Thursday, September 30, 2010

Tourism & Tastes of Tucson

South Tucson is a banquet of fabulous food! Go on this Gray Line tour and go hungry! You will be greeted by the owners of family businesses who are truly eager to share their passion for food with you. This tour helps you to know an area by the unique voice of its food.
Ride aboard one of Gray Lines luxury vehicles through Tucson’s Historic Barrio neighborhood and acquire an insider's look at each location's recipe for success. With tastings ranging from handmade pastries/tortillas, carne asada, and the renowned Sonoran hot dog to fresh seafood prepared with a Mexican flare. You will not leave the tour hungry. This tour’s combination of cuisine, history, art and fun is a proven winner with both visitors and Tucsonans. Group bookings are available. Sign up for this culinary delight by calling 1-800-276-1528.

It’s officially fall and crisp, fresh apples are abundant. Try serving them for breakfast. People will think that you’re serving oatmeal cookies.

Baked Apple and Cranberry Oatmeal

2 cups old-fashioned oatmeal
2 cups of milk
4 large eggs
¼ cup of vegetable oil
½ to 1-cup brown sugar
1-tablespoon baking powder
1-teaspoon salt
1-teaspoon cinnamon
2 large Granny Smith apples Peel, core and slice the apples into thin slices.
½ cup walnut pieces
½ cup dried cranberries

Mix all ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Spray 6-8 ramekins with Pam. Pour the mixture into the prepared individual ramekins. Refrigerate overnight. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place in the center rack of the oven. Bake for 45 minutes or until firm. Let stand 10 minutes before serving. Great served with vanilla yogurt. Serves 6 –8.

Speaking of breakfast, how about adding scones to the menu? Adobe Rose Inn Scone Mix can now be purchased at Rincon Market. Try our “Snickerdoodle” scones available at both Tucson Whole Foods Stores.

What’s new at the Adobe Rose Inn?

Our very first art glass trunk show will take place at the Inn on October 19th from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. Meet glass artist Laurie Schock while you browse the art work which ranges from amazing jewelry to beautifully innovative plates and bowls. Food and beverages will be served as you shop for holiday gifts or a treat for yourself. Preview the show by logging in at

Stay tuned for details about cooking classes at the Inn. You can follow us by “liking” the Adobe Rose Inn page on facebook.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun

Ted DeGrazia was the son of Italian immigrants He was born June 14, 1909, in the Morenci mining camp, two years before Arizona became the 48th US’ state. Tucson’s prolific artist built a mission and an art gallery in the Tucson foothills out of the dirt on the land, water he hauled to the site and the rays of the Arizona sun. He is widely known for his art which chronicles the history and the people of the region in a variety of media – including a crown which depicts the desert he loved. He shocked everyone with his protest of inheritance taxes on works of art in 1976. DeGrazia loaded approximately 100 of his paintings onto his horse, rode into the Superstition Mountains near Phoenix and set the paintings on fire.
Explore The DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun and learn about Ted DeGrazia’s life and philosophy. Gather information about his art mediums and techniques. Discover Native American legends, ceremonies and history. Find out about desert horticulture. Gather ideas that will help you turn recycled objects into art. Admission is free.

It’s farm fresh corn season. Try this for breakfast or serve with a fresh green salad for lunch or a light dinner.


3 large eggs, well-beaten
1 cup creamed corn
¾ cup white corn kernels, drained
½ cup melted butter
½ cup corn meal
1 cup sour cream
1 cup shredded Mexican blend cheese
¼ cup canned mild green chilies, chopped (Use Chipotle chilies for more heat)
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Using a no-stick cooking spray, prepare a 10 ½ inch pie plate.

Mix all ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Pour the mixture into the prepared baking dish. Place in the center rack of the oven. Bake for 1 hour or until firm. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.
What’s new at the Adobe Rose Inn?

We are gearing up for fall at the Inn and designing "Best Seller" packages, book signings, cooking classes and art glass trunk shows. Stay tuned for details. You can follow us by “liking” the Adobe Rose Inn page on facebook.

