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Jennifer Woods

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    December 11, 2013

    Backyard Jamboree's Pop-Up Dinner Sunday Night in Arcadia

    By Jennifer Woods "We won't be swimming tonight," joked Colleen Frisbie, co-host of Sunday night's Backyard Jamboree dinner in Arcadia. She explained that this home has had a history of blow-out parties with guests including the band Korn and porn actress Jenna Jameson. Frisbie and chef Sacha Levi ... More >>

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    June 3, 2013

    15 Summer Festivals in Metro Phoenix and Across Arizona

    Summer is in full swing -- and so is summer festival season. You might have to drive a bit for strawberries, lavender, and corn, but getting there is half the fun, right? Road trip! Food connoisseurs and amateurs alike can fill their schedules until September with the list of festivals in Arizona we ... More >>

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    February 22, 2013

    Good Food Finder: Good Food Allies Create a Database of Local Producers

    Even the most encyclopedic members of the local-food movement are likely to have some holes in their knowledge of all things food and Arizona. Enter, the Good Food Finder. Created by Natalie Morris and Jennifer Woods, the co-founders of Good Food Allies, the online directory identifies and locat ... More >>

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    October 24, 2012

    Food Day 2012 is Today: Why You Should Care and What's Happening in Metro Phoenix

    Hooray for food! Yes, we love food. We talk about it all day every day here on Chow Bella, but what exactly is Food Day? In short, Food Day is about supporting clean, fair food through community-driven events and reenergizing the conversation on the same day, every year. The Center for Science in ... More >>

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    June 1, 2012

    Glacier Lettuce, Explained

    Kale? Please, that is so last week. And don't even get us started on arugula. There's a new vegetable on the block: glacier lettuce. And believe it or not, it grows well right here in the desert.

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    May 10, 2012

    Foolproof Mother's Day Breakfast: French Toast in Bed

    For Mother's Day, we wanted to give the doting partners a foolproof plan for what to prepare (with the help of the kids, of course) on Mother's Day morning while you're letting her sleep in. Just remember, it's the thought that counts and if you remember only one thing: You must let her sleep in. Y ... More >>

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    March 26, 2012

    Get Smart About the Food Bill, Read All About it in Food Fight: The Citizen's Guide to the Next Food and Farm Bill

    We know the federal farm bill is up for renewal this year. We also know that the farm bill is a mucked-up sludgy mess of a bill that doesn't properly serve the food producers or eaters. Want to know exactly what the whole fuss is over and what's really going on? We have the answer. We recently r ... More >>

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    March 26, 2012

    Boiled Beets with Parm and Pine Nuts

    Lately, in this In Season series, we're taking a look at what I take home from Crooked Sky Farms each week and see what I've done with my CSA share, or part share. This week I'm using beets. My default cooking method for root vegetables is roasting. Lately, though, I've been having the darndest ... More >>

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    March 20, 2012

    Queen Creek Olive Mill's New Bacon Olive Oil is Vegan. Wanna Know How it Tastes?

    We heard about the Bacon Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Queen Creek Olive Mill last month and decided we need to get our hands on a bottle and give it a little look-see and taste. Even though Queen Creek is within the Phoenix Metro Area, we still had to pay $15 for shipping to Phoenix, in addition to ... More >>

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    March 6, 2012

    Vegan and Dog Friendly, Wy~Knot Cafe Serves Standout Made-to-Order Breakfasts and Familiar Coffee

    In an effort to make Mom proud, Chow Bella's taking a good, hard look at the most important meal of the day in the form of Scrambled, a mashup of breakfast recipes, news, and reviews of local restaurants serving the a.m. crowd. We recently got a chance to swing by the Wy~Knot Cafe on 7th St., named ... More >>

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    March 5, 2012

    Stacked Cheese and I'itoi Enchiladas with Homemade Sauce

    Lately, in this In Season series, we're taking a look at what I take home from Crooked Sky Farms each week and see what I've done with my CSA share, or part share. This week I'm using dried chiles and i'itoi onions.

