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    November 12, 2014

    10 Places to Order Holiday Pies in Metro Phoenix

    We are all about that pie here at Chow Bella. With our annual Pie Social just around the corner we've definitely got pie on the mind. But don't worry, the pie love doesn't have to stop after the event this Saturday. Plenty of local restaurants, bakeries, and chefs will have pies available for pre-or ... More >>

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    May 19, 2014

    Doc Brown of Doc's Artisan Ice Creams, Arizona's First Small Batch Ice Creamery

    Doc Brown Owner Doc's Artisan Ice Cream If you stop by Doc's Artisan Ice Cream in Tempe, you won't find a charming ice cream parlor with a brightly painted walls and beautifully displayed desserts. You'll probably find Brown working away in what amounts to an ice cream lab ... More >>

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    August 19, 2013

    10 Crazy Ice Creams Made by Small-Batch U.S. Artisans

    Only five years ago, now-commonplace ice cream flavors like sweet corn or craft beer would have caught anyone off guard. But with the introduction of bacon to the dessert course a few years ago, the line separating sweet and savory was forever demolished. These 10 ice creameries craft artisanal vers ... More >>

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    July 24, 2013

    DIY Ice Cream with Pastry Chef Rachel Miller

    As the monsoon storms roll in to smother the dry heat, Phoenix inhabitants have begun to hibernate in the chill of their air-conditioned homes. Transporting frosty treats is near impossible, as they melt into puddles before we can puzzle-piece them into our already packed freezers. I'm a custard ... More >>

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    May 22, 2013

    5 Desserts That Pastry Chef Rachel Miller Is Totally Over

    I love sweets. Obviously. As a pastry chef, I fully understand giving the people what they want. But I also believe in challenging the diner to try something new, expanding their taste buds and minds. See also: - Sugar Rush: Confessions of a Wild West Pastry Chef, and the Launch of a New Column ... More >>

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    September 5, 2012

    Cupcake Wars Challenge: OllieCake vs The Coffee Shop

    See Also: America's Largest Cupcake Franchise Expands to Arizona Because Cupcakes, Chains We've all seen Food Network's Cupcake Wars, right? It's the show that puts four bakers up against one another to see who can make a few batches of cupcakes worthy enough for the queen of cupcakes herself, Mis ... More >>

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    July 13, 2012

    Tiramisu at Aiello's Salumeria

    See also: Aiello's Salumeria and Isa's Pizza Corner the Moon Valley Market See also: Original Aiello's May Relocate Closer to Downtown Central Avenue, although replete with restaurants of all varieties, lost an irreplaceable one early last month when Aiello's East Coast Italian Dining closed its do ... More >>

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    May 18, 2012

    Pomegranate Chocolate Cake at Pomegranate Café

    Dessert isn't supposed to be healthy, but that doesn't mean that it has to be entirely bad for you, either. Pomegranate Café's large selection of pastries and desserts expertly toes this line, bringing the best of both worlds: indulgence and health-consciousness. All desserts are made in-house from ... More >>

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    March 20, 2012

    Chef Talk: Our Lady of Cupcakes, Part Two

    Yesterday we talked with Katie True and Lisa Even of Our Lady of Cupcakes. Today the conversation continues when we ask them about the cupcake market and what they see in their future. What advice would you give someone looking at becoming a small business owner? Lisa: If we would have done what ... More >>

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    December 13, 2011

    Shannon's Who-Cares-About-Chocolate Lemon Crunch Sugar Cookies

    Tedd Roundy Shannon's lemon cookies.​Our latest Chow Bella showdown: a traditional holiday cookie exchange. From now through Christmas, we present Chow Bella's 12 Days of Christmas Cookies. Today: 11. Shannon Armour's Who-Cares-About-Chocolate Lemon Crunch Sugar Cookies. I don't make coo ... More >>

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    November 18, 2011

    Warm Sticky Toffee Pudding with Greek Yogurt Gelato at Noca

    Are you ready for one of the most delectable desserts of your life? Prep your taste buds, grab your smartphone so that you can post on-the-spot, and head to Noca. They make amazing gelato in unique flavors that pair with each dessert.

