Main Dish Recipes

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    April 18, 2011

    A Quick Guide to Grains

    Carol Blonder grains and seeds​ One of our tips for cooking meatless is to prepare a pot of grain over the weekend, mostly brown rice, and have it on hand to add to soups, stocks, and casseroles or to make a fresh grain and vegetable salad during the week. Going meatless one day a week is m ... More >>

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    April 11, 2011

    Fresh Spring Rolls

    Carol Blonder fresh spring rolls​ Leafy lettuces and fresh herbs are more than just salad fixin's. Roll them up, toss in some protein, and you've got a wrap. At the Asian market, the sight of fresh Thai basil, mint and cilantro puts us in the mood for fresh spring rolls on Meatless Monday. ... More >>

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    April 8, 2011

    FnB's Spring Menu and Crispy Onion Rings in Today's Eater's Digest

    Pink Parsley ​ Hungry for your early morning serving of food news, with no preservatives or additives?Springtime at FnBPavle Millic and Chef Charleen Badman have done it again. We just got a glimpse at Scottsdale restaurant FnB's latest menu and it sounds enchanting. Highlights of the spring menu ... More >>

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    April 7, 2011

    How To Cook In Parchment

    Carol Blonder en papillote​This week's question: How and what to cook in parchment paper? Forming a tightly sealed packet to hold and cook food is the perfect method for steaming or moist heat cooking. Steam is created inside the packet from an outside heat source and the natural moisture ... More >>

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    March 24, 2011

    Milanesa de Res: Thin-cut, Crispy Beef from La Salsita

    Flickr- amanky Pan-fried steak never looked so pretty: Milanesa de res con limon.​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 in the val ... More >>

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    March 17, 2011

    Patrick Boll's Dos Equis Battered Fish Tostadas

    Keyon Fareghi​ Yesterday we finished chatting up Patrick Boll of The Spotted Donkey Cantina ii and today he will guide us in putting together a super simple fish tostada. With the dog days of summer just nearly here, lighter fare incorporating fish just sounds all the more appetizing. This dish f ... More >>

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    February 25, 2011

    Prado's Peter DeRuvo Rolls Out Tapas Menu Today

    Carol BlonderPeter DeRuvo The best seat in this house is at the copper, wood and granite tapas bar facing Prado's wood-fired oven. The view is of chef de cuisine Peter DeRuvo and his "pickle master," Jay, working the oven, firing up the food, and finishing the plates. The chef says he is "having fu ... More >>

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    February 24, 2011

    Christopher Nicosia's Black Fettucine with Rock Shrimp

    Keyon Fareghi​ Our chat with Chef Christopher Nicosia of Sassi concluded yesterday with him telling us how the best compliment he has ever received was that from a patron claiming Nicosia's food was better than his own mother's. The recipe he is showing us today, however, is something mom pr ... More >>

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    February 17, 2011

    Emilio Morales' Kung Pao Scallops

    Keyon Fareghi​We chatted yesterday with Emilio Morales of Sunshine Moon Peking Pub about everything from the family of 10 he grew up in to a mutual distaste for Andrew Zimmern. He shows us today how to make kung pao scallops. As Morales warned us in part one on Tuesday, Asian food seems dece ... More >>

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    February 17, 2011

    Where Can I Find Blood Sausage in Phoenix?

    Wiki-Emmanuel Boutet black pudding​ A few weeks ago we wrote about Hungarian paprika, and a reader left a question: "Where can I find gurkha also known as blood sausage? I live in Phoenix area." While blood sausage is found in every cuisine from Asia to America, we could not find a nam ... More >>

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    February 14, 2011

    Portobello Mushroom "Burger" with sautéed onion and Gorgonzola

    Carol BlonderPortobello Mushroom Burger with oven baked "fries"​ There are days, even meatless days, when the craving for a burger takes over. Portobello mushrooms are the perfect replacement for a beef patty along with custom toppings (raw or sautéed onions, avocado, fresh tomatoes, fresh gree ... More >>

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    February 10, 2011

    Matt Carter's Black Cod with Tomato Nage

      Keyon Fareghi​Our chat with Matt Carter ended yesterday with him explaining a little about why The Mission is different from other Latin restaurants in the area. The proof may not be in the pudding, but in the black cod dish that he will show us how to prepare tod ... More >>

