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Tips of the Trade: Baking Cookies

If anyone knows their way around a cookie sheet it’s Mrs. Fields baking expert, Rachel Matheus (the beloved cookie company has six Arizona locations). Here, we picked her brain about holiday cookie baking.




Best Places for Thanksgiving Dinner in Phoenix, 2011

Thanksgiving is approaching fast, and many are planning to spend countless hours in the kitchen putting together the perfect holiday feast for their families. This may be a terrifying prospect to some. Fortunately, several restaurants in Phoenix will be open to serve dinner or prepare a meal to be enjoyed at home—without piles of dishes to wash afterward! We’ve compiled the best options the Valley has to offer.

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Fall Food Events In, And Around, Phoenix

Fall in the Valley couldn’t be more perfect: the temperatures are back down to the double-digit zone, we can finally touch our steering wheels without letting out an “ouch!” and—most importantly—several food festivals and events are on the horizon. Here are few to put on your culinary calendar.


Spring Culinary Festivals

Spring is a fab time to be a foodie in the Valley. Here’s a list of the season’s most anticipated culinary events.*




Flashy diamonds are pretty, but I prefer simple jewelry with quirk. Long, lush bubble baths are nice once in a while—hot showers are more my style. Fancy resort getaways are always fun, though I find the greatest pleasure in turning on a good movie and indulging in a meal cooked by my hubby at home. My image of luxury doesn’t have wheels or require a safe. My idea of luxury: Chocolate. In a cake, in a shake. In a truffle, in a trifle. Chocolate is my ultimate opulence. As we celebrate the extravagances the Valley has to offer, we salute the treat we have all treasured since we were tots—from the taste of your first Tootsie Roll to the wine-infused ganache you nibble when you’re “in the neighborhood” of your favorite chocolatier.

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