Gretchen Larsen, What Are You Eating?

Gretchen Gerber Larsen

The improviser performs regularly with Valley Fever Improv and has a show with the Improvised Book Club Sunday, May 23 at 7 p.m. at Space 55

What'd you eat for dinner last night? Carne asada tacos, homemade by my coworker's wife.

Favorite food: Navajo tacos

Least favorite food: Clams

Favorite dessert: Tres leches cake

Favorite local restaurant and meal to order there: In downtown Phoenix, I like The Breadfruit's jerk chicken salad. In downtown Tempe, The Phoenicia's falafel pita boat is good, and the hummus is amazing. In downtown Chandler, The Urban Tea Loft has an incredible tea selection and the best desserts.

Favorite local bar and cocktail to order there: I love the concoctions at Switch. Their happy hour specials are wonderful!

Favorite thing to cook at home: I like to throw a bunch of stuff in the Crockpot and come home to a dinner that is ready to eat. I'll throw in some beans, a chicken breast, corn, tomatoes and a few spices, and it just takes care of itself while I'm at work.

Favorite memory involving food: As a kid, visiting my grandparents meant getting push-up ice cream from the Schwan man. It seemed like such a special treat. Whenever I see the Schwan truck go by, I remember those visits.

Recipe or food tip to share: I try to stay away from recipes because I dislike measuring and following instructions. Also, they all call for the purchase of 15 things that I don't have in my kitchen. I'm all about keeping it simple. I keep my favorite ingredients on hand so I can make simple meals quickly.

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