Magazine article Sunset

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Magazine article Sunset

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So many of my favorite food moments in the West have taken place outdoors in summer. The impromptu beach picnic to which our neighbors lugged a cooler full of oysters and a small Tupperware of mignonette sauce. The late-season blackberry brambles, laden with fruit, that beckoned along the bike path outside the town of Olga on Washington's Orcas Island. A ceviche tostada and ice-cold cerveza I slurped down on a sailboat on the Sea of Cortez during my first trip to Baja one July. Everyone has a cherished warm-weather food memory--and, in "My Delicious Summer" (page 64), Sunset food editor Margo True enlists six noteworthy cooks to share those they made in the West. All of the accompanying recipes are stellar, but I could happily eat Denver chef Dana Rodriguez's Pork Green Chile (page 72) every day for the rest of my life.

A magical dinner party is, to me, the best kind of food memory. Almost as soon as I heard about the desert dining experience created by Arizona's Cloth & Flame (page 58), I saw it as a Sunset cover--an only-in-the-West moment that epitomizes our passions for good food and outdoor adventure. …

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