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Family Christmas Vacation...There's a kitchen but Mom wants a vacation too...

I agree that Tutti Santi has great ravioli and everything else is superb. There is one almost within walking distance from the Westin @ 64th Street & Greenway or a 2 min car ride!

Dec 03, 2011
claree in Phoenix

Calling all Southerners

Thank you !!!

Aug 08, 2010
claree in Home Cooking

Calling all Southerners

I would love a great recipe for Brunswick Stew. Yes, I know - authentic used to mean, racoon, possum, etc! LOL! I'm looking for one with chicken and pork like my Mom used to make. Alas, the recipe is not to be found. Help, please? and thank you!

Claree

Aug 01, 2010
claree in Home Cooking

BLT Steak - Scottsdale @ Camelback Inn

Not really as we were there so early. When we left about 7:45 there were several tables occupied, but not jammed.

Jan 28, 2009
claree in Phoenix

BLT Steak - Scottsdale @ Camelback Inn

We went this past Friday night as we have been waiting a few months since their opening in October. We went early (6:00 p.m) and had a drink in the bar first. We had Belvedere vodka on the rocks and when the bartender presented the glass, we had difficulty finding it as it was the smallest bar glass I had ever encountered and held the smallest amount of liquor I have ever seen. We then went to the table after seeing the $22.00 bar tab for 2 drinks.

The place is dimly lit with nice ambience and mostly tables placed fairly close together. There were 4 booths which, we were told were reserved for parties of 4. Our waiter and the sommelier were very cordial and welcoming and we were immediately comfortable. The amuse was a killer pate - more creamy than solid and my hubby loved it. My filet and his NY strip were perfectly cooked and had a wonderful slight char which we love, though some do not. The 1700 degree cooking temp. produces a tender and fabulous steak. The gruyere popovers are the size of a large shoe! They are amazing, addictive and the staff was gracious enough to give us 2 to take home! Wow! I had mac and cheese which was just OK, Hubby had tuna tartare and french fries both of which received his raves. (Shoestring fries make him very happy). The steak prices are normal for a high-end steakhouse $43.00 avg. unless you get the Kobe. We had a wonderful bottle of Pinot Noir which the sommelier recommended - Lemelson @ 84.00.

We will go back!

Jan 27, 2009
claree in Phoenix

Indulge Burgers and More -Scottsdale

I just heard about this place on the yelp website so we went this past Sat. night early - around 5:30. Hubby had the sliders and I built my own. There are several set entree burgers as well as the build your own option which means choice of meat/protein, bun, cheese, lettuces, tomatoes, sauces, etc. Building your own means you fill out a form, much like a sushi restaurant. Their fried dill pickles are heaven and the french fries are really good served in a large paper cone. There is a full bar ,the place has a modern feel with a cross between a fast food place and a nice tavern. The meat is cooked to order including even rare. I had the brioche bun which was wonderful. Next time out I'm having the Vesuvius Burger stuffed with molten cheese!
indulgeburgersandmore.com

Dec 23, 2008
claree in Phoenix

Eating the backroads of the southwest

Go to roadfood.com for some great places all over the country!

Jul 22, 2008
claree in Southwest

Phoenix/Scottsdale Sunday Brunch

The Camelback Inn brunch is now located at the Camelback Golf Club at Cheney and Mockingbird (5 minutes from the hotel). We were there for Father's Day and it was wonderful. The setting overlooks the golf course, Eggs Benedict and omelets made to order!, many breakfast items as well as the ususal roast beef/ham carving station, unlimited champagne, desserts, etc. For Father's Day it was $39.95 pp. It was great!

Jul 15, 2008
claree in Southwest

Christmas Eve dinner in Phoenix?

I don't know your budget, but consider El Chorro on LIncoln Blvd. and 56th Street. It's a short jaunt to SR 51 en route to the airport. It's on the expensive side, but has wonderful ambience and great food. Thier sticky buns are complimentary and addictive - your friends will want to take some to enjoy on the plane. It's the oldest(I think) restaurant in Phoenix at the base of Camelback Mountain and it is a great experience for locals and visitors. It's American/Continental. Elchorro.com

Dec 12, 2007
claree in Phoenix

Leccabaffi in Scottsdale- Is it still special?

The menu is pretty much the same, but without the daily specials insert from a few years ago when Giovanni still owned it. We have been going for 6+ years and have noticed a lack of consistency in food quality. It is currently open, but in the process of a total remodel to become a supper club with live music, etc. The new owner bought the jewelry store space next door and one room wil be bar/tapas/music room and the other the restaurant.