As of August 23rd, you can purchase Adobe Rose Inn Buttermilk Scone Mix at the Rincon Market which is located at 2513 East 6th Street in Tucson.
Here’s a tasty scone recipe. Follow the directions on the back of the scone package and add 2 tsps. lemon zest and 1 ½ TBS. poppy seeds to the mix right before you add the butter. YUM!

Amanda enjoys a blueberry pecan scone at the Sunday St. Phillips Farmers’ Market.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Tourism and Tastes of Tucson

Did you miss us? If so – please let us know. We are back from a 6 month hiatus and eager to tell you about some of Tucson’s tourist treasures and what’s new at the Inn.

Learn how to make a glass bowl or a glass ornament. You and your family can learn glassblowing at the Sonoran Glass Art Academy! Welcoming teachers show you how to create your own art work out of molten glass. Check out

Take advantage of summer’s abundance of fresh fruit. Give this blueberry peach breakfast cake a try.

Blueberry Peach Breakfast Cake

Preheat oven to 350°. Butter 9 inch springform pan.

1 ¼ cups all purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
¼ tsp. salt
½ cup lightly salted butter
¾ cup of sugar
1 tsp. almond extract
2 large eggs

3-4 large, fresh ripe peaches
½ cup fresh blueberries

1 Tbs. white sugar
¼ tsp. cinnamon

Cream the butter. When fluffy, slowly add the sugar. Add eggs to the mixture one at a time, beating until blended after each egg. Beat in the almond extract. In a small bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder and salt together. Add to the sugar mixture in three parts, thoroughly blending each addition.

Spread the batter in the prepared springform pan.

Peel and pit the peaches. Slice each peach into ¼ inch slices. Press the slices into the cake batter, slightly overlapping the slices. Place the slices in two concentric circles. Place the blueberries on the batter in the center of the cake.

Combine the sugar and the cinnamon and sprinkle over the fruit.

Bake on the middle rack in the oven for 50 minutes or until the top of the cake is golden and a tester inserted comes out clean. Release from the pan. Serve warm or at room temperature. Freezes well.

Serves 8 or more.

What’s new at the Adobe Rose Inn?

We now own ARI Foods LLC, a company that produces our scone mix and baked scones. You can order scones on line at You can purchased baked scones at The Loft Cinema to enjoy with your movie. Or look for Jim - AKA Farmer James – at the Oro Valley Farmers Market on Saturdays and the St. Phillips Farmers Market on Sundays. He’ll have samples of fresh scones, scone mix to take with you and freshly baked scones to enjoy.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Discover a Piece of the Past

Yet another of the treasures tucked away in Tucson - The Franklin Museum™, maintained by the Thomas H. Hubbard/H.H. Franklin Foundation, is located at 1405 East Kleindale Road. The automobile was produced in Syracuse, NY between 1902 and 1934. The cars were air cooled and had aluminium frames among many other innovations for cars manufactured in those years.

Gluten-Free Breakfast:
Looking for a great tasting gluten-free breakfast? Try the Adobe Rose’s NAFTA breakfast. Why NAFTA? It includes Mexican tortillas, Canadian bacon and eggs from the USA.

The gluten-free NAFTA Breakfast

Preheat oven to 350° and prepare a baking sheet by lining it with aluminum foil and spraying it with PAM.

Ingredients (serves 6)

6 four inch corn tortillas
6 slices of pre-cooked Canadian bacon
2 cups of shredded cheese, Mexican Blend
6 eggs
¼ cup water
½ teas. gluten-free seasoned salt
1 TBS. chopped fresh cilantro
¾ cup mild roasted tomato salsa

Place the six tortillas on the prepared baking sheet making certain to leave space between the tortillas.

Place a slice of pre-cooked Canadian bacon on each tortilla. Cover each tortilla with 1/3 cup of shredded cheese, Mexican Blend.

Wisk the eggs, water, seasoned salt and cilantro in a small bowl until well blended. Cook in a frying pan over medium heat until eggs are almost firm. The eggs will become firm in the oven. Divide the egg mixture into six equal servings and spoon the egg mixture over the tortillas topped with Canadian bacon and cheese. Top each with 2 TBS. of roasted tomato salsa.

