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.
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.
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.
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.