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By Nicole Royse

Larry Willis

Chandler artist references iconic images in his multilayered creations. Chandler resident and veteran artist Larry Willis has been creating art for over 30 years. His work focuses on portraiture that incorporates intricate patterns and striking color palettes executed through acrylic paint and copper, gold, and silver leafing. He possesses exceptional skill and a distinct style in creating artwork that is accessible, affordable, and depictive of a variety of subjects, particularly stars of film and music. When asked about what invokes the ideas for his gorgeous paintings, Willis says, “My inspiration comes from the transient nature of fame and fashion, the era of the 1960s and its art, music, and fashion—gone, but exerting its influence on everything.” His captivating paintings feature some of the most recognizable faces—from Audrey Hepburn and Paul McCartney to Mona Lisa. A stunning painting titled Lunch with Barbarella showcases a beautiful and strong Jane Fonda standing with a rifle, accompanied by patterned, silhouetted figures. The phrase café de flore is elegantly scripted across the top, referring to a well-known coffeehouse in Paris. Willis has exhibited extensively throughout the Valley. His work has been included in shows at the Mesa Contemporary Art Museum, the monOrchid, the R. Pela Contemporary Art Gallery. His solo exhibition at the Willo North Gallery this past May was very well received. Recently, the Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum acquired The Illusion of Importance, a spectacular rendition of Leonardo Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, after its inclusion in the Messin’ with the Masters exhibition last October. Next up for Willis is the highly anticipated Chaos Theory 15, an invitational October group show with a reception held on First Friday, Oct. 3 at Legend City Studios, located at 521 W. Van Buren St., Phoenix. See more of Larry Willis’s fascinating artwork on his website, larrywillisartist.com.



nicole Royse is an artist and the curator at The Willo North Gallery. She’s also the associate curator at the monOrchid gallery. To see her work, visit nicoleroyse.com.

Notable east Valley art exhibitioNs Take the family for an exploration of the arts at the Tempe Center for the Arts’ presentation of the annual TCA Biennial: Copper. The exhibition celebrates copper as a medium, as well as a symbol of Arizona history. On view until Jan. 31, 2015, this traditional exhibition coincides with the seven-year anniversary of the opening of the TCA on Sept. 9, 2007. The exhibit features works by 22 Arizona copper artists and includes art made of copper and artists inspired by copper. The Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum recently kicked off its fall season with five new exhibitions with the central theme of the circus. These exhibitions are on view until Jan. 25, 2015. mesa contemporary Arts museum 1 E. Main St., Mesa (480) 644-6560 mesaartscenter.com Tempe center for the Arts 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe (480) 350-2829 tempe.gov/city-hall/communityservices/tempe-center-for-the-arts

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Fare by Santa Barbara Catering including a Southern style grits bar with crispy pork belly, black-eyed peas and collard greens, and other tasty bites.


Tens of thousands of dollars for the Tempe Community Action Agency —Photos by Mike Hitt and James Burrough







To thank the area and its teachers for helping Higley Unified School District achieve the status of the number one Large Public School District in Arizona. Higley is the only K-12 school district in Arizona that had all “A” rated schools during the 2013-14 school year as determined by the Arizona Department of Education.


Higley school leaders showing off their “A” rated banners and Gilbert Mayor John Lewis


Cooley Middle School teacher Heidi Jacobson talking to parents about the school’s robotics program. —Photos by Carlos Espinosa





The WestWorld Polo Field



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So You Think You Can Dance Tour Comerica Theatre

Into the Woods

Spare Parts

Beloved childhood fairy tales come together to create a whimsical story of a witch (Meryl Streep) conspiring to teach the various characters a lesson. With Cinderella (Anna Kendrick), Rapunzel (Mackenzie Mauzy), Little Red Riding Hood (Lilla Crawford), Jack (Daniel Huttlestone) from Jack and the Beanstalk, and others, it will be interesting to see what new lessons can be incorporated into such old tales.

Based on a true story that took place here in Phoenix, four undocumented Mexican-American high school students start a robotics club with the help of their teacher Fredi Cameron (George Lopez). They have a dream to compete in a NASAsponsored Underwater Robotics Competition against the previous year’s winner, MIT. With all the odds stacked against them, will they qualify? And more importantly, could they win?


Fleetwood Mac U.S. Airways Center Fleetwood Mac stops in Phoenix for its On With the Show tour. The British-American rock band has had band members come and go, but Christine McVie is back for the tour for the first time since she quit the band in 1998. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fameinducted band has played popular songs like “Dreams” and “Rhiannon” on previous tour stops and performed two encores.



The multi-Emmyaward-winning show dances into the Valley for the second leg of their 11th tour. See your favorite contestants from last season perform some of their best dances. While watching the performances on TV is one thing, seeing the dances in person takes the experience to another level.






Downton Abbey PBS The hit British period drama returns for a fifth season to the U.S. after a three-monthlong wait from when the season premiered in the United Kingdom. Hopefully, this season will answer questions about Cora (Elizabeth McGovern) and Robert’s (Hugh Bonneville) marriage. And will Thomas (Rob James-Collier) have the courage to confront his sexuality in an era when it’s widely taboo?



Younger TV Land Sex and the City creator Darren Star directs a new comedy that follows newly divorced single mom Liza (Sutton Foster) as she returns to the workforce after 15 years of being a stay-at-home mom. She soon realizes nobody wants to hire a 40-year-old mother and so reinvents herself as a 26-year-old recent college graduate.




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5–7 You don’t want to miss this gun show! Collectors and collectordealers abound at Crossroads of the West Gun Show. Arizona State Fairgrounds, 1826 W. McDowell Rd., Phoenix. crossroadsgunshows.com

6 Hot air balloons, horse-andcarriage rides, vendors, and a skydiver-glow finale are just part of the fun you’ll find at the Holiday Balloon Glow & Gift Bazaar. 2218 E. Williams Field Rd., Gilbert. thepaisleypumpkin.com

13 Explore the vast country of India

at Discover India complete with food, music, and activities. Scottsdale Center for Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale. facebook.com /events/567024363423183

13 Take advantage of the cooler weather and run in the Arizona Superbowl 4.9K Fun Run. Proceeds benefit the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee Legacy Grant Program, which assists local charitable organizations. Rawhide, 5700 W. North Loop Rd., Chandler. azsuperbowl.com

26– Come and enjoy the last weekend of the 37th year 30

of Las Noches de las Luminarias and marvel at more than 8,000 hand-lit luminaria and twinkle lights while you stroll through the garden with a hot drink. Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix. dbg.org

19 Enjoy some family time around the bonfire on Friday nights—and yes, there will be hot dogs, marshmallows, and even hayrides through the farm. Schnepf Farms, 24810 S. Rittenhouse Rd., Queen Creek. schnepffarms.com/fun /bonfires-hayrides




