The Italian Restaurant

saladFar too often, we eat while doing other tasks.  Whether its checking emails while eating lunch or snacking on a protein bar while driving around the valley.  Lately, we’ve been working on changing that behavior and dedicating time to tuning out work and taking a few hours to enjoy one of the area restaurants.  Last Friday, we went to The Italian Restaurant at the Town & Country Plaza in Phoenix/Biltmore area.  We shared a simple green salad, spiced olives and vegetarian lasagna at The Italian Restaurant in Phoenix in the Town & Country Plaza.  The setting is extremely cozy and pleasantly casual.  What we loved about our meal was that the ingredients were simple yet delicious. So delicious we did a repeat on Saturday of the exact same thing.

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Kale Salad Part Deux

saladMy obsession with Kale continues with this simple combination that’s refreshing and savory at the same time.  This flavor combination goes well with either of our dressings. Pink grapefruit, pear, dried cranberry, smoked almond, white cheddar, shredded purple cabbage and shredded kale.  Be sure to massage the dressing into the kale to soften the texture. Because Kale doesn’t wilt like other greens, you can even dress your salad as much as 24 hours ahead of time – make it delicious!


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Mouthwatering Grapefruit Avocado Salad

I love when customers share their creative ideas like this one for Little Rosie’s Dressings.  The ingredients are perfect since there’s an abundance of grapefruit grown locally and fresh avocados from Mexico and California available in the markets year round. Plus, it’s always good to change up salad combinations to keep things sexy. Although we’re not in any farm markets right now, you can find us in all of the AJ’s Fine Food Stores in Arizona and on line at

-6 cups torn green or butter lettuce
-3 large pink grapefruit, peeled and sectioned
-1 medium ripe avocado, peeled and sliced
-1 small red onion, thinly sliced
-1/4 cup chopped pecans or pepitas, toasted
-1/4 cup of Little Rosie’s Filipino (original) or Spicy dressing
*add roasted, pull chicken as an option to make more of a meal

-Divide lettuce among eight salad plates.
-Arrange the grapefruit, avocado and onion over lettuce.
-Drizzle dressing over salads.
-Sprinkle with pecans or pepitas.

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Fresh Greens & Dressing

 When in doubt – keep things simple.  Fresh mixed greens and either of our dressings: Filipino or Spicy Filipino make a delicious snack or compliment to a meal. *We are finished for the summer at Old Town Scottsdale Farmers’ Market until the October  24th, 2015 but if you need a fix, you can find us in any of the AJ’s Fine Foods Stores in Arizona or on our web store Thank you for your support and have a great weekend!

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Microgreen Salad

Microgreens-Fruit-Salad-1-014By far the easiest salad I can think of with the most dense nutrients if you care.  Microgreen mix that’s grown locally, raspberries, tomato, walnuts, pineapples and our Spicy Filipino Dressing.

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Chicken Tacos with Little Rosie’s

chicken+tacosWhile much of the nation is ankle or even knee deep in snow, we’re enjoying our winter in the Southwest which consists of 85 degree weather and mostly sunny skies.  For some reason since I was a small girl, beautiful weather inspired me to eat tacos.  This is a since taco recipe with a Filipino twist which is a no brainer.


  1. 2.5 lbs boneless skinless chicken breast halves
  2. 3/4 cup chicken broth
  3. 1/2 cup Little Rosie’s Filipino or Spicy Filipino Dressing
  4. 1 Tbsp fresh lime juice


  1. Place chicken breast halves in the slow cooker. In a mixing bowl whisk together dressing and lime juice. Pour mixture over chicken in slow cooker, cover slow cooker with lid. Cook chicken on low heat 6 – 8 hours. Shred chicken (it’s so tender I usually just shred it in the slow cooker without even removing it), then cook shredded chicken in broth in slow cooker an additional 30 minutes on low. Drain broth from chicken. Serve warm in tacos, burritos, enchiladas, quesadillas, taquitos etc. Garnish with your favorite toppings and enjoy!
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Stone Grindz – Sweets Not Just for Vegans

stonegrindzFor someone who loves sweets as much as I do, surprisingly I’m not totally crazing about chocolate.  However, I have found some chocolates I really do love made by Stone Grindz here in Arizona – their products are as lovely as the packaging designs.  I happen to neighbor their booth at the Old Town Scottsdale Farmers’ Market and am getting schooled on vegan products.  I’m am obsessed with their raw organic food bars and am starting to develop a liking for their dairy-free, soy-free, gluten-free vegan chocolates.  Before I started to learn more about food, the word ‘vegan’ kinda put me off – now, it’s quite the opposite.  I have nothing against dairy but to put it simply, these chocolates have very fewer ingredients covering up the delicious taste of pure cacao.  These young artisans are relatively new but have amazing products that can be found in several local farmers’ markets and on-line.

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Spinach+Bacon+Strawberries+Red Onion


 This salad combo of spinach & romaine came together based on what my mom had in the fridge. We used our Filipino dressing to pull the flavored together. I like the salty flavor the bacon adds.

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Heaven and Earth – House of Macrobiotics


 Although I’m enjoying my mom’s (Rosie) cooking in Florida, I still miss some of my favorites from Old Town Scottsdale Farmers Market.  Often times people are scared away from food that are considered ‘healthy’ but they really shouldn’t be, healthier foods actually have more flavor.  Heaven and Earth has healthy and delicious mastered, they sell a variety of prepared food and energy bars in several of the farm markets and offer catering as well.  They’re a great resource for when you want eat well without the work and also great inspiration for you own recipe ideas when preparing your own food.* My favorite right now is the salad with brown rice and quinoa pasta with champagne vinaigrette, I actually like to eat it for breakfast. We won’t be back to the market until April 25th but you can find our dressings in any of the AJ’s Fine Foods Stores across the valley and in Tucson.

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Sexy, Cool, Cucumber Salad

Cucumber-Salad-1024x680Mouth watering isn’t it?…….I threw the ‘sexy’ in to get some attention for my recipes.  During the summers here in Arizona when lettuce is not quite so fresh, I like this as a side salad or snack.  You can make this a day in advance and keep  2-3 days in fridge as long as dressed well and covered.  Use our dressings OR your other favorite dressings.  I like to share recipes that compliment our products but can be adapted to others as well to keep variety in eating.

2 cucumbers sliced thinly, 1/4 cup green onions and 1/4 of Little Rosie’s Dressings – Spicy or Original taste equally delicious.  Mix-it-up and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Enjoy!


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