Fruits and Vegetables

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    October 3, 2014

    Roosevelt Row's Chile Pepper Festival: Here's the Winner and the New Chile Pepper King

    Torrential rain and a four-block blackout made it difficult for the organizers of last weekend's Roosevelt Row Chile Pepper Festival to put on a flawless event this year, but the less-than ideal weather didn't stop a sizable crowd from coming out. On the downside, flooding and power outages did keep ... More >>

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    September 11, 2014

    Mejico vs. Fuego Bistro: Seafood Chile Relleno Battle

    Any well-made chile relleno is just as good modest as it is dressed up. Stuff it fat with cheese? Perfect. Fill it with bright vegetables and a choice selection of meat? We're good with that, too. But those who don't consider Taco Bell Mexican food know the breading is just as important as the chili ... More >>

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    June 26, 2014
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    June 18, 2013

    It's a Dry Heat: Get to Know Chiltepin and Pequin Hot Peppers

    When it comes to dry chiles, the smaller it is, the bigger the kick. Sure anchos and guajillos have great depth of nutty flavor and make great everyday sauces, but you're not going to lift a bland bowl of soup into pore-cleansing sweaty heat by crushing one into it; you grab a fiery red Chiltepin, o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2013

    Pickled Jalapeños: Homemade Spice Straight Out of Minervaland

    Some days, life needs a spicy kick to every mouthful. And when your nightly supper becomes something along the lines of a sandwich comprising a slice of processed cheddar wrapped around two slices of cheap turkey deli meat, eaten while foraging through the fridge for some other edible, non-beer item ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2013

    8 Great Guacamoles in Metro Phoenix

    Some snooty conquistador way back when once noted that in Mexico, avocados and guacamole were "butter for the poor." My, how times have changed! Guacamole -- a literal and linguistic mash-up of the Nahuatl (Aztec) words ahuacatl (avocado) and mole (mixture) has gone so upscale, customers now routine ... More >>

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    April 5, 2013

    Green Chile Mac and Cheese Smackdown: The Main Ingredient vs. Roaring Fork

    In Arizona, we want things done a certain way. We like our hot dogs Sonoran, our margaritas prickly peared, and our mac and cheese chock-full of green chiles. A classic dish of Americana delivered with a Southwestern spin is the comfort dish of many locals. So whose kitchen should you head to when y ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2012

    First-Ever Chile Pepper Festival on Roosevelt Row Promises to Bring the Heat

    The First Annual Chile Pepper Festival is upon us, people. September 29, this coming Saturday, Roosevelt Row will celebrate the beloved chile in all forms roast, dried, cooked and fried. And in case you were more or less hesitant about attending an event that would undoubtedly leave a fire in your m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2012

    Chef Brian Hulihee's Green Chile Mac and Cheese

    This week in Chef Talk we brought you our interview with Chef Brian Hulihee of Roaring Fork in central Scottsdale. On Monday, he talked about how he got into the business and what it's like to be entering his 10th year at the restaurant. Yesterday, he recalled family memories involving traditional ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2012

    Stacked Cheese and I'itoi Enchiladas with Homemade Sauce

    Lately, in this In Season series, we're taking a look at what I take home from Crooked Sky Farms each week and see what I've done with my CSA share, or part share. This week I'm using dried chiles and i'itoi onions.

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    November 15, 2011

    In Season: Green Chile Cheeseburgers with Tomato

    Jennifer WoodsWhy, yes, there are sweet potato chips on that plate. Dinner took me forever because of them, but it was tasty.​Lately, in this In Season series, we're taking a look at what I take home from Crooked Sky Farms each week and see what I've done with my CSA share, or part share. This ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2011

    Six Favorite Nacho Spots in Metro Phoenix

    Tedd Roundy Devil Chips at Nachobot.​This week we're knee-deep in the chips, just for you. Presenting half a dozen of Chow Bella's favorite nacho spots in metro Phoenix. 6. Nachobot No way we could skip spanikin'-new Nachobot, which is bringing nachos to the Roosevelt Row crowd, jus ... More >>

  • Dining

    October 6, 2011
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    September 15, 2011
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    April 21, 2011

    Pork Chile Verde from Casa Reynoso

    Erica O'Neil The Gollo Burro, stuffed and smothered in pork chile verde, from Casa Reynoso.​Tacos may very well be the perfect food, but let's face it, the standard Meximerican fare can get a bit stale after a while. Taco the Town is here to highlight some of the more unusual Mexican finds ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2011

    Whataburger Green Chile Double Versus Dead Birds Falling From the Sky

    ​In a response to thousands of dead birds falling from the sky with implications that the end of the world is upon us, Whataburger has announced a limited-time offering of its Green Chile Double, which features two beef patties, two kinds of cheese, and roasted green chiles. Smart move, What ... More >>

  • Dining

    August 19, 2010
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    June 24, 2010
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    May 27, 2010