L ooking for college football’s biggest party? Look no further than the Fiesta Bowl Tailgate Party! Expect games, marching bands, and all things football! North Orange parking lot of the University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale. fiestabowl.org


1 Get a head start on your New Year’s resolutions. Start training now for the 11th Annual New Year’s Day 5K Run/ Walk. Papago Park, Ramadas 9 and 10, 455 N. Galvin Parkwayat the Zoo, Phoenix. allarizonarunningevents.com

11 Did you miss the Zoolights in December? There’s still time to stroll through the zoo, but hurry—Zoolights only runs through the 11th. Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix. phoenixzoo.org

16–17 Go to the Arizona Health and Fitness Expo to kick your resolutions into high gear! Phoenix Convention Center, 100 N. Third St., Phoenix. 10times.com/arizona -health-fitnessexpo

18 Come support the children of the African

Children’s Choir. Many of the children, ages 7 to 10, have lost one or both parents to war, famine, or disease, yet they still find something to sing about. Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Avenue, Chandler. chandlercenter.org

21 Walk-In Wednesday is Open Mic Night. Join host Walt Richardson and enjoy live music from some of the Valley’s best singers and songwriters as they vie for spots in the Songwriters’ Showcase concert and the In the Spotlight event. Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe. tempe.gov

25 Planning a wedding? You won’t want to

miss the 3rd Annual Downtown Mesa Wedding Walk! Think: cake tasting, venue tours, fashion and trunk tours, and so much more. Downtown Mesa. downtownmesa.com/wedding-walk

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By Steve Kates

Here is a sneak peak into the skies of 2015!

The new year offers up some amazing astronomical events with three total eclipses. We get to see two total eclipses of the moon and one of the sun. The first of the total lunar eclipses occurs on Apr. 4. This is one of the strangest eclipses in some time, as we only get four minutes and 43 seconds of totality out of this lunar eclipse. This is the shortest total lunar eclipse since Oct. 17, 1529! The second total lunar eclipse of 2015 takes place on Sept. 27 and 28, with totality lasting well over 70 minutes. Those with a hefty travel budget also get a great total solar eclipse on March 20, which will be visible off the coast of Iceland and areas to the north. Venus and Jupiter have two spectacular conjunctions in 2015, one on July 1 in the evening sky and on Oct. 26 for pre-dawn observers.

DID YOU KNOW? MERCURY Mercury is the c l o s e s t planet to our sun. Mercury orbits the sun once in

88 Earth days. A day on Mercury is some

58 Earth days long. Mercury has the greatest temperature variation of all of the major planets and ranges from

-280°F in the night to well over

800°F in the day.

Sky Change

Many unique sights await us skyward in the months ahead, says Dr. Sky. The end of another year of brilliant observations, so to speak! Happy Holidays and Happy New Year to each and every one of you! The Arizona skies of December are full of special treats, as the sun sets just after 5 p.m. during the month. The planet Venus returns to the evening sky, very symbolic of the holiday season and the stars that led the Wise Men to the manger in the story of Jesus’s birth. After a long sabbatical in the sky, Venus is about to once again become the evening star! Venus is the second-closest planet to the sun and the planet that can get closest to the Earth. At best, Venus can come within some 25 million miles of us. As you look low in the southwest sky after sunset, know that Venus will begin to climb higher with each passing day. She will be at her best in 2015 when she reaches a position we call greatest eastern elongation on June 6. At that time, Venus will appear very high in the northwest sky after sunset. As we close out 2014, we get a good opportunity to view both Venus and Mercury low in the southwest sky on New Year’s Eve as both planets appear within a few degrees of each other. Most of the major planets are visible in the morning sky, including Jupiter and Saturn. Jupiter will be high in the east at midnight and Saturn low in the southeast at dawn. December checks in with a great full moon on the sixth. This being the Cold Moon, we get close to another seasonal change on Dec. 21 at 4 p.m. with the annual winter solstice. The moon then races to its last quarter phase on Dec. 14, new moon on Dec. 21, and back to first quarter on Dec. 28. January brings us some very unique events to view in our skies. As Venus climbs in the southwest sky, we also get to see Mercury doing the same thing as they meet in the sky just after dark on the night of Jan. 10. Venus and Mercury are within 0.6 degrees apart—almost the diameter of the moon. Mercury is rare to see for most of us who live in populous city locations; this is because Mercury is so close to the sun and is generally difficult to locate—so difficult that it’s said that Copernicus, the astronomer who gave us the sun-centered solar system, may never have seen this planet, as he may have lacked the clear skies to notice it. So take the challenge and look to the southwest skies on the night of Jan. 10, 30 minutes after sunset. The moon of January 2015 starts off with a full moon on the fifth (Wolf Moon), then last quarter on the 13th, the new moon on the 20th, with a first-quarter moon on the 26th. The moon passes close to Saturn on the morning of the 16th in the pre-dawn sky and closes in on Venus in the evening sky on the 21st.

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Relax Yourself Senseless: True REST Writer Anissa Stringer tries out a sensory-deprivation chamber. A wonderful thing happens when you enclose yourself in a sensory-deprivation chamber. You relax—even with the craziness of the holidays, you relax. I had the opportunity to give one of these tanks a try recently when I visited True REST (Restricted Environmental Stimulus Therapy) Float Spa in Tempe. They don’t call them sensory-deprivation chambers or isolation tanks anymore, though. Now, they’re called float tanks or relaxation tanks. Even so, I went into the experience with more than a little trepidation. I imagined being locked into a confining, coffin-like tank. The reality was so much more pleasant. After watching a brief introductory video, another new floater and I were shown to our rooms. I’d been worried that I might feel claustrophic in a tank, but the one in the large room I had to myself was more like a space-age pod than a tank. And the tank itself was nearly closet size. After a quick shower, I climbed in—definitely no claustrophobia here! I closed myself in, settled into the water, and turned off the light. Then, true to form, I immediately did what I’d been warned not to do: I rubbed my eye. Ouch! With more than 1,200 pounds of Epsom salts dissolved in the water, what a sting I got! I managed to blink the salt away and discovered other random body parts that stung: a small cut on my toe, a scratch on my leg, and a hangnail on my thumb. No wonder I’d been instructed to avoid shaving my legs before

coming in! The stinging faded, and with no light and no sound (I had earplugs in my ears), I discovered why these tanks were originally called sensorydeprivation chambers. I felt nearly weightless, buoyed up by the high density of the water. The temperature of the water was so close to my skin temperature that it was hard to “feel” the water when I was still. You’d think all of this would help me relax, but no, not a chance! I began ticking off items on the giant to-do list plastered inside my mind, and I had to force myself to focus on my breathing to push away all the thoughts of things I needed to do. It reminded me a lot of the practice of yoga, and I imagine that each time you float, it probably gets easier to push aside all the extraneous thoughts. The video I watched mentioned that a small percentage of floaters experience profound mental states, but I wasn’t one of them. I did, however, lose track of how my hands were positioned and became convinced that they were palm up in the water even though I was certain they were palm down. My legs felt curiously detached as well—the buoyancy of the water and the neutral temperature made it difficult to figure out where they were. At times, the force of my heartbeat seemed to make me bob through the water like a raft floating in a choppy sea. Once I finally managed to push away all



