DO YOU KNOW? What’s called “Italian dressing” or “Italian seasoning” in America, it’s not actually an Italian recipe. Traditionally lettuce or what we call “insalata mista” (lettuce, sliced carrot, tomatoes) is served with Extra Virgin Olive Oil, white or red wine vinegar, salt and sometimes pepper. Balsamic Vinegar is a recent introduction to Italian tables, more common in the North of Italy. I noticed that if you are in north Italy, the ingredients used to dress lettuce or what we call INSALATA are less flavourful. I really don’t know why. My dressing’s ingredients for tomatoes are: EVOO, garlic, salt, parsley and basil mixed with sliced tomatoes in a bowl and let it sit 1 hour in the fridge. My lettuce dressing is salt, EVOO, white wine vinegar, sometimes mixed with plain regular yogurt and some nuts.
Home made #basil #pesto time! Pesto alla #Genovese is a sauce originating in Genoa, the capital city of #Liguria Region, #Italy. The main ingredient is BASIL from #Genoa which has small oval leaves and a very intense smell. It traditionally consists of crushed #garlic, European #pine nuts, coarse #salt, basil leaves, and hard cheese such as #parmigianoreggiano and/or #pecorinoromano or #pecorinosardo (cheese made from sheep’s milk), all blended with Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
It’s warm outside and the sun is shining longer! Spring is flourishing and we are excited to spend some time outside, even if just in our yard or balcony.
While we are waiting patiently for better times, here is my NEWS:
Spring Break Children Classes were a success! Thanks to all the children who had fun cooking with me from Italy and from Germany.
April 6th is World Carbonara Day, so I have scheduled 2 “Spaghetti alla Carbonara” Classes for you to sign up for.
April 11th is National Asparagus Day! I have scheduled an entire Asparagus Week!
May 19th National Strawberry Day! Find out what sweet surprises I have in store! Maybe a Strawberry Tiramisu? Email me to find out!
New Prices: My prices have never risen since I began this adventure, however due to covid and higher operating costs I have had to slightly increase prices to continue offering my services. I promise you the value and quality has not faltered!
Vouchers and gift cards can be bought all year long.
Private classes no longer have the same price of weekly scheduled cooking classes. New rates include: BASIC fee for a private cooking class is 50€, (discounted to 40€ for military ID holders), and then is 35€ each participant joining, (military ID holder discount applies as well, which is 25€ per participant).
Method of payment for private cooking classes: when we set the class, I will send you an email with the link to pay via Credit Card.
All scheduled classes will have the same price, unless it’s specified. It is 30€ per participant (discounted to 25€ for military ID holders).
Method of payment of cooking classes in the calendar: You will find the button to click and pay with PayPal on my website, in the notes you can notate your class choice or send me an email on which class you are attending. I will email you the ingredients list and the Zoom link to the desired class. If you prefer direct credit card payment, email me the name of the cooking class, and the method of payment for the cooking classes. I will send you the link for paying with your credit card.
I need your feedback and input: Would you be interested in subscribing to recorded cooking classes that you’d be able to directly access at your convenience? You would have access to 8 cooking classes a month for 3 months paying a discount of 35% off, saving money and giving you the ability to download the cooking classes for availability on your computer or device! Please send me a quick email (firstname.lastname@example.org) to let me know your thoughts on this.
Ingredients: 4 tbsps canned tunafish in EVO, 4 tbsps Ricotta Cheese, 2 tbsps Green Olive Pate, 1 egg, 2 or 3 tbsps breadcrumbs in the mix, more breadcrumbs to roll the tubafish balls, Extra Virgin Olive Oil to spray on the balls before baking. Mix very well all the ingredients with a spoon and then make balls as big as a wallnut. Preheat at 200°C the oven and bake for about 30 minutes. Enjoy!
. It’s a soft cheese being produced for 1200 years.
. It is a DOP cheese, certified and guaranteed by European Community.
