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Culinary Postcard: L.A. to Arizona’s crusty bread and Navajo tacos

Armed with her grandmother’s cast-iron skillet and a jar of bacon grease, Elliott Shaffner and her boyfriend Fred Turko tossed Eduardo (a feisty 10-year-old chihuahua) and Byron (a 13-year-old beagly mix) into their 10-year-old Toyota and struck out for Richmond, Va., where family – and the food Elliott grew up with – await. Over the …

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50 States of Beer: Sonoran hot dogs, Scottish-style ale in Arizona

Arizona is a tough nut to crack. I’ve traveled through several times but I’ve never felt like I fully understood the state. Between its edgy college towns like Tucson, big cities like Phoenix and sprawling suburbs almost everywhere else, this sun-bleached Southwestern state is equal parts California, Colorado and Mexico. While it might be culturally …

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A cab ride opens the door to Southwestern cuisine

Looking back, it’s surprising to me that I was capable of any intelligent thought at all. I was standing outside, jockeying for shade spots mercifully afforded by a scraggly mesquite tree as I waited for a taxicab to take me to my local market. As I stood there on that first August afternoon in Arizona’s …

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The Weekly List: State food trivia

  Lots of people know that Pennsylvania is famous for pretzels and who doesn’t associate New York with bagels? But where did pancake mix come from? What about Moon Pies? And which states might challenge each other to a whoopie pie smackdown? A little culinary excavation reveals state secrets. Arizona The first barrel of tequila …

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