Monthly Archives: April 2012

The Wigwam’s Chef Lenard Rubin Shares His Recipe for a Delicious Salmon Salad

If you are a fan of salmon, and who isn’t, you’re going to love my Achiote rubbed salmon salad recipe.  This is a wonderful dish to serve on a warm spring or summer day as it is easy to prepare, light and delicious.  Top off your meal with a scrumptous apple cobbler and you’re sure to receive a standing ovation.

Achiote Rubbed Salmon Salad with Prickly Pear Cactus Fruit Vinaigrette
Serves Four

4 (2 ½ oz.) Salmon Filets
2 tbs. Olive Oil
1 each Lime (cut in half)
1 cup Achiote Rub (recipe to follow)
6 cups Mixed Greens
8 each Radishes (sliced)
16 each Grape Tomatoes
1 cup Jicama (peeled and julienned)
1 cup Cucumbers (peeled, medium diced)
1 cup Queso Cotija (crumbled)
1 cup Almond Brittle (recipe to follow)
1 cup Prickly Pear Cactus Fruit Vinaigrette (recipe to follow)
2 pinches Kosher Salt
1 pinch Ground Black Pepper

1. Rub the top and sides of the salmon filets with the achiote rub at least 1 hour in advance
2. Heat half of the oil on a griddle or non-stick pan
3. Sear the salmon, rub side down, until lightly browned (approximately 3 minutes)
4. Turn over and cook approximately three minutes more, depending on the thickness, until it         feels firm to the touch
5. Squeeze lime juice onto top of salmon
6. Toss together, in a bowl, the remaining ingredients, except for the Prickly Pear Cactus Fruit        Vinaigrette
7. Add enough dressing to coat the salad ingredients, season with salt and pepper
8. Drizzle some dressing around the plate and place the salad in the middle
9. Lean the salmon on the salad and serve

Achiote Rub

¾   cup Achiote
1 tbsp. Sherry Vinegar
2 cloves Garlic
1 tbsp. Soy sauce
1 tbsp. Worcestershire Sauce
¼ cup Olive Oil
1 each Lemon (juice of)
1 each Lime (juice of)
1 tbsp. Frozen OJ Concentrate
2 pinches Kosher Salt
1 pinch Ground Black Pepper

1. Puree all ingredients together in a blender until smooth

Prickly Pear Cactus Fruit Vinaigrette

4 each Prickly Pear Cactus Fruit (or 2 cups of Prickly Pear Cactus Fruit Puree)
½ each Banana (peeled)
½ cup Rice Wine Vinegar
¼ cup Honey
½ each Lemon (juice of)
½ each  Lime (juice of)
2 pinches Kosher Salt
1 pinch Ground Black Pepper

1. Cut the ends off the cactus fruit, cut a slit on the side and peel off the skin with a paring knife
2. Puree in a blender with the remaining ingredients
3. Strain through a fine strainer.

Almond Brittle

1 cup Slivered Almonds
2 tbsp. Honey
1 tbsp. Unsalted Butter (cut in small cubes)
2 pinches Salt

1. Place almonds on a small tray and drizzle with honey
2. Scatter butter cubes over almonds and dust with salt
3. Place in a 350°F oven and cook for 2 minutes, mix up all ingredients
4. Place back in oven and cook for an additional 2 minutes
5. Remove from oven and let chill

Apple Cobbler
Makes 12

4 each   Lemons (juice of)
12 each Apples (peeled & cored)
¼ cup Butter (cut in pieces)
½ cup Crystallized Ginger (minced fine) 
¾ cup Sugar
1 tsp. Cinnamon
2 tbs. Flour
1 pinch Salt
1 ½ tsp. Vanilla
½ batch Crumb Mixture (recipe to follow)

1. Slice apples ¼“ thick and toss in lemon juice 
2. Melt butter in large sauté pan over medium heat
3. Add ginger and cook until slightly softened 
4. Add apples, lemon juice, sugar, cinnamon, flour and salt
5. Cover partially and cook, stirring frequently, until just tender (about 10 minutes)
6. Stir in vanilla
7. Lightly butter ceramic dishes
8. Spoon in apple mixture, even with top of dish
9. Cover tops completely with crumb mixture 
10. Drizzle lightly with melted butter
11. Bake on sheetpans at 350° for 20 minutes or until top is a nice golden brown color

Crumb Mixture

3 cups Flour
3 cups Sugar
½ tsp. Cinnamon
3 each Eggs
3 tsp. Baking Powder
¾ cup Butter (melted)
1 tsp. Salt

1. Combine flour, sugar, cinnamon, eggs, baking powder, butter and salt in mixing bowl
2.  Beat at medium speed until mixture resembles coarse crumbs
3.  Follow procedures 9, 10, 11 from apple cobbler recipe 

Bon Appetite!
Chef Lenard Rubin

The Wigwam is an intimate retreat that blends casual elegance with the charm of authentic Arizona.  To learn more about The Wigwam and the delectable cuisine at our onsite restaurants, please visit our website or call 623.935.3811.

