Beef Stroganoff

Beef Stroganoff  For a comforting weeknight dinner, try Mama G’s family classic.   Beef stroganoff is a sturdy dish of beef sautéed and served in a sour cream sauce. The unusual name of this dish is courtesy of Count Pavel Stroganov. The count was a noted gourmet and 19th century diplomat. My quick and easy recipe calls for McCormick beef stroganoff sauce mix. This recipe was beloved by my great grandm ...

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Coup des Tartes: French-inspired restaurant serves up delectable dishes

Coup des Tartes French-inspired restaurant serves up delectable dishes. By Andrew Leach Take a trip to a more refined era at Coup des Tartes, Arizona’s longest running, award-winning French-inspired restaurant. Here, the food is delicious and the atmosphere is warm and welcoming. Housed in a 1922 house situated on a one-acre lot, it has a quaint, romantic outdoor patio cooled by old shade trees and lush gre ...

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The Fourth Annual Girl Scout Cookie Challenge

Crazy for Cookies  The Fourth Annual Girl Scout Cookie Challenge. By Alison Bailin Batz Everyone has a special place in their hearts for Girl Scout cookies. Not only because they’re spectacularly delicious, but because the Girl Scout Cookie Program helps girls fulfill their dreams, follow their passions, and change the world. “Girl Scout cookies not only help our local Girl Scouts earn money for fun, educat ...

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Thanksgiving Apple Bread Pudding

Thanksgiving Apple Bread Pudding Serve this perfectly sweet treat during your seasonal celebrations. By Leann Grunwald Bread pudding is a dish with old roots. It began as a use for stale bread. Wasting bread was unheard of, so cooks created savory and sweet dishes to use the stale bread in. Bread puddings have remained popular throughout time. But more so in Mexico, Argentina, Puerto Rico, and Belgium, than ...

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Buck & Rider: AZ restaurant boasts fresh seafood and serious charm

Buck & Rider  LGO Hospitality’s latest restaurant boasts fresh seafood and some serious charm. By Andrew Leach The brains behind eateries including Le Grande Orange Pizzeria and Grocery, Chelsea’s Kitchen, Ingo, and Ingo’s Tasty Food, LGO Hospitality’s newest restaurant, Buck & Rider, is inspired by a house in a beach town in Australia and gets its name from a fisherman’s term for mating crabs. This ...

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The dish on The Rogue Tomato

Flavor Profile The dish from the chefs behind The Rogue Tomato, a North Valley restaurant whose name says it all. By Sondra Barr Photos by Shannon Fisher Photography When your restaurant is called The Rogue Tomato, the food better be as imaginative as your moniker. And, it is. Since opening in February, The Rogue Tomato has earned a reputation for serving flavorful Sonoran-influenced food that feature fresh ...

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Afternoon tea and chocolate pecan scones

Afternoon Delight Traditional afternoon tea is perfectly paired with buttery chocolate pecan scones. By Leann Grunwald There is something very special about traditional afternoon tea. This British custom is an exquisitely beautiful way to entertain. History is uncertain as to when afternoon tea was first introduced in England, but the celebration became fashionable in the 1840s. Credit is given to Anna, the ...

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The Living Room Wine Cafe & Lounge set to add two Valley locations

The Living Room Wine Cafe & Lounge announces plans for two new locations this year. The locally owned group is set to bring their innovative wine concept to Ahwatukee and to Scottsdale's Gainey Ranch. The Living Room in Ahwatukee Foothills Towne Center – next to the AMC 24 - is scheduled to open the end of May. The Living Room in the Shops at Gainey Village will follow and open mid-October. The Living R ...

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Authentic Italian food and service await at Scottsdale’s Tutti Santi

Tutti Santi  Authentic Italian food and service await at iconic Scottsdale restaurant. By Nadine Bubeck Photos by Stellar Photography When I first heard Leonardo Zacchino voice, it brought me back to my babymoon in Florence. I visited Italy nearly 20 weeks pregnant, and upon touching ground in the breathtaking country, I felt a sense far-far away, taken aback by the rich culture and magnificent history. Whe ...

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Mama G. (aka Leann Grunwald) makes chilaquiles

Chilaquiles Mama G. (aka Leann Grunwald) makes yesterday's tortillas today’s breakfast. Yesterday’s tortillas are today’s breakfast with chilaquiles, crispy golden fried tortillas, softened to absorb the spicy liquid of whatever delicious chili sauce they are immersed in. The beauty of chilaquiles lies in the incredible versatility of the dish. Although the basic ingredients consist of tortillas and sauce, ...

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Local North Valley chefs support area Girl Scouts

Girl (Scout) Power Local chefs support area troops in sweetest way possible By Alison Bailin Batz Did you know that the Girl Scout cookie program is the largest girl-led business in the world, and it’s focused far beyond simply ensuring you get your annual Thin Mint fix? In fact, the goal of this Girl Scout rite of passage is actually to teach girls the critical entrepreneurial skills of goal setting, decis ...

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Unique Local Wine Bars

A Different Kind of Pour  By Alison Bailin Batz   Not long ago, simply offering a few tasting flights along with some fancy cheeses could satisfy the Valley’s oenophile (aka wine lovers) population. But those days are gone. Today, innovative new bar owners are taking the “wine and dine” concept to another level, especially in the North Valley.   Here's the 411 on three of our favorites.   Sor ...

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Dream Dinners in Scottsdale

Dream Dinners Not knowing what to expect, writer (and self-proclaimed bad cook) Anissa Stringer tries out a fresh spin on meal preparation. By Anissa Stringer I’m a bad cook. I really am. I tend to throw things together, often with very mixed results. I also work full time, do all the usual “mom” jobs, and write on the side. Cooking just isn’t a high priority for me. Plus, there’s the fact that I pretty muc ...

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