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Amanda Melby, What Are You Eating?

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Amanda Melby

The actress is the owner/coach of Verve Studios, with teen and adult classes starting this fall. She is also the executive director of Independent Feature Project Phoenix, which puts on classes, 48-hour film challenges and screenings. She can also be seen in films S.I.S. and Jake's Corner on DVD and in a current commercial for Casino Arizona.

What'd you eat for dinner last night? Homemade chicken cacciatore in the slow cooker.

Favorite food: Tough to pick just one, but my husband's Italian marinara sauce and meatballs.

Least favorite food: There are many a fish I haven't liked.

Favorite dessert: I like sweet and salty--chocolate-covered pretzels, chocolate and hazelnuts, chocolate and popcorn.

Favorite local restaurant and meal to order there: Hands-down: Tarbell's. I love the house mozzarella caprese salad and the Scotch Beef. And for dessert I get the gelato trio.

Favorite local bar and cocktail to order there: I'm a wine drinker, so we often go to Tarbell's and enjoy a bottle of good wine there. I'm partial to Pinot Noir.

Favorite thing to cook at home: Thanksgiving Dinner. It's a heck of a lot of work, but I love it. I have a combination of family recipes that have been passed down and new recipes I've created on my own.

Favorite memory involving food: I just had a fun one. My family was eating at a chain restaurant. I ordered a specialty salad. And when I ate it, for the first time in my life, I said that my version was better. That has never happened before!

Recipe or food tip to share: Almost every dish that calls for garlic could use an extra clove or two. And fresh herbs are way better than dried in a jar.

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