Entries by Gwen Ashley Walters

Wine, Women & Chocolate

Did you know that you can pair wine with chocolate? Sure, certain full bodied red wines and dark chocolate are great palate partners, but there are other combos that are just as harmonious. If you’re in the Phoenix area on Sunday, October 19, you can learn how to pair different wines with complementary chocolates, and […]

French Butter Pears

There they sit on the window sill, wondering what’s to become of them. The middle one is leaning toward the left, as if straining to hear the other one. They are French Butter pears, and I found them at Whole Foods Market. The sticker says they’re from California. Since I’m in Utah at the moment, […]

Preparing Apples in Advance

Have you ever wanted to do some kitchen prep early so that you don’t have as much to do later? Cutting up apples too early doesn’t usually work, as they turn brown when exposed to air. Something about oxidation. Harold McGee’s book, On Food and Cooking, has a much loftier explanation if you’re interested in […]

Aunt Sally’s Pork

“What one thing did you always ask me to make for you when you were growing up?” Aunt Sally prodded my husband. We were gathered in her country French kitchen at her adorable lake house southeast of Atlanta. Jeff rattled off a litany of dishes, to which Aunt Sally drawled, “nope, something else.” Clearly Aunt […]

Farmer Meets Chef

They met, appropriately enough, at a farmers’ market. The year was 2002. Since then these two humble men, a farmer and a chef, have forged a solid relationship built on a mutual respect for the earth and the bounties it brings. Today, the farmer grows specific crops for the chef, and the beneficiaries are the […]

Rosé Sunday

I know a couple – early 40’s, successful, wine connoisseurs – who is so smitten with rosé wine they actually dedicate a whole day to it. They toil all week, drinking chardonnay and cabernet sauvignon, and then when Sunday rolls around they spend it paying homage to the pink stuff. Not just any pink stuff, […]

Spicy Pumpkin Bread

Tender, moist, and gingery, this is the best pumpkin bread recipe I’ve tried. It doesn’t need dried fruit or nuts or anything else to make it better. It’s perfect just the way it is. But if you’re anything like me, you won’t be able to resist tweaking the basic recipe. I’ve added a cup of […]

Hazelnut Spaghetti Squash

Spaghetti squash only looks intimidating. Take a large chef’s knife and stick the tip in the center (cutting lengthwise, not crosswise). Apply pressure and work the knife back and forth until the squash splits in half. It takes a little elbow grease, so be careful. The recipe, I promise, is easier than splitting the squash. […]

Mom’s Salmon Patties

Sometimes you crave something simple from your mom’s kitchen. Salmon patties were a staple in our household when we were growing up. I didn’t like them that much, but covered in ketchup, they weren’t too bad, plus there was always a bowl of mac & cheese as a consolation prize for having to eat fish. […]