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Recipe: Sapporo’s Ahi Tuna Poki

Posted on: March 10th, 2011 by Amy Martin 1 Comment

Executive Chef Stephen Stromberg of Sapporo was so kind to share this fantastic recipe with us: Ahi Tuna Poki (Serves 4) Ingredients: 6 oz. Ahi tuna, ½ inch dice Half an avocado, ½ inch dice 1 TBSP. Scallions, thin julienne 1 TBSP. Cilantro, finely chopped 2 TBSP. Soy Sauce ½ tsp. Sriracha sauce 1... Read More

SmartKitchen.com Offers Affordable “Culinary School” Online

Posted on: March 2nd, 2011 by Amy Martin 3 Comments

These days, more and more Americans are eating in to cut costs in a struggling economy. As a result of this, more people are looking to the internet for new recipes, cooking techniques and meal plans. With basic cooking skills under your belt, you’ll be able to create a restaurant-quality meal from home. SmartKitchen.com’s goal... Read More

Chile Power – Feel the Heat with this Salsa Fresca recipe

Posted on: December 2nd, 2010 by Amy Martin No Comments

Speaking of heat, did you know there is a scale called the Scoville scale that measures the heat of a chile in “Scoville units”? For instance, mild ones like sweet bananas have a Scoville unit of 0 because they have no heat, while the Habañero, on the other hand, has a Scoville unit that... Read More

Chiles – the Heart and Soul of the Southwestern Cooking

Posted on: December 2nd, 2010 by Amy Martin No Comments

Southwestern cooking is earthy, rich and deeply rooted in regional traditions. Its food reflects the colors of the land and blends Native American, Spanish, Mexican and Anglo-American styles. Chiles are the heart, soul and heat of Southwestern cooking. Chiles are ancient; they were first cultivated in North America about 9,000 years ago in the... Read More

Holiday Cookbook: Poached Pears Al Rosso

Posted on: November 23rd, 2010 by Amy Martin No Comments

There are so many inspirations at farmers’ markets this time of the year, and so many opportunities to eat them! Fall to me is about colors; oranges, golds, reds, purples. All the glorious colors of leaves, which, if you dry them between sheets of waxed paper, weighted down by a heavy, large book, make beautiful holiday... Read More

Herb Pairings: Mediterranean Marjoram and Oregano

Posted on: November 15th, 2010 by Amy Martin 1 Comment

These two herbs are kissing cousins, they are so closely related. They are native to the Mediterranean region and appear in Italian, French and Greek cooking with great frequency. They are also similar in appearance, except that the leaves of the marjoram plant tend to be smaller and softer looking than those of oregano.... Read More

Southwestern Herb Pairings: Cilantro and Mexican Oregano

Posted on: November 15th, 2010 by Amy Martin No Comments

Phoenix is smack dab in the Southwest, so any respectable kitchen herb garden needs to have some herbs native to the Southwest. I’ve already talked about Mediterranean oregano which is from the mint family; now we need to discuss Mexican oregano. Mexican oregano is actually more closely related tolemon verbena than to mint, and it... Read More

Delicata and Dumplings: Winter Squashes

Posted on: November 15th, 2010 by Amy Martin 1 Comment

Don’t you just love those names? Delicata sounds like a classical music direction (as in soto voce) and dumplings sound like, well, soft, round, pillowy things. What they are really, are winter squash varieties that you are more likely to find at a farmers’ market than at your local grocery store. For information on... Read More

Homemade Ravioli can be had in Phoenix!

Posted on: November 12th, 2010 by PhoenixBites No Comments

The holiday season is quickly approaching us! In many Italian American homes, an absolute staple during the holidays is the pasta dish, which is served before your main. The thought of not having a fresh Manicotti or Ravioli is nothing short of shocking to any self-respecting Italian family over the Thanksgiving and Christmas Holidays. Pasta... Read More

Celebrate National Pina Colada Day with these pina colada inspired recipes

Posted on: July 28th, 2010 by Amy Martin No Comments

View the full article here at Examiner.com July 10th is National Pina Colada Day! Celebrate with some pina colada inspired recipes from the stars of Food Network. Each recipe is simple and easy enough to make at home! Pina Colada Scallop Brochettes Recipe is courtesy Sandra Lee of “Semi-Homemade Cooking with Sandra Lee”. Ingredients... Read More

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