Chef Justin Pfeilsticker of Zuzu at Hotel Valley Ho on What He's Growing

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ZuZu, Hotel Valley Ho
Chef Justin Pfeilsticker stands in his impressive home garden.

Justin Pfeilsticker, executive sous chef at ZuZu at Hotel Valley Ho, has an enviable garden. He has passion for taking care of his produce and uses unusual (and often discarded) parts of the plant in his dishes. Lucky for you, Pfeilsticker gave us a sneak peek into his garden and shares an inspiring seasonal recipe after the jump.

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10 Unusual Ways to Eat Eggs

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Sweet & Saucy blog
Baked eggs just got a whole lot better.

Eggs have been a rising trend in restaurants for the last few years, and we can't expect them to be pulled off menus, well, ever. And for good reason! Not only are they incredibly versatile, but this essential ingredient is every bit as super as kale or salmon.

If you're still eating your eggs scrambled or hard-boiled, in omelets or frittatas, you're missing out on all the possibilities for a delicious meal. Just in time for your Easter table, here are 10 totally trendy -- yet kinda strange -- ways to prepare eggs.

Baked Eggs in Ham

Although the recipe first appeared in the February 2002 issue of Gourmet Magazine, the concept of lining a muffin pan with sliced ham still feels a bit bizarre. But there's nothing off-putting about the combo of soft baked eggs, crispy ham, and herb mushroom stuffing. It's easy to make, yet they'll look stunning served with brunch.


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15 Easter Options at Metro Phoenix Restaurants

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Roaring Fork
This cinnamon roll is gooey and sticky, but it's also got crunch from the cast iron skillet.

In Arizona, celebrating Easter becomes about more than the holiday itself. It's also one of the last big hurrahs before the temperature creeps up to 100 degrees and stays there throughout the summer. That's why we recommend booking a table for Easter brunch, especially if you can snag a seat outdoors in the sunshine.

Plus, in case a traditional Christian holiday isn't your thing, this year you have another reason to head out for an extravagant meal; Easter falls on Sunday, 4/20.

Roaring Fork

For an incredible Western-style buffet, including pull-apart sticky buns, head to Scottsdale's Roaring Fork. The buffet will include apple walnut orzo salad, candied jalapeno slaw, loaded grits, cast-iron frittatas, and green chili mac and cheese -- but that's just to get you started. Then there's fried chicken with peppercorn gravy, huckleberry French toast, carved ham and roast beef, green chili pork stew, and enchiladas. To really indulge, have pecan bars and bananas foster bread pudding for dessert, and enjoy $5 mimosas and Bloody Marys. The buffet-style brunch is $35 per person, $19 for kids 12 and under. To make reservations, call 480-947-0795.


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9 St. Patrick's Day Parties in Metro Phoenix: Food and Drink Edition

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Rosie McCaffrey's (Facebook)
A real Irish pub right in the heart of Phoenix

With St. Patrick's Day landing on a Monday, this year the celebration starts on Friday and goes for a long four-day weekend. That means there's every reason to partake in a little Irish culture with traditional food and all varieties of imbibing, whether you prefer after-work drinks on Friday, singing Irish drinking songs and downing green beers on Saturday, eating Irish-whiskey marinated salmon before a concert at the MIM on Sunday, or drinking with Verne Troyer (a.k.a. Mini Me) on St. Paddy's.

Rosie McCaffrey's

What better place is there in town to join the party than an Irish-owned, Irish-operated pub? The regular menu has all the typical bar food with a Celtic twist: Irish Reuben egg rolls, Irish corned beef tacos, Harp-battered onion rings, and Quigley's quesadilla topped with either chicken or corned beef. There also are large plates of Guinness lamb stew, bangers and mash, corned beef and cabbage boxty (Irish potato pancakes), and Kell's meatloaf sandwich with corned beef and bacon. Finish your St. Patrick's meal with Irish whiskey bread pudding.


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St. Patrick's Day 2014: Field Guide to Irish Pubs in Metro Phoenix

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Melissa Fossum
St. Patrick's Day 2013 at Rula Bula in Tempe.
St. Patrick's Day is just around the corner. Which means this weekend, you and a gazillion of your closest corned beef and Guinness loving friends will be looking for the perfect place to post up and slam car bombs all day. Luckily for those who are unfamiliar with our local Irish pub scene, we've assembled a handy field guide to the city's most popular St. Patty's Day spots.

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12 Favorite Places for Seafood During Lent in Metro Phoenix

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Laura Hahnefeld
Cajun Shrimp
It's the Lenten season, which for many means skipping burgers, steaks, lamb chops, pork chops, and, well, all other forms of meat on Fridays. Luckily, that doesn't cover fish -- so to make the sacrifice of all things rich and meaty a little bit easier, we've rounded up some of our favorite places in town for a seafood-centric meal.

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5 Spring Training Food and Drink Specials Around Metro Phoenix

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Lauren Saria
Your spring training ticket stub will let you cash in on a few dining deals.
Spring training season is great for a number of reasons including that it brings plenty of visitors to town and gives locals a good excuse to dine out and day drink. We've already given you an ultimate spring training guide spring traing to restaurants, bars, and more, as well as our list of must-eat and drink restaurants to hit while you're visiting town. And now we've gathered a handful of food and drink specials at bars and restaurants all over town.

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Spring Training 2014: Your Ultimate Guide to Restaurants, Bars, and More in Metro Phoenix

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JK Grence
Sonoran dogs take classic ballpark fare and add some Southwestern flair.
It's that fantastic time of the year again where the ballparks open up and out-of-towners start flooding into the Phoenix area. Whether you're excited to test drive the new Cubs' stadium or just looking to support the D-Backs in as many games as you possibly can, chances are you'll be hopping all around the metropolitain area looking for great spots to chow down, drink up, and get some solid R&R in the sun before the summer comes. Even if you're not interested in baseball per se, there's enough good stuff to check out around town that'll make this time of year in Phoenix your favorite, too.

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3 Places to Get Your Mardi Gras King Cake in Metro Phoenix

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King cake
We might be a long way from The Big Easy, but that doesn't mean you can't get in on the Carnival and Mardi Gras fun in the Valley. This year, Fat Tuesday (the last day of the Carnival season) falls on Tuesday, March 4, which means you have just a couple of weeks left to celebrate.

A king cake is a staple of the season, and the cake traditionally hides one tiny plastic baby (or some other trinket) inside it. If you get the slice with the baby in it, you become the lucky winner -- the person who gets to host the next party. Here are three places baking Mardi Gras king cakes in metro Phoenix.

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Your 2014 Guide to Valentine's Day in Metro Phoenix

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Courtesy of Blue Hound Kitchen and Cocktails
Maine lobster with avocado, asparagus, black garlic ranch, and torn basil.
It's officially crunch time for Valentine's Day, but don't stress if you haven't found the perfect way to wow your significant other. We've compiled a list of the best dinner menus, restaurants, cocktails, beer, recipes, and treats for you in town that can get you on your way to the most romantic night of your life. Just don't delay the inevitable any longer or you'll likely be eating alone, which is okay, and we've included some events for you singles, too.

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