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    February 10, 2012

    A High School Kid's Guide to Cooking for Your Girlfriend on Valentine's Day

    Jayson Swearington​Editor's Note: The original headline on this post was "The Manly Man's Guide to Cooking for Your Woman," but since our intern Jayson Swearington is still in high school, that didn't feel quite right. And yet you'll likely agree after reading this post about making chicken pi ... More >>

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    February 7, 2012

    In Season: Creamy Carrot Soup

    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 carrots and onions.

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    January 31, 2012

    In Season: Asian Ramen Noodle Salad with Cabbage, Carrots and I'itoi Onions

    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 cabbage, carrots and i'itoi onions

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    January 30, 2012

    Breakfast Cookie?! That's a Trend We Can Embrace

    In an effort to make Mom proud, Chow Bella's taking a good, hard look at the most important meal of the day in the form of Scrambled, a mashup of breakfast recipes, news and reviews of local restaurants serving the a.m. crowd. We were eager to jump on the breakfast cookie trend. We've seen the pr ... More >>

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    January 3, 2012

    In Season: Loaded Winter White Vegetable "Potato" Soup​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 potatoes, turnips, rutabagas and/or parsnips.

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    December 29, 2011

    Chef Jeff Kraus' Crepes for New Year's Eve

    ​This week in Chef Talk we've been chatting with Jeff Kraus of Truckin' Good Food. As both owner and chef of TGF, Kraus has left a lasting mark on the street food scene and put an innovative spin on French cuisine that's left many begging for more. Today, we've got his recipe for Flaming Crepe A ... More >>

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    December 22, 2011

    Amy M.'s Snickerdoodles and Spritz 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 we bring you two recipes: Amy Morris' Snickerdoodles and Spritz cookies. Snickerdoodles! Fun to say, and delicious. These are my husband's fa ... More >>

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    December 21, 2011

    Nicole's Mini Pans

    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: Nicole Smith's Mini Pans. Tedd Roundy Nicole's serving 'em up.​Some people say, "I'm turning into my mother" like it's a bad thin ... More >>

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    December 20, 2011

    Claire's Chocolate Chip, Fool Proof, and Better Than They Look (Really) 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, we bring you Claire's Chocolate Chip, Better Than They Look (Really) Cookies. I am not a baker -- a tough fact I thought I could hide un ... More >>

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    December 19, 2011

    A Merry Vegan Christmas Menu from Chakra 4, Green, and Pomegranate Café

    Still don't know what you're making for your holiday table? These three recipes from local chefs and restaurateurs will get you started: Chakra 4's Red & Green Holiday Salad, Green's Lemongrass "Chicken," and Pomegranate Café's Vegan English Toffee.

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    December 16, 2011

    Lauren's Cream Cheese Filled Snickerdoodles

    Tedd Roundy ​For the past two years, my friend and I have made cookies for that long list of friends and acquaintances that don't quite make the gift list, but could never just be left out in the cold. On college student budgets, giving treats is a great way to spread holiday cheer without h ... More >>

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    December 15, 2011

    Jen's Aunt Bonnie's Sour Cream Cookies

    Tedd Roundy​It just doesn't taste like Christmas to me without a few of my Aunt Bonnie's Sour Cream Cookies. I mentioned them last year in the Chow Bella "Jennifer Woods, What Are You Baking?" post. These cookies are really all about the frosting but the soft cookie makes that whole eating e ... 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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    December 12, 2011

    Carol's Mango-Pine Nut Rugelach

    Tedd Roundy Carol's rugelach.​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, with a Hanukkah treat:  Carol Blonder's Rugelach It started with my fi ... More >>

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    November 30, 2011

    Terri Nackey's Cardamon Pear Crisp

    ​We've been chatting over the last two days with Terri Nackey, the founder of La Bella Terre, who shared her insights into the benefits of eating seasonal, locally grown foods and getting back into touch with the garden. Today, we've got her recipe for cardamon pear crisp using her cardamon scente ... More >>

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    November 25, 2011

    Five Thanksgiving Leftover Recipes: AndyTalk

    Two things are invariably used up after Thanksgiving; all your Tupperware and your appetite for just one more helping. You're on your own regarding how to store the leftovers, but I have a few suggestions about how to turn your leftovers into more than the sum of their parts.

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    October 17, 2011

    Aztec Couscous Salad

    Aztec Couscous Salad is one vegetarian dish that anyone can enjoy. It makes a great lunch, light dinner, or side dish, and it's quick to toss together with roasted peppers, corn, black beans, and more.