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    February 17, 2012

    Three Things to Eat, Drink and Make this Weekend

    ​This weekend is going to be a busy one! Arizona Beer Week starts tomorrow; Cocktail Week starts Sunday; Jennifer Woods is teachin' class at the Public Market; Kitchen 56 is celebrating their first anniversary. It's all good stuff but a girl only has so much time and her liver can only take so muc ... More >>

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    February 15, 2012

    Chow Bella's Jennifer Woods to Host Winter Chef Series This Saturday at Downtown Phoenix Market

    Jennifer Woods​ This Saturday is the last class in the Downtown Phoenix Public Market's Winter Chef Series and the host just happens to be our very own Chow Bella contributor, Jennifer Woods.  You may know Jennifer from our Chow Bella book club or from her weekly online column In ... More >>

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    January 31, 2012

    Tracy Dempsey's Caneles, the French Treat We Just Had to Try for Ourselves

    Caneles were one of our picks as a food trends in 2012. Naturally, we've been wanting to try one. Taking one for the team (ha ha), we followed Tracy Dempsey on Monday afternoon into the commissary kitchen of Arcadia Farms in Old Town Scottsdale, where she makes her many Tracy Dempsey Originals confe ... More >>

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    January 12, 2012
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    January 3, 2012

    Comfort Me with Apples: Chow Bella Book Club Meeting, Now In Session

    Jennifer Woods​ Come grab a seat, you've just arrived at the third meeting of the Chow Bella Book Club! We've gathered to discuss Comfort Me with Apples by Ruth Reichl. As you probably already know, apples don't really make much of an appearance in this book. It's really more of a feeling Reich ... More >>

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    December 30, 2011

    New Year's 2011 in Metro Phoenix: One-Stop Guide to Where to Dine, What to Drink and Year-End Musings

    ​Looks like we made it. 2012 is just about here.If you're a last-minute planner, you're in luck. Here's Shannon Armour's guide to New Year's Eve dining (we're sure there are still reservations available somewhere) and Benjamin Leatherman's comprehensive list of where to party. Erica O'Neil fo ... More >>

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    December 28, 2011

    Laurie Notaro's Chicken Pot Pie, Pot-Infused Vodka and 8 More Favorite Recipes of 2011

    ​Boy, are we full. 2011 was a year of great new restaurants, delicious morsels -- and many new recipes to try. Here are a few of the favorites Chow Bella shared with you this last year.  10. Laurie Notaro's Chicken Pot Pie Not only was our favorite funny lady kind enough ... More >>

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    December 27, 2011

    Mark Tarbell, Tracy Dempsey, and Matt Taylor Help Kick Off Winter Chef Series at Phoenix Public Market

    Welcoming in the winter season, a new line-up of Valley chefs and taste makers has been set to host Phoenix Public Market's Winter Chef Series, two-hour demonstrations and cooking classes featuring a variety of memorable meals and culinary personalities. Mark Tarbell, chef and owner of Tarbell's, t ... More >>

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    December 23, 2011

    Amy S.'s The Holidays Really Take Their Toll (House) Cookies

    Cookie dough porn. ​Our latest Chow Bella showdown: a traditional holiday cookie exchange. Today: our final entry, Amy Silverman's "The Holidays Really Take Their Toll (House) Cookies."   Let's face it: You've made it this far in the holiday season and all you really want right now is ... More >>

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    December 21, 2011

    Nicole's Mini Pans

    Our latest Chow Bella showdown: a traditional holiday cookie exchange. From now through Christmas, we present Chow Bella's 12 Days of Christmas Cookies. Today: Nicole Smith's Mini Pans. Tedd Roundy Nicole's serving 'em up.​Some people say, "I'm turning into my mother" like it's a bad thin ... More >>

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    December 20, 2011

    Claire's Chocolate Chip, Fool Proof, and Better Than They Look (Really) Cookies

    ​Our latest Chow Bella showdown: a traditional holiday cookie exchange. From now through Christmas, we present Chow Bella's 12 Days of Christmas Cookies. Today, we bring you Claire's Chocolate Chip, Better Than They Look (Really) Cookies. I am not a baker -- a tough fact I thought I could hide un ... More >>

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    December 18, 2011

    Dominique's Mini Dark Chocolate Pear Tarts

    If you look forward to the holidays because they provide an excuse to spend all day baking something extra special for your holiday cookie tray, you can't go wrong with these rich Mini Dark Chocolate Pear Tarts.

