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    July 31, 2014

    Flavored Simple Syrup: How to Make It, How to Use It

    Simple syrups are often found behind your favorite bar, used to flavor and add a bit of sweetness to your cocktails. Equal parts sugar and water (or liquid), they can be flavored with a multitude of things, but if you aren't mixing up cocktails every night, what else can you use them for?

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    April 23, 2014

    A Take on 2 Thai Cooking Schools, Plus Recipes

    Having recently traveled to Asia to attend classes at a few cooking schools, I brought back a number of great recipes, memories and a long list of ingredients not available at Fry's. While in Thailand I had the opportunity to attend day long classes at two very different schools. Chiang Mai Thai Coo ... More >>

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    April 14, 2014

    5 Substitutes for Basic Baking Ingredients

    It's midnight on a Tuesday. You have promised to bake up your amazing chocolate cupcakes for the office tomorrow. After ripping apart your refrigerator for the fifth time, you realize that dozen eggs you thought you had is only two eggs. Now what? This happens to me more often than I'd like to admi ... More >>

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    February 26, 2014

    3 Classic New Orleans Cocktails from Geoffrey Wilson of Barrelhouse

    Although a search for Mardi Gras cocktails could lead you on a dark path of artificial ingredients and goofy garnishes, Geoffrey Wilson of Chandler's Barrelhouse is here to keep you from being led astray. While working with the legendary New Orleans bartender Chris McMillian, Wilson learned a fair a ... 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 30, 2013

    Pumpkin Sage Pasta Sauce: 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: Hooch columnist ... More >>

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    October 29, 2013

    Dia De Los Muertos: Culturally DOA but a Bake-Worthy Occasion

    My nightmares are filled with the drunken faces of American college kids smeared with paint depicting garish skulls, twisted toothy grins, hollow cheekbones, black pools of pain for eyes... Death isn't the scary part here, it's the ever increasing popularity of the Day of the Dead and its related im ... 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 24, 2013

    Pumpkin-Tomato Soup: 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: resident barten ... More >>

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    October 23, 2013

    The Persimmon: Where to Get It, What to Do with It

    Persimmons are the "hot" fruit. You can look for them this time of year at a few farmers markets, including the Old Town Farmers Market in Scottsdale. That's great because they're pretty to look at and in season, but, um, what do you do with them? Don't worry. We're here.

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    September 27, 2013

    How to Make the Best Appletini Ever, "An Apple A Day"

    Cocktail trends come and go. I was talking with some friends, and realized that the appletini had quietly become passé a few years ago. I do have a certain nostalgia for them. I blame their popularity in my nascent drinking years. I remember extensive discussions with friends about what places mad ... More >>

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    March 7, 2013

    6 Easy Mushroom Recipes

    See Also: AndyTalk: Lentil Basics and a No-Recipe Dinner AndyTalk: The Winning Combo of Cauliflower and Mayonnaise When it comes to mushrooms you either love them or hate them. When properly cooked, mushrooms have deep, nutty, caramelized flavors and a combination of soft and crispy textures. What' ... 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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    January 25, 2013

    How to Make the Best Singapore Sling, Ever.

    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. Just as I was enjoying the sunny 80-degree days this week, the weather h ... 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 11, 2012

    Three Must-Make Recipes to Use Up Your Fall Vegetable Harvest

    A winter garden is just one of the joys of living in Phoenix. We suffer through 110 degree summers in order to brag about our mild winters, if you can even call them winters. This also means we have a long season for things like carrots, lettuces and squash. But after a while there's only so many th ... 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 14, 2012

    This Year, Ditch the Thanksgiving Pie and Make Doughnuts Instead!

    Hey, I just met you -- and this is crazy -- but this year I'm proposing you ditch the pie(!) and make doughnuts for Thanksgiving instead. So maybe it's a little too crazy -- sacrilege even -- but if you've ever had a handmade doughnut, you understand. While Pinterest is chock-full of all kinds of do ... More >>

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    October 31, 2012

    DIY Pan de Muerto to Celebrate Day of the Dead

    By tomorrow Halloween will be but a pile of candy wrappers and a pumpkin rotting on the porch -- but the next holiday is right around the corner, and we're not talking about Thanksgiving. Dia de los Meurtos, or Day of the Dead, is a Mexican holiday celebrated on November 2. Despite the name, it ha ... 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 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 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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    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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    July 26, 2012

    Anatomy of a Vegan Cupcake with the Sizemore Sisters of Treehouse Bakery

    See also: Treehouse Bakery: Great for Vegans and Pretty Good for Everyone Else See also: Vegan-Friendly Treehouse Bakery (Finally) Gets Its Storefront When you're cooking, it's all about a dash of this and a splash of that. But baking is another matter, an exact science. In this series, we're going ... More >>

