Top Fall Recipes to Try This Season

Fall is finally on the horizon, and we can already taste the fun fall foods that come with the change in seasons. After all, fall is practically synonymous with parties and gatherings with friends and family that gives us an excuse to try new fall food recipes.

If you’re eagerly awaiting the change in weather as well as the fun festivities around the corner, here are some recipes and ideas to get you even more in the fall mood.

Pumpkin, Pumpkin Everywhere

It wouldn’t be fall if everything wasn’t pumpkin-scented, pumpkin-flavored, or pumpkin-decorated. And if you’re a pumpkin fanatic like many of us, we’ve got you covered with two of the best pumpkin recipes out there:

Recipe 1: Become the envy of all your friends at your next soiree by serving this delectable Pumpkin Cashew Soup as an appetizer. Creamy and rich, this soup is made with coconut milk and, of course, pumpkin. Counteracting all of the pumpkin lattes, the soup is brimming with healthy fats, vitamin A, and vitamin C. Best of all, it tastes great and definitely falls under the category of easy pumpkin recipes. Serve it in festive pumpkin-shaped bowls, and you’ve just taken your hosting game to the next level.

Recipe 2: Looking for more fall appetizer recipes? Whether you serve it first, or as a dessert, this flavorful Pumpkin Roll should definitely make the cut for your next party and quickly become a guest favorite.

Childhood Tastes, All Grown Up

What’s a gathering without a few festive adult beverages? Evoke the beauty and wonder of your friends’ fall childhood memories by dressing up some well-loved drinks with seasonal elements. Take the standard Moscow Mule, and transform it into a Caramel Apple Mule. Simply made with vodka, caramel syrup, apple cider, and ginger beer, your guests will be immediately transported back to hayrides, colorful leaves, and bobbing for apples.

Another way to use fun seasonal flavors is by trying out this Maple Bourbon Old-Fashioned recipe. With grown-up notes of maple syrup and even a maraschino cherry, you’re sure to bring back guests’ warm, fond fall memories. And if your group doesn’t drink, any of these beverages can be equally enjoyed without alcohol in them.

And don’t forget to share with your neighbors! At Terravita, we have an amazing and friendly neighborhood. If you’re interested in learning more about joining our neighborhood, contact us today.

It’s Citrus Season in Arizona!

February is here, which means it’s citrus season in Arizona! We’re one of four citrus-producing states in the U.S. along with California, Florida and Texas.  And because many of you probably have a citrus tree or two in your backyard, we’ve put together some great tips about where to find the best citrus, types of citrus available in Arizona, and how to care for those trees you might have.

Almost any citrus fruit can be grown in Arizona, but the most common types are lemons, tangerines, oranges and grapefruit; they are produced and commercially farmed in the warmer counties of Yuma, Mojave, Maricopa and Pinal. Making Arizona one of the country’s largest producers of tangerines, oranges and grapefruit.

Where Can I Buy the Freshest Citrus?

If you don’t have your own citrus trees, we’ve got you covered. Aside from your local grocery store, there are plenty of fruit trees in Arizona in farmers’ markets offering locally grown citrus. Some of most notable markets with Arizona fruit trees in the Scottsdale/North Phoenix:

  • Roadrunner Park Farmers’ Market on Cactus Road is open every Saturday and is one of the few farmers’ markets open year round in Phoenix.
  • The Old Town Scottsdale Farmers’ Market on Brown Avenue is open on Saturdays from 8 A.M. to 1 P.M. through May and has great citrus trees in Arizona.
  • Farmers Market North Scottsdale on Pinnacle Peak Road reopens Saturday, February 17 and will run through May; it is open on Saturdays from 9 A.M. to 1 P.M.
  • Arizona Orange Company has oranges for sale as well as lemons, tangerines, and grapefruit by the case, and orders can be placed online for home delivery.
  • The Orange Patch Too in Mesa offers a wide selection of fresh citrus and specialty foods.