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    October 12, 2011

    Cheesecake Choco-Berries: Fair Food Showdown

    With the Arizona State Fair headed our way at week's end, we at Chow Bella decided on our latest  challenge: Create a "fair food" that kicks it up a notch. No one dared to cook with bugs, but we did have some creative entries. Check back later this week, when critic Laura Hahnefeld will choose ... More >>

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    October 12, 2011

    Chef David Hall's Braised Beef in Cabernet Sauvignon

    ​ This week we've been chatting with personal chef David Hall of Thyme for a Chef. Today he's sharing his recipe for Braised Beef in Cabernet Sauvignon. Braised Beef in Cabernet Sauvignon Serves six Ingredients: 2 tablespoons, olive oil, divided 2 pounds, beef chuck roast, lean, boneless, cut ... More >>

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    August 15, 2011

    Strawberry Risotto

    Carol Blonder strawberry risotto​ 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 culinary hoopla when the first English edition was released in the U.S ... More >>

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    July 25, 2011

    Bruschetta Three Ways, All Vegetarian

    ildueipicche bruschetta​ 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 to make a meal has been reduced to quick and easy preparations that require a ... More >>

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    July 13, 2011

    Jen Anderson's Halibut Banh mi from Windsor

    Shannon M. on​After talking all about how she creates her recipes this week, Windsor's Jen Anderson shares one for the Halibut Banh Mi currently available at Windsor. You'll make something close to the real deal but you'll have to go to the restaurant to get the plate with Jen's pic ... More >>

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    July 11, 2011

    Chillin' with Cold Soup

    Rulf Roletschek@flikr beet borscht​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 cold soups. Beet borscht and spinach borscht (Schav) were summer spe ... More >>

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    May 19, 2011

    Bernie Kantak's Pan-Seared Scallops with Roasted Corn Grits

    Citizen Public House​Yesterday, we caught up with Chef Bernie Kantak of Citizen Public House in Old Town Scottsdale. Today, the busy chef shares a recipe for a dish that's currently on tap for Arizona Spring Restaurant Week.Pan seared scallops with roasted corn grits, snow pea greens and red rock ... More >>

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    April 26, 2011

    Lakhana In's Lok Lak Beef

    Keyon Fareghi ​We finished our conversation with Lakhana In of Sekong By Night yesterday by looking over the menu and talking about different entrees. The Lok Lak Beef is the only one that bears the chef's name so far. In got just as excited as we did, when she got up to go back into t ... More >>

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    April 18, 2011

    Easter Blasphemy: Get a Look at The Virgin's Hot Buns

    Pray that your buns will look as good as The Virgin's. Hot cross buns are a longstanding tradition, possibly dating as far back as ancient Greece and Saxony, where they were used in spring celebrations. They were once banned by Queen Elizabeth, who thought the cross-topped yeast rolls celebrat ... More >>

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    March 31, 2011

    Anthony Redendo's Tropical Ceviche

    Courtesy of Anthony Redendo​We finished up our conversation with Anthony Redendo of Sofrita and Redendo's Pizzeria yesterday. Today he shares a recipe for a tropical ceviche representative of some of the Latin American tapas over at Sofrita. This is light enough to where you could pair it wi ... More >>

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    March 29, 2011

    Trefoil Cookie Showdown: Pear Frangipane Tart

    Jonathan McNamara​Got some Girl Scout cookies sitting around? So did we. Hence, the Trefoil Cookie Showdown. Being one of the newest Chow Bella members, I was a bit nervous about entering this challenge. I had seen last year's Thin Mint competition and wondered if I could make something wort ... More >>

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    March 21, 2011

    Savory Rainbow Chard and Fingerling Potato Tart

    Carol Blonderseasonal tart with rainbow chard, purple fingerlings, and baby leeks​ Winter and early spring visits to the farmers markets around town have us obsessing about  vegetable tarts. We started out thinking of the quintessential tomato pie, the kind we used to crave in the mid-west ... 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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    March 7, 2011

    Quinoa: Quick and Nutritious

    Carol Blondermediterranean quinoa salad​ Last week we featured quinoa in a cabbage roll. You found out about the ancient seed treasured by the Incas and called "the mother grain". Quinoa has a higher percentage of protein per serving than wheat, oats, buckwheat or barley and is gluten free. We h ... More >>

