Summer Deals: Family-Style Italian Dining at Uncle Louie in Scottsdale

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This Sunday night special at Uncle Louie is big enough for the whole family.
So far we've shown you a lot of great places for date nights and two-person dinners for cheap eats in Phoenix, but Uncle Louie The Restaurant is offering something up this summer that's fit for a family of four. The North Scottsdale joint specializes in homey Italian dishes and generous portions-- so you can definitely expect to get your fill with this pasta special.

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Peaches, Plums Recalled from Trader Joe's, Walmart, and More

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Moldy peaches? The least of your worries with this recall.
You might want to check the packaging on your produce this week because a nationwide fruit recall is in effect on bulk and packaged fruits from the fruit wholesaler Wawona Packing Co. Recalled fruits include peaches, plums, nectarines, and pluots that may have been contaminated with listeria.

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A Very Kardashian Cookbook Now Available for Pre-Order on Amazon

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Are you ready to cook and entertain like a Kardashian-Jenner? Hire a caterer-- erm, buy this cookbook!
Have you been keeping up the the Kardashians? Be honest. If you have, you might already know that momager Kris Jenner is releasing a cookbook that no one ever knew they wanted and it's full of family favorites. Because, you know, she's apparently a cook now too. Or at least the cover, where she has a knife in one of her hands and a bell pepper in the other, would suggest that.

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Free Coffee Alert: Scramble in Scottsdale Gives Away Free Joe All Week

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The best kind of coffee is free coffee.
Having trouble waking up this Tuesday morning? Well, if what you need is a java jolt completely gratis, you should head over to Scramble on the northwest corner of Scottsdale Road and Lincoln Drive to try out their house blend.

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Is Raw Beef Making a Comeback in the Dining Scene?

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Tartare and carpaccio might be more common in your favorite restaurants now.
According to the Washington Post, raw beef is making a comeback on restaurant menus. Despite the risk of E.coli in uncooked meats, chefs say sourcing high-quality products as the key to safely serving raw beef. Dishes like carpaccio and tartare might be seen more typically on menus now than before, and, according to the article, that might be a matter of taste as much as it is a trend.

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Summer Deals: An Amaro-Spiked Happy Hour at Taggia

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Salt cod fritters and all of the Montenegro you can drink.
From now until Labor Day, Taggia at the FireSky Resort & Spa is offering an Italian-infused happy hour experience every day with their new Aperativo Hour. $5 appetizers and drink specials, with a focus on herbal amaros, will help you have a little mini-getaway on sunny summer afternoons without breaking the bank.

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Avocados Can Help You Absorb Nutrients, Study Says

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Think of avocados like a nutrient amplifier.
On their own, avocados are jam-packed with vitamins, omega fatty acids, and minerals, so the case for including an avocado in your regular meal routine is a pretty easy one to make. However, according to new research, adding an avocado to your salad might not only bring you the benefits of the avocado, but also aid in absorbing the nutrients in the vegetables around it.

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Lava-Heated Grill Cooks a Steak in About 2 Minutes

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No charcoal necessary for this grilling method.
While folks around Phoenix continue to get their kicks frying eggs on the sidewalk, a "culinary research team" has found a way to grill up a steak and some corn using molten lava and they've posted a video to prove it.

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Organic Fruits and Vegetables Have More Antioxidants, According to New Study

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What are you really getting out of those organic veggies?
Although one study out of Stanford University found two years ago that organic produce isn't actually much more nutritious than the GMO or pesticide-laced foods, a new study claims that organically-grown produce might actually contain more antioxidants, which have been found to protect cells from aging effects, cancer, and heart disease.

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Kale-Brussels Sprouts Hybrid Veggie to Hit Stores This Fall

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The healthy veggie hybrid that you never knew you wanted.
There's no denying the explosive popularity of both kale and Brussels sprouts among food snobs in the past year or so. However, one British vegetable seed house, Tozer Seeds, has been working on combining the two for 15 years and is finally ready to launch the hybrid veggie this fall for all of your roasting, grilling, sauteeing, or raw eating needs.

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