The Best Guacamole on the Planet

photo from foodrepublic.com

There’s been some competition between my neighbors over the years.  It involves guacamole, and whose is best. We’re told it’s a tie between mine and my friend Doug’s.  Well that makes sense — he and I use the same recipe!

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Did you hear the one about the couple that needed a new dishwasher?

View of high end kitchen showing white cabinets and dark wood island

That was us, 10 months and tens of thousands of dollars ago.

Our 16-year-old dishwasher was showing its age, so we decided to quit on it before it quit on us. Off to a local appliance store we went, in search of the latest and greatest dishwasher technology.

Can you say “kid in a candy store”? I went from vignette to vignette, exploring cooktops, ovens, refrigerators, beverage centers, warming drawers… and finally, dishwashers. Earth to Morgan! Continue Reading →

Memorable Meals :: The Mission in Scottsdale

From The Mission :: Pork Shoulder Tacospork shoulder + pineapple glaze + cilantro + red onions +  hand made corn tortillas

From The Mission :: Pork Shoulder Tacos
pork shoulder + pineapple glaze + cilantro + red onions + hand made corn tortillas

 

Scottsdale is a great restaurant town!

So it’s with a little sheepishness that I confess to visiting the same restaurant multiple times in one visit. And a short visit, at that.  And, I do it almost every time I’m there.

Several years ago, Husband and I stumbled upon The Mission in Old Town Scottsdale.  And we were immediately hooked.  Sure, they do the tableside guacamole… and it IS terrific.  But their signature dish is their pork taco with handmade corn tortillas.  I think you’re supposed to share it.  Yeah, right.   Continue Reading →

“Hello, my name is Morgan, and I’m addicted to food magazinesŠ…”

magazine mania

It could be worse. I could be addicted to cigarettes or heroin.

When I reach inside my mailbox and find that one (or more) of my food periodicals has found it’s way there, I am giddy.

But do I read it immediately? Oh no!

Like the meals they highlight, these gems are meant to be savored. Slowly. And with wine. I save them up for an evening I’m alone (either literally, or because Husband is catching up on sports on TV). I pour a glass of Pinot Noir, and slowly open the cover. Continue Reading →

Larder Love

Pantry

If I could move a cot into my pantry and live, I just might. It’s my favorite part of our kitchen remodel — and the part I probably spent the most time on. Planning. And measuring. And redesigning.

When we started the project, Husband said that he didn’t really like things out on the kitchen counters. Given I had a juicer, an espresso machine and my new Vitamix always at the ready, this was going to take some creative problem-solving. Continue Reading →

Grateful for dim light and an illegible font…

 

Julie Child - Sign for Julia dish

This past August marked what would have been Julia Child’s 100th birthday.

We had just finished our kitchen remodel, and the local distributor for Wolf and SubZero appliances (both, in which, we made rather large investments) was having a party at their showroom.

I thought it would be fun: small plates inspired by Julia, prepared by local women chefs and paired with delicious wines. What’s not to love? Who cared that we wouldn’t know a soul that would be there? Continue Reading →

Super easy and healthy(er!) potato chips…

 

So these happened today!

If you had told me that I could have fabulous, crunchy, salty chips without frying them… and from the MICROWAVE no less… I would have accused you of having what Diane Sawyer had on election night.

Anyway…

While I’m far from perfecting them, here’s the recipe, and a few lessons learned! Continue Reading →

Stock Up :: Turkey Meatballs

 

turkey meatballs

I probably make 1000 of these each winter.  They’re really easy to make, and they freeze well.  It’s one of those recipes that you might as well make in big batches, because it doesn’t take that much more time or effort to double or triple the recipe.

This is one of the first recipes I posted on BigOven, and to date, it’s received rave reviews — and 343 “Favorite” clicks!  I know you’ll love them too. Continue Reading →

Better Late than NeverŠ

Julie Child autograph

You might say that the early 90‘s were a “bad patch” for me. Without going into mind-numbing detail (not because I have a book deal, simply because I want to protect the innocent) here’s the highlight reel: I had recently divorced, walked away with nothing but debt, been struck by a freak illness resulting in emergency surgery, my job was in jeopardy, and I was in love with a guy who was going through his own “bad patch.” Oh yeah, somewhere in there, my car was totaled when a distracted driver blew through a stop sign and hit me head-on. Not exactly “winning!” Continue Reading →

Sometimes, cheaters DO win…

Chipotle Cilantro Lime Rice

I love to cook, and I’ll tackle a difficult recipe without blinking. But for whatever reason, I can’t whip up a batch of rice worthy of company. I don’t own a rice cooker — though I’m told that if I did, my rice-failures would be behind me. But I don’t need or want another appliance — especially one so “specialized.” Anyway, I figure it would be “cheating.”

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