Happy Mother's Day. It's the day to pamper mothers with flowers, gifts, chocolates and meals that exceed the weekly recommended dietary allowance of sugar and fat grams.
Mark Van Wald roasts pasilla peppers for the roasting chiles and salsa tasting at the Bear Canyon Open Air Market, 8987 E. Tanque Verde Road. Shoppers at last weekend's regular market could get a sample batch of salsa made with a variety of fruits and vegetables, from watermelon to jicama.
Donna DeConcini squeezes lime juice onto a custom-tailored salsa she created for a customer.
Some of the ingredients for a custom salsa surround Donna DeConcini's cutting board as she chops mint. She showed last weekend that salsa can be made from many things other than tomatoes, chiles and onions.
Beverly King watches Donna DeConcini add chopped pineapple to a custom salsa she's preparing.
Being blessed with the title of "mom" brings forth a lifetime of joys along with endless responsibilities and many moments of concern.
"Dinner is ready when the smoke alarm goes off."
The carrot cake recipe from bettycrocker.com, with some personal adaptations like lemon zest, resulted in a pretty, delicious cake.
Tiffany Kjos tries a carrot cake recipe with her mother, Barbara Kjos, whose handwritten recipe for a family-favorite carrot cake disappeared. With a mixer absent, everything - mixing, grating, creaming - was done by hand.
Tiffany Kjos' family Betty Crocker cookbook is held together with fat rubber bands.
has written several books, teaches writing workshops and lives in Oro Valley
Pushing a cart through the grocery store recently, I spotted a large Mother's Day card display. Sadly, I realized this will be my first Mother's Day without my mom. Memories of past Mother's Days flooded my mind.
To celebrate Mom's big day, we asked some students at Second Street Children's School to share the recipes of their favorite Mom-made dishes.