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Culurgiones Ogliastrini

Culurgiones Ogliastrini

September 18, 2020

On the East coast of the breathtaking Italian island of Sardinia, in the region of Ogliastra, Culurgiones are just one of the many regional, mouthwatering treasures.  The ancient tradition of forming Culurgiones is proudly passed down by the older women to the watchful eyes of the younger generation. Traditionally  Culurgiones have been prepared for special festivities and Sunday meals.  A potato filling mixed with Pecorino Sardo cheese, and fresh mint leaves is simply placed on a dough disk, and skillfully stitched together with rhythmic small pinches, thus creating a beautiful masterpiece resembling a wheat stalk.
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Peperoni Grigliati Sott'Olio - Grilled Peppers

Peperoni Grigliati Sott'Olio - Grilled Peppers

September 15, 2020

Colorful grilled peppers are a beautiful and delicious side dish to not only serve in the hot summer months, but in all the seasons of the year.  This seasonal veggie can be enjoyed throughout the winter months by roasting them and preserving them in good olive oil.  Easily peeled after being blackened over the hot coals of the wood-fired oven, these gorgeous peppers are a delicious side dish to enjoy throughout the year. 
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Béchamel Cream Sauce

Béchamel Cream Sauce

September 09, 2020

Besciamella, or béchamel, is the most basic of all Italian mother sauces.  Velvety in texture and incredibly delicate in flavor, this creamy sauce is the basic component used for a great variety of dishes.  Best of all it is prepared in no time at all by simply using just a few basic ingredients such as flour, milk, butter, salt and a bit of nutmeg.  This truly is such a versatile and delicious sauce, and will become a wonderful recipe to add to any kitchen! 
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Tomato Quiche

Tomato Quiche

September 02, 2020

Quiche is a delicious savory dish simply prepared with a light custard consisting of eggs, cheese, milk and cream.  Baked in a light and flaky pie crust inside our wood-fired oven, this French tart welcomes a great variety of fillings.  Today we served our Quiche topped with cherry tomatoes, but it can easily be brought to a whole new level when accompanied by meats as well as vegetables.  Mouthwatering when served straight out of the oven, but also incredibly good at room temperature. 
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Simple Pie Crust

Simple Pie Crust

August 31, 2020

Nothing is easier than preparing a delicious, homemade buttery and flaky pie crust to prepare delicious savory or sweet desserts.  All that is needed is chilled flour and butter, a little salt and some very cold water for hydration.  Let's get started!
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Piadina Romagnola

Piadina Romagnola

August 26, 2020

Piadina Romagnola, is by far one of the best Italian Street Foods!  A simple dough quickly put together with flour, water and lard or EVOO, is then placed on a hot surface where it acquires the typical charred markings, and when  filled with savory ingredients this flat bread is enjoyed by all.  In no time at all a simple, delicious and satisfying meal can be served.  Make sure to give these a try.  You will not be disappointed!  Let's get started! 
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Zucchini Ripieni - Stuffed Zucchini

Zucchini Ripieni - Stuffed Zucchini

August 21, 2020

Zucchini Ripieni or Stuffed Zucchini Boats, are a perfect, simple and delicious meal when this glorious vegetable is in season and growing in the garden.  Nothing more wonderful than to cook outdoors in a wood-fired oven, when it is just too hot to turn the oven on inside.  Simply stuffed with sausage, eggs, cheese and fresh herbs and in no time at all a mouthwatering dish is served.  Let's get started! 
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Grissini

Grissini

August 19, 2020

Grissini are an unmissable, crispy bread stick usually served when sitting at a table in Italian restaurants.  Today its fame has spread around the globe and these rustic  breadsticks have become a perfect addition for antipasti before a meal or simply as a delicious crunchy snack.  Just a few simple steps are necessary, and only a few basic ingredients are needed to easily create this Italian classic.  Baked in the wood-fired oven elevates grissini to a whole new level.  Let's get started!
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Baba Ganoush

Baba Ganoush

August 17, 2020

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Chanterelle Mushroom Risotto

Chanterelle Mushroom Risotto

August 13, 2020

Chanterelle Risotto is on the menu today.  As one of the most popular, wild edible mushrooms that grow year round, Chanterelles are definitely a treasure to be found when foraging through forests and fields. Typically these beautiful, gold-orange, mushrooms, also called Finferli or Gallinacci, grow individually on forest floors, as well as in fields nestled in the blades of grass.  When lucky enough to spot these meaty treasures, known for their fruity scent and chewy texture, they are certainly a luxury find for any cook.  Although delicious when prepared in many different ways, we decided in no time at all to serve a mouthwatering chanterelle risotto.  Let's get started! 
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Baked Red Drum with Potatoes

Baked Red Drum with Potatoes

August 11, 2020

Fish accompanied by thinly sliced potatoes and cherry tomatoes, are an ideal and perfectly delicious meal all prepared in the Marinara wood-fired oven and in the comfort of the backyard.  The beauty of this dish is that the entire meal is prepared at once and is even brought to a different level accompanied by a beautiful, fresh salad.  Let's get started! 
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Roasted Red Pepper Soup - Vellutata di Peperoni Rossi

Roasted Red Pepper Soup - Vellutata di Peperoni Rossi

August 06, 2020

Roasted Red Pepper Soup is a delicious, creamed soup quickly prepared in no time at all.  What a pleasure to serve this luxurious, full of intense flavor and incredible depth of color dish.   How wonderful when served either hot or almost cold, and plated with a touch of crème frêche, croutons and a nice drizzle of olive oil.
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