Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Salut Kitchen & Wine Bar

By: Kelly Potts

Salut Kitchen & Wine Bar, the hip wine bar located in Tempe, recently celebrated it's two year anniversary and we were there to help kick it off.

The 3,400 square foot restaurant and bar, located between the infamous Mill Avenue and Tempe Marketplace, offers sophisticated-yet-affordable authentic food such as bruschetta, gourmet tapas, salads, sandwiches, entrees and an extensive wine and cocktail selection that suits anyone looking for a memorable dining experience.

We started with the hummus nachos, and they were amazing! The pomegranate seeds add a nice twist to your typical hummus and pita.

Next up was the quinoa fritters: fried quinoa, dill Havarti, red onion, red pepper and fried crimini were the perfect addition to the hummus nachos as a starter.

While visiting Salut, check out the Mediterranean Chicken Kabobs. These kabobs contain chicken, tomato, red onion and bell peppers, served on a bed of pita, hummus and tzatziki sauce. This is a nice mix of two great dishes!

End your meal with a serving of table-side s’mores – and you feel like a kid again!

Salut Kitchen Bar offers a wide array of flavorful and innovative menu items inspired by a mix of Mediterranean and American cuisine. Be sure to stop in the next time you are find yourself in Tempe.

Salut Kitchen & Wine Bar
1435 E University Dr,
Tempe, AZ 85281

Monday, March 30, 2015

Tropical Green Smoothie & A Giveaway

By: The Food Hunter

Smoothies are my idea of "fast food;" they are the freshest, easiest and most convenient way to incorporate more fruits and vegetables into your diet specially when you are pressed for time. Make
one trip to the store, purchase all your ingredients and freeze in single serving portions; when you're ready just empty the bag into your blender add liquid and pulverize.

I found that using a single serve blender, like the Hamilton Beach Single Serve/Personal Blender  helps make smoothies an even more convenient food option. These blenders are portable so you can have one everywhere, even at your office. You can also blend and sip from the same cup, which fits nicely into most car cup holders making eating while traveling that much easier.

The Tropical Green Smoothie below is an energizing mix of fresh fruit, protein packed yogurt and leafy greens. This drink is easily adaptable; pick and choose the produce you love and follow this formula: 1 part leafy greens + 1 part liquid + 1 part fruit + 1 part protein.

***The nice folks at Hamilton Beach in conjunction with Stonyfield are offering one lucky ready a chance to win a single serve blender of their very own. See below for how to enter.***

Tropical Green Smoothie

1 cup baby spinach
1 cup coconut water
1 cup pineapple
1 cup Stonyfield Greek yogurt
1 tsp coconut extract (optional)

Add all ingredients to your blender and mix to combine.

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I have an ongoing relationship with Stonyfield as a member of the Clean Plate Club. I receive product, coupons and compensation for posts featuring their products. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Cocktails & Appetizers So You Can Party Like A Mad Man

By: The Food Hunter

The final seven episodes of Mad Men premiers on Sunday April 5th, so there's no better time than now to celebrate the end of an era. Bloggers from around the world are coming together to create a memorable Mad Men Virtual Party with food and drink recipes from The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook, by Judy Gelman & Peter Zehutlin. (enter below to win a copy)

From the very first season Mad Men has intertwined food and drink into just about every episode and has helped to create the modern cocktail scene. Making popular once again drinks such as the Old Fashioned & Manhattan.

No Mad Men event would be complete without easy to prepare appetizers and cocktails that feature swizzle sticks and fruit garnish. So grab your friends, pour yourself a cocktail, light up a Lucky Strike and #PartyLikeAMadMan

The retro crowd pleasing menu below is what I will be serving on April 5th!

Tom Collins
Side Car
Royal Hawaiin
Old Fashioned

Hor d'oeuvres
Stuffed Celery
Deviled Eggs
Marinated Olives
Mushroom Canapes


****Enter to win a copy of The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook****

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

The Tilted Tea in Honor of National Whiskey Day

By: The Food Hunter

National Whiskey Day is tomorrow and what better way to celebrate than with a classic drink featuring a whiskey kick?

The Tilted Kilt, an Arizona sports bar that combines Celtic d├ęcor, humorous limericks and sexy cast members with great food, drinks and fun, takes your traditional Long Island Iced Tea and kicks it up a notch with their own version called a Tilted Tea. The refreshing drink blends four different kinds of liquor, including Whiskey, with Triple Sec for that sweet flavor you’ll want to sip on all day long.

Tilted Tea
½ oz. Three Olives Naked Vodka
½ oz. of Tanqueray Gin
½ oz. Bacardi Superior Rum
½ oz. Triple Sec
½ oz. Bushmills Whiskey

Pour the vodka, gin, rum, and whiskey into a 14 ounce glass with ice. Then, fill the glass with Triple Sec and a dash of sweet and sour. Garnish with a lemon wedge, add a straw and enjoy!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Eating Whole Foods: Ricotta & Salami Stuffed Artichokes

By: The Food Hunter

I grew up eating my grandmother's stuffed artichokes; where each leaf was generously filled with bread crumbs seasoned with herbs and Parmesan cheese. They were delicious but quite time consuming to make. Recently I came across a recipe of Emeril Lagasse's for stuffed artichokes where only the center of the artichoke was filled. Talk about a time saver, this recipe cut the preparation nearly in half. Not only were they quicker and easier to make, but Emeril used a whipped seasoned ricotta & salami filling which turned out to be much tastier than the seasoned breadcrumbs.

The next time you need a hearty vegetable appetizer, don't shy away from stuffed artichokes out of fear they are too time consuming, instead give these fluffy ricotta filled chokes a try. As I'm sure you know by now I get as much produce as possible at Whole Foods Market, they have a wonderful selection of organic local fruits and vegetables that I just love.

***See below for a chance to win a Whole Foods Market gift card!***

Ricotta & Salami Stuffed Artichokes
(adapted from Emeril Lagasse)

2 medium whole artichokes, steamed until tender and cooled
1/4 pound fresh Ricotta cheese
1 egg
1/2 cup grated pecorino cheese
1/4 pound or less salami, finely chopped
1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh parsley leaves
Salt/Freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoon olive oil

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Drizzle a shallow baking dish with olive oil. Slice the steamed artichokes in half, lengthwise (including the stem). Remove the choke. Place the artichoke halves, heart side up, in the prepared pan. Season with salt and pepper.

In a mixing bowl, combine the ricotta, egg, pecorino, salami and parsley. Mix well. Season with salt and pepper. Fill the cavity of each artichoke with the cheese mixture.

Drizzle the artichokes with olive oil. Place in the oven on the top rack and bake until golden, about 15 to 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and serve hot.

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