Entries by Gwen Ashley Walters

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. […]

Stacked Chicken Enchiladas

I love, love, love Mexican food. I had some left over grilled chicken and started thumbing through my cookbooks (the ones I wrote…I use them all the time to make dinner, don’t you?) I stopped on page 99 in Par Fork!, at the Tomatillo Salsa recipe from Loews Ventana Canyon in Tucson. They serve this […]

Tomatillos

Tomatillos are sometimes called Mexican green tomatoes, even though they aren’t really tomatoes at all. They are in the same nightshade family as tomatoes, and gooseberries for that matter, hence the papery covering that must be removed before using. They’re sticky, too, after removing the paper husk, but the sticky stuff washes off with cold […]

Spicy Apple Chutney

I adapted this recipe from the Apple Pear Habañero Chutney in my book Par Fork! The Golf Resort Cookbook. I call for a green apple (Granny Smith) and a red apple. You can use any red apple variety, other than Red Delicious, which is mealy and unfortunately bred to look perfect at the sake of […]