Dining

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Eating to End Hunger

Eating to End Hunger

By Coty Dolores Miranda Sure, any event bearing the Super Bowl XLII logo bears a hefty price tag, but proceeds from the 17th Annual Taste of the NFL are earmarked to help local food banks. Considering the cadre of nationally known chefs, celebrity NFL football stars and even the TNFL founder and executive director are […]




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Pouring it Slim

Pouring it Slim

By Coty Dolores Miranda Let’s admit it, Thanksgiving through New Year’s was a caloric mine field fraught with diet dangers for the average person, let alone someone battling to lose, or even maintain their pre-holidays weight. Not only was there a parade of temptations – like Tia’s homemade pork tamales, and all those delicious baked […]




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Roll ‘em Up!

Roll ‘em Up!

If your family has observed the tradition of making tamales together for the holidays, you’ve probably heard non-Latino friends express a desire to learn how to make the tasty little gems. There is a great way to teach your friends and dole out handmade gifts at the same time: host a tamale-making party. Last November, […]




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Cold & Hot

Cold & Hot

Coffee and hot chocolate may be the most popular drinks during our mild Arizona “winters,” but there is one tied to the holiday season in Mexico and throughout Latin America that has a tasty twist. We’re talking about rompope, often called the Mexican eggnog because it uses whipped egg yolks that are whisked with milk […]




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Yo ho ho!

Yo ho ho!

You can’t discuss the history and origins of rum with talking about sugar, notably the sugar cane from the Caribbean. While modern-day imbibers may think of cane as being a New World source of rum, the truth is its roots are in the East Indies. Tradesmen from China to Arabia helped spread sugar cane through […]




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More Than Lunch

More Than Lunch

By Norma Pinate My memories are not so much of cooking with my Nana, but rather cooking at my Nana’s house. You see, my grandmother was partially paralyzed from a stroke, but she could walk short distances with the aid of a crutch and another person holding her. So each morning, my mom would bring […]




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Global kitchen

Global kitchen

It was a life-or-death decision when Carlos Manriquez’ mother sent him to a boarding school in North Dakota at the age of 14. For the chef who launched Atlas Bistro, Mucho Gusto Taqueria & Mexican Bistro and the seven-month-old Twisted Eatery, it was one that altered his destiny – much to the pleased palates of […]




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“And with your chicken mole, may I suggest…?”

“And with your chicken mole, may I suggest…?”

By Coty Dolores Miranda Marissa Perez and her husband Bryan love entertaining at home. For the busy, 30-something professionals, hosting friends and family for a homemade weekend dinner at their Gilbert home is preferable to meeting them at crowded restaurants. And whether they’re serving Bryan’s classic green Oaxacan mole or grilling pollo asada, what most […]




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Autumn flavors

Autumn flavors

By Angela Rabago-Mussi While Arizona’s weather may not agree, one of the signs that fall has finally arrived are the piles of pumpkins that appear every October in grocery stores and street-corner pumpkin patches. Most of those pumpkins are trucked in from out-of-town fields where the summer heat isn’t so merciless. No matter where they […]




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Turning Tables

Turning Tables

The old metal chairs with puffy foam cushioning are among the first memories Carolyn Chavarria has of her parents’ Restaurant Mexico. The name of the restaurant was painted on the windows, and the place was so tiny customers would walk in through the kitchen. At the time, basic ingredients needed for her mother’s trademark salsa […]