LOCATION: True REST Float Spa. 1860 E. Warner Road, Suite 101, Tempe CONTACT INFO: Call (480) 389-0853 or visit truerest.com for more information. COST: $79 or less if you buy a package or pick up a Living Social coupon. ACTIVITY LEVEL: Low—There is no activity here. You’ll be relaxing in the water. SUITABLE FOR: This is a solo activity, although you can book two floats for the same time. WHAT TO WEAR/BRING: Naked is best, but you can wear a swimsuit if you prefer. You’ll want to bring your own towel, or you can rent one for a few dollars. Bring a hairbrush; hair dryers are available if needed. THE LEAST YOU SHOULD KNOW: There are a few contraindications that may preclude your float. You’ll be asked to fill out a short form online before your first float to ensure that floating is safe for you.

the invading thoughts, my time in the float tank went quickly. Soft music and lights gave gentle and fair warning that my hour was up and that it was time to shower off. I felt remarkably relaxed after the float— almost euphoric, even. The feeling lasted several hours, despite through the drive home in rush-hour traffic. So would I do it again? Absolutely! Floating was über-relaxing, and it was the perfect way to stave off the craziness of the holidays, if only for a short while!

Anissa Stringer is an aspiring fiction writer from the East Valley and especially enjoys writing for young-adult audiences.


Keep ’Em Laughing Rick Bronson’s House of Comedy brings top stand-up comics to the Valley. Want to get away from the stress of work and everyday life? As the great Bill Cosby once said, “Through humor, you can soften some of the worst blows that life delivers.” No words are truer for Rick Bronson, comedian and the owner of Rick Bronson’s House of Comedy. The live-entertainment venue recently opened in the charming High Street shopping center in Phoenix and features some of the nation’s top standup comedians. “[Phoenix] is definitely one of these areas that require pockets of entertainment and venues to kind of pop up all over the place,” Bronson says. “I think that’s what High Street has become. With all these great little restaurants and bars, the new landlords came in with their new vision and direction of what I like to call the Desert Ridge for adults. It has a great energy in one street.” Bronson, born in Canada, says he was a natural performer. At the age of 12, he began performing magic at children’s birthday parties. Three years later, he auditioned at a local comedy club in Montreal. He used his awkward school years and his creative and competitive streak in his comedy routine. After being diagnosed with Crohn’s disease at 17, Bronson incorporated the illness into his act. His performances gained him recognition and a spot as a host on the Travel Channel. He also became an MC for several motivational speaking engagements that included President Bill Clinton, Dr. Phil, and Lance Armstrong.

“Whoever would have thought when I started doing comedy at the age of 15 years old that I would eventually be hanging out with President Clinton?” Bronson asks. “It was the first time I was ever really awestruck.” His chronic illness was ultimately what played a role in Bronson becoming a club owner. In 2011, he was deathly ill and required several surgeries. His hospitalization kept him from working, which was tough both physically and financially. But an opportunity arose for Bronson to open up Rick Bronson’s The Comic Strip in one of the world’s largest entertainment complexes in the West Edmonton Mall in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Although club ownership has been a learning process, Bronson has truly enjoyed working on the other side of the business, especially to open the House of Comedy in Phoenix. While he’s quick to admit that comedians often bond over their dislike of club owners and agents, Bronson has become a very successful comedy club owner. Aside from the venue in Canada, he has the House of Comedy in the Mall of America and the recently opened House of Comedy in Phoenix. Meanwhile, he has a club planned for New Jersey. House of Comedy’s affordable escapism features a variety of comedians who have appeared on everything from The Late Show with David Letterman to Comedy Central. On Tuesdays, they even feature a controlled open-mic night to help develop up-and-coming talent by arranging stage

Julie Carlson is a local freelance writer and an aspiring screenwriter. time for performers who are ready to take that next step. “What we strive for and expect is our audience is to be thoroughly entertained from the moment they walk in the door,” Bronson says. “We try to make their evening fun from the get-go. I think the great reason we’ve had success in all of our markets is because I am a comic first. I think a lot of the comics who play for us recognize that so they know that we know how to treat comedians. As much as I want people to know about our brand, at the end of the day, we’re marketing the name who is on our stage. It’s their talent and credits that are drawing people to the rooms.” Nowadays, Bronson’s comedy has pretty much recovered from Crohn’s disease, and he’s introduced lots of other material into his spiel. He enjoys interacting with an audience and working off the cuff. “It’s fun to be able to play with the crowd,” Bronson says. House of Comedy is open Tuesday through Sunday. Ticket prices are $13 on the weekdays and $20 on the weekends. It’s located at 5350 E. High St., Phoenix. Visit houseofcomedy. net for show times, upcoming comics, and more information.





signature Valley event, the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction is once again set to break sales and attendance records when it rolls into Scottsdale Jan. 10–18, 2015. One of the highlights this year will be the celebrated Ron Pratte Collection, which includes Carroll Shelby’s personal vehicle—the only remaining 1966 Shelby Cobra Super Snake, which sold for a world record $5.5 million—and a Pontiac Bonneville Special Concept Car, one of only two existing. On the block, so to speak, this year will be other significant vehicles and over a thousand pieces of automobilia. “This is arguably the most significant collection ever offered in Barrett-Jackson history,” says Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. Jackson says that bringing the Ron Pratte Collection to the 44th Annual Scottsdale auction is especially fitting. Pratte, a world-class businessman, built the majority of his collection at Barrett-Jackson auctions and indeed has played a pivotal role in a number of special moments on the Barrett-Jackson auction block over the years. One of the stars of the Pratte collection is a 1950 General Motors Futurliner that will be sold at the auction, with 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting the Armed Forces Foundation. While Jackson won’t estimate how much he thinks the Futurliner will sell for, he divulges what Pratte paid for the retro-modernistic bus in 2006. “Originally, the two people that owned it, if they’d have gotten anywhere near a million for the bus, they would have loved it. He [Pratte] got in a bidding war with another gentleman, and it ended up going for $4 million,” Jackson says. Bidding wars are nothing new at the Barrett-Jackson Car Auctions, and Jackson has long overseen most of them. Longtime Val-

