Entries by Gwen Ashley Walters

Cooks Without Borders Blog

Maybe you’ve heard of Leslie Brenner. She is the award-winning restaurant critic for The Dallas Morning News. Maybe you are aware that a Dallas chef famously “screamed” obscenities at her, heard around the globe on Twitter, for his 3 star review (3 stars, mind you, is “very good: a destination restaurant for this type of […]

Cabbage, Potato & Bean Soup

Don’t even get me started on the near-90 degree weather Phoenix is experiencing this week. It’s just wrong. I shouldn’t complain, especially after seeing friends struggling with snowy conditions elsewhere, but we went from a pleasantly cool winter to dangerously-close-to-summer in less than a blink of an eye. I still have warm, comforting soups I want […]

Best Way to Seed A Pomegranate

I thought I knew the best way to seed a pomegranate: under water. I wrote about seeding pomegranates under water way back in 2009. It’s still a fine method, make no mistake, but now I think there is an even better method. I first read about it on Letty’s Kitchen, but I wasn’t sure I’d prefer it […]

2015 Food & Dining Trends

It’s been a while since I wrote up a trend list. In fact, the last trend report I did was in 2011. I’m back with 10 food and dining trends I spotted in 2015. It’s not everything I tracked, but 10 is a nice round number, yes? There is nothing scientific about how I came up with this list of […]

Potato & Poblano Stew & Cornbread

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve seen this hashtag: #privatechefmonday. My best friend, a chef, created it to capture our Monday nights — her only night off from her Scottsdale restaurant. Most Mondays, she comes to my house and we cook together. It’s very low key. The only other person allowed to attend this […]