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    February 3, 2011

    Alex Padilla's Cochinita Pibil

      Keyon Fareghi ​After getting to know Alex Padilla of Taberna Mexicana, he let us in on the recipe for his favorite menu item, Cochinita Pibil, which is a Yucatan pork stew baked in a banana leaf and traditionally served with fried plantains, Mexican crema, pickled red onions, an ... More >>

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    January 31, 2011

    Burn, Baby, Burn! Smokin' Hot Super Bowl Sliders

      ​The Super Bowl is next Sunday and fans are already loading up their carts with charcoal, BBQ sauce and various ground, sliced, chopped and pre-formed meats at my local market. Good thing my wedding anniversary is this weekend -- and my husband doesn' ... More >>

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    January 27, 2011

    How to Use a Meat Thermometer

    This week, common post-holiday-cooking-frenzy questions: Where do I place a meat thermometer in my turkey? And how do I use a meat thermometer? ​Use a meat thermometer to test cooked food for doneness. The FDA guidelines for cooking temperature are listed to keep food safe from bacteria. The t ... More >>

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    January 25, 2011

    In Season: Kohlrabi

    Whether you're a CSA devotee, a farmers' market weekender or consider ketchup a veg, we'll teach you everything there is to know about local produce. Starting this week, Jennifer Woods will bring you fresh inspiration for how to prepare locally grown produce in a new weekly series called: In Season ... More >>

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    January 20, 2011

    Brian Peterson's Arctic Char

    Courtesy of Chef Brian Peterson​Yesterday, we spoke with Chef Brian Peterson of Cork and the upcoming BLD restaurant in Chandler. Today, he shares a delectable recipe for Arctic Char with Roasted Cauliflower, Fingerling Potatoes, Baby Carrots and Butternut Squash Puree. It's a mouthful ... More >>

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    January 19, 2011

    Hog Maws: Spicy Pork Stomach from Lao Ching Hing

    Erica O'NeilA mound of spicy pork stomach from Lao Ching Hing in the Chinese Cultural Center. ​Despite what the supermarket aisle may lead you to believe, there's more to an animal than neatly wrapped styrofoam trays of meat. From tongue to tail, offal (pronounced awful) encompasses all those ... More >>

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    January 14, 2011

    Low and Slow with Posole Soul: Dinner and A Movie

    Michelle Martinez Chunks of Pork, Hominy, and Pinto Beans make this a hearty soup.​ Staying in? We've got you covered -- both on the culinary and entertainment fronts. Now presenting Dinner and a Movie -- a guide to do a do it yourself evening of food and film. Now that the hustle of the ho ... More >>

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    January 13, 2011

    Michael DeMaria's Cinnamon Scented Duck

      Courtesy of Chef Michael DeMaria​Yesterday, we talked to Chef Michael DeMaria of Heirloom and M Catering. Today, he shows us how to prepare a delicious duck entree and accompanying side dishes from Heirloom's farm-to-table, seasonal menu. It will take a little practice to get the dis ... More >>

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    January 7, 2011

    Brit Grit and Pub Grub: Dinner and a Movie

    Candied bacon.​ Staying in? We've got you covered -- both on the culinary and entertainment fronts. Now presenting Dinner and a Movie -- a guide to do a do it yourself evening of food and film. Winter in the desert can get cold and gray. More people are wearing black sweaters, jean ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2011

    Easy Roast Chicken

    Illustration by Cyndi Coon​ If you are like everyone else, you are spending this first week of the new year cleaning and organizing. This can be hard work and leave you feeling too tired to make dinner. This roast chicken recipe is even easier then ordering take out. It is also much cheaper when y ... More >>

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    January 3, 2011

    Mosh Potatoes: A Heavy Metal Cookbook That Rocks

    ​There's a new heavy metal cookbook in stores called Mosh Potatoes (Atria Paperback), and even if you're not a headbanger, you'll find something to appreciate in this clever tome. Where else could you ever find recipes for things like "Hot Rod Penis Loaf" (courtesy of Gen from Genitorturers) ... More >>

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    December 30, 2010
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    December 23, 2010