ley residents familiar with the company’s history will recall that company founders Tom Barrett and Russ Jackson, who is Craig Jackson’s father, met in the early ’60s when Barrett was looking to sell his 1933 Cadillac V16 Town Car. The duo became partners. Their first car show was a fundraiser that benefited the Scottsdale library and the community art center. The rest is automotive auction history, although it wasn’t until Jackson took over the company in 1995, assuming a role that he’s uniquely suited for, that BarrettJackson became the dominant leader in the industry through innovative strategies. Growing up in the Valley, Jackson was surrounded by cars, and he started tinkering with them at a young age. He learned to drive an American LaFrance fire truck when he was 11. “We had a shop across the street from Legend City, on 56th Street and Washington,” Jackson says. “My dad would take me over there and give me the fire truck, and I would go drive it around the parking lot to practice shifting gears.” The younger Jackson learned some important lessons from his father. “My dad cut a deal with me that if I got all As my junior year, he would buy me a car,” he says. After getting top grades—a miracle, according to Jackson—he expected to get the ’69 Z28 Camaro that he wanted. But his dad thought they were pieces of junk and instead told his son he’d buy him a Corvette. “So we went to go look at one, and it was an absolute roach,” says Jackson, who was ready to hightail it out of there as he spied his father shaking hands with a guy. Turns out his dad had just purchased his son a summer project—not what Jackson had in mind as he toiled away for all those As. Instead of zipping around in the





car he wanted, Jackson spent the summer before his senior year restoring that Corvette. Lesson learned—he should have cut a better deal with his dad. Now that he’s the father of a high school freshman, Jackson says he isn’t about to buy his son a Corvette when he turns 16. “I’m lucky I lived through that,” he says. But like his father, he expects his kids to work for their wheels. At 21, his daughter is doing just that—working at Barrett-Jackson while attending Arizona State University. Both his children have provided inspiration as to how to evolve Barrett-Jackson to meet the needs and expectations of generations to come, something of which Jackson has always been cognizant. It was his decision to put Barrett-Jackson on the Internet in the mid-1990s and to grow the company electronically that has really paid off for the brand. “Cutting the deal with Speed Vision, and then Speed Channel, and now the new deal with Discovery Velocity and the worldwide distribution of Barrett-Jackson—these are some of the milestones,” he says. “Being the first collector car auction live on television and on the Internet definitely catapulted us into mainstream America.” These strategic moves have led to highly successful annual auctions in Palm Beach, Florida, and the Reno-Taho location, and Las Vegas in Nevada. But Barrett-Jack-

son’s Scottsdale auction still stands as the biggest and best. “I have customers that we meet at all the other auctions who just can’t wait to come to Scottsdale, especially if they’re blown away by those auctions,” he says. He tells all of them that the mother ship back in Scottsdale will blow their minds. “Vegas is a good size auction—we fill that arena and the conference center, and it’s growing, but the Scottsdale auction is in a planetary system of its own,” he says. Jackson notes that the 2015 Scottsdale auction will generate far north of $100 million in sales and feature roughly 1,500 cars and well over 1,500 pieces of automobilia. “It’s the biggest of its type in the world,” he says, pointing out that nowhere else on the planet will you find an auction with the quality, quantity, and consistent year-after-year $100 million-plus amount of sales. Thanks to the recent $42.8 million expansion project of the Equidome at WestWorld, where the Barrett-Jackson auction is held, the event is set to get bigger and better every year. The enhancements to the venue were readily apparent at the 2014 Barrett-Jackson auction, which was the first event of the year at WestWorld to experience the enclosed and climatecontrolled Equidome. “It allowed us to grow the event and make everybody more comfortable. It also

made us more weather resistant and got us off of the polo field and from having to put the cars down in the flood-retention areas to now having all of them up above,” Jackson says. He also says that having real bathrooms instead of Porta Pottys is a big plus. The updated facility also allowed Barrett-Jackson to add more square footage, which resulted in the 2014 Scottsdale auction to be recognized by Guinness World Records for Largest Marquee, at 435,656.95 square feet and Largest Single-Unit Marquee, at 351,210.33 square feet. “From the front door to the back of the tent was eight-tenths of a mile under roof,” Jackson says. Expect the 2015 Barrett-Jackson auction to be even bigger and better. The upcoming January event includes a concert series, VIP tours, and more. According to Jackson, the goal is to continually grow and add more lifestyle and entertainment options while offering up the finest collector automobiles in the world. Weekly passes, daily tickets, and Family Value Day tickets can be purchased in advance from barrett-jackson.com or at the gate at WestWorld, 16601 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale. Car lists change daily, so check the website to find out when your favorite car will go under the gavel. Registration for an auction account or to consign a car can also be completed online.




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Angel Cakes Bakery: Cake, gold-glitter cookies with icing Apricot Lounge: Black and beige poncho Angela Saban Design: Gold backdrop

Let It Shine!

Party planner extraordinaire Jamila Watson creates a magical holiday spectacle. The holiday season brings about a certain feeling—one of giving, caring, and happiness about being with the ones we love. I try to do my best to not get too hung up by the craziness of the holidays and instead focus on being with the people I love and making our time together fun and memorable. I once went to a conference, and one of the topics was finding your “love language.” After I answered a few questions, my love language category turned out to be Acts of Service. That is 100 percent true! I have always loved to entertain and decorate, and it has been one of my ways of showing that I care.


The gold and black trend is still one of my favorites, but for the holidays, I’ve added classic red pops of color to warm up the color palette. I love using this as an accent but feature gold as the primary color for richness. For the fireplace, I decided to stick with gold, black, brown, and beige, which play nicely off the brick background and creates more of a wintry feel.


Take your desserts to the next level with glitter. The double-layer cookies were dipped in edible gold glitter and topped with frosting. The beautiful 34


By Alison Bailin Batz

Jamila Watson runs partiesonpurpose.com, a children’s party and event entertainment company. gold and white cake, topped with a cranberry branch, was designed to be the centerpiece of the holiday dessert table. Both desserts were made by Angel Cakes Bakery. Don’t forget to serve some good oldfashioned hot chocolate along with your desserts. Top it with whipped cream, red sugar crystals, and a rolled wafer cookie.



Every year, I love to try something a little different for the holidays. This year, to add to my gold theme, I took regular feathers from the craft store, sprayed them with metallic gold spray paint, and then dipped them in fine gold glitter. I loved using the gold-dipped feathers as a unique holiday garland and accent for the dessert table.


