ... More >>

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    October 24, 2012

    Make Your Own Twix Cheesecake Pie: Chow Bella's Halloween Showdown

    Trick... or treat? For the latest Chow Bella showdown, our writers whipped up a dessert reminiscent of, or incorporating, their favorite Halloween candy. Check back all week for recipes; on Friday our critic Laura Hahnefeld will pick her favorite. Today: Katie Johnson's Twix Cheesecake Pie I've n ... More >>

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    October 22, 2012

    Make Your Own Candy Corn: Chow Bella's Halloween Showdown

    Trick... or treat? For the latest Chow Bella showdown, our writers whipped up a dessert reminiscent of, or incorporating, their favorite Halloween candy. Check back all week for recipes; on Friday our critic Laura Hahnefeld will pick her favorite. First up: Amy Silverman's DIY Candy Corn There a ... More >>

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    October 19, 2012

    Slade Grove Makes Gluten-Free Amaretti Cookies

    Forks up, Phoenix! Chow Bella and Roosevelt Row present the third annual Pie Social Saturday, November 3rd, from 2 to 6 p.m. on Roosevelt Row in downtown Phoenix. We've got an all-star line up of bakers making pies for you to taste, and from now til Pie Social, we'll introduce them to you, one by on ... More >>

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    October 15, 2012

    Sweet Buttermilk Pie at Phoenix City Grille

    With a generic name and an all-American menu that at first glance doesn't look like anything special, Phoenix City Grille might not seem like much. That is, until you actually go there and dine. The interior is plush and comforting, although also fairly generic, with the only unique personality shin ... More >>

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    September 12, 2012

    Raw Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough: Don't Knock It Till You've Tried It

    See also: Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Dip -- Made with Garbanzo Beans (And It's Good, Not Just Good for You) I never thought twice about cookie dough until Pinterest showed up in my life. My problem with most cookie dough is that I'm sensitive to flour - I can't eat it. Luckily Pinterest offers ma ... More >>

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    August 31, 2012

    Miss McGee's Mud Pie at Bobby-Q

    See also: 11 Favorite Barbecue Joints in Greater Phoenix See also: Top Ten Spots for Mac n' Cheese in the Valley Barbecue isn't exactly the first style of cuisine to turn to when you want an incredible dessert. After all, isn't the point to eat so much juicy, succulent meat falling off the bone tha ... More >>

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    August 6, 2012

    Anatomy of a Chocolate Chip Cookie with Brady Breese of Urban Cookies

    See also: Mail Order Cookie Clash: Urban Cookies vs. Goosebumps See also: Urban Cookies (OllieCake) Wins Food Network's Cupcake Wars See also: Urban Cookies' Brady Breese: Caramelpalooza Candymakers When you're cooking, it's all about a dash of this and a splash of that. But baking is another matte ... More >>

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    August 2, 2012

    Laurie Notaro's Recipe for Haboob Brownies

    See also: Laurie Notaro's Five Reasons Why Haboobs Are Awesome Several weeks ago, I was forced by the hand of hormones to make a pan of brownies. It happens. One moment you're browsing an Anthropologie catalog thinking, "They'd do so much more business if they sold sizes boobs actually fit into," a ... More >>

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    May 3, 2012

    Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Dip -- Made with Garbanzo Beans (And It's Good, Not Just Good for You)

    Chow Bella shared this recipe on Pinterest a long time ago, before Pin Up Girl, on a board called "Dare you to try this." At first glance, I couldn't understand the dare. What's so daring about cookie dough dip? But then I looked at the recipe... What makes this rebellious is that this is a heal ... More >>

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    April 26, 2012

    Make Your Own Macarons, Inspired by Pinterest

    Mmmmm, macarons. I love them. Mostly, I'm in love with the way they look. It's one of those desserts you actually feel bad biting into because you don't want to destroy its beauty. That makes them perfect for Pinterest. They're pricey, but after making them, I understand why. They're finicky littl ... More >>

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    April 20, 2012

    Bill Samuels' Perfect Mint Julep

    Yesterday we met Rob Samuels, grandson of the creator of Maker's Mark Whiskey and current chief operating officer of the distillery. You would expect a family with such a rich, bourbon-soaked history to know a few good whiskey recipes -- and you'd be right. Rob's father, Bill Samuels Jr., perfected ... More >>

