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  • Carol's Mango-Pine Nut Rugelach

    published Dec 12, 2011

    ​Our latest Chow Bella showdown: a traditional holiday cookie exchange. From now through Christmas, we present Chow Bella's 12 Days of Christmas Cookies. We begin, technically speaking, wit... More >>

  • Bourbon, Scotch, Rye and Duck Fat at Old Town Whiskey

    Bourbon, Scotch, Rye and Duck Fat at Old Town Whiskey

    published Nov 23, 2011

    ​ Last month, Team Distrito, led by Jose Garces chef de cuisine Dave Conn, earned the title of grand champions at the 2nd annual Arizona Taco Festival -- whetting our appetite for their mahi... More >>

  • Whole Foods Ultimate Food Fight, Round 2: Stuffed

    published Nov 04, 2011

    ​ Thursday night, Whole Foods Scottsdale looked like a mini set from a Food Network challenge as five regional WF chefs, including hometown favorite (with his own cheering section) Nathan Hi... More >>

  • Bahn Mi, a BLT and More as Posh Hosts the Tender Belly Roaming Roast Party

    published Oct 26, 2011

    ​ Driven by an obsession with "great bacon" and a farm boy's love and respect for heritage pigs, native Iowan Erik Duffy began to cure and smoke pork belly at home in his garage. The Scottsdal... More >>

  • Plenty: Vibrant Vegetable Recipes from London's Ottolenghi

    published Oct 03, 2011

    Watching Plenty -- the veggie-centric cookbook by chef, restaurateur, and "New Vegetarian" food columnist Yotam Ottolenghi -- climb to the final round in Food52's Piglet cookbook competition las... More >>

  • Strawberry Risotto

    published Aug 15, 2011

    ​ Reading the fall issue of La Cucina Italiana magazine, I noticed an announcement for the fall release of the newest edition of Il Cucchiaio d'Argento, The Silver Spoon. If you missed the c... More >>

  • Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams at Home

    published Aug 09, 2011

    Good Time from Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams on Vimeo. There are no secrets to ice cream making at home. Classic ice cream recipes begin with a cooked custard base of milk or cream, or a combination of ... More >>

  • Build a Better Veggie Burger

    Build a Better Veggie "Burger"

    published Aug 08, 2011

    ​ There are two reasons veggie burgers get a bad rap. The first is the name. After all, a good burger is typically defined as meaty, juicy and smoky. A good veggie burder doesn't need to be any of... More >>

  • The Strand Urban Italian, Silk Asian Chop House and More Coming Soon to Downtown Phoenix

    published Jul 29, 2011

    ​ The Downtown Phoenix Partnership unveiled the second annual Downtown Dining Guide Wednesday at the recently opened Westin Phoenix Downtown. It was a chance to graze on offerings from six downtow... More >>

  • Summer School with Beau MacMillan and Robert Irvine at The Sanctuary

    published Jul 25, 2011

    ​ A French saute pan flew across the floor, and the crowd warmed up like a TV audience as Chef Beau MacMillan taunted Chef Robert Irvine during introductions Saturday night at the latest Lunch ... More >>

  • Bruschetta Three Ways, All Vegetarian

    published Jul 25, 2011

    ​ I don't know about you, but I am ready to give my cook top a break -- send it on vacation with the chefs who, like a NYC shrink, shutter their doors for a summer respite. My ambition... More >>

  • Grown Up's Table at Beckett's Table

    published Jul 21, 2011

    ​ Right down to the name, Chef Justin Beckett has centered his Arcadia neighborhood restaurant concept, Beckett's Table, around a stunning, reclaimed black walnut community table. Last... More >>

  • Five Kitchen Tools for Meatless Meals

    published Jul 18, 2011

    How many enticing recipes do you save -- then skip -- because the instructions for ingredient preparation seem to involve more time than you are willing to spend at the kitchen counter? Every cook, ev... More >>

  • The Elote Cafe Cookbook

    published Jul 14, 2011

    ​ Although he describes himself as an introvert, Jeff Smedstad has always been at ease when sharing his garnered wisdom of Mexican cuisine. At the original strip mall location of Los Sombreros in Sc... More >>

  • Chillin' with Cold Soup

    Chillin' with Cold Soup

    published Jul 11, 2011

    ​Long, hot summer days bring those childhood memories -- chasing through lawn sprinklers, setting up lemonade stands, catching fireflies in a jar, and for me, my Russian born grandmother's c... More >>

  • Lobsters Scream When You Boil Them and 100 Other Myths About Cooking and Food

    Lobsters Scream When You Boil Them and 100 Other Myths About Cooking and Food

    published Jul 01, 2011

    ​My first thought when I saw the title of Lobsters Scream When You Boil Them was please, spare me from another irreverent take on serious kitchen happenings. Relief came when I spotted the autho... More >>

  • Cheesy Grits: Trendy and Delicious

    published Jun 27, 2011

    ​ When I lived in Tennessee I learned quite a few quaint Southern colloquialisms, got used to being called "Ma'am", and that there are grits and G.R.I.T.S. (Girls Raised in the South). Outside... More >>

  • Vegetarian Winemaker's Dinner at FNB

    Vegetarian Winemaker's Dinner at FNB

    published Jun 20, 2011

    ​ FnB's Spicy Grilled Broccoli recently made it on Chow Bella's 100 Favorite Dish list. Its not the first veggie centric dish cooked up by Charleen Badman to score a headline, her Braised Leek... More >>

  • Raw Food with Christopher Slawson

    Raw Food with Christopher Slawson

    published Jun 13, 2011

    ​ The raw food enthusiasts that have crossed my path in the past were just too evangelical for me to take in. I had respect for the food they prepared, it was interesting and tasty, but not ... More >>

  • Foraged Dinner with Chrysa Robertson and Hank Shaw at Rancho Pinot

    published Jun 09, 2011

    ​ Last night, Chef Chrysa Robertson of Rancho Pinot teamed up with Hank Shaw, author of Hunt, Gather, Cook- Finding the Forgotten Feast for a dinner designed around ingredients indigenous to... More >>

  • Hunt, Gather, Cook: Finding the Forgotten Feast

    published Jun 06, 2011

    ​ We enter an edible world every time we step outside our doors. It is local, seasonal, sustainable and for Hank Shaw, wild. Shaw, former restaurant cook, journalist and author of the IACP 20... More >>

  • Homemade Tofu

    Homemade Tofu

    published Jun 06, 2011

    ​I got my first taste of fresh tofu in Northern California, and I was immediately taken by the mellow flavor and creamy texture. It was nothing like the store bought, mostly firm t... More >>

  • Vegetarian Street Food Cooking Class Tonight at Andy Food

    published May 23, 2011

    ​ "I will no longer eat anything that has a face!" proclaims your teenager. For Sunday night dinner-your sibling is bringing an "oh-by the way they are vegetarian" date. Your book club has f... More >>

  • Tasting Tequila, Kobe Beef and Bourbon at The Scottsdale Princess

    Tasting Tequila, Kobe Beef and Bourbon at The Scottsdale Princess

    published May 17, 2011

    ​ As locals, it drives us nuts when resorts offer spa and food deals that we can't take advantage of, particularly in the summer when -- let's face it -- no one else is begging to come to town... More >>

  • Bitter Leafy Greens

    published May 16, 2011

    ​ When I first moved to the South and discovered the home style cooking of a meat and three, it cracked me up (and not in a ha-ha way) that the side vegetable choices were mac-n-cheese, creamed co... More >>

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