'Entertaining / Parties'


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If you’re in Tucson silently praying or chanting for rain, here are some other things to do involving food and spirits around the July 4th weekend.

While many restaurants are closed, not all of them are so be sure to call first.

Here are a few of my favorites that are open:

Downtown Kitchen and Cocktails
Yep, it’s …

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All day happy hour

All day happy hour

Leave it to Gio Taco to make Cinco de Mayo, a 2-day celebration by celebrating Cuatro de Mayo as well.

Wow! On May 4 AND May 5, Gio Taco will be offering happy hour all day long. Now that’s a celebration!

* Half off cocktails on tap, beers on tap and wines on tap

* One …

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The April Daring Baker’s Challenge was hosted by Wolf of Wolf’s Den . She challenged us to Spring into our kitchens and make Easter breads reflecting cultures around the world.

We actually don’t do a whole lot for Easter–in fact, this year we did absolutely nothing as family members had other engagements and we’d just spent the previous day banging …

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This time, last year, I was just getting started down the Low-FODMAP road, trying to see how it might help (or not) my IBS. Considering it was the holidays, I was a little bummed about missing out on holiday goodies and picked up a copy of the Favorite Brand Name 3-in-1 Gluten-Free Cookbook at an overstock shop just to give …

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Drink green!

Drink green!

The day after excess (Thanksgiving) is the day to start eating and drinking cleanly. There is no better time than to adopt a green smoothie into your meal plan.

So what is a green smoothie? It’s a mix of fruits, spices, and something green such as greens from radishes, beets, kale, spinach, chard, celery, cabbage, etc.

I was …

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Chocolate coins for Chanukah.

Chocolate coins for Chanukah. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Thanksgivingukkah is not really a Hallmark holiday nor is it imprinted on my calendar and that’s a darn shame because it’s a once in a lifetime holiday and the next Thanksgivingukkah doesn’t come around for another 70,000 years.

What is Thanksgivingukkah?

It’s when Thanksgiving and Hanukkah collide. The first night of Hanukkah starts …

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Sponsor of the Dip & Sip Challenge: Piedra Azul Tequila

I’ve always loved playing hostess at parties and I’m so lucky to have found, in Todd, a willing accomplice to party perfection. We try to throw at least one good-sized party a year (with written invitations, party favors, etc.) but with this year’s bash being the wedding (in 47 days–holy cats it’s getting close!), at-home entertaining has taken a back-seat. …

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Todd made us roasted Cornish game hens the other night and I was reminded how, back when I was in my early 20s, I thought Cornish game hens were just the height of chi chi food. I mean, what’s better than having your own little mini-chicken, right?

Granted, my culinary landscape has greatly expanded since then, but game hens are …

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