Featuring a Passover Recipe for all Kosher Friends!

Ciao a tutti!

Vi auguro delle buone feste di Pasqua e anche di Passover!

Here you will find a link from the Montreal Gazette, that explains how to prepare PASSOVER GNOCCHI!!

montreal-que-march-15-2015-marlee-felberbaum-cuts-gnoc1SOURCE: MONTREAL GAZETTE 

  • 1 1/2 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon matzo cake meal
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon potato starch
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg, to taste
  • 3 egg yolks

1. Bake potatoes on a bed of kosher salt on a sheet pan at 400 degrees F for about an hour. Use a knife to check if they are done.

2. Peel them while they are still hot, and pass through a potato ricer or food mill. Allow to cool completely.

2. Mix matzo cake meal, potato starch, Parmesan cheese and nutmeg in a medium bowl.

3. In a separate large bowl, added cooled potatoes and mix with the egg yolks.

4. Add the cake meal mix to the potato mix, and knead and fold until incorporated completely.

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What’s your Saturday Night Dinner?

Saturday night in my household is usually bistecca or steak night!

We use Moishes steak spice (already contains enough sodium to season the meat). We BBQ them even in the cold winter.

Here is a nice suggestion of an Italian Vino pairing for steak and red meat:

Farnito (Tuscan red wine 2009)
Farnito (Tuscan red wine 2009) 
Here is steak, topped with garlic mashed potatoes (miniature potatoes with garlic and olive oil), and asparagus!

Danny BBQ King Steak
Danny BBQ King Steak

Come prepare un sugo buonissimo! How to prepare a delicious sauce in 45 minutes!

Ciao a tutti! Hello everyone

Here are some essential tips on how to quickly and easily prepare a tomato sauce.

What you need:

Ottimo sugo della domenica!
Ottimo sugo della domenica!
  • Passatutto (to strain the seeds out of the tomatoes)
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 white onion
  • cloves of garlic
  • Fiammante peeled tomatoes (from Italy–usually works a lot better than a passata, or use your own tomatoes from the garden if climate permits)
  • Always use a wooden spoon! Metals can be troublesome if kept in a boiling pot

Directions:

  • Place chopped onion and garlic cloves in saucepan on medium heat (add a generous amount of olive oil and stir
  • place the “passatutto” over the saucepan and pour the tomatoes into it, using the handle, stir until the tomatoes are liquified
  • Clean the metal strainer because the seeds will gather here
  • After all tomatoes have been spun and liquified, place cover on the saucepan and let simmer on Medium heat for about 40 min (add water if the sauce is too thick)

Il sugo è pronto!!

Amaretti con la bandiera Italiana! Italian Flag Amaretto Cookies

Ciao a tutti! Hi all!

Amaretto cookies
Amaretto cookies

Amaretto cookies are always delicious for entertaining guests with a nice espresso coffee. They are golden and crispy on the exterior, but soft and chewy on the interior. I added a touch of colour by adding Italian flag coloured sprinkles!

Ingredients:

  • 3 eggs whites
  • 3 cups of crushed almonds (almond flour will due)
  • 1 1/2 cups of sugar
  • teaspoon of almond extract

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C) and place parchment paper on a wide cookie sheet.
  2. In a food processor, grind the almonds into a fine flour-like substance. Add the sugar and continue to process for a few more seconds.
  3. Add egg whites and almond extract, and continue to mix until a smooth, malleable dough forms.
  4. Using a teaspoon, place spoonfuls of dough onto prepared baking sheets. Add sprinkles if or maraschino cherries if you’d like!
  5. Cookies should be a few inches apart.
  6. Bake in preheated oven for 20 to 30 minutes, or until the cookies are golden.
  7. Let the cookies cool completely.

Liebster Award Post

LiebsterAward1Hey everyone! Ciao a tutti!

I got some pretty awesome news this afternoon from my close friend and fellow blogger Melissa Taryn! Future MD and super chic fashion blogger (https://melissatarynxx.wordpress.com, check her out and follow her on Instagram!!). I am new to the blogging world, and this is a great way for us newbies to get some of the limelight and exposure!

These are the rules to follow:

  1. Link back to the person that nominated you
  2. Answer the questions given by the nominator
  3. Nominate 11 other bloggers with less than 200 followers
  4. Create 11 questions for the nominees
  5. Notify all nominees via social media/blogs

Here are the 11 questions from Melissa:

1. What made you start blogging? What do you hope to get out of it? 

I was sitting around the table with my grandmother (Nonna Maria) and she started asking me about Blogs, and how she had recently heard about them on her favourite RAI International Italian TV.

I really want to expose the world to the culinary delights of Italy, and the recipes that my Nonna’s recorded will be preserved forever. Don’t forget that if I can do it, anyone can cook! You just need to love it and enjoy it.

2.  What do you do when you’re not blogging?

When I’m not blogging, I am studying Law in Canada.

3. What’s your major goal for 2015?

My major goal is to keep up with the blog and made new contacts in the blogging world.

4. What are your favourite places to shop & why?

My favourite places to shop are Duty Free shops in the airports (especially Roma and Paris!!). It’s a great way to spend time while waiting for a connection. I also love shopping in Salerno, Italy along the Corso Vittorio Emmanuele. It is absolutely stunning.

5. What colours do you like to wear most? 

I love wearing whites, purples, and greens.

6. Favorite thing to do on weekends?

Having a nice dinner with family and friends.

7. Three facts about yourself that your readers would be surprised to know!

I am actually 1/8th Native Canadian and 1/4 French Canadian! So proud 😀

I am a bit of nerd, I love reading Historical fiction, or watching History-based documentaries.

I speak 4 languages fluently.

8. If you could travel anywhere RIGHT NOW, where would you go?

I would go to Milan!!

9. Favorite fast food?

Lafleur’s Fast Food in Quebec!

10. Best (or craziest!) date story?

I went on a vespa on the Amalfi Coast and saw the view of the ocean. SO romantic!!!

Here are my 11 nominees:

  1. https://georgebrownau.wordpress.com
  2. https://laceybennett.wordpress.com
  3. https://amrutabhalerao.wordpress.com
  4. http://eatshoplivenyc.com
  5. https://familiarfragments.wordpress.com
  6. http://jhmae.net
  7. https://parisxoxobeauty.wordpress.com
  8. https://amandarivkin.wordpress.com
  9. http://lamodelemonde.co.uk
  10. https://chocolatebeats.wordpress.com
  11. https://lifeisgoldenblog.wordpress.com

11 Questions to Answer:

  1. What inspired you to start sharing your passion online?
  2. How did your friends react when they found out you were a new blogger?
  3. What is your favourite holiday dish?
  4. If you had to cook dinner on a Saturday night, what would you cook and why?
  5. Who is your favourite TV chef?!
  6. What is your favourite restaurant?
  7. How many countries have you travelled to in the past 5 years? 
  8. What country has the best wine in your opinion?
  9. What is your favourite blog outside of your category?
  10. What’s your favourite dessert?
  11. What is the perfect date night for you? 

11. What are your top 5 beauty essentials?