R.I.P. Mukhi Singh, Twisted Tandoor, Tucson

The Tucson food community is collaborative and when one of their own dies, it’s shocking especially when suddenly, as is the case of Mukhi Singh, owner of the wildly popular The Twisted Tandoor food truck. Pictured in the above photo with Singh is Kim Silver, No Kill Pima County board member and friend. “Mukhi was a friend to the animals and always supported animal causes when he could,” said Kim. “He was a very compassionate, genuine man with tremendous integrity and a zest for life and making connections with people.” Kim’s words echo my own and probably dozens if not
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Tucson Buzz: Waffles, Wings & Other Things, Baking

Baking a Difference Icing Smiles is a nonprofit organization that provides custom celebration cakes and other treats to families impacted by the critical illness of a child. Simple things, like a birthday cake, are luxuries to a family battling illness. Their goal is to create a custom cake for the ill child, or their sibling, that provides a temporary escape from worry and creates a positive memory during a difficult time. Our friend Carla made this colorful and detailed tortoise birthday cake for a family in need. Carla makes the most extraordinary cakes. Once for an 80th birthday for a
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Is that a Zucchini in Your Pocket…

Saturday, August 8 is National Zucchini Day. How are you going to celebrate the zucchini? While I couldn’t quite remember the context, I did remember hearing a tale or reading a story during zucchini season about how people often open their mailboxes only to find zucchini and more zucchini for days because of abundant neighbors’ gardens. After a little web searching, I found a quote by author Barbara Kingsolver who wrote about an abundant zucchini crop in her book, Animal Vegetable Miracle as well as her recipe for chocolate chunk zucchini cookies. And she’s not the only one, plenty of
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Tucson Buzz: Peppers, Salsa Challenge, Mermaids

Pick a Peck of Peppers The Tucson Village Farm has wheelbarrows full of fresh peppers for $1/pound. All you have to do is U-Pick on Tuesday/August 4 from 5 to 7 PM. Aside from peppers there is basil, eggplant, okra, squash, onion, chili peppers, summer greens, eggs, cucumbers, tomatoes, local honey, and many assorted herbs at 4210 N. Campbell Avenue. Tucson Village Farm is a youth-centered working urban farm. Our seed to table program is designed to reconnect young people to a healthy food system, teach them how to grow and prepare fresh food, and empower them to make healthy
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Food Safety: Kroger Recalls Four Seasonings

from the press release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – July 25, 2015 – Cincinnati, Ohio – The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) said today it is recalling Kroger Ground Cinnamon, Kroger Garlic Powder, Kroger Coarse Ground Black Pepper and Kroger Bac’n Buds sold in its retail stores due to possible contamination from Salmonella. A sample of Kroger Garlic Powder from a store in North Augusta, South Carolina was tested by the FDA and found to be contaminated with Salmonella. To date, no illnesses have been reported in connection with these products. Out of an abundance of caution, the company has recalled all
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Food Recall: Frozen Sushi Tuna Salmonella – 11 States

What’s safe to eat anymore? FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – July 20, 2015 – Gardena, CA – Osamu Corporation of Gardena, CA is recalling all of its frozen tuna (loin, saku, chunk, slice, and ground market forms) sourced from one processing plant in Indonesia because the Minnesota Department of Health Investigators found samples of this product from one retail location in Minnesota to be contaminated with Salmonella , an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which
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Fried Green Tomatoes, Eat More Plants

For some odd reason yesterday I woke up thinking about fried green tomatoes – the food not the movie. While strolling though the Heirloom Farmers Markets, I found green tomatoes among other things – red tomatoes, long purple (green) beans, roasted tomatoes/tomatillos, lemon cucumbers, and a refreshing glass of cold brewed coffee. At home I decided to make a plant-based dinner and thought if I was going to create some magic for my mouth and dirty a whole bunch of pots and pans, I may as well invite a friend. Also I thought I would pretend like I was on
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Apple Annie’s: Sweet Corn Festival & Peach Mania, Willcox

Here’s a family-friendly Southern Arizona treasure only about 60 to 75 minutes away from Tucson. If you and/or your kids have never been to a farm, then head south to check out the festivities in Willcox. from the press release What: Despite rumors to the contrary, Apple Annie’s in Willcox is OPEN and all the Sweet Corn Festival and Peach Mania weekend events are on schedule. A recent microburst storm caused some damage to the barn roof but all activities are on track; Apple Annie’s Country Store is unaffected and remains open for business. For further information regarding weather conditions
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Tucson Dining: Penca, Food Co-op Classes, Wine

Take a bite out of what’s happening around the Tucson dining scene this week – Penca’s three-course street food menu, remembering Bonnie Lee/a wine tasting, making cold brew and plant-based diet classes. Mexican Street Food at Penca Penca took a short summer break and will reopen Thursday, July 16. Mexican street food will set the theme for the next round of “Noches de Penca”, special three-course meals offered every Wednesday throughout the summer. Menu for Wednesday, July 22 and all succeeding Wednesdays will be posted on the Penca Facebook page each week. Street food in Mexico called antojitos (“little cravings”)
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Tucson Community Fundraiser: Isaac Thomas, Pastry Chef

from the press release Tucson, AZ (July 15, 2015) – Those who work at Hotel Congress and Maynards Market & Kitchen consider themselves a family and when one of its members is in need they mobilize. That’s exactly what they did when they learned their Pastry Chef at Maynards Market & Kitchen was in a horrific car accident while he and his family were traveling to California, covered in a story by Fox 10 Phoenix. Luckily his partner and son walked away relatively unharmed, while Isaac was seriously injured and has received specialized surgeries for his hands, arms, legs, and
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