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Tag: Joanie Simon

2015
1 Dec

Arancini are balls of rice, stuffed with anything from cheese to ragu, then fried to a golden hue.  They are a traditional Sicilian dish served in December for the Feast of Santa Lucia, commemorating the arrival of a grain ship to…

21 Nov

Our family doesn’t have any traceable roots to Italy.  But, we have wondered if perhaps there was some mysterious ounce of Italian blood passed on to my sister.  She has always been obsessed with Italian food.  Every birthday, special occasion…

16 Nov

One of the top requests I get for restaurant recommendations are ideas on where to go in Downtown Phoenix.  One place that’s always on the list is Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails.  There are three reasons for my enthusiastic endorsement…

2 Nov

We officially have a Halloween tradition in the Simon house.  For three years now, I’ve made a big pot of spaghetti with meat sauce (Bolognese if we’re bein’ fancy) and opened up the doors to friends and family before…

23 Oct

I had a single sweet potato hanging out in the miscellaneous produce bowl in the kitchen (currently being occupied by an acorn squash, a few limes, a tomato on its last leg, and a bunch of bananas, for the…

22 Sep

Growing up, there were two kinds of enchiladas.  The restaurant version that were rolled and covered in red sauce and cheese and the home version which were more of a Mexican casserole, dished out of a Pyrex and served…

10 Sep

I have been working with Traina Foods on a series of recipes featuring their Sun Dried tomato ketchup.  Yep, you’ve seen this stuff before in prior posts and will see a few more before the year is out.  It…

7 Sep

I made this Hawaiian Pineapple Pizza Dip for my friend Susie, lover of all things Hawaii. She loves to tag me in things on social media and say, “please make this for me.”  Being a fan of a challenge…

3 Sep

Amazing Grace was played in church the Sunday after I re-launched this site, sharing my big secret with everyone. If you think I had a dry eye as we all rose to our feet, singing perhaps one of the…

2 Sep

These Chai Cheesecake Cups were inspired by my first real job in high school as a Starbuck’s Barista.  Shout out to Bryan Schiele (super duper coffee dude!) for helping me land the job!  I loved being a Barista.  Not only…

30 Aug

The chefs at The Driskill in Austin, Texas aren’t just chefs, they’re curators.  They are charged with the unique responsibility to engage today’s tastes while honoring nearly 120 years of history housed in their regal estate. This elegant hotel…

11 Aug

Ryan and I lived in NYC from 2007 to 2009 and we had plenty of visitors during that time.  One of our favorite things to do with out-of-towners was to walk across the Brooklyn Bridge and then grab a…

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