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    March 17, 2014

    St. Patrick's Day, Pinterest Style

    My husband thinks Pinterest is dumb. I honestly don't think he even really knows what it is, considering Facebook and ESPN are the only apps on his phone. However I believe his dislike comes from wondering where I am at midnight, only to find me in my office, aggressively "pinning" dream kitchens an ... More >>

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    February 20, 2014

    The Stand Serves Hecho en Arcadia Burgers and Tacos

    We're not quite sure how it happened, but somewhere along the way Central Phoenix's Arcadia neighborhood became the unofficial burger capital of metro Phoenix. So when The Stand opened, we were disappointed to hear the area would be getting yet another burger-centric joint. After an underwhelming fi ... More >>

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    December 25, 2013

    A Gherkin Christmas for This Girl

    Once again this year, Chow Bella writers are gnawing on the holidays -- in the form of stories of Christmas and food. Hope you have some Alka-Seltzer handy. Enjoy. I am a Midwestern transplant in a southern elementary school. I am 7. It's nearing Christmas, and I have a school assignment. I have t ... More >>

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    March 25, 2013

    Edible Hotel Opened in London For One Night Only

    Apparently Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory is a documentary -- not a work of fiction -- because London has just played host to an edible "cake hotel." The rug is meringue, the books are cake and a doughnut tower. It looks like pretty much every horizontal surface was covered by diabetes some sor ... More >>

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    January 16, 2013

    Ward Off the Flu with Fire Cider

    Everywhere I turn, there's talk of the flu. Since I follow a bunch of natural health junkies on Pinterest, I can't get away from it there either, with everyone pinning different home remedies. While I've managed to keep away from the illness so far, I decided to make a good-sized batch of this fir ... More >>

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    January 4, 2013

    Salad in a Jar: Detox for the New Year

    If you want to know what time of year it is, or what's trendy in the food and craft world, Pinterest is your place. I'm not very fond of trying to keep up with the latest fads, but there are a few trends that I can get behind. Possibly my favorite trendy item is the Mason jar. I don't care what anyb ... More >>

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    December 28, 2012

    3 Unusual Black Eyed Pea Recipes for a Lucky and Prosperous New Year

    As we enter the new year, I can't think of anything I'd rather have (aside from great health for me and my family) than a little luck and prosperity. Luckily, manifesting these traits is easy peasy (sorry, had to do it) with the help of some black eyed peas (NOT the music). The tradition of eating ... More >>

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    December 19, 2012

    Wrapping Up Your Homemade Food Gifts, Thanks to Pinterest

    All right. So you've made a bunch of gifts from scratch, and still have about a dozen cookie parties to attend, but you're sick of generic holiday tins and you don't know what to do. Let's face it, presentation is key. Presentation (and ingredients, of course) is the difference between cupcakes fro ... More >>

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    December 12, 2012

    Five DIY Gifts for the Kitchen

    In case you're not busy enough, or you've just had enough of the holiday shopping crowds, here are a few crafty things to supplement your gift-giving. Yes, it's stressful sometimes to make things yourself, but when you make things yourself you can be at home and most people appreciate your time and ... More >>

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    December 10, 2012

    Five Christmas Pinterest Trends to Avoid at All Costs

    Let's be honest right off the bat. Only a small fraction of the shit you "pin" actually makes an appearance in your real life. Those runway dresses, that Martha Stewart craft room with the organized detail only a serial killer could recreate -- and let's not forget the food porn. All of our recipes ... More >>

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    December 5, 2012

    Three Holiday Liqueurs You Can Make at Home

    See also: Chow Bella's Gift Guide for the Aspiring Bartender See also: Make Puerto Rican Egg Nog Now, Enjoy It Later I'm officially committed to making all of my gifts this year. I blame Pinterest. And while I don't expect you to make everything yourself too, I do urge you to explore a little. ... More >>

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    December 3, 2012

    Eating Christmas: Crescent Ballroom Hosts Tania Katan, Robrt Pela, Kim Porter and More Valley Writers at Chow Bella's First-Ever Holiday Literary Event

    Hey, what are you doing at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, December 12? Wrong answer. You're heading downtown to Crescent Ballroom to hear some of the Valley's best writers nosh on the holidays, in the form of "Eating Christmas" -- our first-ever Christmas/Food mash-up. See also: -Tania Katan's Gasoline-S ... More >>