. In the past it was known as Stracchino di Gorgonzola – Stracchino, name of a soft cheese, from Gorgonzola – produced in Gorgonzola, a town on the outskirts of Milan, or also as Stracchino Verde – Green Stracchino – due to the greenish color of the cheese’s marbling.
. It is produced in between Piedmont and Lombardy Regions, in the North West of Italy. The Province – County – of Novara, in Piedmont Region, is the one with the highest number of cheese farms producing Gorgonzola cheese, with about 65% of the total cheese farms.
. It is produced with raw whole cow’s milk, selected molds and lactic ferments.
. Gorgonzola cheese is creamy and soft and there are two types: the Gorgonzola Dolce type has a particular and characteristic flavor, slightly spicy; the Gorgonzola Piccante type has a more decisive and strong flavor whose texture is more marbled, consistent and crumbly.
. As foreseen by the production disciplinary, Gorgonzola Dolce ages from a minimum of 50 days to a maximum of 150 days; Gorgonzola Piccante ages from a minimum of 80 days to a maximum of 270 days.
It is produced only with milk from stables located in the area of origin of the cheese itself.
. It is considered the king of Italian blue cheeses and about 30% of the production is exported, mostly to France and Germany, but also to North America and to some Asian countries.
. To fully enjoy the creaminess of sweet Gorgonzola, it is best to remove it from the refrigerator at least half an hour before eating.
. The guarantee of authenticity is the “g” brand printed on the background of the foil that wraps the cheese.
This the basic Risotto, the first one I was taught at Culinary School. The secrets? Carnaroli Rice is the best for cooking Risotto. Toast the rice. Use home made meat stock, it’s very simple to make. Never stop stirring. Don’t overcook it!
CANOLA OIL is a vegetable oil derived from a variety of rapeseed that is low in erucic acid, as opposed to colza oil.
There are both edible and industrial forms produced. Canola oil is also used as a source of biodiesel.
Canola was originally a trademark name of the Rapeseed Association of Canada, and the name was a condensation of “Can” from Canada and “OLA ” meaning “Oil, low acid”, but it is now a generic term for edible varieties of rapeseed oil in North America and Australasia.
About 23 kg (51 lb) of canola seed makes 10 L (2.64 US gal) of canola oil. Canola oil is a key ingredient in many foods. Its reputation as a healthy oil has created high demand in markets around the world, and overall it is the third-most widely consumed vegetable oil, after soybean oil and palm oil. Canola oil is considered safe for human consumption.
In 2006, canola oil was given a qualified health claim by the United States Food and Drug Administration for lowering the risk of coronary heart disease, resulting from its significant content of unsaturated fats; the allowed claim for food labels states A 2014 review of health effects from consuming plant oils rich in alpha-linolenic acid, including canola, stated that there was moderate benefit for lower risk of cardiovascular diseases, bone fractures, and type-2 diabetes.
Q: How old are the eggs being sold in the grocery store?
A: It’s just about impossible to tell, but they could be up to 2 months old. Yup, really.
By law, an egg can be sold for up to 30 daysafterthe date it was put in the carton. Yes, that says ‘put in the carton’, not laid or collected, butpackaged.And I’m told (although I can’t find anything official in writing to confirm this) that a farmer has up to 30 days to package an egg after it’s laid. So that means a commercially sold egg can be two months old by the time you buy it.
What about Italy?
I couldn’t find a specific blog article so I checked the Carabinieri website
. la data di scadenza, obbligatoria, non può essere posteriore al 28° giorno successivo alla data di deposizione per il consumatore, non può essere posteriore al periodo massimo di 21 giorni dalla data di deposizione per il venditore );
. Expiration day, which is mandatory for eggs, can’t be later than 28 days from the egg being laid. Actually eggs can be sold in the stores only within 21 days from the egg being laid down but the client, that bought the eggs before they were retired by the store, can eat them up to the 28th day.