Lemon Granita is the traditional answer against the hot Sicilian summer. Sicily is famous for several amazing things: long history, turquoise sea, cosmopolitan culture, and amazing food! I love Sicily and last June I came back there to spend my vacation days. Trust me, drinking a lemon Granita seating comfortably around a table, and watching the Sicilian life passing in front of me: this is a piece of my personal heaven!
We all love Sangria! But, the problem comes when we organize a party with our kids. Drinking a good Sangria with our friends can make the youngster guests a bit lonely. So that’s the idea: prepare an incredible, delicious non alcoholic Sangria! I love using the Concord grape juice instead of the wine and the Ginger beer to replace the spices. Apples, peaches, and strawberries enhance the flavor of this flavorful drink: healthy and tasty!
The Italian Giardiniera is an ancient recipe for pickled vegetables. It is also called Giardiniera Campagnola (Rural Giardiniera), because it was one of the most traditional ways to save the overabundance of the production by the farmers, and store a spare of fresh vegetables before the winter. Giardiniera recipe is a “must-to-try” of the classic Italian “aperitivo” (aperitif), and delicious paired with meats and cheeses for a fantastic Italian BBQ. The vegetables may vary depending on the availability of the garden, but commonly the ingredients I choose, compose the classic Giardiniera mix!
Today roasted mixed vegetables! This recipe is great all year long, but I like serve it aside grilled meat or egg frittata in my garden enjoying a summer dinner with my friends. At this time, I choose my preferred vegetables and cheese, but it’s possible change ingredients as you prefer. Provencal herbs give a particular taste at this roasted mixed vegetables, I love them so much!
This Grilled Sea bass recipe perfectly combines my Italian flair with the flavors of Latin America. Italians love to marinate protein with wine and Chilean sea bass is great with this tasty technique. The wine breaks down the tissue allowing the assimilation of the flavors. Lime juice and mixed herbs enhance the taste of the fish. I paired sea bass with crunchy green beans, previously marinated with Kosher salt and garlic, then quickly grilled. This easy recipe is great for your barbecue party! It needs to be marinate only a few hours, which makes it possible to prepare both fish and green beans in advance at home, or directly into a cooler bag.
Stuffed jalapenos is a classic Mexican recipe. Today I prepared them with a touch of Italian style! Into the stuffing, the sour taste of goat cheese is well balanced with the sweet of potatoes and a pinch of cumin flavor. Sweet basil and Italian sausage recall my own country. This recipe is perfect as appetizer or on your party table, served hot or warm, as you prefer!
A few days ago , I have been desiring so much some fresh cheese, the same I use to taste in my childhood! Fine, soft, and delicate cheese with its unmistakable scent of milk… and so… I cooked it! The most famous fresh Italian cheese is called “Giuncata”. Its name descend from the traditional molds made with canes (canes = giunchi in Italian), used to store it. The Giuncata is a soft, and tasty cheese, and it’s and healthy as well! It’s ready in a few hours to be enjoyed with tomato salad, cured meats or even simply speared on a slice of bread!
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August, time of jarred food! Here a summer classic: The sun-dried tomatoes. To prepare dried tomatoes in the traditional way it takes a week of sun. Umm … a week… fortunately, there is another way to make delicious dried tomatoes in “only” 10 to 14 hours! This process is not fast, but the result is delicious, and it will comfort on cold winter days, bringing a little ‘sun even in December,unless you live in California, lucky guys!
Today I propose you a savory and healthy green beans salad, perfect for a quick lunch, but full of energy; Ideal for a lunchbox at work or a picnic! Tofu marinated with soy sauce in contrast with the sweetness of green beans and almonds, will give a unique flavor to this simple and tasty salad. A tip: use a soy sauce with low sodium content, otherwise you risk to oversalt the tofu!
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Finally is time to prepare the fig jam! This compote is one of my favorites. It’s good simply spread on a bread slice, but it’s even better with tasty and creamy cheeses, like Brie, and Carembert, and Taleggio, and Gorgonzola. Let me give you a little tip: prepare a sandwich with toasted bread, San Daniele prosciutto, aged Gorgonzola and fig jam, you’ll be one step closer to paradise!
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