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Lundberg Farms offers an organic, wheat-free alternative to couscous

Posted on: November 28th, 2012 by Amy Martin No Comments

Founded in 1937 by Albert and Frances Lundberg, Lundberg Farms is still a family-owned and operated company handling a big operation with less than 250 employees. They carry an extensive line of organic and eco-farmed rice products including packaged and bulk rice, rice cakes, rice chips, risottos, couscous, pasta, rice syrup and varieties of... Read More

Wine Shield : Another way to keep opened wine fresh

Posted on: November 28th, 2012 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

Got wine left over that just can’t be consumed?  Have a bunch of partial bottles left over after a tasting party?  As many who have tried saving bottles already know, you can’t just put the corks back in and expect the wine to be much good later on. This is because exposure to oxygen... Read More

Omaha Steaks offers meaty gifts for the holidays

Posted on: November 27th, 2012 by Amy Martin No Comments

With only just a month till Christmas, it’s time to get cranking on your holiday shopping to-do list. Maybe I’m just a hard-core food lover, but in my eyes there is no gift better received than food. Good food. Omaha Steaks has several gourmet food gifts perfect for your red meat-eating friends and families. With... Read More

Wine in the underground: Jarvis Winery

Posted on: November 26th, 2012 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

Wine likes to be stored in dark cool places.  So why not design a winery to do the whole thing (crush, ferment, age, and bottle) in a cave?  If you think that concept’s pretty cool, you’ll love Jarvis Winery.  They’re the king of cave. Sure, most wineries have a big facility with the production operations... Read More

Central Bistro brings Old World flavors to Arcadia

Posted on: November 20th, 2012 by Amy Martin No Comments

The recently opened Biltmore restaurant, Central Bistro — located at 32nd street and Camelback which once belonged to Zen32, brings a bit of European vibe to the neighborhood as the space has been completely revamped to fit German Osio and Chef Andrea Volpi’s newest concept. It’s been two years since its sister restaurant, Local Bistro,... Read More

Nielsen-Massey baking extracts for the holidays

Posted on: November 19th, 2012 by Amy Martin 49 Comments

This giveaway has ended. Congrats to our winner, Linda L. We are very excited to announce a new giveaway with Nielsen-Massey, makers of some of the world’s finest vanillas and flavor extracts since 1907. Originally founded by Richard Massey, the company is still a family-owned operation run by the third-generation of Nielsens. Their high-quality... Read More

Fine restaurant, fabulous wine list

Posted on: November 19th, 2012 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

With many special occasions we can expect a little fine dining, and of course, a wine list that normally reads like an encyclopedia.  But the wine list at one valley favorite, Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse (Camelback & 22nd St.), is so well organized that just about anybody can make a pretty quick pick. In fact, you... Read More

Will judge for cupcakes

Posted on: November 13th, 2012 by Amy Martin No Comments

Sunday, November11th, cupcake enthusiasts fled to the 3rd Annual Cupcake Love-in held at the Hotel Valley Ho in Scottsdale. The event raised funds and household items for Project H3: Vets, an organization that fights to end veteran homelessness. I was asked to judge this year alongside four other women: Rachel Bussel (Founder Cupcakes Take the Cake... Read More

14-Cup Food Processor from Magimix by Robot Coupe

Posted on: November 12th, 2012 by Amy Martin 99 Comments

Fall cooking is in full swing and in my kitchen around this time of year, there’s one appliance that gets a little (or a lot) more attention than all the others — my food processor. Though I use it year-round for many, many dishes, it really gets some extra love during the holiday season.... Read More

Floral eye candy and Sean Minor Chardonnay

Posted on: November 12th, 2012 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

Moving right along with ways to celebrate the retreat of the heat, why not arrange for a little Wine and Roses to please those special people this weekend?  If not just for appearances, this magic combination is sure to hasten the “summer is over” relief that all of us share as the Arizona temperature... Read More

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