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    October 17, 2012

    Five Terrifyingly Delicious Halloween Cocktail Recipes, Including Black Vodka (Yes, Really)

    See also: DIY Pumpkin Latte See also: Jack-O-Lantern Sweet Potato Fries -- Thanks, Pinterest

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    October 3, 2012

    DIY Pumpkin Latte

    I've been seeing pumpkin recipes on Pinterest for over a month now. I'm not sure why, but I've chosen to resist it. "It's too dang early!" But not anymore... See also: - Iced Coffee All Day, Every Day - Thanks to Pinterest - Whipping Up that Bourbon Chocolate Milkshake from Pinterest - Ward Off ... More >>

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    September 26, 2012

    Ward Off Halloween Candy with These No-Bake, Vegan Almond Butter Bars

    It's that time of year. Everywhere I turn there's candy. Snickers, Butterfinger, Kit Kat! I love them all. But I've learned that I can't quite eat as much Halloween candy as I used to without suffering some kind of negative repercussion. Usually in the form of a muffin top. See also: - Mak ... More >>

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    September 18, 2012

    NYC Soda Ban Passed, Watch Horrifying Anti-Soda Ads

    See Also: Colbert Struggles With NYC Soda Ban, Conan Offers Alternatives See Also: Good News: Coffee Might Extend Your Life. Bad News: Sugar Might Make You Dumb Mayor Bloomberg's high-capacity soda ban has passed through the bowels of the New York City Board of Health and into law, provided it isn' ... 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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    September 5, 2012

    Six Ways to Turn Your Kitchen Scraps Into Houseplants

    See also: Three Egg-cellent Kitchen Science Experiments See also: DIY Bread and Butter Jalapeno Pickles I'm embarrassed to say that I haven't actually tried any of these projects, yet. I too fall guilty to collecting things on Pinterest for "future reference." But I'm hoping to get my act togeth ... More >>

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    August 29, 2012

    Three Egg-cellent Kitchen Science Experiments

    See also: Gummy Fruit Snacks Made At Home, Thanks to Pinterest See also: The Famous Pinterest Rainbow Cake: Did We Succeed? At this point, I'm rarely shocked or surprised by the things I see on Pinterest. But this weekend I came across a few photos that made me remember why I fell in love wi ... More >>

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    August 17, 2012

    The Greatest Auto-Tuned Food Review Ever

    See Also: "It's Earth's Juice!" Vytautus Mineral Water "Ads" Are.... Well, We're Speechless (NSFW) See Also: Video Mashup: Brad Pitt Eating. And Eating. What happens when you combine a passionate food review with the people who brought us the Bedroom Intruder song? Magic. Pure. Freaking. Magic. W ... More >>

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    August 15, 2012

    Make Gourmet Pixy Sticks!

    See also: Make Your Own American Cheese, Inspired by Pinterest See also: DIY Cheez-Its I was immediately obsessed when I came across this "Make Gourmet Pixy Stix" pin - despite the fact I'm not a fan of pixy sticks. Not only is it an excuse to put my pretty paper straws to a unique use, but it's ... More >>

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    August 8, 2012

    The "Edible Glitter" Recipe on Pinterest Doesn't Shine

    See also: DIY Cheez-Its See also: Making Homemade Nutella, With a Little Help From Pinterest Pinterest can really be like a fairy tale sometimes. Only the most beautiful things abound, it's all staged, and it makes you long for a different life. But everyone knows fairy tales are full of witches ... More >>

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    August 1, 2012

    Five Examples Where Food and Art Collide on Pinterest

    See also: Five Examples of Why You Should Not Pimp Your KitchenAid If there's a single phrase that sums up the contents of Pinterest it's "eye candy." In this post we look at my favorite types of eye candy: art history and food or, edible art history! Who knew? The simple addition of a popped ou ... More >>

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    July 25, 2012

    Gourmet Ice, Ice (Baby): Vanilla Ice on Pinterest

    See also: Make Your Own Chai Concentrate. See also: Roasted Strawberry and Coconut Milk Paletas.See also: Iced Coffee All Day, Every Day - Thanks to Pinterest All right stop. Collaborate and listen... Pinterest is back with a brand new invention -- in the form of gourmet ice cubes, which have ... More >>

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    July 11, 2012

    Watch: Murderous Burger Chases Man, World's Largest McDonalds Built In a Minute

    See Also: Hipster Foodie Mauled By Bear to '80s New Wave Soundtrack in Very Satisfying Video See Also: Video Mashup: Brad Pitt Eating. And Eating With all the talk about how bad fast food is for your health, it's not surprising that a team of French art students might create a vision of a world in ... More >>

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    June 27, 2012

    Cook Your Hash Browns in a Waffle Iron?

