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How to dehydrate chile peppers and grind them into chili powder and custom spice blends. Preserve an abundance of homegrown chiles or buy and dry store-bought fresh chiles when they show up at the market. You can save jars of single-variety powder or mix them into custom chili powders and spice blends. Some varieties of chiles can be expensive and/or hard to find, so don’t let a treasure trove of chiles go to waste.

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Recipes inspired by Tucson Sonoran style Mexican cuisine, showcasing regional culinary influences, food history and culture.

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Jackie Alpers is a cookbook author, food photographer and recipe developer who experiments with regional culinary influences while exploring food history and culture, and the relationship that people have with food and drink. She is a noted expert on Tucson, Arizona’s Sonoran-style regional cuisine and the author of: The Unofficial Yellowstone Cookbook; The Unofficial Elf Cookbook; Sprinkles!: Recipes and Ideas for Rainbowlicious Desserts; and Taste of Tucson: Sonoran-Style Recipes Inspired by the Rich Culture of Southern Arizona, which is an official selection of UNESCO’s Tucson City of Gastronomy, and a RUSA and Eating the West cookbook award winner. She teaches creativity in the kitchen from her home in Tucson, Arizona. Read more…


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