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    August 9, 2011

    Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams at Home

    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 the two, egg yolks and sugar. Temper the eggs with the hot milk or cream, cool the mixture, pour int ... More >>

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    November 4, 2010

    Pie Social: No Need for Humble Pie

    The first-ever Pie Social -- to be held Saturday, November 13, 2 to 6 p.m. at 5th Street and Roosevelt -- is right around the corner. While we wait, we are busy trying to flex our pie-baking muscles. We've never made lemon meringue pie before so this seems like the perfect time to try our hand ... More >>

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    October 5, 2010

    Culver's Pumpkin Treats: Like Heroin If Heroin Were Frozen and Kinda Orange

    ​Warning: these frozen fall treats from Culver's are dangerously addictive. If you're not into pumpkin stuff, feel free to jump down to the next post, but if you're like Fry Girl and anxiously await autumn's arrival of all things of the large, edible, orange-yellow fruit borne by a coarse, d ... More >>

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    October 5, 2010

    Get Ready for Cupcake Love-In Oct. 10

    Ten to the third power brings Cupcake Love-In's "peace, love, and cupcakes" to Hotel Valley Ho from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 10. Shell out $10 in advance ($15 day of), and you'll get to scarf down cupcakes from 30 different bakeries, cupcakeries, restaurants and pastry chefs.

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    October 1, 2010

    Top Chef Just Desserts Episode 3 Recap: Taste the Resentment

    Pathetic.​Sure, we've all done the not-gonna-try thing -- stupid games, themed parties, office Olympics -- perfectly understandable. But for a contestant on Top Chef Just Desserts to just say "screw it" to a challenge? Welcome, once again, to the wuss-out world of man-baby Seth. In this week's Qu ... More >>

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    September 15, 2010

    Is This For Real? 'Healthy' Chocolate Cake at True Food Kitchen and The Compound Grill

    Forget acai berries and pomegranate. Chocolate is our "superfood" of choice": decadent, rich and packed with antioxidants and endorphins. Hell, it's like taking a vitamin and a happy pill all at once! It's also delicious whether it's eaten in traditional bar form or used as an in ... More >>

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    September 6, 2010

    One Bowl Chocolate Cake

    ​When we lived in Brooklyn, NY we had a monthly ritual. It started with going to our favorite sushi joint and loading up on Spanish mackerel sashimi and rolls of varying types and bowls of miso soup and sake. And then, because why stop there, we would stumble down the street for a walk of a few ... More >>

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    August 27, 2010

    How Do I Make Frozen Yogurt At Home?

    Carol BlonderBerry-Berry Frozen Yogurt​Yesterday, we encouraged you to get to know your fro-yo. Today, frozen yogurt recipe ideas to make at home. Frozen yogurt is quick and easy to make at home. The basic ingredients are simple and small in number. An ice cream maker yields the best results but ... More >>

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    July 27, 2010

    Vegetarian Cooking Yoga Style and Ice Cream Sundaes in Today's Eater's Digest​Hungry for your early morning serving of food news, with no preservatives or additives? Vegetarian Cooking Yogi StyleVegetarian and Yoga teacher Rai Singh wants to teach you the basics of cooking with vegetables at Yoga Phoenix in the historic Coronado neighborhood ... More >>

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    July 12, 2010

    S'more Please Sundaes

    ​Here we are in July. Is it just us, or does July seem to sneak up and take you by surprise? It's time for summer plans to unfold. Time to escape the heat, or at least dream about it. Time to enjoy all those mainstays of summer: tomatoes, watermelon, swimming, lemonade, ice-cream trucks, salty ... More >>

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    July 1, 2010

    Tracy Dempsey: Tracy Dempsey Originals-Part Two

    Yesterday we chatted with Tracy Dempsey about inspirations, her food attitude, and being a woman in professional kitchens, today Tracy tells us why ice cream, and shares a recipe. Tracy scoops ​You have added ice cream to your line of Tracy Dempsey Originals, why ice cream?I have always done ... More >>

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    June 28, 2010

    Update: 32 Degrees is Still in the Works

    There's drama in the ice cream world. Last week, after contacting Utah-based ice cream company Sub Zero Ice Cream, I learned of a split between that company and the folks opening a new shop in Arcadia called 32 Degrees Ice Cream. Sub Zero is listed on the building permit that was posted on the front ... More >>

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    June 14, 2010

    Top Chef, Ye Olde Bravo Standby, Comes To Snoozeville (Washington D.C.)