As noted, one of my favorite things to do is to be of service. During the holiday season (or any time of the year), there are so many ways to give back. Donating money to your favorite charity or purchasing presents for the less fortunate are just a few things you can do. Or you can donate your time by visiting a senior living facility, helping with a play at your church or synagogue, or volunteering at a homeless shelter. Taking the time to give back this holiday season is the best gift of all. Happy Holidays! EASTVALLEYMAGAZINE.COM DECEMBER 2014 | JANUARY 2015



By Marshall Trimble

The Strange Case of the Vanishing Train Robbers

Official State Historian Marshall Trimble on Arizona’s first railroad heist. Arizona’s first train robbery was an event worth remembering. It began on the evening of April 27, 1887, on southern Arizona’s only passenger train, the westbound Sunset Express, as it was making its run toward Tucson. About 20 miles east of Tucson at Cienega Canyon, the yellow streak from the headlight picked up a figure standing on the track and waving a red lantern. About that time, the big drive wheels ran over a torpedo. The bomb-like sound served as a warning of trouble farther up the line. Colonel Harper slammed on the brakes and stopped just before crashing into some upraised railroad ties jammed between the tracks. Suddenly out of the darkness, rifle shots cracked, and several holes appeared in the engine’s boiler. Two masked men stepped out of the darkness and ordered

the engineer to step down off the train. They took him back to the express car and told him to have the Wells Fargo express messenger open the safe, then unlock the door and get out. Inside the express car, messenger Charlie Smith heard the conversation and opened the safe, took out about $5,000, and stuffed it into the cold pot-bellied stove. The money safely hidden, Smith unlocked the door and jumped out. The robbers, members of the notorious Doc Smart gang from Texas, climbed in the express car and found only a few scattered bills in the safe. Disappointed, they gathered up the meager haul. Meanwhile, Harper was escorted back to cut the passenger cars from the mail and express car. He was then taken back and ordered to move the engine and the two cars

ahead a few yards. After receiving a few hurried instructions on how to run a locomotive from Harper, they had him get the engine rolling and then jump off. The engine then chuffed off toward Tucson with the outlaws on board. Later that night when the Sunset Express failed to show, a relief train was sent out from Tucson. About 15 miles east of the Old Pueblo, they discovered the abandoned engine and the ransacked express car. A few miles farther down the track, they found the anxious crew waiting by the passenger cars. The next day, a posse led by Tohono O’odham trackers went to where the engine was found and attempted to pick up the trail of the desperadoes. They circled farther and farther away from the engine in a futile attempt to cut the trail. It was as if the entire gang had mysteriously disappeared. They may have made a clever escape, but the outlaws had been hoodwinked by Charlie Smith, the Wells Fargo messenger who’d hidden the loot in the stove. The newspapers made a big deal out of it, and Smith became a local celebrity. On Aug. 10, the gang struck again. Same location, same train, and the same Wells Fargo messenger, Charlie Smith. This time, the engineer couldn’t stop in time. It jumped the tracks and flipped over on its side on the edge of a steep embankment. Out in the darkness, the outlaws opened fire.




> HOME/LIFE Put yourself back on the to-do list with me to make well-being a top priority. Here’s how:

Me Time

Shay Moser shows you ways to make your own well-being a priority. Carving out time for me—free from responsibilities of work, my husband, and my children—is one of life’s great yet fleeting pleasures. It’s a sad fact that I usually consider a trip to the dentist as “me time.” I look forward to lying back in the massaging chair, headphones streaming soothing music and the hot towel that I get at my favorite dental office in Gilbert. And I’m not alone. Out of 500 women polled by Celestial Seasonings tea company in October 2013, 42 percent reported having less than an hour of me time each day. More troublingly, 75 percent of women have told white lies, such as saying they’re sick or already have plans to fit me time into their day. Are you willing to give up our own sanity and balance to maintain everyone else’s? Do you deprive yourself of what you need in order to avoid being perceived as selfish? I do, and my bet is that you do, too.

Do you have some East Valley life lessons to share? Shay Moser is stepping down as our Life columnist, so we’re looking for a local writer to take the reins. Interested? Please send sondra@eastvalleymagazine.com an e-mail with your information.

Shay Moser is a Gilbert mom, writer, and business owner, and she’s passionate about the East Valley. Follow her @ShayMoser.



Got 5–10 Minutes? • Take a stroll around the block, leaving your smartphone home. It’s OK to bring your iPod as long as you don’t get caught up searching for songs. Simply hit shuffle and go. • Sit on the patio with a cup of tea, coffee, or other choice beverage. Take the newspaper or a magazine. Again, no phone allowed. Your iPod is welcome if you just sit and listen. Plus, leave the calendar inside. • Phone a friend to say hello. This doesn’t mean planning the school holiday event. Only talk, with no agenda. • Pet your furry friend. Research shows that interacting with animals can increase our level of the hormone oxytocin, which helps us feel happy and trusting. • Download the Relax and Rest Meditations app for Android or iPhone. It helps you unwind with three guided meditations, starting at five minutes. Got 15–30 Minutes? • Check out seemommyrun.com, a free site for Arizona moms to locate groups or start your own running or walking group. For example, there are 10 groups you can join in Chandler with membership ranging from one to 34 women. • Read one chapter of a book that’s been gathering dust on your nightstand. • Get your bicycle out and go for a ride. • Enjoy a bubble bath. Got 30–60 Minutes? • Take a catnap. • Get a massage, a facial, or a manicure and pedicure. • Get creative at As You Wish Pottery Painting Place in Mesa or Tempe. • Schedule a class that you’ve always wanted to take just for fun. For instance, the Barney Family Sports Complex in Queen Creek offers archery and hula lessons. Whether you have five or 60 minutes, make your me time relaxing and restorative. If you don’t feel like it works for you, try something else. Don’t think about what you should do but about what makes you flourish and recharge for your career, family, community involvement, and relationships.


Keepsake Art Preserving holiday memories is easy with these inventive ideas from crafty local mom Shannon Fisher.

The hustle and bustle of the holidays can make it hard to take the time to preserve memories or keep up with family traditions. Here are some ways to stay organized and create fun keepsakes this time of year.

ORNAMENTS Each year, we enjoy making ornaments with our girls. My grandma started this tradition by sending me an ornament every year. When I moved out and had a house of my own, I had a tree of ornaments that were very special to me. Here are two simple ones that can be made for each child. For the first, purchase a clear, plastic ornament (I bought mine at Walmart for under a $1 each). Cover each child’s palm with white poster or acrylic paint and have him or her gently cup the ornament, leaving behind a handprint. Set the ornament aside on paper or in a box to dry. When it has dried, use the painted fingers on your ornament to represent your family members. Add faces, scarves, or other holiday decorations with permanent markers. Add names and the year to preserve the memory for years to come. For the second one, if you don’t want to use paint, stuffing the inside of the ornament with the white fill used for pillows is great for adding a white background. (White fill can be purchased at any craft store.) Use permanent markers to add eyes, a nose, a mouth, and any other details. You now have a cute snowman ornament!