Bake in the oven for 10 minutes or until the cheese is melted.

Serve immediately with seasonal fruit.

NOTE: This also works as a vegetarian breakfast when made without the Canadian bacon.

What’s new at the Adobe Rose Inn?

Wells Fargo Bank is featuring the Adobe Rose Inn in their online Business Insight Series, titled Small Business Innovations that Cut Costs and Boost Revenue. Check us out at

And a huge thank you to Marylee Pangman and the staff of The Contained Gardener here in Tucson. They gave our pool area a wonderful new look!

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Celebrate New Years with a Tucson Flavor!!

Tourism and Tastes of Tucson
Brought to you by the Adobe Rose Inn

This information is taken from

December 30th 2009 - January 1st 2010

This Event is held on New Year's Weekend each year.


Dancers from over 50 tribes, authentic handmade crafts, children's activity area, traditional Indian foods, birds of prey exhibit, dancing, singing and drum contests, Indian information booth with brochures, flyers, maps, and powwow schedules for the next year. Public invited.

Midnight Friendship Round Dance Monday, Dec. 31, 2009 11:45 pm - 12:10am







Master Of Ceremony:Sammy Tone-kei White-Anadarko, OK

Arena/Director: TBA

Head Southern Drum: TBA

Head Northern Drum: Ta Kosa, Lakota Pine Ridge, SD

Head Staff: To be chosen each session

All Activities will be held outdoors! Bring your own lawn chairs and shade. Camera/Video Photography allowed for personal use only!

ADMISSION - $12.00Children 8 and under, Military w/ ID & Indians w/ Regalia are FREE!

Enjoy the fall harvest at breakfast. These pumpkin pancakes are great served with fresh, ripe pears slices on the side.

Pumpkin Pancakes

5 TBS. Butter
1 cup pumpkin puree
½ cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
¼ cup granulated sugar
1 ¼ tsp. ground cinnamon
1 ¼ tsp. ginger
1/8 tsp. ground cloves
1/8 tsp. grated nutmeg
Pinch of salt
1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 TBS. baking powder
½ tsp. baking soda
1 cup milk
½ cup sour cream
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla

Melt the butter; set aside. In a large bowl, combine the next 8 ingredients. Mix together well. Mix in the flour, baking powder and baking soda. The mixture will be lumpy. In another bowl, beat together the milk, sour cream, eggs, and vanilla. Add the liquid mixture to the pumpkin mixture and stir until combined. Fold in the melted butter.

Heat a waffle iron or griddle for pancakes to 350 degrees F and cook. Serve with pure maple syrup.

What’s new at the Adobe Rose Inn?

You can now arrange for a professionally guided eco-tour of the Sonoran Desert when you book your reservation at the Inn. Call us for details at 520-318-4644 or 800-328-4122.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Happy Holidays from the Adobe Rose Inn

Make the holidays in Tucson unforgettable. Here are just two ideas for holiday memories.

El Nacimiento at Tucson Museum of Art
El Nacimiento is the mother of all nativity scenes has been a highlight of Tucson's Christmas season for over 30 years. Maria Luisa Tena created El Nacimiento in honor of a mother as a gift from her daughter. The family has lovingly staged this beautiful Christmas diorama for more than three decades. The traditional nativity is surrounded by over 800 figurines, depicting vignettes of life in a Mexican village, biblical characters and animals amid a natural setting.
It will be on display through March in a special room at La Casa Cordova at the Tucson Museum of Art. Admission is free.

Holiday Nights at Tohono Chul Park
A private park in north Tucson, Tohono Chul Park holds special evening holiday activities on December 4 and 5, 2009. The park is decorated with luminaries and fairy lights, and there is live music, activities for kids, and hot cider and cookies for everyone. Tohono Chul is place to buy Christmas ornaments!

Looking for something quick and easy to serve for breakfast during the holidays? Try this crustless quiche. Add a green salad and it becomes a luncheon treat.