Nov 25, 2007
claree in Southwest

phoenix : best blt?

Uncorked in the Scottsdale Promenade (Scottsdale & FLW) has a fabulous "Italian BLT" It's made with thick, crispy pancetta, butter lettuce, good tomatoes and a red pepper mayo puree. It's on a soft ciabatta roll and it is outstanding!!

Uncorked - The Unpretentious Wine Bar

Oct 17, 2007
claree in Southwest

Phoenix Cooks Culinary Event!

We went last year and it is a combination of a tasting event with some retail thrown in. There were many food vendors and the event took up 3 rooms. One had some food tasting and cooking demos, one room was all deserts and cooking demos and the last room had most of the restaurant's booths, tasting and cooking demos. It was fine except it was SOOOOO crowded in all 3 rooms, one could barely move or get close to a restaurant's booth. This was our experience and we got there right at opening time (12:00 noon) The parking is also crazy and crowded. They need a much bigger venue, IMO

Aug 21, 2007
claree in Southwest

Day trip to Jerome

We had a great lunch at the Asylum. It was called "The Stack" and was a delicious hamburger patty covered with melted blue cheese and caramalized onions oover a bed of fresh greens in a vinagrette type dressing. It's a nice place for lunch.

Aug 18, 2007
claree in Southwest

Best from-scratch Steak Marinade?

The best! In a ziploc bag add 1/2 to 3/4 cup Balsamic Vinagarette bottled salad dressing, 2 tbsp. Worcheshestire (sp) sauce, 2 tbsp. soy sauce, 1 tbsp. crushed garlick, 1 tbsp. Dijon mustard, 2 tsp. black pepper. These amounts are approximate. This marinade is so flavorful and really infuses the meat. Everone loves it and I marinate all steaks in it, flank, filets, etc. enjoy!

Jun 12, 2007
claree in Home Cooking

The Best Garlic Toast EVER!

Combine 3 tbsp. butter, 3 tbsp. parmesan or romano or combination of the two, 1 tbsp/ garlic paste, 1 tbsp. olive oil. Spread on any bread (thin sliced or thick french, sourdough, etc) Broil until brown and bubbly. Makes 4 slices. It's fabulous!!

May 20, 2007
claree in Home Cooking

PHX - Tell Me About Your Hidden Restaurant Gems

Feeney's on 12th Street and Maryland has consistently great steaks and a really varied menu. It's an old neighborhood place that has been there for years and is always a great meal that doesn't break the bank. We also like the dimly lit, separate rooms that has a nice ambiance.

Apr 28, 2007
claree in Phoenix

Uncorked Wine Bar - Scottdale

We had a great time and good food last week at this "unpretentious" wine bar in the Promenade at Frank Lloyd Wright and Scottsdale Roads. Wine flights are 14.00 which gives you 3 3oz. glasses of your choice - reds, whites, ports, bubbly etc, or just order by the bottle or glass. The food is amazingly good and a little different. Their KC sliders and the ham and cheese sandwiches were superb and each has a little different twist on the usual.. The Parmesan/Reggiano cheesecake is truly sinful and so rich one piece is enough for 3 people!
We're going back! The atmosphere is cozy and comfortable with couches and chairs as well as pub tables. Check out their website for the full menu and photos. It can be expensive but the portions are large. Oh, I forgot - we also had one of their cheese trays - awesome!

Mar 22, 2007
claree in Southwest

Chinese BBQ Pork

I'm dying to try making this at home or at least a reasonable facsimile. One recipe I found calls for slicing the pork butt or tenderloin and hanging the slices by wire hooks in the oven after marinating. I probably don't want to make it that much! Has anyone just ever done a whole roast(tenderloin, loin or butt) and what's the best marinade?
Thanks!