Photos by Shannon Fisher Photography

GROWTH CHART The start of the new year is a great time to think about recording your child’s growth! Start with a 6-foot-long piece of 1 x 2-inch lumber. Most home improvement stores will cut wood to size for you. Sand the wood, and then paint or stain it with your favorite color. Allow it to dry and then mark off lines for inches (use a yardstick as your guide) and write the numbers to identify feet with black paint or permanent marker. Now attach the chart to the wall with a picture-hanger on the back. You are ready to mark your child’s first measurement! If desired, attach a current picture to the board next to that mark, so in the future you’ll see not only how tall your child was but also exactly what your son or daughter looked like with the cute freckles, missing teeth, and all! Write the date below, and continue marking and adding pictures a few times a year!

PRESERVING MEMORIES To display your holiday cards, you can punch a hole in the upper corners and string them with wooden beads in between to help keep them separated for easier viewing. Tack or tape the strings of cards where you will best see them in your home. After the holidays are over, if you want to keep the cards, you can take ribbons or a metal ring and bind the cards together through the holes you punched. This will make storage easier. This is an easy job for children, and they can look at each card that was sent that year. It’s fun to pull them out the next year and see how much everyone has grown and changed. I hope you enjoy this holiday season with your family and create lasting memories for years to come!

Shannon Fisher is a local mother of two girls and owner of Shannon Fisher Photography. She has taught elementary and high school art and in her spare time now volunteers with Girl Scouts and teaches photography workshops to parents and kids.




Train like an Athlete

By Kim Miller and Shannon Dougherty, The Fit Mom Diet Team, FitMomDiet.com Photos by Stephanie Heymann, stephanieheymannphotography.com Shot at Keith Poole Training Zone, kptrainingzone.com

Engage in challenging workouts that focus on more than calories burned or time logged in at the gym. Everyone has the ability to train like an athlete. It simply involves training your mind for performance. Athletes tend to focus more on skill improvement, movement, strength, agility, and flexibility rather than on calories or time spent in the gym. They engage in workouts that consistently challenge them. As a result, they naturally get fit and toned without overthinking it. Keith Poole, former NFL football player and owner of Keith Poole Training Zone, says, “You don’t have to be preparing for the Olympic trials or signing on to a professional sports team to increase your athleticism. Training like an athlete requires you to develop a committed mind-set of improvement and success and incorporate a variety of explosive and diverse skill-based exercises into your routine.” So, are you ready to train like an athlete? Include these four drills into your workout one or two times a week.


SUICIDES Setup: You will need a starting line or a cone plus three additional sprint lines. Action: Sprint to the first cone and touch, and then sprint back to the start. Next, sprint to the second cone and then back to the start. Each sprint will be twice as long as the last. Repeat until all cones have been touched.

Shannon and Kim are the Fit Mom Diet Team. They’re nationally published health experts, and they also advocate locally on wellness at fitmomdiet.com.

STEP-UPS Setup: Place foot on step, tire, or bench approximately 6 inches high. Action: Alternate stepping up and down as fast as you can for 30 seconds. Switch your lead foot halfway through your set.

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> Setup: Stand on one leg with your knee slightly bent. Action: Stay low and jump to the right, maintaining balance and a tight core throughout the exercise. Land, control your balance, and then repeat, going in the opposite direction. As you progress, increase the speed of your jumps. Repeat for 30 seconds.

SKIPPING FOR HEIGHT Setup: Start by lifting one foot off the ground. Action: Skip as high as possible, driving the knee upward and pumping your arms aggressively. Lower and repeat on the opposite foot. Repeat for 15 skips on each foot.




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Travel Beauty

Local beauty expert Jacqueline Starr-Hubert on how to stay fresh during your holiday travels.


Apply intense moisturizer the night before you fly. This will help increase hydration in your skin before you’re exposed to the dehydrating effects of cabin pressure. Mist with Mineral Water or Moisture Spray Recommendation: Motives 10 Years Younger Makeup Setting Spray SKU: 301FS, $29.95 motivescosmetics.com/ishopjsh.com

> ADD SOME SHIMMER With holidays just around the corner, I thought it’d be a good idea to consider a few pearls of wisdom that will be sure to make your travels smooth and hopefully leave you looking your best. Whether you’re driving to a family reunion or jetting halfway around the world, there’s no question that traveling is stressful. Trying to look good while you're traveling isn't easy. The good news: Experts say that beauty and travel aren’t mutually exclusive. With just a few beauty-survival tips for your trips, you can face your holiday travel with a smile—and the confidence of knowing that you could run into anyone and not have to hide. It’s all possible given the right preparation. I’m a gal who believes that skin care and makeup are musts when traveling. However, packing full-size jars is sure to be a problem. There’s only so much room in those TSA-approved plastic baggies. By filling up little sample jars with your musthave skincare and other liquid products, you can fill your allowed plastic bag to the brim.

Packing Skincare and Makeup

Sometimes, you can find the little bottles at drugstores, places like Bed Bath & Beyond, and Walmart, but I like the free ones from Nordstrom. They hold less than an ounce, but that’s usually enough product to last me a couple of weeks. When they’re available, I’m happy to share sample-size skin care products with my clients. Ask Empty contact lens your go-to person. Some lines are now cases or weekly pi ll offering travel kits including cleanser, organize rs will also toner, and moisturizer. If you’re a frework in a pinch.) quent traveler, you should invest in some travel-size grooming items, too. They’re now usually packed in three ounce tester-sized containers. Bubble wrap is a great way to prevent burst bottles. It affords protection in those frequently over-crowded overhead bins. Do your entire masking and anti-aging treatments prior to traveling to prepare your skin for the wear and tear of travel. Remember, we need to pack only the essentials! 52


Perk up a tired or sallow complexion with a soft shimmer powder. Stroke it lightly on the tops of cheeks, bridge of the nose, and lips for an instant pick-me-up no matter how tired you and your skin are. Recommendation: Hard Candy Blush Crush Baked Blush, Honeymoon Peach. $7 each at Sephora

> Take the “red” out of a red-eye flight

What can you do for weary, bloodshot eyes beyond putting in a few drops of Refresh Tears? Line the inner rim of your eyes with an eyeliner pencil in a peach tone or a shade similar to but lighter than your skin tone. This will immediately brighten your eyes. (This is a great trick anytime!) Recommendation: Motives Kohl Eyeliner /Shade Angel (white), $14.75 at motivescosmetics.com/ishopjsh.com


Ask for an ice cube and a napkin. Hold this up to your eye for a minute or so, and the swelling will go down. This may prove to be messy, so only do this if necessary.