9 eggs
½ cup milk
½ tsp. salt
¼ tsp. pepper
6 oz. thinly sliced, smoked salmon cut into strips
8 oz. cream cheese, cut into ½-inch cubes
½ TBS. fresh or dried dill

In a bowl, beat the eggs, milk, salt and pepper. Stir in the salmon and cream cheese. Pour into a 10-inch pie plate that has been sprayed with Pam. Sprinkle the dill over the top.

Bake in a preheated 350 degree F oven for 30 minutes, then lower the heat to 300 degrees and bake about 10 minutes longer or until the center is firm.

Serves 6-8. 6 oz. of crabmeat can be substituted for the salmon.

What’s new at the Inn?

You can now arrange for a professionally guided eco-tour of the Sonoran Desert when you book your reservation at the Inn. Call us for details at 520-318-4644 or 800-328-4122.

Looking for a special holiday gift? Adobe Rose Inn Buttermilk Scone Mix can be purchased at Whole Foods in Tucson, Paradise Valley &Scottsdale, Santa Cruz Spice Store, Tumacookery, Maynards Market, Tohono Chul, Tucson Botanical Gardens, Buffalo Bistro , Tucson airport gift shops, Oro Valley Saturday Farmers' Market, St. Phillips Sunday Farmers’ Market and Wildwest Hot Sauce in Trail Dust Town. Can’t get to any of these places? Just order from our web site - .

Friday, September 4, 2009

Arizona's Beach

Tourism and Tastes of Tucson

Brought to you by the Adobe Rose Inn

Yep! Arizona has a beach. Rocky Point – its US name - or Puerto PeƱasco – its Mexican name - is a stunningly beautiful Mexican fishing village turned resort town. It’s located on the northern tip of the Sea of Cortez and the Baja Peninsula 216 miles from Tucson and 215 miles from Phoenix. You can drive there in 3 and a half to 4 hours. Why would you want to do that? For warm waters, clean beaches with miles of white sand, 300 different types of birds in their bird conservancy, sea lions, pelicans which fly in formation, fabulous sea food (and you can take 25 lbs. per person back to the US!), fun shopping, amazing night life and absolutely incomparable sunsets. What do I do when I am there? Relax, rejuvenate, revitalize, re-invigorate, revive, restore my sense of humor and renew my spirit. Yes, you will need your passport when you go.

Whenever we go to Rocky Point, we bring home the best and most unpolluted shrimp in the world. This recipe is my favorite way to cook them.

Asian Grilled Shrimp

Serves 6 -8.

2 lb. of large shrimp, cleaned, deveined and butterflied

In a bowl, thoroughly combine the following:
½ cup extra virgin olive oil
½ cup fresh basil finely chopped
4 extra large cloves of garlic put through a garlic press
2 TBS. white wine vinegar
1 TBS. Worcestershire sauce
Sambol Olek to taste (can be found in Asian grocery stores)
½ teas. salt
½ teas. freshly ground black pepper

Place ¼ cup of marinade in a large zip-lock bag. Add the shrimp and turn to make certain all shrimp are coated with the marinade. Chill the shrimp and marinade for no more than two hours. Refrigerate the remaining marinade. Soak wooden skewers in water for at least 30 minutes to prevent them from burning on the grill.

Heat the grill to a medium heat, approximately 350 degrees. Thread the shrimp onto the skewers and grill for 2 – 3 minutes per side or until the shrimp is opaque in the center. Be careful not to over cook. Arrange the skewers on a platter and spoon heated marinade over the shrimp. Enjoy!

What’s new at the Inn?

The 3 Cs scones – cheese, chilies and corn. Just fold 1/3 cup sharp cheddar cheese, ¼ cup mild green chilies and ½ cup corn kernels – frozen, canned or freshly cooked all work – into prepared Adobe Rose Buttermilk Scone Mix dough. Bake at 450 degrees for 15 -18 minutes. Great snack any time of day!

You can now purchase Adobe Rose Buttermilk Scone Mix at gift shops in the Tucson Airport, Tohono Chul, and the Tucson Botanical Gardens. The mix is also in specialty shops from Tucson to Tubac to Tumacacori. You can also find them on the shelves of some Whole Foods groceries.