    Andrea Volpi's Pappardella Bolognese

    Courtesy of Local Bistro​Chef Andrea Volpi of Local Bistro learned to cook at an early age, watching his mother in the kitchen and helping her with fresh, simple recipes like this delicious Italian Bolognese sauce. Mangia!   Pappardella Bolognese What you'll need: ... More >>

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    December 15, 2010

    Southern Comfort: The Breakfast Joynt Threatens Texaz Grill's Chicken Fried Steak Title

    New Year's is a time for resolutions, many having to do with working out, losing weight or eating healthier. With that in mind, we figured now is the time to load up on calorie and fat laden foods before we're forced to start battling broccoli and sugar-free crap. This week's Battle of the Dishes&nb ... More >>

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    December 13, 2010

    Taberna Mexicana in Scottsdale

    Erica O'Neil The Mar y Tierra at Taberna, filet mignon and grilled shrimp over roasted potatoes and topped with a sea urchin crema. ​Scottsdale Seville welcomed a new tenant last month, with the opening of Taberna Mexicana. Partners Mark Weissberg, Tim Arnold and Chris Harter launched this ... More >>

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    December 2, 2010

    Top Chef All Stars Season 8, Episode 1 Recap (Season Premiere): It Shoulda Been Me!

    We came so close!​Unpack those friggin' knives, yo! The so-close finalists from the past seven seasons of Top Chef ain't playin' this time around, as they compete to win the grand prize of $200,000 on Top Chef All Stars. Redemption? Saving face? Insults? How can this not be good TV? The premie ... More >>

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    November 30, 2010

    Yichao Wang, What Are You Eating?

    Yichao Wang​Yichao Wang The artistic director of CloPet Theatr can be seen performing with Jester'Z improv this December and January What'd you eat for dinner last night? I ate at Hong Kong Gormet Buffet in Ahwatukee. Delicious though a bit pricey--but lots of yummy seafood, and great sushi as w ... More >>

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    November 25, 2010
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    November 24, 2010

    Tofurky: Tell Your Drunk Aunt to Step Aside, This Might Just Be Another Holiday Disaster

    Kelly Green​ In the name of good health and a good read, each week we'll be bringing you a health product, complete with review. We're calling this feature Crunchy Granola -- even though we doubt much of this stuff tastes that good. Ah, yes. The infamous Tofurky. A product that has been a consis ... More >>

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    November 22, 2010

    Pan Gravy Recipe: Turkey 101

    ​Nothing beats homemade gravy dripping over just carved turkey; a ladled puddle swirled on a mound of mashed potatoes, drizzled and mixed into bread stuffing. No need to rely on cans of goopy creamed soups or dehydrated over- salted packaged mixes. If you are using herbs and vegetables for a ... More >>

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    November 18, 2010

    Turkey Tips: Brining and Roasting Oven roasted brined turkey ​Our Thanksgiving motto is brine baby, brine! After experimenting from year to year with methods and recommendations for a satisfying bird, brining consistently delivers us a bird that cooks faster, is moist, and flavorful. Brining takes so ... More >>

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    November 12, 2010

    Jessica Seinfeld on Her New Book and Being First in Line at Pizzeria Bianco This Weekend

    Image courtesy of Jessica Seinfeld​ Jessica Seinfeld is ready to turn over a new leaf -- or a page from a new book, rather. In April, a federal appeals court ruled in her favor after claims that the ideas behind her first cook book, Deceptively Delicious, had been copied from another author. ... More >>

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    November 11, 2010

    Tempeh: Tofu's Funky, Fermented Cousin

    Robin from Netherlands via Wikimedia commons​ In the name of good health and a good read, each week we'll be bringing you a health product, complete with review. We're calling this feature Crunchy Granola -- even though we doubt much of this stuff tastes that good. This week: Tempeh Tempeh, ... More >>

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    November 3, 2010

    Gasper Manno of Gasper's Casual Italian Dining/Pizzeria, Part Two

    Gasper Manno and his wife Maria grew up in towns 20 minutes apart on the Italian island of Sicily, but they didn't meet until they wound up at the same college in New York City. Halfway around the world decades later, now they work together at Gasper's Casual Italian Dining/Pizzeria.