How to Plant a Citrus Tree

If you’d like to grow and care for your own citrus tree, February is the best time to start. Stop by a nursery that focuses on citrus, like Greenfield Citrus Nursery or Whitfill Nursery.  First it is important to verify your HOA guidelines as some may not allow citrus trees.  We recommend purchasing a Dwarf Citrus tree that is in a 15 gallon container or smaller, as these comply with most HOA guidelines. Once you’re ready to plant, start by:

  1. Digging a hole that measures twice the diameter of the container of your new tree but around the same depth. You’ll want to make certain that the hole you dig is no deeper than the height of the container.
  2. Make sure the tree in the container is damp enough so that once you remove it and place it in the hole it will hold together.
  3. After the tree is placed, set a garden hose in the hole prior to filling it with dirt.
  4. Once the hole is filled with dirt, turn on your hose slowly and fill the hole with water (you’ll be able to pull the hose out once the tree is watered).

You can also plant your citrus tree in a container rather than in the ground. 

How to Care for Your Citrus Tree

Now that your Arizona fruit tree is planted (or if you already have a tree in your yard), you’ll want to water it frequently; typically every 1-2  weeks in the summer and ever 3-4 weeks in the winter. Make sure you stick to a schedule! Proper citrus tree care recommends that you fertilize your tree; you can purchase fertilizer at any local home improvement store.

Citrus Recipes

Since Arizona is such a large producer of citrus, there is often a lot of excess. There are thousands of great recipes that call for oranges, lemons and grapefruit, including cakes, salads, soups and main courses. Taking advantage of locally grown fruit is a great way to spark new ideas for recipes. Try out different types of citrus to add a fun twist to your personal recipes at home to take full advantage of citrus season in Arizona!

Scottsdale, AZ – A Foodie Paradise

Scottsdale, Arizona is one of the Southwest’s most desirable living areas. With an abundance of nightlife, shopping, and dining options, it’s no wonder that Scottsdale attracts some of the best and brightest chefs in the business. Rated as the 9th hottest foodie scene in the country by Zagat’s, this jewel in the desert offers everything from local mom-and pop eateries and food trucks to Michelin-star fine dining, and everything in between. There’s plenty more to Arizona than Mexican food and prickly pear margaritas.

In addition to the typical Southwest flavors one might expect to find in a city in central Arizona, Scottsdale also packs a few surprises up its culinary sleeve. Believe it or not, the city is known for its traditional Neapolitan-style pizza and is home to nearly as many Vera Pizza Napoletana-certified pizzerias as New York City. Consistently rated the best pizza in town, Pizzeria Bianco has been serving classic Neapolitan-style pies for over 25 years. Even if you’re only in town for a few nights, you definitely want to put this place on your list!

Old Town Scottsdale is a mecca for foodies and is home to some of the best places to eat in scottsdale. At Nonna Urban Eatery, Chef Gian Franco Brugaletta brings Middle Eastern, Italian, French, and Southwestern flavors together in uniquely creative ways. If you’re looking for something more regional, Scottsdale restaurants with a locavore focus, like FnB and True Food Kitchen, offer creative dishes made with locally sourced ingredients, including a variety of Arizona’s celebrated wines. For the sweet tooth there are decadent dessert locations like Sugar Bowl and Creamistry. Proving you can get anything in this desert paradise, Crab & Mermaid, a highly anticipated eatery, is now open to satiate your coastal appetite.

For more adventurous eaters, Scottsdale’s annual Culinary Festival is held each year in early April. This gathering showcases over 35 of the area’s favorite restaurants. Live music, VIP lounges to escape the sun, and a host of craft beer and spirit vendors round out the exciting event.

If the plethora of options available is overwhelming, let someone else take the reins. Arizona Food Tours hosts a Taste of Old Town Scottsdale Tour where you can tour some of the most celebrated establishments Arizona has to offer.

Whether you’re looking for local favorites, sophisticated fusion, cheap eats, or just desserts, Scottsdale, AZ is a foodie’s paradise in the middle of the desert.

Contact us if you have any questions about the area or to find out more about our community and what Terravita has to offer – including amazing culinary delights at our own Clubhouse.