    Hearts across America have barely started to beat regularly again after last week's amazing finale of Top Chef Masters (congrats, Marcus Samuellson!) and now comes Season 7 of Top Chef. The time-tested Bravo standby will premiere this week, take place in our nation's capital, and, once again, feat ... More >>

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    June 7, 2010

    Free Shakes From Sonic for "Real Ice Cream" Promotion

    ​Summer's just started and already this Fry Girl feels more "fry" than "girl."Big thanks to Sonic for bringing on some chill. The 3,500-unit drive-in chain is promoting its "Real Ice Cream" with "buy one, get one free" shakes and 99 cent one-topping sundaes. What's Real Ice Cream? A richer, cream ... More >>

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    May 18, 2010

    IHOP's Pancake Stackers Not Disgusting Enough for "Bressert"

    We can all thank KFC's Double Down Sandwich for raising the grossness bar when it comes to eating. Since April, nothing has touched it. They have expanded the playing field of repulsive, have gone the extra mile to create colon explosions of untold severity, and have raised their middle finger high ... More >>

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    May 6, 2010

    Treehouse Bakery Brings Vegan Treats to CenPho

    ​A darling friend just introduced me to a charming gal named Corianne Sizemore, who just launched her new, vegan-friendly Treehouse Bakery, this week. While a retail bakery shop is in her future and she plans to start selling at the Downtown Phoenix Public Market as soon as her catering perm ... More >>

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    April 16, 2010

    Thin Mint Showdown: And the Winner Is . . .

    The Chow Bella contributors do not make it easy on me.  I showed up at a recent meeting to discover a huge spread of beautiful, chocolatey desserts on the conference room table, each one of them with my name on it (metaphorically speaking). Everyone really hustled to create some new dessert o ... More >>

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    April 14, 2010

    Battle of the Big-Ass Apple Pies: Take Note, Man v. Food!

    Ah... apple pie. It's as American as mom and baseball, Botox and Internet porn. When I spotted a gargantuan version of this classic dessert in one local restaurant's refrigerated case, I knew it was fodder for a brutal Battle of the Dishes. Will my original find nab top honors in this week's s ... More >>

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    April 12, 2010

    Thin Mint Showdown: Steeplechase Cupcakes

    Jonathan McNamaraSteeplechase Cupcakes​One can never have enough Thin Mints. At least that's what we thought until Managing Editor Amy Silverman brought in a dozen unsold boxes to a recent Chow Bella meeting. If one must make lemonade when life hands one lemons, we theorized one must make dese ... More >>

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    April 8, 2010

    Thin Mint Showdown: Lazy Thin Mint Pie

    Jonathan McNamaraGive me a spoon now!​One can never have enough Thin Mints. At least that's what we thought until Managing Editor Amy Silverman brought in a dozen unsold boxes to a recent Chow Bella meeting. If one must make lemonade when life hands one lemons, we theorized one must make deser ... More >>

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    March 30, 2010

    Sushi Cupcake Surprise!

    ​I didn't expect to publicly share the fact that today is my birthday, but one of my darling friends just sent me the coolest, coolest surprise. "Sushi" cupcakes! These are like the eye candy you see in glossy cookbooks about fancy, creative pastries, and here they are on my desk, just in t ... More >>

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    March 22, 2010

    Apple Pie vs. Blueberry Cheesecake at Bertha's Café, in "Just Desserts"

    In the end, we get what's coming to us. Let's hope it's sweet. ​Ah, spring. That time of year when the axis of the Earth increases its tilt toward the sun and the length of daylight rapidly increases for the relevant hemisphere. Or: Pretty flowers! Pretty flowers! And with the world seeming bran ... More >>

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    March 17, 2010

    Battle of the Irish Bread Puddings

    When you hear the word "pudding," you likely think of a creamy, milk-based dessert. Over in the British Isles they have different meanings for the same word, some of which aren't quite as pleasant. There's blood pudding, a sausage made with congealed animal blood. Black ... More >>

