Cast-iron Potatoes Mama G serves up a breakfast dish full of flavor.

Cast-iron Potatoes  Mama G serves up a breakfast dish full of flavor. Step away from feeding your family traditional morning fare, serve salted cast-iron potatoes roasted in the oven and breakfast will be complete. Smooth, delicious, and tender on the inside, they go with anything, especially scrambled eggs. Your family will love these quick and easy breakfast potatoes. They’re full of big, robust flavor. Y ...

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Five gifts for your favorite foodie that are produced in Arizona

Made in AZ Five gifts for your favorite foodie that are produced in Arizona.   Sphinx Date Co. Mother-daughter duo Sharyn and Rebecca Seitz purchased Scottsdale’s iconic Sphinx Date Co. in 2012 and have since added over 200 local products including locally-sourced dates and hand-crafted pantry goods from local producers. Try the stuffed and chocolate medjool date gift tray with a selection of Sphinx Da ...

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Dillon’s stresses neighborhood feel with Pleasant Harbor location

It’s Smoking  Dillon’s stresses neighborhood feel with Pleasant Harbor location. By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski   When George Valverde and Rich Dillon opened their first Dillon’s KC Barbecue restaurant in 1999 on Thunderbird Road in Peoria, they wanted to provide more than award-winning meals. The duo yearned to give patrons a destination with a festive, family atmosphere. George and Rich have achieved ...

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Festive beverage: Rosemary’s Piglet

Festive Beverage  ’Tis the season for parties, galas, and get-togethers. Add a festive touch to your own holiday bash with this red-and-green recipe from Salty Sow. Made with sweet pomegranate and earthy rosemary, this effervescent cocktail will leave your guests squealing with delight.   Rosemary’s Piglet   Rosemary Simple Syrup 1          cup sugar 3          cups water 4          rosemary springs   ...

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Mama G cooks up an Italian staple

Perfect Pasta Mama G (aka Leann Grunwald) on an Italian staple.   Let’s start with rigatoni, a word that comes from the Italian word rigato, which means ridged or lined, and is associated with the cuisine of southern and central Italy. Rigatoni is a favorite pasta shape in the south of Italy, especially Sicily. They are big tubes of pasta ridged on the outside, with a smooth inside shaped to perfectly ...

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Pumpkin Flan Recipe

Pumpkin Flan 2/3       cup sugar ½         cup whole milk ¼         cup evaporated milk 2          large eggs 2          large egg yolks 1 ½      tsps. pure vanilla extract ½         tsps. freshly grated nutmeg ½         tsp. ground cinnamon ¾         cup solid-pack canned pumpkin cooking spray   Instructions In a small saucepan, heat 1/3 cup sugar over medium heat, stirring constantly until sugar melt ...

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The Desert Baroness offers up a recipe perfect for Christmas morning munching.

Mini-quiches  The Desert Baroness offers up a recipe perfect for Christmas morning munching. The holidays are just so busy, aren’t they? It seems like we’re all running around like crazy for the entire month of December; hopping from one party to the next, getting our shopping done, baking cookies, and then making holiday meals on top of that! How do we all survive, anyway? In our household, we celebrate Ch ...

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Clean It Up Pumpkin Bread

Clean It Up Pumpkin Bread Makes two loafs 1          29-oz. can pumkin puree 6          brown eggs 1 ½      cup coconut oil (or oil of choice) 1          cup all-natural honey 1          cup coconut sugar 2          tsp. baking powder 1 ½      baking soda 3          cups oat flour 1          cup whole wheat flour (or whatever flour you have) ½         cup ground flaxseed 2          tsp. ground cinnamon 2    ...

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Cooking Count Down

The Desert Baroness offers a food prep game plan for a no-fuss Thanksgiving meal. By Lydia O’Connor Photo by Lydia O’Connor Coming up with a good game plan and cooking make-ahead dishes are the key to surviving one of the years’ busiest days of cooking and socializing! I love celebrating Thanksgiving. Having the whole family together to eat and hang out and to catch up on everything that’s been happening in ...

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The Desert Baroness takes inspiration from a local restaurant to create a delightful artisan cheese board.

Appetizing App The Desert Baroness takes inspiration from a local restaurant to create a delightful artisan cheese board. By: Lydia O' Connor Have you ever been to a restaurant and ordered something so good that you told yourself that you just had to try to make that something at home? It happens to me––a lot. I love exploring new restaurants and trying different items on the menu that are new to me and hav ...

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