    This pin has been making quite the rounds on Pinterest lately. I've had a hankering for a waffle iron for quite some time and just never got around to buying one, but the deal was sealed after seeing this. I love potatoes, but crispy hash brown potatoes I love even more. I like to make my hash ... More >>

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    June 1, 2012

    Watermelon Art: The Good, The Bad -- and The Fetus Floating in Jell-O

    Dating back to 14th century Thailand, the ancient art of watermelon carving is nothing new. But recently, we've seen a whole lot of these creations gracing the pages of our favorite social media sites. And like every other food trend, there are always going to be a few that aren't quite as good as ... More >>

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    May 29, 2012

    Am I a Food Snob? (A Flowchart)

    From time to time, Zach Fowle will provide a visual guide to every day and extraordinary situations ... and (because he has bad handwriting) Claire Lawton will illustrate them. Welcome to Charted Territory: The world of a food snob is an often-confusing world of trends, vocabulary and kitchen app ... More >>

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    May 24, 2012

    Gummy Fruit Snacks Made at Home, Thanks to Pinterest

    Some of my favorite recipe pins on Pinterest are those that list the ingredients right in the description. It's nice to know up front what's required. This gummy fruit snack recipe was one of those pins, see. Given the simplicity of the ingredients, and the fact that I've deprived my young chil ... More >>

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    May 10, 2012

    The Pinterest Baking Soda/Peroxide "Trick": Just Buy Another Damn Cookie Sheet

    Recently on Pinterest I came across the idea that one could actually clean nasty old cookie sheets to the point where they looked new. Immediately I envisioned myself sharing my own image like the one below: Before I go on, I have to tell you that I know how to clean. In fact, one of my favorite ... More >>

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    April 19, 2012

    Five Examples of Why You Should Not Pimp Your KitchenAid

    The time has come to showcase some of the unnecessary hideousness Pinterest has to offer. Let's be real... There is a lot of stuff on there that just shouldn't exist. Beginning with KitchenAid mixer decals. I didn't realize what a phenomenon this was until I started paying attention. I just ca ... More >>

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    April 10, 2012

    Bacon and Egg Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Salsa "Frosting"

    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. Gotta love Pinterest. We just saw this breakfast cupcake and weren't to ... More >>

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    March 30, 2012

    Guess Where I'm Eating and Win A Prize!

    ​ Sometimes a burger is just a burger, but this Old Town Scottsdale eatery puts on a show with their giant Kobe beef blend burger topped with cheddar & jack cheeses, caramelized jalapenos & onions, basil, peppered bacon, and red chili cheese sauce. And it's all on a pretzel bun. It's one a ... More >>

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    March 29, 2012

    Fix Your Grapefruit Woes with this Pinterest-Inspired Grapefruit Recipe Roundup

    It's grapefruit season in Arizona! Only I've never liked grapefruit. I've tried to like them, I want to like them. I recently decided to give this local citrus another chance when I happened across this photo on Pinterest. I'm a smoothie junkie and have been stuck in a serious smoothie rut for ... More >>

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    March 27, 2012

    Seven Totally Adorable Easter Sweets You Can Make at Home

    ​ Easter is right around the corner, and we're stoked because it gives us the perfect excuse to make all of the adorable sweet treats we've been eyeing on Pinterest and Foodgawker lately. Instead of keeping all the adorableness to ourselves, we've put together a list of our most favorite Easter sw ... More >>

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    March 8, 2012

    Make Your Own Chai Tea Concentrate, Thanks to Pinterest

    I'm a sucker for Chai tea. My problem is that I don't like to pay for it. If I'm going to spend $5 on a drink at a coffee shop, I have to choose something with espresso, because I can make chai tea at home. Unfortunately, I can't say the same about espresso. There are several ways to make your ... More >>

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    March 1, 2012

    From Potatoes to Gin, Rosemary's on the Menu Thanks to Pinterest

    ​I realized recently that I've probably been giving you the wrong impression about me and about Pinterest.  If you know only what you've read these past three weeks you might be inclined to think that all I'm interested in is junk food.  If you're not a Pinterest junkie you might think t ... More >>

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    February 27, 2012

    Swiss Chard Migas

    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 swiss chard.