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    March 27, 2012

    Coconut Macaroons for Passover

    Welcome to our new(ish) column, "Ask the Pastry Chef," by Amy Morris, a pastry sous chef at J&G Steakhouse. Have a question for Amy? Leave it in the comments section. Do you have a good Coconut Macaroon recipe for Passover? Coconut macaroons are known for two things: First, they make a great Passo ... More >>

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    March 16, 2012

    Guinness Chocolate Cake and Orange Glaze

    Welcome to our new(ish) column, "Ask the Pastry Chef," by Amy Morris, a pastry sous chef at J&G Steakhouse. Have a question for Amy? Leave it in the comments section. Do you have a cake recipe with Guinness in it for St. Patrick's Day? Nothing says St. Patrick's Day more than Guinness beer. I c ... More >>

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    March 16, 2012

    Savannah Smiles XXX-treme Cinnamon Rolls: Girl Scout Cookie Showdown

    What better use for an extra case of Girl Scout cookies than a Chow Bella Showdown? In years past we've challenged our contributors to make something delicious out of Thin Mints and Trefoils. This time: Savannah Smiles. Stay tuned for more recipes and a decision from our "judge," web editor Eric Tst ... More >>

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    March 15, 2012

    AndyTalk: The Anatomy of a Tart, Or, I'm Not a Lazy Cook, I Just Don't Want to Go to the Store

    ​I'm headed to a neighbor's for dinner, and I want to bring something besides a bottle of wine. I want to bring dessert. I have apples, and I tell myself that I should be able to make a pie. So what if it's only 3 apples, and I don't have any flour? I don't want to drive to the store for ingred ... More >>

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    March 13, 2012

    Savannah Smiles Cookie Milk Ice Cream: Girl Scout Cookie Showdown

    What better use for an extra case of Girl Scout cookies than a Chow Bella Showdown? In years past we've challenged our contributors to make something delicious out of Thin Mints and Trefoils. This time: Savannah Smiles. Stay tuned for more recipes and a decision from our "judge," web ... More >>

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    March 12, 2012

    Redundant Lemon Savannah Smiles: Girl Scout Cookie Showdown

    ​ What better use for an extra case of Girl Scout cookies than a Chow Bella Showdown? In years past we've challenged our contributors to make something delicious out of Thin Mints and Trefoils. This time: Savannah Smiles. Stay tuned for more recipes and a decision from our "judge," ... More >>

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    March 9, 2012

    Savannah Smiles When Plied with Rum: Girl Scout Cookie Showdown

    When challenged to use Savannah Smiles, I created a tiramisu-style dessert, aptly named Savannah Smiles When Plied with Rum. After all, liquor makes everything tastier.

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    March 7, 2012

    Cardamom Cookies with Slivered Almonds

    Although it has limitless possibilities, cardamom really shines as the star ingredient in baked goods with a hint of almonds, pistachios, or walnuts to round out the flavor.

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    February 29, 2012

    No Bake Caramel Popcorn

    Welcome to our new(ish) column, "Ask the Pastry Chef," by Amy Morris, a pastry sous chef at J&G Steakhouse. Have a question for Amy? Leave it in the comments section. With Caramelpalooza coming up this Friday, I'm suddenly caramel-obsessed! Can I make caramel popcorn without having to bake it? We ... More >>

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    February 23, 2012

    Whipping Up that Bourbon Chocolate Milkshake from Pinterest

    ​This week I am introducing you to my new favorite  Pinterest indulgence:  The Bourbon Chocolate Milkshake!   The first thing you'll notice about this week's Pinterest-come-to-life selection is that it kind of sounds like a dance.  The second thing you'll notice is that this B ... More >>

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    February 2, 2012

    Lon's at the Hermosa Meet-and-Greet with Chef Jeremy Pacheco

    Photo: Jennifer WoodsAji pepper-marinated royal red shrimp with garden citrus, avocado, shaved vegetables & yuzu vinaigrette ​ We walked into Lon's at the Hermosa Tuesday evening just as the sun was setting and turning a bright orange -- while everything else on the horizon turned into one b ... More >>

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