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    July 11, 2012

    Make Your Own Ketchup

    See also: DIY Spicy Watermelon Margaritas Summertime & ketchup. I love both. Isn't it the worst when you're all set to eat your (meatless) corn dog and fries and you realize you're out of ketchup!? While this recipe won't keep you from running out of ketchup at inopportune moments, it might save ... More >>

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    July 4, 2012

    Black Bean Salad with Cilantro-Lime Vinaigrette

    It's Independence Day, folks. Game on. I have a love/hate relationship with food-oriented holidays. I really like getting together with friends and sharing food, but I don't like deciding what to make. In fact -- I'm whispering here -- sometimes I'll decline potluck-style invitations cause the ... More >>

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    June 21, 2012

    Chia Lemon Drizzle Quiche -- Er, I Mean Cake

    I have to begin with a confession. I've been hiding something important from you and it's time to come clean . . . I'm sort of a health food fanatic. All the crazy ingredients for this cake were ones I had in my pantry. When you see what those are, you'll know what I mean. I think I've alluded to ... More >>

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    June 12, 2012

    DIY Spicy Watermelon Margaritas

    I never knew how many different kinds of margaritas existed until Pinterest. Oh, man! It never ends... Margaritas are my favorite. And I'm not one of those girls who always has to drink sweet, fruity stuff, either -- but sometimes it's fun to experiment. A classic summer fruit collides with a cl ... More >>

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    June 6, 2012

    Roasted Strawberry and Coconut Milk Paletas

    I'm obsessed with making my own paletas (popsicles). They're cold, sweet, won't heat up the kitchen, and don't require fancy kitchen gadgets aside from a popsicle mold. They're the perfect summer dessert. This recipe is especially simple. And if you make it soon, you'll still be able to buy strawb ... More >>

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    June 1, 2012

    "Hot Chocolate" Cake at The Arrogant Butcher

    Sam Fox: Love him or hate him, chances are you have some opinion about this Valley-based restaurateur. Not everyone likes the idea of one guy cranking out 12 (yes, 12!) restaurant concepts in 14 years. But even if not all of them are winners, at the very least Fox is putting up one hell of a fight a ... More >>

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    May 30, 2012

    DIY Cheez-Its

    My husband loves Cheez-Its. I can't stand it. They're overly processed and you can't buy them at Trader Joe's. So when I recently came across this on Pinterest, I immediately knew what my next blog post would be about. Making these at home eliminated about 15 unnecessary ingredients, including ... 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 17, 2012

    Make Your Own Dairy-Free Horchata

    It's time to build up an arsenal of tasty beverages to help get us through the summer. Horchata should definitely be on the list. Making your own horchata is the best way to go because you can tailor the drink just to your likings. Every recipe is different. Most use evaporated and/or condense ... More >>

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    May 2, 2012

    Chris Cosantino's Lasagna Bolognese

    This week in Chef Talk we've been talking with Chris Costantino of Costantino's Kitchen. His line of handmade gourmet sauces and seasonings began with one recipe, a recipe for tomato basil pasta sauce he learned from his Grandma Angie. Today, you can find his line of products at farmers markets ar ... More >>

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    April 30, 2012

    Israeli Couscous with Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Preserved Lemon

    Lately, in this In Season/Meatless Monday series, we've taken 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 roasted sweet potatoes, but you could use anything like butternut squash, carrots, or beets. I love ... 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 25, 2012

    Coffee: It's a Spice. Really.

    When you think of coffee, chances are that you think of the beverage -- and probably Starbucks -- and stop there. But coffee has uses beyond being a deliciously addictive caffeine fix to be guzzled down at all hours of the day. Coffee is also a spice that can add a rich, deep, and earthy flavor to o ... More >>

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    April 12, 2012

    The Famous Pinterest Rainbow Cake: Did We Succeed?

    Surely you've seen the rainbow cake. It's pretty darn popular. As my fellow Chow Bella-ite Amy Silvemran puts it, the rainbow cake is nothing less than "the holy grail of Pinterest." Pin Up Girl would be a farce if we didn't conquer this thing. So this week we spent three hours (which is a ver ... More >>

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    April 9, 2012

    Coconut Curry with Yesterday's Vegetables

    Lately, in this In Season/Meatless Monday 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 my leftover cooked collards, spaghetti squash, cauliflower, sweet potatoes and i'itoi onions.

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    April 2, 2012

    Creamy Cashew Alfredo Pasta with Swiss Chard, Green Garlic and Mushrooms

    Lately, in this In Season/Meatless Monday 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 and spring garlic. This recipe was all about my 4-year-old son. He's a mac and cheese ... 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 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 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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    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 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 14, 2012

    In Season: Lemon Roasted Cauliflower with Dill

    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 cauliflower, lemon and dill.

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