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    February 23, 2012

    Know of a Creative Phoenix Foodie Who Deserves $500? Nominate 'em for a Big Brain Award

    ​The Phoenix food scene is a pretty amazing place. Just about every day, it seems, new restaurants, farmers' markets and food trucks are opening for business. Ditto for other creative pursuits around this town -- in the visual arts, music, design, fashion and more. Lucky us. To show our gra ... More >>

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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 17, 2012

    Sew Your Own Paper Basket

    Introducing Pin Up Girl, a weekly guide to all-things-Pinterest. Our resident pinner, Laura Gill will take a look at some of the best eye candy from around the web and provide a few pointers on how-to crafts, as well as weigh in on weekly trends and highlight local and national pin fiends.​The bro ... More >>

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    February 13, 2012

    Pancake Art Using a Pancake "Pen"

    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 try to keep the gadgets in our home kitchen to a minimum but when we ... More >>

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    February 10, 2012

    Mead: Get a History Lesson and a Buzz, Just in Time for the Ren-Fest

    If a type of booze could be considered "high-brow," mead or "honey wine" would definitely be it. Known as the drink of choice during the Middle Ages and having influence over many important literary and mythological texts, the ancient history behind this favorite fermented honey drink dates back t ... More >>

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    February 9, 2012

    From Pinterest to Real Life: Valentine's Day Heart Cake

    ​If you're on Pinterest you've probably seen the Heart Cake. It's a white four-layer cake with a red heart baked into the center originally found here. I've never been crazy about Valentine's Day. I'm not a girly-girl, I don't care too much for pink or hearts, and yet - there's something about ... More >>

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    February 6, 2012

    Pinterest Contest: Follow Chow Bella and You Might Win $50 at Sushi Roku!

    ​ It's not a secret. We are pretty addicted to Pinterest here at Chow Bella. We sit online for hours on end wondering how someone managed to carve a picture of the globe into an apple or wishing we could somehow make an M&M ombre cake ourselves. Seriously, it's a great way to get  ... More >>

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    January 26, 2012

    Tacos Atoyac: Street-Style Oaxacan Eats

    The abundance of Sonoran-style Mexican food in the Valley is so great, it's almost taken for granted. On the other hand, Oaxacan food, from the state of Oaxaca in southwestern Mexico, is something you have to look a little harder for. And for those looking for Oaxacan eats, served up street-style, ... More >>

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    January 25, 2012

    Chow Bella's on Pinterest!

    ​Chow Bella did it. We succumbed to the most addictive website to hit the internet scene since Stumble Upon. We are now on Pinterest. Never heard of Pinterest? You're missing out (or lucky, we're not exactly sure yet). It's this really great site that lets you organize, categorize, and s ... More >>

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    January 25, 2012

    Conversation Heart-Infused Tequila

    ​Last year -- in some sort of wacky, sugar-fueled, lost-our-mind moment -- we made candy conversation hearts from scratch. And they actually worked. (You can see the post and recipe here.) So now the question: What sort of Valentine confection would we tackle this year? Macarons are way too ... More >>

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    January 24, 2012

    $10 Lunch at Maizie's Cafe & Bistro

    ​Maizie's Cafe and Bistro -- on Central Avenue just south of Camelback, right on the light rail --  serves up not only an "attitude adjustment" hour(s), but a decent lunch special as well. You guessed it--it's all under $10. This small cafe can be easily missed, but stepping inside is q ... More >>

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    January 20, 2012

    Pinterest: An Illustrated Field Guide (Plus a Few Survival Tips)

    ​Friends, creatives, crafty types, and internet obsessed -- meet Pinterest, the prettiest time suck you'll ever see. No need to worry about small talk, Pinterest will cut to the chase. It already knows all your friends from all your networks and is wide open to anything you'd like to pin on i ... More >>

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