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    December 17, 2011

    Ando's Totally Ethnic Ginger Chocolate Cookies

    Tedd Roundy​I've never been a fan of Christmas cookies. In my experience they tend to be bland sugar cookies pressed into vaguely holiday-ish shapes and buried beneath a mountain of colored sugars. My cooking companion is Hindu and freely admits that her Christmas repertoire is fairly limited as w ... More >>

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    December 16, 2011

    Lauren's Cream Cheese Filled Snickerdoodles

    Tedd Roundy ​For the past two years, my friend and I have made cookies for that long list of friends and acquaintances that don't quite make the gift list, but could never just be left out in the cold. On college student budgets, giving treats is a great way to spread holiday cheer without h ... More >>

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    December 15, 2011

    Jen's Aunt Bonnie's Sour Cream Cookies

    Tedd Roundy​It just doesn't taste like Christmas to me without a few of my Aunt Bonnie's Sour Cream Cookies. I mentioned them last year in the Chow Bella "Jennifer Woods, What Are You Baking?" post. These cookies are really all about the frosting but the soft cookie makes that whole eating e ... More >>

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    December 7, 2011

    10 Gifts for the Home Gardener

    The number of home gardeners/homesteaders is growing by the second and you might even count yourself among them. Here are some pretty and pretty useful food-focused gifts for the gardener or those who aspire to be one. Jennifer Woods​

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    December 6, 2011

    Chow Bella Book Club Review and Online Discussion: A Homemade Life by Molly Wizenberg

    Jennifer Woods ​ Welcome to the second meeting of the Chow Bella Book Club! How nice to have you here. I told you I was going to make orangettes for our visit tonight. I made good on my promise. I have them right here (I would have posted a pic but they don't look nearly as delightfu ... More >>

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    December 2, 2011

    Most Honey in the U.S. Isn't Honey at All, Food Safety News Reports

    ​ You'd think that honey would be the last food item to be tampered with in this era of food supply manipulation and control. It seems so pure, it never spoils (there's even safe-to-eat black honey found in Egyptian tombs), it's sweet and it's what Winnie the Pooh lives for -- but it appears that ... More >>

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    November 8, 2011

    Roasted Vegetable and Bean Tostada with a Fried Egg

    Jennifer Woods​Lately, in this In Season series, we're taking a look at what I take home from Crooked Sky Farms each week and see what I've done with my CSA share, or part share. This week I'm using butternut squash and green beans.

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    November 2, 2011

    Stephanie Izard's Girl in the Kitchen Cookbook Review and Interview

    Jennifer Woods​Girl in the Kitchen: How a Top Chef Cooks, Thinks, Shops, Eats and Drinks by Stephanie Izard and her friend Heather Shouse, published by Chronicle Books, has the look and feel of many of the celebrity cookbooks you've seen before. Colorful and engaging graphic design, photo of ... More >>

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    November 1, 2011

    Chow Bella Book Club Review and Online Discussion: Kitchen Counter Cooking School by Kathleen Flinn

    ​ We hope you were able to read along with us the first Chow Bella Book Club selection for the month of October - Kitchen Counter Cooking School by Kathleen Flinn. Today is the day for our first online book club "meeting" to discuss our thoughts and feelings on this book in particular. So, h ... More >>

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    October 11, 2011

    Top 5 Favorite Cookbooks

    ​We wanted to remind you that we've started our Chow Bella Book Club in partnership with Changing Hands Bookstore. This month (October) we're reading the new book by Kathleen Flinn called Kitchen Counter Cooking School. If you still need a copy, you can get a discounted one from Changing Hands, ju ... More >>

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    August 16, 2011

    In Season: Yardlong Beans

    Whether you're a CSA devotee, a farmers' market weekender or consider ketchup a veg, we'll bring you fresh inspiration for how to prepare our local produce.This week's harvest: Yardlong Beans http://jimlongsgarden.blogspot.com/​You might have seen these crazy long "green" or purple beans at ... More >>

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    August 4, 2011

    Homemade Harvey Squeezable Fruit Pouches Launches in Arizona

    ​This week marked the Arizona launch of Homemade Harvey. It's an organic, preservative-free, crushed fruit snack pouch made in Orange California. I got to meet one of the three owners at the Paradise Valley Whole Foods who really eyed me as as I (a mom with two small kids) walked near -- I'm ... More >>

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    July 26, 2011

    In Season: Purslane

    Whether you're a CSA devotee, a farmers' market weekender or consider ketchup a veg, we'll bring you fresh inspiration for how to prepare our local produce. This week's harvest: Purslane/Verdolagas Jennifer WoodsPurslane in the dirt​ Purslane is the fancy schmancy succulent weed that you see at ... More >>

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    July 19, 2011

    In Season: Sweet Onions

    Kelly Saxer Sweet Onion from Desert Roots Farm ​Whether you're a CSA devotee, a farmers' market weekender or consider ketchup a veg, we'll bring you fresh inspiration for how to prepare our local produce. This week's harvest: Sweet Onions They are sweet enough to be eaten like an apple - ... More >>