Celebrate Mother’s Day with Custom-Created Red Door Spa Packages at The Wigwam

The Wigwam Red Door Spa is excited to unveil two new offerings for spring.  The White Tea Harmony Manicure and Pedicure features a refreshing bouquet of precious white tea, romantic jasmine floral and sweet honey melon to inspire harmony and well-being.  An exfoliating sugar scrub is followed by a deeply-moisturizing massage of whipped body crème, infused with the vitamin-rich healing nectar of natural Grapeseed oil.  A warm paraffin wrap seals in hydration for enhanced skin softening.  Silky smooth hands and feet are finished with polish perfection. 

RelaxationRoomCelebrate Mother’s Day at The Wigwam with Red Door Spa by receiving a $30 Spa Card with every $200 Gift Certificate or Gift Card purchase.  You can also choose a very special way to say thank you this Mother’s Day with custom-created Red Door Spa packages. 

      Mother’s Day Red Door Spa Packages at The Wigwam

Signature Massage or Facial
Warm Cream Pedicure
ReddoorspaWarm Cream Manicure
Makeup Refresher 

Signature Facial
Signature Massage
Signature Manicure
Signature Pedicure
Collagen Eye Add-on
Makeup Refresher 

Ultimate Arden Facial
Desert Stone Massage (50 Minute)
Signature Manicure
Signature Pedicure
Shampoo, Blow Dry & Finish
Spa Lunch
Makeup Refresher

Rejuvenate yourself or treat Mom to one of the Red Door Spa packages at The Wigwam.  For more information on the treatments offered at the Red Door Spa, for reservations, or purchase a spa gift certificate; please visit our website or call us at (623) 535.4967

Enjoy Year Round Bocce Ball in Arizona at The Wigwam!

Do You Play Bocce Ball?
With year round bocce ball in Arizona at The Wigwam, you may just become a pro.

BocceAt The Wigwam, guests are invited to play bocce; a game in which its origins come from the ancient games once played in the Roman Empire.  Today, although slightly modified, Bocce is extremely popular in Europe and in the U.S.  The Bocce Ball courts in Arizona are perfect for year round fun due to our warm climate and at The Wigwam we have two brand new, custom built regulation masonry Bocce Courts!

How is Bocce played?

The game is played with eight large balls and one smaller ball known as the pallino.  The object of the game is to get your bocce balls as close as possible to the pallino.  Bocce is won when a player reaches a total of 13 points.  

For complete Bocce Ball instructions, please visit The Wigwam’s website.

WigwamBocce can be played with 2, 4, or 8 players making it a great game to play with family and friends.   Whether you are a first time bocce player or a skilled expert, you’re sure to enjoy playing a game on our beautiful, new Bocce Ball courts.

For more information on the year round Bocce Ball in Arizona at The Wigwam or to reserve your stay, please visit our website or call (623) 935-3811.

Head to Red’s Bar & Grill on Saturday Nights for the Best Prime Rib in Litchfield Park

PatioDiningRed's Bar & Grill is the place to be on a Saturday night if you are looking for deliciously tender Prime Rib in Litchfield Park. Red's Bar & Grill overlooks the elegant, arched palms and rolling greens of the historic Gold and Patriot golf courses at The Wigwam.  Join us where casual atmosphere and the best prime rib in Litchfield Park are a winning combination every Saturday night.  


Red's Bar & Grill Every Saturday
The Best Prime Rib in Litchfield Park


Choice of:
Homemade Soup or Red Allen Salad
Herb Roasted Prime Rib of Beef, 12oz.
Yukon Mashed Potatoes, Agave Glazed Carrots
Freshly Baked Rolls and Butter
 $17.95 per person
(price subject to tax & gratuity)

Red's Bar & Grill is located within The Wigwam in Litchfield Park.  For more information or to make a reservation please visit The Wigwam website or call 623.935.3811.

Come to The Wigwam and enjoy the most delicious Prime Rib in Litchfield Park at
Red's Bar & Grill!