An Evening at Pizzeria Bianco with Chris Bianco and His ‘Rosa’ Pizza {recipe}

When food writer Elliott Shaffner and her photographer Fred Turko decided to move across the country from Los Angeles to a new life in Richmond, Virginia, they took the opportunity to make a once-in-a-lifetime road trip of it. As any food writer+photographer couple would, they designed the majority of their coast-to-coast route as a culinary journey. Their plan: to taste each state on their map and absorb what makes up this country’s past, present and future through its food.

TasteSpotting is lucky enough to peek into the details of Elliott and Fred’s first stop out of LA: Phoenix, Arizona.
Pizzeria Bianco - Rosa Pizza
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by Features Editor on September 3, 2014 · 0 comments

mediterranean chicken chopped salad with dates
This salad is so good, but it is not a salad you make for yourself. This is a salad you make for ten people because the amount of washing, peeling, chopping, and otherwise prepping it requires is not worth it for one person.

Unless, of course you make the salad for one person who will eat it at every meal for three days straight, making that almost the equivalent of ten people.

I might (or might not) have or might have done that… [click to continue…]

by Sarah J. Gim on February 4, 2014 · 0 comments

chia seed pudding almond milk pomegranate pistachios walnuts medjool dates
Happy National Medjool Date Day!

If we’re dedicating an entire day to Medjool Dates, then we may as well be eating them at every meal (and in between meals, too). We’re keeping our “Breakfast Date” simple here in the TasteSpotting Kitchen with a Chia Seed Pudding topped with Pomegranate, Pistachios, Walnuts, and Medjool Dates… [click to continue…]

by Sarah J. Gim on February 3, 2014 · 0 comments

kale salad with almonds dates
We have been cooking our way through the first cookbook in a very long time that has moved us this much, and when challenged with the project of cooking with dates, we didn’t have to stray one page from Jerusalem: A Cookbook by Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi. Dates originate from that very region!

Jerusalem’s recipe for Baby Spinach Salad with Dates and Almonds is perfect right now because 1) we are still in the zone in which we care about sticking to our New Year’s resolution of “eat well,” and… [click to continue…]

by Sarah J. Gim on February 3, 2014 · 0 comments

For National Medjool Date Day, I got to baking this weekend. There were breads and coffee cakes (caramels, even), but once I tasted this Date Cake with Caramel Sauce and Walnuts, I knew it was a recipe that needed to be shared… [click to continue…]

by Jessica Chan on February 3, 2014 · 0 comments


REMINDER: On February 4, we are celebrating National Medjool Date Day with Natural Delights Medjool Dates by letting the TasteSpotting community takeover the front page (and beyond) of the site with Medjool Date recipes for the entire day! For the full details on how to participate, please read the original announcement!

The first time we ever tried a Date Shake, we sucked down the sweet, creamy, ice cold combination of fresh dates, milk, and ice cream so fast that we gave ourselves a massive brain freeze. We had just never had something so…so… [click to continue…]

by Sarah J. Gim on January 21, 2014 · 0 comments

  • Beet Date Muffins with Tahini Icing
  • Paleo Date Creamer
  • Roasted Potato and Beet Hash
  • Healthy Banoffee Parfaits
  • Chicken Date and Rosemary Meatballs with Parsnip and Pear Mash
  • Date Walnut Blue Cheese Log Recipe
  • Honey Date Thyme Scones Recipe
  • Fudgy Dark Chocolate Date Frosting Recipe
  • Date Walnut Gorgonzola Grilled Cheese Sandwich Recipe
  • Date sweetened apple pie oatmeal
  • Date Sourdough Bread Recipe
  • Brown Rice Horchata Vegan Recipe
  • Date Sweetened Granola
  • Banana Porridge with Rosewater and Dates Recipe
  • Chocolate Date Cake Recipe
  • Paleo Date Squares Recipe
  • Peach Yogurt Squares Recipe
  • No-Bake Coconut Raspberry Tarts
  • Chicken Glazed with Date Syrup Recipe
  • Wild Boar with Dates Prunes Cherries and Rose Recipe
  • Sticky Date Pudding Cupcakes Recipe
  • Chocolate Cranberry Braided Bread Recipe
  • Red Cabbage Salad Recipe
  • Crepe Cake with Vanilla Dates
  • Date and Honey Cake with Cinnamon Orange Glaze Recipe

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Is one of your resolutions for the New Year to lock in a “hot date” for that big day in February?

And no, we’re not talking about the Super Bowl (February 2).

Oh, but we’re also not talking about Valentine’s Day (that’s February 14).

We are talking about February 4, which this year, will be the very first National Medjool Date Day! (Get it? Hot date? Medjool dates? Ok, sorry.)… [click to continue…]

by Sarah J. Gim on January 7, 2014 · 0 comments