Marilyn Hawkes, Author at PHOENIX magazine

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Now that we’re experiencing record-breaking heat, it’s time to roll out some cool dishes to take the sizzle out of summer. Bassel Osmani, co-founder of Pita Jungle, offers a gazpacho recipe that he also serves in his restaurants. Osmani says that it’s important to buy the best produce you can find. “Go to your favorite farmers market and get the cleanest organic produce.” He suggests using Persian cucumbers rather than large waterlogged cucumbers and get...

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More than four months into the pandemic, many Valley restaurants are struggling. Between state-mandated regulations limiting the number of people they can serve in-house and a very frightened public, some local restaurant owners have safely divided up their dining rooms and/or turned to enhanced takeout options with contactless curbside pickup. We recently caught up with Christopher Collins of Common Ground Culinary, who owns local favorites Grassroots, Twisted Grove Parlor & Bar, Wally’s, Sweet Provisions, The...

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Looking for a good way to boost the local economy? Alexhandra Hotko of Hotko Bread Co. has put together The PHX Sampler, a selection of local products that you can order online and have delivered to your door. Hotko’s mission is to get local products into the hands of residents and visitors who may not be leaving home because of the pandemic or don’t know where to shop for them. The samplers come in three...

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Many people know Alex Stratta as a Michelin-starred, James Beard award-winning chef. His storied career includes stints at Mary Elaine’s at The Phoenician, the eponymous Alex restaurant inside the Wynn Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, and most recently as executive chef of Wright’s at Arizona Biltmore. After enjoying top billing at many fine dining restaurants locally and in Las Vegas, Stratta is pivoting and opening a casual restaurant, Stratta Kitchen in Scottsdale. The restaurant,...

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This week, chef Rene Andrade of Ghost Ranch shares his barbacoa burrito recipe that you can make in a crockpot, which will come in handy once the temperature rises and you don’t want to use the oven. Before wrapping your burrito, Andrade suggests heating up the tortilla to make it more flexible. “After you wrap it, put it back in the pan for 5 seconds on each side to get a nice crispiness on the...

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For those who could use a little treat right now, we’ve rounded up a tasty and healthy smoothie for you to make at home courtesy of Alexandra Maw, co-owner of Kaleidoscope Juice. In addition to being downright tasty, the mint chip smoothie has many health benefits. “The avocado provides a heart-healthy fat, spirulina is one of nature’s superfoods and is full of B-vitamins, copper and iron and the almond milk and almond butter are great...

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