Some Like It Hot

Dara Thai Café spices up Anthem’s culinary scene with authentic flavor   Story and Photos by Madison Rutherford If you ask me about some of the more memorable Thai dishes I’ve consumed in the last decade, a few key culinary experiences come to mind, chiefly sitting cross-legged on a beach in Ko Pha Ngan, Thailand while devouring creamy kaeng khiao wan over a fluffy foundation of jasmine rice, or squeez ...

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Autumn calls for a seasonal smoothie

By Madison Rutherford This smoothie serves as a refreshing transition from summer to fall, as it has autumnal ingredients like pumpkin pie spice and summertime staples like bananas, strawberries and avocado. It may sound a little unorthodox, but trust us – it’s delicious!   Since September in Arizona doesn’t really feel like fall at all, this is a great alternative to a piping hot pumpkin spice latte – it’s ...

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Dao Kitchen

Cantonese-style Chinese food awaits at relaxed Asian eatery.   By Andrew Leach, Photos by Andrew Leach Along the small strip of pavement that provides access from Carefree Highway south toward the Carefree Crossing and Dove Valley communities sits a small commercial center. It houses a Dairy Queen and a delightful Asian bistro named Dao Kitchen, which serves up Cantonese-style Chinese food to the delig ...

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Pack a Healthier Lunchbox

When school is in session, it’s the perfect time to renew your family’s healthy eating habits by getting in a groove of lunchbox packing. While packing a healthy school lunch day after day can seem daunting, it doesn’t have to be. By taking the free Power Your Lunchbox Promise, you can gain access to customizable, make-ahead lunchbox inspiration like Black Bean Empanadas and Rainbow Bento Boxes, which creat ...

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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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