    Now Open in Old Town: Iruña

    ​Chef Aaron May is once again bringing Spanish cuisine to the local dining mix, this time with Basque influences. His new spot, Iruña, just opened to the public on Tuesday, in the Old Town Scottsdale space that was the longtime home to Pischke's Paradise (7217 E. 1st St., 480-398-3020). Ma ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2010

    What Can I Do with My Crock Pot? Part Two: Recipes

    Crock Pot Cooking: Low and Slow is the way to go! (Part II)   ​ Whether you dust off the slow cooker sitting in the garage sale pile, score one at a vintage cookware store, or find yourself starry eyed in front of the All Clad beauty at Sur La Table (where I once worked, full disclosure); one ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2010

    Savory Cupcakes? Check Out Tuck Shop's New Menu

    ​Last night was the unveiling of Tuck Shop's new summer menu, which I'm eager to try.Beer-battered cheese curds, watermelon salad with ricotta salata and basil, and pork t-bone with summer squash gnocchi, grilled green beans, and peach salsa all sound delicious, but the most intriguing new items a ... More >>

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    May 6, 2010
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    April 19, 2010

    Roasted Fingerling and Tomato Salad with Green Beans and Arugula : Monday Night Martha

    Sativa Peterson​After a week of celebrating four family birthdays - culminating in a night of karaoke - salad is definitely on the menu. With too much cake and drinks, and not enough vegetables, all we want is salad. Perusing Martha's options we found this tasty sounding one: Roasted Fingerl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2010

    Cora Blouch, What Are You Eating?

    ​Cora Blouch The singer and knitter performs in the Amazing Grace II program with the Phoenix Chorale May 1-2 and May 9 at various venues in the Valley, and her Bewilderknits merchandise is sold at MADE, Practical Art and Ecocentricity What'd you eat for dinner last night? Homemade wild rice and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2010

    Urban Farming 101

    Garden fever has struck at Chow Bella and we are jumping on the grow-your-own-food bandwagon. Starting this week, I will be documenting the trials and tribulations of turning my rundown backyard into a little farm, right in the middle of the down might be an understatement. ​ This ... More >>

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    March 31, 2010

    Homemade Matzoh, Manischewitz Sangria and a Brisket Cook Off

    The Seder Table: There's matzoh under that cryptic cover.​ The Passover seder -- simply put, a Jewish ceremony commemorating the Israelites' exodus from Egypt -- is all about suffering. There's a lot of talk of plagues like boils and lice, you eat bitter herbs and, traditionally, the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2010

    Huntington, West Virginia, Needs More Than Jamie Oliver, in This Week's "TV Dinner"

    Ding! Ding! Ding! America, thanks to Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution (the best reality show on TV right now) we now have a winner for the Glad-I-Don't-Live-in-This Hellhole award: Huntington, West Virginia! Great job, Huntington! What's your secret? Children who don't know how to cut food with a knif ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2010

    Infuse Your Booze : Easy, Cheap, Fancy Drinkin'

    Adriane GoetzCherry-infused Woodford Reserve bourbon and pineapple-strawberry-infused gin at the Phoenician's Grape & Grain boutique.​Even with top shelf alcohol, a mixed drink is only as good as its mixer. A cheap, artificially flavored juice can totally ruin the taste; and the usual "soda, j ... More >>

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    March 22, 2010

    Matzo Ball Soup: Monday Night Martha

    ​What's a goy like Martha know about making matzo balls? Here at Monday Night Martha we've decided to find out. We've never made matzo ball soup before but we'd like to perfect our skills in time for Passover. For this cooking adventure, we've enlisted the help of a friend with 6 years of Hebr ... More >>

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    February 19, 2010

    Chef Talk: Charles Stotts' Grilled Bass with a Roasted Vegetable Salad and Banyuls Vinaigrette

    ​ This week, we've heard from Charles Stotts on cooking with friends, what's missing in the Phoenix foodscape and why spoons are the best kitchen utensil. Today he shares his recipe for Grilled Bass with a Roasted Vegetable Salad and Banyuls Vinaigrette.

  • Dining

    February 18, 2010
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    February 4, 2010
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    February 3, 2010

    Chef Talk: Jamie Santoro's House Lasagna

    That Italian Place's "famous" house-style lasagna. ​ Yesterday we talked with Chef Jamie Santoro of That Italian Place. Today she gives us the rundown on her lasagna. She says the recipe has been in the family for years and it's a popular dish with the Ahwatukee regulars. Here's the scoop:

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2010

    Dip Showdown: Curry Some Flavor Dip

    ​The Chow Bella staff can not stay out of the kitchen. In anticipation of the Super Bowl, we've used our culinary talents to compete in a showdown of dips.  After two heavy hitters like Jonathan's Nothing Left to Lose Beer Cheese and Claire's Don't Ask, Don't Tell Artichoke Dip, today we ... More >>

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    January 28, 2010

    Battle of the Bruschetta

    For a starter that appears on practically every restaurant menu, from Olive Garden to Postino, bruschetta (broo-SKETTA) is a remarkably appealing -- and mispronounced -- dish. The concept is simple: toast a slice of crusty bread and top it with pretty much whatever sounds fr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2009

    John Greentree, What Are You Eating?