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    November 2, 2010

    Sara Oliver, What Are You Eating?

    Sara Oliver​Sara Oliver The jeweler and artist has an art opening on Friday, November 5 at Sweets and Beats. Hanging on the walls will be about 120 drawings and mixed media pieces all under $20, plus there will be Tammie Coe cupcakes and a free show by Doctor Dinosaur from Tucson. Her jewelry lin ... More >>

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    October 28, 2010
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    October 26, 2010

    Jen Bruce, What Are You Eating?

    Jen Bruce​Jen Bruce The singer, songwriter and piano and guitar player for Tempe band Honey Pistol plays with the band at Teakwoods in Phoenix December 18. What'd you eat for dinner last night? Airplane food: delicately rubberized chicken chewy/dry sandwich. Favorite food: Grandma's Fried Chicke ... More >>

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    October 19, 2010

    Arby's New Limited-Time Menu Items: Steakhouse Onion Rings & Chocolate Turnover (Um, Do Not Eat Together)

    What onion rings are supposed to taste like? We'll see about that.​Howdy, Arby's! Recently, the Wendy's sibling best known for roast beef sandwiches and curly fries introduced two limited-time items to its menu: Steakhouse Onion Rings and a Chocolate Turnover. Billed as, "Battered and fried to go ... More >>

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    October 4, 2010

    Pasta with Roasted Vegetable and Arugula

    ​We went up to Northern Arizona this weekend where we went to a car show, a quilt show, and drove through Oak Creek Canyon. To eat we had chimichangas, cheeseburgers, tacos, and some big slices of chocolate cake. It was fun, but now it's time to take it easy and eat some vegetables. That's wh ... More >>

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    September 24, 2010

    Guru Palace's Chicken Tikka Masala

    We named Guru Palace's Chicken Tikka Masala one of our "100 Favorite Dishes," and today, Rana Singh Sodhi and Surinder Singh (no relation) share the mouthwatering Indian recipe.

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    August 31, 2010

    Tommy Cannon, What Are You Eating?

    ​Tommy Cannon The improv performer with Robot Destroyers from Planet Earth, host of Dr. Zombie's Movie Lab of Terror, creator of Mr. Sock and Fred the Mustard Packet comics and puppeteer performs a puppet show called The Temptations: Not the Musical Act Friday, September 3 at eye lounge. The even ... More >>

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    August 2, 2010

    Pot Roast and Summer Vacation

    ​We decide to make a pot roast mainly because our husband spent the vast majority of his childhood summer vacations sharing the backseat of a silver stationwagon with his two brothers, while the family made their way from Philadelphia to Pine Knoll Shores, North Carolina. They were on the ... More >>

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    July 27, 2010

    Justin Garza, What Are You Eating?

    ​Justin Garza The singer/songwriter for The Season Premiere plays with the band at the Desert Sound Music Festival in Yuma September 25. The band recently released a new single on i-Tunes, entitled "She Doesn't Know". What'd you eat for dinner last night? A 6-ounce sirloin steak with mashed p ... More >>

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    June 24, 2010

    How Do I Use My Wok? Making Schezwan Stir Fry

    Yesterday we explained how to prepare and maintain a carbon steel wok. Today, forget the take out menu, and try these recipes for basic Chinese marinade and a simple Schezwan stir-fry.Basic Chinese Marinade1/8 cup light Soy1/8 cup dark Soy1 teaspoon sugar1 tablespoon dry sherrypinch of sea salt ... More >>

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    June 14, 2010

    Salmon Cakes

    ​It's funny how certain meals you dreaded as a kid, somehow turn into the ones you kind of really miss. So it is with Salmon Cakes, or salmon patties as they were known around our house. I never much cared for them except that my mom always served them with homemade macaroni and cheese that was s ... More >>

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    June 3, 2010
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    June 1, 2010

    Damon Brasch, What Are You Eating?

    ​ Damon Brasch The guitar player for Phoenix band MISR WAT (and chef and owner of Green Restaurant and That's a Wrap!) is busy writing new songs with his band. What'd you eat for dinner last night? Simple Broccoli and Pasta (recipe below) Favorite food: Probably fresh artichokes, we make them a ... More >>

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