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    February 22, 2010

    Exotic Ice Cream Flavor Quest, in "Just Desserts"

    In the end, we get what's coming to us. Let's hope it's sweet. ​The latest issue of Sunset magazine says a $4,000 dresser is "worth the splurge" and the rooms at a former sanitarium turned bed-and-breakfast are calming. One article that doesn't incite a high-pitched "ha!" is the one predicting th ... More >>

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    February 15, 2010

    Culver's Custard in This Week's "Just Desserts"

    In the end, we get what's coming to us. Let's hope it's sweet. ​Now that the roses have wilted, the candy's been picked over, and the smoochies exchanged, America has turned its attention from hot romance to ice cold snow with the start of the Winter Olympic Games. And what a more fitting way ... More >>

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    February 10, 2010

    Battle of the Sexy Desserts

    With Valentine's Day around the corner, we thought we'd get you in the mood with a little friendly competition of gooey, rich and chocolatey desserts. We have two serious competitors: a deep, dark chocolate cake and a brownie-like dessert served with a side of warm chocolate sauce. So light so ... More >>

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    January 14, 2010

    Too Cute: 100 Games Cupcake Game​Somebody had a lot of fun with this. Just look at those funny little fondant pigs! A friend just sent me a link to a darling website where they've created incredibly detailed cupcake designs inspired by classic games and retro video games, and then made a guessing g ... More >>

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    December 21, 2009

    Jell-O Showdown: Berry Good Holiday Pie

    Not satisfied with competing in the art of making stuffing, the Chow Bella staff is at it again. This showdown is all about Jell-O. So far we've brought you Sparkling Grapefruit Pie. Today we're bringing you a recipe that's the culmination of our years of suffering through bad Jell-O molds on wiltin ... More >>

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    December 1, 2009

    Fresh Baked Gifts: The Irish Car Bomb Cupcake

    Heather HochWe don't think we could love anything more.​We're not quite sure how to classify this one. It's a cupcake for chocolate lovers, bar flies, and people who generally like to eat rich. The Irish car bomb cupcake is a rich, moist Guinness chocolate cake with a flavorful whiskey chocola ... More >>

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    August 27, 2009

    Battle of the Sundaes

    The Brownie Connection vs. Udder DelightsThere are hundreds of places to eat ice cream in the Phoenix area, but this week's foodie smackdown is centered on the East Valley. We visit two cutesy spots in Gilbert that are just two miles apart from each other and compare the way they serve sundaes. In O ... More >>

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    July 31, 2009

    Sweet Summer: Fro Yo

    It's too hot to cook, so just skip to dessert. That's our philosophy, anyway. Besides, most summertime desserts have the added benefit of being cold, and anything that helps beat the heat is a winner. This week we offer you a daily guide to the sweet treats of summer, from lo-cal to oh wow, and be ... More >>

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    July 30, 2009
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    July 30, 2009

    Cafe: Milkshakes

    ​ Some people are born lactose-intolerant. Not us! No, we earned it. Maybe it's the companion splash of milk in every cup of coffee that keeps our journalistic fingers hard at work that has trained our body to associate mammalian lactation with stress. Either way, we can't handle milk products ... More >>

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    July 29, 2009

    Sweet Summer: Ice Cream Sundae

    It's too hot to cook, so just skip to dessert. That's our philosophy, anyway. Besides, most summertime desserts have the added benefit of being cold, and anything that helps beat the heat is a winner. This week we offer you a daily guide to the sweet treats of summer, from lo-cal to oh wow, and be ... More >>

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    July 22, 2009

    Battle of the Cupcakes

    Urban Cookies vs. Cupcakes   It's been several years since the cupcake craze ignited. According to most food fad timelines, cupcakes should have jumped the shark by now, but they obviously haven't because there's still no shortage of frou-frou cupcake boutiques around the Valley. That's fine wi ... More >>

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    April 17, 2009

    Top Ten Dessert Trends

    Have you ever heard of the International Food Futurists? Me neither, but it sounds damn cool, like a space-age network of culinary spies. Can I join? Anyway, The Food Channel just released its predictions for the Top Ten Dessert Trends, based on research the website conducted with the Internat ... More >>

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    August 15, 2008
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