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I am a coastal California girl, relocated to Arizona a few years back now. I never thought I would like Arizona, we were giving this locale a two year trial period. Well I'm here to say I love it here!! The state, the weather, the community and all that goes with it. Our favorite time of day is the morning, sitting out on the back patio with our coffee, watching all the bird life; quails, thrashers, sparrows, woodpeckers, starlings, mockingbirds, wrens and the cottontail bunny rabbits and the occasional coyote passing through the yard. We have wonderful weather 10 months out of the year, great sunsets and great neighbors, who could ask for more! My folks came to visit us, fell in love with the community as well and in three days they bought a place too! My Mom calls me the president of the Chamber of Commerce, because I showed her the benefits and amenities of our community, so that she fell in love with it as well. So I took the next logical step and got my Real Estate license and became a Realtor. I am passionate about my new community, my new profession and all the regional southwest cooking possibilities!
My favorite dish to cook is the latest, funnest, tastiest recipe discovery on Recipezaar! I love most foods, darn. But my favorites are Indian, Mexican and Italian, I love garlicy, spicy and hot!
We recently moved to Arizona and as I mentioned before, I am enjoying learning to cook regional favorites. In our community almost every single home has a citrus tree or two...or three. Our home came with a FIG tree, so I am always on the look out for interesting fig recipes, hence my cookbook here at 'zaar "Everything Figgy" and learning about the little known fig. What I have found out is it is very good for us and has a lot of natural antioxidants and is one of the oldest known fruits in the world!
I have recently found a few favorite restaurants here, though it took a while. One is called Kokopelli's and is owned by the only winery in Arizona. The food is delicious most of which is cooked with some sort of wine...of course. While we still miss our favorite restaurant back in Ventura CA called, "Pastabilities", just imagine...the Pastabilites.