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    March 3, 2011

    Chad Burnett's Black Truffle Hummus

    Keyon Fareghi​We finished chatting with Chad Burnett of Parc Central yesterday and today he will show us how to make Black Truffle Hummus. This is one easy recipe that is way more satisfying than the amount of effort you're going to have to put in to prepare it. Get the scoop after the jump ... More >>

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    March 1, 2011

    Melissa Barth's Chocolate-Peanut Butter Mousse and Banana Dessert

    Carol Blonderchocolate-peanut butter mousse and sauted banana cake with creme fraiche ice cream​ Posh pastry chef Melissa Barth followed her older brother into a culinary program in high school, hit the pastry station, and found her niche. After completing the pastry and baking program at the Cu ... More >>

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    February 28, 2011

    Quinoa Cabbage Rolls

    revolution cycle@flikrCCquinoa ​ Quinoa (pronounced: keen-wah) is an ancient seed native to the Andes mountain regions of Peru and Bolivia. Historically, Quinoa was cultivated in terraced fields by the Inca's who treasured their "mother grain" for sustenance as well as its healing and mystical p ... 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 22, 2011

    Cannabis Cinnamon Twist

    The story behind this is simple, we had to go visit a good friend who had just had hip surgery, we simply had to bring something "good" By chance, we just happened to have some canna butter lying around, so we decided to make some puff pastry cinnamon twists, with a twist, of course. And yes, there ... More >>

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    February 21, 2011

    Rice Try: The Virgin Goes International With Indian Pudding

    Don't try this with boil-in-bag rice.​"Rice pudding should be incredibly easy to make," I said, unpacking the boil-in-bag rice. "You just boil it in the water for a few minutes and dump in the ingredients, right? Eye roll. Ok, so my experiment with rice pudding wasn't quit ... More >>

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    February 21, 2011

    Spaghetti Squash with Zucchini Ribbons, Chunky Tomato Sauce and Toasted Chickpeas

    Carol Blonder spaghetti squash with tomato concasse, zucchini ribbons and toasted garbanzo beans​Spaghetti squash as an alternative to pasta is great when the mood hits for a light dish. A usual preparation is to serve it pasta style with a rich meaty tomato sauce. In this recipe it serves ... 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 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

    Valentine's Day Showdown: Bistro Dinner with Our Resident Chef

    Jonathan McNamaraCarol Blonder with most of her Valentine's menu.​Our Virgin Cook, Wynter Holden, refers to the Valentine dinner menu as a competition! In spite of the size your knife (is that from the tool shed?) Wynter, game on! And no apologies, Cyndi Coon, Thrifty Cook, we planned our menu ... 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 9, 2011

    Valentine's Day Showdown: Comfort Food from the Thrifty Cook

    Jonathan McNamaraCyndi Coon prepares meatloaf.​Yesterday, Wynter Holden AKA The Virgin Cook gave you a Valentine's Day menu built on ease of preparation and maximum effectiveness...ahem...outside of the kitchen. Today, we're all about comfort foods courtesy of The Thrifty Cook. These thrift ... 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 31, 2011

    Singapore Noodles with Fried Tofu

    Carol BlonderSingapore Noodles with Fried Tofu​ Singapore Noodles are a favorite Asian street food gone international. We typically enjoy this recipe from a friend with just vegetables and noodles. But with tofu on our mind, we decided to add some to the dish for a little protein and a little pr ... More >>

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    January 17, 2011

    Stuffed Peppers with Couscous, Spinach and Feta

    Carol Blonder​Why are we joining the Meatless Monday campaign? We do it for ourselves, (adding a variety of grains, fresh fruits and vegetables is good for our bodies), for the environment (easy way to reduce our carbon footprint), we believe in purchasing humanely raised and slaughtered animals ... 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 >>

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    December 29, 2010

    New Year's Day Brunch In A Mug

    Illustration by Cyndi Coon​Serve New Year's Day brunch in a mug -- that's right the whole thing. Clean up will be easy because all items in the dishwasher will be the same shape. This is all about economy of time. Ideas for a New Year's Day brunch in a mug after the jump....

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    December 28, 2010

    Baby Food Diet Recipes

    ​ We hear a hot diet trend for 2011 is the Baby Food Diet. The idea is simple: Substitute two meals a day with baby food purees and you'll have a slim, baby-sized waistline. Hollywood types most likely have their people mix up homemade concoctions of the mush to ensure organic mixes. ... More >>

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