Pre-moistened makeup-remover cloths can remove makeup or just clean the skin mid- or post-travel. Recommendation: Neutrogena® Night Calming Cleansing Cloths Cleansing 25 count, $6.47 at area drugstores (Note: These pre-moistened towelettes must be placed in your one-quart bag of liquids.) I place a few wipes separately in a sandwich-size ziplock bag and place them in my purse for easy access.

Jacqueline StarrHubert, ME, MLT, is a Valley resident who's medical esthetician/ laser technician and makeup artist.

For those of you who are unsure of the TSA 3-1-1 Program Limits, they are as follows: Travelers can bring aboard liquidfilled bottles no larger than 3.4 ounces (100ml) by volume and must store those bottles in a single quart-size clear plastic ziplock bag. Larger quantities must be stowed in checked luggage.

TIP Holiday makeup will always include shimmer and glitter, but if you want to add a bit of pizazz, pack a variety of bright-color eyeliners. Popping eyeliner is the holiday look this year, and the best part—liners are easy to pack. Get creative, and don’t be afraid to get wild. Stick to a natural palette and add a bit of bold eyeliner color. Always remember my standard rule: Pick a focal point and play it up. Leave everything else neutral. We don’t want to look overdone or animated.




A Healthier Holiday Season Dr. Clifford Gazda offers tips on how to stay healthy during this time of hustle and bustle. Before you get caught up in the flurry of holiday activities, keep these health tips in mind: Remember to visit your doctor for a general health check or an annual wellness visit. Prevention is one of the best ways to stay healthy, so be sure to chat about any needed immunizations, such as your flu shot. At Scottsdale Healthcare Primary Care Mesa, we’re happy to discuss your preventive-care needs, perform general health exams, and administer vaccines whether your holiday plans involve visiting family in town or winging your way to see relatives across the world. Avoiding nasty germs is another way to stay well. Wash your hands often, preferably with soap and water. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers will kill most, but not all, germs. Especially during cold and flu season, be sure to cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If a tissue isn’t handy, use your elbow, not your hands, to cover a cough or sneeze. Moderation is the key when it comes to holiday food and drink. Take eggnog, for example: One cup of the stuff has a whopping 343 calories. Spend those calories elsewhere to avoid holiday weight gain, or plan on a lot of treadmill time. Savor one cookie, not three. Realize that the spinach artichoke dip is made with both sour cream and mayonnaise, with all the accompanying calories. Move on to the veggie tray instead. Try fresh fruits as a substitute for fudge. If your taste buds rebel, have one small piece of fudge and then fill up on fruit. Pretzels and potato chips carry not only calories but also loads of salt that could impact your blood pressure. Drink in moderation—alcohol is full of empty calories. And never ever drive while intoxicated. In the hustle and bustle of the season, it’s easy to fall behind in the weekly exercise recommendation. For adults, it’s 150 minutes weekly of aerobic exercise and two days


per week of muscle-strengthening activities. Fortunately, the weather here is excellent this time of year for walking, biking, and hiking. So get outside, stay active and burn off those calories this holiday season.


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By Scott Sackett

Stop Practicing and Start Playing

Golf pro Scott Sackett on why getting off the range and heading for a course is important.

“No other game combines the wonder of nature with the discipline of sport in such carefully planned ways. A great golf course both frees and challenges a golfer’s mind.” — T O M WAT S O N

Practice is very important. Sometimes the message “Golf is played on the course—you need to practice less and play more” drowns out a player’s sense of what’s needed. Getting out and playing is very important because ultimately, golf is played on the course. Great practice will keep you more on the golf course and less on the range trying to figure out what to fix. Where the club face is pointing at impact gives the properly trained player a lot of valuable information regarding ball flight and impact. When it comes to accurately interpreting ball flight, the foundation for success lies in one’s awareness of where the face is pointed at impact. This can be accomplished through alignment. In order to do this correctly, a player needs to be receiving correct information regarding his face angle and starting direction. This can only come from an accurate perception of the target line. If a player’s alignment is off but his or her perception of the target is that the alignment is correct, then all the information received from the ball flight is coming from a skewed perception of the target to begin with. Often, the player begins working on something that is counterproductive. The one thing I always recommend that each of my students do during practice is to have an alignment rod down on the ground. This is simply to make the sure the player is training his or her eye to see the target line correctly! I encourage this during short game practice and while working on short putts. You can never get enough of this type of practice. The great thing is, the more you practice with an alignment stick from all distances, the greater the chance is that when you’re on the golf course, you will perceive the target properly and your alignment will be correct. Face angle is primarily responsible for where the golf ball starts after it leaves the club face. If alignment is correct (assuming center contact), an open face will result in a ball starting right of target and a closed face will result in a ball starting left of target (for a right-handed player). Next time you’re practicing, pay attention to where the ball is starting. It will give you valuable information about where the face is pointed!

Scott Sackett, a GOLF Magazine Top 100 Teacher since 1999, was recently voted as one of Golf Digest’s best teachers in Arizona for the fifth year in a row. Reach him via scottsackett.com or youtube.com/scottsackettgolf.



DID YOU KNOW Golf is slated for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. The men’s and women’s individual events are scheduled to be held that August at a new course that has yet to be built. It will be the first time golf has been played at the Olympics since the 1904 Summer Olympics.




Ask Dirk

A guy’s perspective on matters of the heart and hearth. Hamburger Hubby Hi Dirk, A family member is always going on these intense and furious health kicks every new year. It’s not just that we all know that this person won’t stick with it (and she never does) but more that she goes on a personal mission to transform everyone in the house (and even other couples we try to have over for dinner) into health fantatics. She wants the kids to eat all organic and throws out all the soda and juice. The kids are coming to me to smuggle in Oreos and arrange secret rendezvous to McDonalds. It’s so frustrating that for a month or two each year, this person will only eat rabbit food and is in a judgmental frame of mind over everyone who just wants her to butt out and hand back the Cherry Garcia ice cream. To let the cat out of the bag, my wife is the kale-smoothie-for-breakfast weirdo. Any suggestions for how to dodge the fanatical bullet this year? —Hamburger Hungry Husband Howdy, Hamburger Hubby! Man, I’m glad you wrote in. This is a common complaint about New Year’s resolutions—they never seem to stick. This letter really made me think about a creative way to handle the problem. You see, the problem is not the health fanatic, as you so delicately suggest. This time, I’m going to have to come down hard on the Big Mac of the house. The reason your wife doesn’t stick with the organic veggies and quinoa is because she is the proverbial Sisyphus and you are the boulder of bad decisions and HDL. She is trying to roll up a mountain that is slippery with fry grease. I have battled with weight my whole adult life, and I can tell you, support is important. Without your support, she loses her spark and then gives in to you, hoping, as we all do, for a miracle to happen on Jan. 1. Be that miracle—get off your butt, and stop training your kids for the Diabetic Olympics. You want to dodge the bullet, make her happy, and relieve the strain on the family and friends? Get a family membership to a local gym for Christmas, or get a membership to eight different gyms for Chanukah—I’m not sure if that’s how the Jewish tradition works, but as a kid, I just assumed eight times the toys…anyway, be her support, not her anchor. And fast food is poison. I could hear you getting larger as I read your letter. —Dirk

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NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS FOR 2014 (what are you planning for 2015?)