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    July 12, 2011

    In Season: Okra

    Whether you're a CSA devotee, a farmers' market weekender or consider ketchup a veg, we'll bring you fresh inspiration for how to prepare our local produce. This week's harvest: Okra http://www.cookthink.com/​ Hey, y'all. Are you hungry for some okra? Okra is one of those vegetables that you e ... More >>

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    July 5, 2011

    In Season: Melons

    Whether you're a CSA devotee, a farmers' market weekender or consider ketchup a veg, we'll bring you fresh inspiration for how to prepare our local produce. This week's harvest: Melons Jennifer Woods"Honey Yellow" melon​ It's time to enjoy the fruity floral spheroids. There are quite a few var ... More >>

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    June 14, 2011

    In Season: Tomatoes

    Whether you're a CSA devotee, a farmers' market weekender or consider ketchup a veg, we'll bring you fresh inspiration for how to prepare our local produce. This week's harvest: Tomatoes Jennifer Woods​They're heeeeerrrrrrrre! Well, they've been here for a few weeks depending on your backyard an ... More >>

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    May 20, 2011

    Phoenix Farmers Who Tweet

    This week in our Follow Friday feature, we're highlighting a few of the Phoenix farmers who tweet all about the blood sweat tears of food production in the desert. http://www.causematters.com/wp-content/uploads/CoverArt_Farmers.jpg​Superstition Farm (@superfarm) The Mesa-based dairy farm tweets ... More >>

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    May 17, 2011

    In Season: Peaches

    Whether you're a CSA devotee, a farmers' market weekender or consider ketchup a veg, we'll bring you fresh inspiration for how to prepare our local produce. This week's harvest: Peaches Jennifer Woods​ The last two weeks of May, you can hear our collective groans over the tender sweet ... More >>

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    May 10, 2011

    In Season: Fennel

    Whether you're a CSA devotee, a farmers' market weekender or consider ketchup a veg, we'll bring you fresh inspiration for how to prepare our local produce.This week's harvest: Fennel Jennifer Woods​When you pick up a fennel bulb at the market and give it a good once over, you nose might get ... More >>

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    April 29, 2011

    Slideluck Pot Show and Royal Cupcakes in Today's Eater's Digest

    Made With Pink ​ Hungry for your early morning serving of food news, with no preservatives or additives?Slideluck Pot What? What the hell is a Slideluck Potshow? We were wondering the exact same thing till our buddies over at Jackalope Ranch and our own Jennifer Woods filled us in. Turns out Slide ... More >>

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    April 19, 2011

    In Season: Beets

    Whether you're a CSA devotee, a farmers' market weekender or consider ketchup aveg, we'll bring you fresh inspiration for how to prepare our local produce. This week's harvest: Beets Jennifer Woods​Beets are very sensual. They are sweet, earthy, dirty, hard when raw, tender when cooked and j ... More >>

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    April 7, 2011

    Cindy Gentry's Perfect Food Day

    Cindy Gentry is a soft-spoken powerhouse in the Arizona world of food. She opened the Downtown Phoenix Public Market in February 2005 and is working on a Farm to Cafeteria program for Arizona. She loves Celtic music and got twin grandchildren just over a year ago. Lucky lady. Jennifer Woods​ ... More >>

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    March 30, 2011

    Trefoil Cookie Showdown: And the Winner Is . . .

    ​As one of her final acts as New Times' food critic, Michele Laudig weighed in with her choice in our Trefoil Cookie Showdown. We tried to one-up ourselves at Chow Bella when Girl Scout Cookie season kicked in this year. A year ago, we experimented with Thin Mints and came up with some ... More >>

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    March 9, 2011

    Home Composting in Metro Phoenix: A City by City Guide and How to DIY

    Jennifer WoodsMy kitchen scraps​Chow Bella asked that I write a special post about composting since many of us (myself included) are hurriedly taking advantage of the spectacular weather we've had lately and starting backyard (or frontyard) vegetable gardens, including beginning to compost at home ... More >>

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    February 3, 2011

    10 Ways to Get Your Kid to Eat His Freaking Vegetables

    Jennifer Woods ​Just when we think we're going to have an easy dinner filled with interesting preschooler conversation about sandboxes and spiders, it ends up like this: ... Stop talking and eat your food. Stop playing and eat your food. Sit down and eat your food. Don't just pick ou ... More >>

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    December 24, 2010

    This Week In Chow Bella

    Another week has come and gone leaving us to ponder the upcoming events that will shape our lives and, more importantly, our dinners out. But before we move on, let's have one last look at the blog posts from this week: Jennifer Woods, What Are You Baking? 5 Pre-Order Holiday Meals for Procrastina ... More >>

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