Gourmet game day

The best thing about game-day parties is the excuse to stuff your face and guzzle beer with zero guilt. Don't show up to your Super Bowl party empty-handed. Seriously, don't be that guy/gal. I've even taken you half of the way there, with this handy-dandy Super Bowl recipe list: You can thank me in free game-day betting squares. Dips Jalapeno popper dip Greek 7-layer dip Loaded bake potato dip Hot spinach dip White queso dip Sliders and sammies Spicy whiskey ...

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Tortilla soup and tostadas, part dos

It's the end of the month and I'm falling off the paleo wagon. Still committed to a healthier diet, but God help me, I'm having some damn grains already. Corn and flour specifically. So here we go ... The best kinds of recipes are highly adaptable. Take my tortilla soup. It's a thick, blended, stew-style concoction that's not for traditionalists, but delicious all the same. Beans, tortilla chips, vegetables, spices and ...

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Beef at its best

A couple of Saturdays ago, I dragged my cooking club ladies down the paleo rabbit hole---with quite astonishing results. We gorged ourselves on shepherd's pie, shrimp cakes, lettuce wraps, bacon-wrapped dates, meatballs, key lime pie, chocolate banana pie and last but not least, insanely rich, beef short ribs---bursting with flavor and piled high atop rosemary and bacon-studded sweet potatoes. Dave eyed the feast from afar, then dove in for the kill as the ...

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A little nutty

This diet that is. And how I begin to feel after a day of forcing down handfuls of baby carrots, hard-boiled eggs, oranges and boatloads of bacon. OK, so that last one isn't so bad. Still, it's nice to come home and grab for a handful of these sweet little nut clusters. It seems to put a band-aid on almost every Paleo-induced side effect. Carb cravings. Candy cravings. That unpleasant, heartburn-y, ...

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Paleo perfection: chicken curry with cauliflower rice

This paleo stuff isn't for the weak-willed. Carb cravings sneak up on you when you least expect them. To survive, you need some serious substitutes---dishes that make you forget the fact that bagels, cheese, candy, crackers and every other guilty pleasure you can imagine are no where in your near future. For me, one of those dishes is this paleo curry. I was highly skeptical of the "rice." Dave, true to form, ...

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Acronym awesomeness: the CB&J

When it comes to odd flavor combinations, this is nothing short of a revelation. Holding a tray of these out to my fellow party-goers on Christmas Eve, reactions ranged from "what the heck is cashew butter?" to "Blech. Figs. I hate figs." Others just stared, smiling and nodding unconvincingly as I promised that, as weird as it sounded, these would be the best things to ever cross their taste buds. I ...

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Hot, spicy and a little bit sweet

Where's your mind going? I'm talking about the soup, people. While sweet potato fries usually get all the love, this soup deserves a little attention. Velvety, rich, sweet, savory---and with a sneaking heat that will warm on even the coldest days---you'll want to keep a batch of this stuff on hand all winter long. Sweet potato chorizo soup You'll need: 2 large sweet potatoes 3 tablespoons butter 1/2 yellow onion chopped 1 cup chicken stock 1/4 tsp ...

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A bracket I can get behind

When it comes to sweet sixteen brackets, I don't have the best of luck. For me, March Madness begins with as much naive excitement as the locker room of your favorite Cinderella team ... and ends with crushed dreams and a $50 deficit in my bank account. Here's to hoping that the Solo Foods Sweetest 16 recipe contest---the focus of this post---brings happier results. Fortunately (I think), my fate rests in the ...

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“Stuffing” our faces

As always, Thanksgiving in Tucson was full of friends, family, fun and food comas---lots of them. While I'm the last person to let dietary restrictions rain on my pig-out parade, I felt inclined to make a gluten-free dish for my dear nana (A thinly veiled attempt to become the favorite grandchild? Maybe). The resulting creation was a sweet potato "stuffing" inspired by a work potluck dish a la creative director ...

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Mexican done right at Café Poca Cosa

There are some things that make me proud to claim Tucson as my hometown. The breathtaking Santa Catalina mountains. The constant sunshine. And Café Poca Cosa---almost certainly the best restaurant in the city by a desert mile. There's no question that owner Suzana Davila's creative, authentic and upscale Mexican cuisine (sans guacamole and sour cream) could survive thrive in any of the country's cutthroat culinary proving grounds---from NYC to Chicago. But pleas from ...

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