1. Lose weight 2. Get organized 3. Spend less, save more 4. Enjoy life to the fullest 5. Get fit and healthy 6. Learn something exciting 7. Quit smoking 8. Help others with their dreams 9. Fall in love 10. Spend more time with family


8% of those people who make resolutions are successful in achieving their resolutions Source: University of Scranton. Journal of Clinical Psychology

> TASTE/COOK Five Mystery Ingredients Young culinary gun Chef Mathew Grunwald divulges his top gourmet secret weapons. 1. Light Coconut Milk

Creamy and dreamy is right around the corner at the grocery store, and guess what, it's healthier than using classic heavy cream to thicken a dish. I cannot live without pasta in my life, but I can live without the fat intake. After sweating aromatics in a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and de-glazing with white wine, I add a touch of rich, light coconut milk to thicken my simple sauce before adding my al dente pasta. Add light coconut milk to your next stew, sauce, or even mashed potatoes for a delightful difference!

2. Yellow Mild Miso Paste

Fermented, salty, and slightly sweet, soy beans come pureed and packed together in a yellow brick form. Commonly found in most Asian supermarkets, this specialty ingredient must be on your shelf by the time you finish reading this article. This ingredient brings such Umami in a huge way to the party! Umami—definition; the scrumptious, rich, flavorful sensation we experience when we eat something like bacon. Let me tell ya, a heaping tablespoon of miso paste incorporated into any marinade will make you a culinary baller.

3. Hoisin

Switch up your classic molasses and ketchup-based BBQ sauce with hoisin. Very similar to the classic American sauce that we are all familiar with, but so much richer in flavor. The next time you make meatloaf for the family, slather hoisin on the top before baking in the oven. Korean style BBQ flavors are right at your finger tips with a jar of hoisin.

4. Mascarpone

Here is a fantastic cheat for store-bought mashed potatoes! I totally understand that work can be busy brutal, and the last thing that you want to do when you get home from a busy day is cook gourmet. You can still have that gourmet quality in a matter of seconds with a large dollop of mascarpone cheese. After the potatoes are warmed, fold in a heaping scoop of the soft cheese and ta-da, gourmet in seconds.

5. Rosemary Simple Syrup

Cake. Cake. Cake, Classically-baked cakes require simple syrup to be poured on top just as soon as they come out of the oven. Traditionally made with equal parts of sugar and water, a simple syrup is quite simple to make. Who would of ever thought? Add a sprig of rosemary to the pot next time you simmer the simple syrup to dissolve the sugar. Drizzle atop my recipe for classic pound cake and you'll be left with a modern twist on a classic baked good.

Matthew Grunwald regularly whips up original recipes for a television audience on Arizona Midday and Valley Dish segments.

Spicy Coconut Milk Spaghetti 1 pound spaghetti 5 oz. pancetta, small diced 4 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil 1 shallot, peeled and sliced 5 cloves garlic, peeled and thinly sliced 2 tsp. red pepper flakes PASTA WATER ½ cup light coconut milk 1 packed cup arugula 7 sun-dried tomatoes, drained and chopped Freshly grated Parmesan cheese > Heat a large pot of water to a rapid boil and season well with salt. > Cook the pasta in the water for 7-8 minutes until al dente. Save ¼ cup of the pasta water and drain the rest. Drizzle the pasta slightly with oil to prevent sticking and set aside. FOR THE SAUCE: > Render the pancetta in a large skillet over medium heat with the olive oil. Cook for 4-5 minutes until the pork is browned. Add the shallot, garlic, and red chili flakes to the pan and cook for 1 minute, stirring often. > Deglaze the pan with the pasta water and coconut milk and reduce until the sauce is thick. Take the pasta sauce off of the heat and add to the pan the arugula, sun dried tomatoes, and cooked pasta. > Garnish with Parmesan cheese.

Rosemary Pound Cake 1 1 9 1 ¼ ¼ 1

pound salted butter, room temp. pound granulated sugar eggs pound all purpose flour cup water cup sugar Tbsp. rosemary leaves, chopped

> Preheat the oven to 350ºF. > Cream the butter and the sugar together in a mixer until the butter is light and fluffy. Mix in an egg at a time taking care to scrap down the sides of the bowl between each. > Fold in the flour and mix until just combined. Transfer the batter to a well greased and floured 5 x 9 inch bread pan. > Bake the cake on the center rack for 1 hour to 1 hour and 15 minutes until a toothpick comes clean from the center. Remove from the oven and set aside. > In a small saucepan bring the water, sugar and rosemary to a boil. Remove from the heat and evenly pour over the pound cake. > Let the cake rest 10 minutes before unmolding.




By Myles Mellor


1 Across ACROSS 1 Celebrations

29 Sports betting choices

5 Keen, groovy 8 Construction set for your kid's holiday gift 10 Bill Bidwill’s role with the Cardinals 12 At Christmas, presents appear around ____ (2 words) 13 Chicago’s state 14 It's celebrated worldwide (2 words) 16 Rise to one’s feet

31 Just before New Year

9 Letters that appear on the number

33 Amber, e.g.

11 Clarinet need

35 Color of Santa’s coat and the Cardinals’ bird

15 Present carrier

36 Make a car look really good

19 Exist

37 Invitation request on a party invitation

20 They ____, after eating a lot on Christmas!

18 ____ brandy (cocktail drink)

22 Boundary line


23 Place, abbr.

1 Location for Superbowl in 2015

24 One of Santa’s reindeer

2 Refresh

26 Therefore

21 Winter weather condition

3 __ Niño, weather condition that can affect Arizona

27  They are placed on the top of trees

23 Bull ____ (one word)

4 Complete collection

24 Christmas song

5 Christmas carols

30 What you might do at Sunrise Park Resort

25 Prepared a turkey, for example

6 Luxury collectible car brand

32 Relax on a couch, perhaps

28 Little one

7 Produce

34 Medium-like perception

17 Firestar is one 19 Chicken or turkey

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Profile for Adam Toren

East Valley Magazine  

December '14/January '15

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December '14/January '15