Life in Italy

Ragu (Meat Sauce)

February 23, 2009

I’m always prepared now before I go to my Italian grocer, Elizabetta….today I proclaimed I was going to make Ragu….she was excited.  Before I could tell her what I needed, she grabbed a bag and filled it with one of each of the vegetables that I would need and at the end, added a nutmeg…she [...]

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Pomarola (Tomato Sauce)

February 23, 2009

Okay…stop buying canned tomato sauce….Pomarola is so simple….the aroma of the sauteed garlic is reason enough….you will feel as if you have cooked a masterpiece. Enjoy it with pasta and parmesan cheese or as a base in other sauces. Ingredients 1 can of plum tomatoes 1 garlic clove Basil Organic Grey Sea Salt St. Helena [...]

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Salsa Bechamel (Bechamel Sauce)

February 23, 2009

I’ve noticed there are many different versions of bechamel sauce…hot milk….cold milk….add it then….add it now…..I like to stick with Elizabetta so I’m proceeded with her direction: Melt 3 ounces of butter…..stir in the same amount of flour (3oz.) and cook for about 2 minutes.  Add about 1 pint of cold milk and keep stirring [...]

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I Love A Parade!

February 18, 2009

I have to admit that throughout my childhood, history class was incredibly boring to me. I would memorize the facts so I could do well in the class but there was no understanding….no desire to absorb. As I’ve “matured” or gotten older I should say….I’ve come to value our past….our traditions. I think it may [...]

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Settling into our New Neighborhood

February 17, 2009

It took me a week but I finally got up the strength to explore our neighborhood and look for new finds. I will never give up my grocer…who by the way is Elizabeth….but I thought I should give my hood a chance. I decided to try my luck at the Market on this side of [...]

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Fagiolini (Green Beans)

February 17, 2009

Simply boil the green beans for just a bit….so they retail a bit of the crunchiness….strain….drizzle with our St. Helena Olive Oil Co. Extra Virgin LEMON Olive Oil and finish with organic grey sea salt and freshly ground pepper…that simple!

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Patate Arrosto (Roasted Potatoes)

February 17, 2009

Who doesn’t love roasted potatoes? I encourage you to skip your normal butter routine and try the different extra virgin olive oils that we produce with your various potato recipes. You will never go back! Ingredients 4 potatoes 2 cloves of garlic 1 rosemary sprig 1 tablespoon St.Helena Olive Oil Co. Sparkling Wine Vinegar Organic [...]

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Caprese Bruschetta

February 17, 2009

I have learned more about bruschetta on this journey then anything….it can take on so many forms…I served this dish to the kids as they waited for their meatloaf….great way to keep the “mom I’m hungry” whines to a minimum. Ingredients 4 slices of french bread 2 tomatoes Mozzarella Black olives without pits 2 cloves [...]

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Polpette Classico (Traditional Italian Meatloaf)

February 17, 2009

My mom has the most amazing meatloaf recipe….always a hit….so when Kaelin was craving meatloaf I hesitated going with the traditional Italian recipe…..but you know….when in Italy…… Ingredients 1/2 lb ground beef 1/2 lb ground pork 500 ml. (16.9 Fl. oz.)  milk 4 slices soft fresh white bread 100 gr.(3.52 oz.) grated parmesan 1 cup [...]

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The Pursuit of Real Food

February 11, 2009

As we sat down to eat dinner on Monday night, the girls asked me what I did all day….I thought about my day, laughed and said, “Today I was in the pursuit of food!” Over the weekend we moved into a new apartment….a whole other series of stories….the apt we were in was 400 sq. [...]

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