Mar 20, 2007
claree in Home Cooking

Pizza Picazzo - Scottsdale

We went to this gourmet pizza place Friday night early (before) 6:00 and sat at the bar. We tried it on a whim after an appointment in the area. They have a full bar and the restaurant has a nice ambience. Think real restaurant as opposed to red checked corner pizzerias. The menu is enormous and loaded with interesting "gourmet" pizzas with all types of options. They have 4 different crusts - super-thin cracker crust (not recommended with a lot of toppings as the bartender told us) thin crust, regular crust and bagel crust. We went with the thin crust for my carbonara which included cheeses,carmelized onions, olive oil, garlic, canadian bacon and regular bacon. Hubby also opted for thin crust fresh spinach and bacon also with cheeses and carmelized onions. We each got a small size and WOW! They came out piping hot with a wonderfully crisp, yet chewy crust, slightly charred around the edges. They have a long list of all their toppings and you can create your own ingredients just like other pizza places but here there are more choices. We also split a small Caesar salad which, while easily enough for 2 people, was fairly tasteless. They do have a huge offering of all types of salad, appetizers and colazzos(calzones). We have been in search of great pizza that is not the home delivery type for months. We found it! This place is not cheap and some will balk at a few of the prices for a pizza place. But, it's well worth it. Small pizzas range from $7.50 to $15.50 for the specialty ones. A small is perfect for one person. While they do have a web site, the menu there is not at all the full one. It's on Frank Lloyd Wright at the first entrance on the right immediately east of Scottsdale Road. PizzaPicazzo.com

Mar 11, 2007
claree in Southwest

What foods do restaurants most frequently mess up?

Definitely calamari fritti. It's usually tough as rubber, not crispy enough and the peices are too big. We are always in a search for excellent calamari . . . . .

Feb 10, 2007
claree in General Topics

Bordelaise sauce - beef marrow

I really want to try making a classic bordelaise sauce which ususally calls for beef marrow. Is that readily available from supermarkets? From the butcher? in frozen section or gourmet markets only?
Thanks!

Feb 01, 2007
claree in Home Cooking

Nick's Italian - Phoenix

Has anyone ever tried one of these restaurants? There are 4 of them in the Valley and I've never seen a review in the media or on this board. I'm curious as to some opinions. Thanks!

Jan 07, 2007
claree in Southwest

GROUND SIRLOIN - Having the Butcher Grind It

I find a small chuck roast or package of boneless beef ribs in the pre-wrapped meat section that has the right amount of fat and take it to the butcher and requst they grind it. In your case, find a good top sirloin steak and do the same. They do so happily in most supermarkets.

Jan 07, 2007
claree in Home Cooking

how long do i cook my pork shoulder?

I roast these in the oven all the time and we want fall-apart, shredded. For this, it is exactly 1 hour per pound @ 325 degrees. This method also gives you the greatest outside skin (it's called bark in the south) and it is to die for!

Nov 22, 2006
claree in Home Cooking

Italian food in Phoenix/Scottsdale

I agree with the above posts, but have recently found another good one. Tutti Santi @ 64th St. and Greenway next to Fry's Supermarket. Their homemade ravioli is sheer heaven and the ambience is realy cozy. Price range is considerably less than Leccabaffi and more than Arriverderci.
Enjoy!

Nov 22, 2006
claree in Southwest

how long do i cook my pork shoulder?

I always roast it at 325 uncovered for an hour per pound. The meat is tender and juicy and the outside has some wonderful crispiness called bark

Oct 12, 2006
claree in Home Cooking

L'Amore Restaurant - Phoenix

Thanks so much! Exacly the info I was looking for and now we're eager to try it. Love this board!

Oct 07, 2006
claree in Southwest

L'Amore Restaurant - Phoenix

Has anyone been to or heard anything about this Italian at 31 St. and Lincoln? They don't have a website yet and I saw the chef on one of the morning shows touting their ciopino. Any info?
TIA!

Oct 07, 2006
claree in Southwest

Good New York style deli - Phoenix/Scotstdale

Hubby and I are craving a great deli, actually 2 of them. One Jewish and the other Italian. While Chompies has pretty decent bagels, most of their menu items we've tried have been mediocre or sub-par at best. De Falco's Italian grocery on Scottsdale Road and Oak Street is the closest we have found to a great Italian, but still somewhat limited in selection. We've lived here 7 years and thought with this area's explosive growth, both of these type delis would be here by now. What are we missing? TIA!

Sep 19, 2006
claree in Southwest

Three Nights in Troon

Although not in the Troon area, you really must go to Phoenix Ranch market at 16th St. & Roosevelt. It's only about a 25 minute drive from where you are - south on SR 51. It truly feels like you have landed in Mexico. It is a huge grocery store, but the draw is their "Cucina" offering all kinds of freshly prepared Mexican favorites, great beverages - they have Mexican Coke!
Carnitas, tacos, etc. They have their own tortilleria, bakery and you sit inside on communal picnic tables. I suggest it for lunch and try to avoid Saturdays as it's jammed!
prosranchmarkets.com

Sep 04, 2006
claree in Southwest