    John Greentree's on the a dumpster​John Greentree The member of Autonomous Dumpster Divers, Food Not Bombs Phoenix serves food every Sunday at Deck Park at 3 p.m. He's also a freegan, and you can read more about his dumpster diving exploits here. What'd you eat for dinner last n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2009

    Chef Talk: Payton Curry's Fall Panzanella Salad and Spezzatini of Pork

    At Caffe Boa, executive chef Payton Curry (whom we profiled yesterday in Chef Talk) uses farm-fresh, local ingredients in his dishes, and these two recipes are no exception. The Fall Panzanella Salad features products that are in season right now, so if you want the freshest dish available, hea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2009

    Recipe: Red Wine Braised Beef with Winter Squash "Mash" and Apple Gremolata from Quiessence

    You're lucky, readers--this recipe was crafted just for you by Chef Greg LaPrad of Quiessence Restaurant & Wine Bar. Nicki Escudero Red Wine Braised Beef with Winter Squash "Mash" and Apple Gremolata​LaPrad made this dish using ingredients currently available at Quiessence, which rotat ... More >>

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    October 28, 2009

    Forking: Simple German Bread Dumpling Soup

    ​This week's Forking column gets down to the dirty truth about what your surroundings say about you. For the sake of making a good impression on your would-be significant other, make damn sure to clean your bathroom. As for your kitchen, have a pot of this German bread dumpling soup bubbling away ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 27, 2009

    You Pick It: Apple Annie's

    Apple Annie's​One of the best parts of autumn is the pick-it-yourself patches and orchards opening for public fun. Despite the 90-degree October and desert landscape, Arizona boasts some lovely farms for picking. However, most places close for the season on or around Halloween, so here's a f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2009

    Battle of the Raspados

    Realeza Michoacana vs. La Reina MichoacanaRaspados are basically Mexican snow cones, but they're better than their US counterparts because real fruit juice is drizzled on top of the ice, instead of the sugary syrup most of us are used to. This gives you the feeling that what you're eating is vaguely ... More >>

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    October 5, 2009

    The Naughty Vegetarian: Top Ten Fatty Meat-Free Foods

    PETA caused some hullabaloo (shocker) a couple months back with a billboard posted in Jacksonville, Fla. that said "Save the Whales, Lose the Blubber: Go Vegetarian." The billboard had a picture of a heavy-set lady on the beach in a not-so-itsy-bitsy teenie-weenie pink polka-dot bikini. Really ... More >>

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    August 5, 2009

    Battle of the Free Samples

    Costco vs. Sam's Club The economy is rough these days and we could all use a free meal. If you head to your nearest bulk goods store on the weekend, you'll find a glut of free samples that would fill anyone. But which bulk store has the better samples going on, Costco or Sam's Club? We mooched off a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 29, 2009

    "Awesome" Figs, and Lemon Closeout, at Ahwatukee Farmers' Market

    photo by Eric Hunt, used under Creative Commons LicenseThis is what they look like when they aren't dried and stuffed into a Newton -- it's fruit, man!We talked with farmer Sri about what's in this week's harvest, and she waxed eloquent about summer fruits: "The figs are awesome! And we have a whole ... More >>

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    May 8, 2009

    Early Peaches at Roadrunner Park Farmers' Market

    Julie PetersonOne Windmill Farms' Queen Creek peaches are the belles of the ball.Each of the Valley's farmers' markets has its own distinctive atmosphere. That's fun to suss out, but we're all about the produce, too. The Roadrunner Park Farmers' Market, just off the 51 on Cactus Road, is Phoenix's o ... More >>

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    April 20, 2009

    Monday Night Martha: Strawberry Limeade

    Apparently spring is over. Brace yourself because the temperature is supposed to rise to 100 degrees Tuesday. To keep cool,we're making strawberry limeade. It's a makeshift recipe we pretty much created on the spot.

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    April 16, 2009

    Cooking School Secrets: Controlling Pesticides

    If cost were not part of the equation, I'd choose to eat organic everything. After all, who wants to eat toxic chemicals or feed it to our children? But money does matter and, like most of the people I know, I am always trying to find my way to a healthier diet. Studies have shown that organic pro ... More >>

  • Dining

    March 19, 2009
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    March 13, 2009

    Sri's Fruits and Vegetables -- and a Chili Cookoff! -- Sunday at Ahwatukee Farmers' Market

    Wife-and-husband Chandler farmers Sri and Richard know how to make their fresh produce a hot commodity: Control access. You can't find Sri's Fruits and Vegetables anywhere, any time, except at the Ahwatukee Farmers' Market each Sunday morning. (Okay, it's a small family business, and it's not as tho ... More >>

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    January 28, 2009

    Spooning: Baked Corn Casserole

    Jonathan McNamaraSee this recipe in slide show form.  In this week's Spooning column, Colin Redding illustrates the results of mixing dating with kids and America's favorite starch. Think you know some corny jokes? Watch out for this one.  Yet cobs of the yellow stuff have more than humorous appli ... More >>

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