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Since March, the Valley’s Serrano’s Mexican Food Restaurants have been sharing their classic Mexican cuisine in the form of family meals and bulk market items such as meats, tortillas, rice and beans. Now, Serrano’s is sharing a recipe for its popular Pollo Ranchera, the filling for its famed Pollo Fundido. It’s also a delicious addition to rice and beans and in flour tortillas. Serrano’s Pollo Ranchera Serves 4 Ingredients: 1 lb. of chicken breast 1/2...

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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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The Dressing Room at MonOrchid in Downtown Phoenix recently added weekend brunch to its repertoire. The restaurant features all-day breakfast, but chef Joe Rodger has added some new items, including shakshuka, a popular egg dish in Israel and other countries in the Middle East. Most shakshuka is made with red tomatoes, but Rodger puts a Southwestern spin on the dish by using tomatillos. When making this recipe, Rodger suggests wearing gloves while handling the tomatillos....

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Mardi Gras is coming up on Tuesday, Feb. 25 and if you plan on celebrating at home, we’ve rustled up an easy shrimp and grits recipe courtesy of Voodoo Daddy’s Steam Kitchen in Tempe. Sometimes customers shy away from grits, says Voodoo Daddy’s owner, Ron Lynch. “People have a negative feeling about them because their only exposure was at a Waffle House. They just serve bland, white grits,” he says. To that end, Voodoo Daddy’s...

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For the past 14 years, Tea Light Café has been turning out fresh and healthy Vietnamese food from its location a few doors down from The Cine Capri in Scottsdale. Owner Chris Price says he’s also been a vendor at the Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show for the same amount of time. “We started out as a mobile espresso van,” he says. The Prices still sell coffee and baked goods at the show, as well as...

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When Nick LaRosa of Nook Kitchen put together his menu, he wanted to do a spinoff on bagels and lox. Then, he had a great idea: “Why not put everything bagel seasoning on salmon?” LaRosa tried different preparations and decided pan seared and finished in the oven would be the best way. Once you make up a batch of Everything Bagel Spice, you can use it for all sorts of dishes, LaRosa says. “You can...

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Squash lovers, this bountiful breakfast recipe is going to rock your world. Italian-Canadian chef Mauro Martina, who recently opened OEB Breakfast Co. in north Scottsdale, shares his popular Truffle Squash Ragu recipe and a couple of tips on how to make this savory breakfast dish. Martina likes the Truffle Squash Ragu because it’s delicious on its own or with poached eggs, toast or egg noodles. The dish is also easy to modify. “You don’t have...

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Hand Cut Burgers & Chophouse rolled out a new menu October 1 with four new pasta entrees and a host of other tempting items. Hand Cut’s executive chef (and culinary director for Riot Hospitality Group) Samantha Roberts has graciously shared one of the pasta recipes with PHOENIX magazine. The recipe calls for imported Italian basil pesto, which you can pick up at the grocery store. Roberts says to look for imported Italian pesto that has...

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If you’re ready to up your meatball game, help is on the way. Danny Grant, chef/partner at Scottsdale’s newest steakhouse, Maple & Ash, is sharing his incomparable dry-aged meatball recipe with Desert Digest readers. Some tips from Grant: If you can’t get your hands on dry-aged ground beef, regular ground beef will do. Same goes for the cheese curds. You can substitute readily available fontina or ciliegine mozzarella (small balls of fresh mozzarella). Also, when...

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Executive chef Lindsey Dale of SaltRock Southwest Kitchen at Amara Resort and Spa in Sedona recently revealed her fall menu and one seasonal dish caught our eye: Beets and Ricotta Salad. Dale makes her own ricotta in house and adds some interesting elements, including a chili tangerine gastrique and vanilla pickled strawberries. “I’m particularly drawn to sauces and vinaigrettes. I really like how they can transform both the presentation and bring brightness to the dishes,...

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If you’re a taco lover (and really, who isn’t?), you’ll appreciate this week’s recipe from chef Suny Santana of Roosevelt Row’s Taco Chelo. He shares the restaurant’s popular Rockfish Taco recipe, which has several components, but the end result is worth it. Santana uses rockfish from local Chula Seafood because it’s available year-round and the restaurant can get it fresh every day. “It’s a nice, flaky fish.” After battering and frying the fish in hot...

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Fall officially starts on Sept. 23, but most of us have already been dreaming about wearing sweaters and picking out apples at the farmers market. To help us make the seasonal transition, True Food Kitchen’s beverage director, Jon Augustin, shares an autumnal cocktail recipe that recently debuted on the restaurant’s new fall menu. True Food Kitchen uses Old Forester Bourbon, but Augustin says you can use any bourbon that you prefer. While preparing, he advises...

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Now that grilling season is almost behind us, it’s time to focus on our indoor kitchens. While not everyone likes cooking fish in the house because of its lingering scent, this salmon recipe from chef Robert Conneway from The Lola Cocktail Lab + Eatery only requires a short time on the stove before finishing in the oven. The blackened salmon recipe with cauliflower puree and seasonal steamed vegetables is a healthy dish that you can...

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