Bruschetta – yum , yum

Here’s a fairly simple lunch or appetizer I make, since I grow my own basil and always have some ready to use. You might want to try making it too. 1/2 loaf French baguette – cut into 1/4 to 1/2″slices (or 1 loaf, if it’s a tray of appetizers for a group). Spread each piece with a […]

Apples On The Way?

I planted my first apple trees last April. They are still sweet little four-foot popsicles, but apparently they like where I planted them because they started budding a few weeks ago and are now in full bloom. It isn’t officially spring, but it is in Tucson – and the varieties I planted (Dorsett Golden and Anna) are […]

Thanksgiving Abundance

  A bounty of harvested pumpkins for this Thanksgiving week. It’s really something to ponder. There are bounties in our lives that go unnoticed. Stop and notice them. Sometimes they are like this pile of pumpkins that I photographed – haphazard, disorganized, even chaotic – yet in their random state they become a beautifully orchestrated arrangement. […]

Briar Patch Inn – Oak Creek Canyon, Arizona

      Need an escape from work, from the city, from cell phones, from email, from Facebook and from technology in general? The Briar Patch Inn on the banks of Oak Creek in Oak Creek Canyon near Sedona, Arizona is where I would suggest you go. It is a charming family owned property with free-standing casitas […]

Grow Some Spearmint; Make A Mojito

This is the spearmint plant I have growing in a pot on my porch. The slightest movement of the leaves creates a wonderful aroma. I started growing it mostly as an experiment after seeing it for sale at my local nursery. I’ve always liked the smell of spearmint, but wasn’t sure what I would do with it. […]

Chocolate Strawberry Yumminess

Chocolate-covered strawberries are delicious as is, but presentation makes them even more appealing. How they are photographed makes or breaks their appeal, as well. The quality and direction of the light makes a difference – in this case, soft window light from the side, not the front, to create dimension. There are plenty of places to […]

Wine in the Making

Grapes maturing on the vines before the fall harvest at Coronado Vineyards in Willcox, Arizona. The vineyard, located not far off I-10 by the Dos Cabezas Mountains, grows Malbec, Syrah, Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese varietals and is the only winery in Arizona that has a full-service restaurant, in addition to their tasting room. The Wine […]

Make Your own Pyracantha Jelly

Pyracantha (or firethorn) is a thorny evergreen plant in the family Rosaceae, which is great for use as a hedge, but also produces a wealth of edible tiny red berries (pomes). In many parts of the country the berries are ready for harvest in the late fall, but in warmer climates like southern Arizona, the […]

Apple Annie’s Apple Harvest

It’s that time of year again; time to pick apples and Asian pears at the Apple Harvest Celebration going on now at Apple Annie’s Orchard in Willcox, AZ. During the weekends of Aug. 27-28, Sept 3-5 and Sept. 10-11 you can start the day with a pancake and hot apple topping or cider syrup breakfast from seven-thirty […]

Harvest Time

For all you southern Arizonans who love to pick fresh produce right off the vine, Apple Annie’s Orchard will be opening tomorrow – Friday July 1-for the 2011 season.  Green beans, squash, corn and tomatoes are ready now, with peaches ready to pick closer to the end of the month. Yummy! 2081 W. Hardy – Willcox, AZ […]

Bed & Breakfast Bounty

As yummy as a breakfast of freshly baked cranberry orange muffins, fresh fruit, homemade granola and freshly squeezed orange juice is, it’s even better when eaten by the warmth of a mesquite wood fire in a charming bed and breakfast. The Briar Patch Inn (www.briarpatchinn.com) in Oak Creek Canyon on the outskirts of Sedona, Arizona is just such […]

Peaches … yummy!

Yesterday I had a photography job in Tombstone, so when we got done my assistant and I made a side trip to Apple Annie’s Orchard in Willcox to pick peaches before heading back to Tucson. They are right in the middle of “peach mania” which runs through mid-August. The orchard was quiet, since we were there on a […]

Basil After a Rain

Yum yum; homegrown organic sweet basil. This little guy was covered in raindrops and photographed in the early morning light at ISO 100 with my macro lens at f2.8 at 1/500 second for limited depth-of-field, creating a single point of focus. Here’s a recipe of mine for salad you might want to try, if you have some […]

Prescott Cafe

Looking for a quaint get-away? The northern Arizona town of Prescott  has a cozy little downtown area hopping with restaurants, sidewalk cafe’s and  boutique shopping. We were there by chance  (the first weekend in November), when they had Oktoberfest activities on the town square by the courthouse. Lots of college students, tourists and motorcycle enthusiasts filled the streets […]

Don’t Mess With Me

The sign out front says: “SUNSERI’s – if it’s Italian … it’s at Sunseri’s.” The sign is correct, not only in reference to the food and products being sold, but to the employees behind the counter. The third generation of Sunseri are now at the helm at Sunseri Pizza, the Sunseri Italian grocery store  and famous Pennsylvania Macaroni Co. […]

Coffee Coffee Coffee …

On a trip to The Strip District in Pittsburgh, PA this summer I happened upon this lovely little old man named John in the Prestogeorge Fine Foods store (www.prestogeorge.com). The smell of the coffee beans drew me into the store and the old time feel of the shop with it’s weathered wood floor and low […]

Life is a Bowl of Cherries

It’s the end of summer, which means the end of fresh cherries is in sight.  Not to worry, however. Here’s a recipe I found for cherry cobbler which uses frozen cherries, so you can make this any time of the year. This particular recipe is dairy free, so it’s perfect for everyone, including vegans like […]

Alligator Bread

I’m a bread lover: sourdough, rye, wheat, multi-grain, anything but doughy lifeless plain white bread – the heartier the better. I thank my mother for that. She never once packed my lunch box with a white bread sandwich. Unlike all the other kids at my elementary school in the late 60’s and early 70’s, my sandwiches […]