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Reunited, and it feels so good!

DSC_0781We finally got together again, this time in Phoenix, Arizona!

We had a great time in our few days together. The first day, we hosted a birthday dinner for some friends — we made a mixture of artisanal pastas (artichoke pasta and spinach-basil-garlic pasta) with baby bella mushrooms, caramelized onions, and artichoke hearts,


a salad with pears, goat cheese, dried cranberries, and poppyseed dressing,


and cherry-berry pie (recipe in next post).


The next day, we visited the beautiful town of Sedona!


This time, we actually made it there.

Two years ago, we tried to visit on one of the hottest days of the summer, hoping for a reprieve from the suffocating Phoenix heat.


It’s about a 2.5 hour drive. About 1.5 hours in, the road starts winding up into the mountains, and there is a sign that says “Turn off air conditioning to avoid overheating.” We saw this sign, laughed, and ignored it.


Five minutes later, we heard a scary beep and the “overheated” light on the dashboard lit up. Thankfully, there was also a rest stop right there. We waited an hour, started up the car again, and seeing no overheat light continued on our way. Until 5 minutes later when it happened again. We pulled over again, waited another half hour, then gave up and turned back to Phoenix, much slower and minus the air conditioning.


Needless to say, it was a long, hot, unpleasant day.


We found out later that someone had put the car’s exhaust fans in backwards, pushing the heat back in instead of pulling it out of the car.


So now that this little problem has been fixed and the weather is much cooler, we had no trouble getting to our destination.


the celebratory selfie

We visited the famous Chapel of the Holy Cross,


and hiked on a trail that starts from just behind the parking lot of the chapel, creatively named Chapel Trail. We came across this plant…. doesn’t it look like it’s defying gravity? Someone must have used wingardium leviosa


After our hike, we attempted to go to Elote Cafe, a Mexican-inspired restaurant about which we had heard great things, but it is closed on Mondays, so we headed back to Phoenix to a Mexican restaurant called Abuelo’s.

The next day, we spent some time enjoying the sunshine, and then made these quinoa veggie burgers with beer-caramelized onions and sweet potato fries. They took a long time to make but were absolutely worth it.



We also made these:

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On our last day together, we went to a great cafe in Tempe, called Essence, for brunch. Rosmerta had the white bean soup with a side salad, and Bathilda had a salad with poached pears, candied pecans and bleu grilled cheese.



We also visited Tempe Town Lake,


and for dinner went to a great pizza restaurant called Cibo in downtown Phoenix.


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So despite being away from our beloved castle, we enjoyed our little Muggle Food reunion. We hope you enjoyed reading about it! Stay tuned for a post about that deceptively humble pie mentioned above.