Swordfish with Salmoriglio and a Tomato, Mozzarella, and Celery Leaf Salad

30 Jul

Originally posted on Erica De Mane:

Still Life with FishStill life with fish, Gaetano Cusati, circa 1700.

Mozzarella with tomatoes. You’d have to be brain-dead to say no to that. But mozzarella with swordfish? One of the big shocks of my Italian culinary life was visiting Sicily and seeing how often they pair fish with cheese, something I was brought up to consider bad manners. I discovered in Palermo that a sprinkling of pecorino on baked tuna is a wonderful thing. Spaghetti with shrimp and tomatoes and a little aged caciocavallo, that tasted just fine, too. I also noticed that cheese, along with bread crumbs, herbs, and maybe pine nuts and raisins, makes a wonderful filling for stuffed sardines.

Somehow I was thinking recently that the meatiness of swordfish, a popular fish in Sicily, and the plushness of mozzarella would produce a pleasant match. And they did. I tell you, it was really good.

Swordfish with salmoriglio sauce…

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Chilled Avocado Soup

29 Jul Featured Image -- 861

Originally posted on Local Food And Wine:

The Avocado tree is native to Mexico and Central America…

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The vitamins and minerals contained in this recipe can do everything from speeding cell turnover (to reveal healthier skin underneath) to protecting skin from the sun’s damaging rays. Get plenty of moisturizing vitamin E from the avocados. Not only does vitamin E ease dry skin, but studies show it also may reduce free radicals and protect against damaging UV rays. Cucumbers are a great source of silica which, as a precursor to collagen, can help fight wrinkles. 

I like to serve this soup in individual glasses as a delicious appetizer. Sprinkle with a little dill and sprouted pumpkins.

chilled avocado soup

In a blender, mix the following ingredients:

  • 3 medium avocados, peeled and pitted and perfectly ripe
  • 1 large cucumber, peeled and cut into smaller pieces
  • 1 cup cold water (start with 1/2 cup; you can always add more)
  • 3/4…

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Résistance Naturelle

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Originally posted on Local Food And Wine:

Ten years after releasing the acclaimed film, Mondovino, Jonathan Nossiter is back in theaters with his newest film, Résistance Naturelle.

It examines vineyards in Italy that are cultivating their grapes organically and others that are using chemicals and pesticides. He then compares the soil quality and harvest yields of the different cultivation methods. It’s not strictly a documentary as he blends some narrative filmmaking in with the documentary.

Released in theaters since June 2014.



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Escarole Salad with Fried Olives, Capocollo, and Asiago

17 Jul

Originally posted on Erica De Mane:

201Still Life with Olives, Gerald Roling.

Fried olives are an intricate and exotic treat. They’re worth the bit of effort they take to prepare. I first came across them in Rome decades ago, made by a chef named Maria Romani at her fish restaurant, Il Pellicano. She was originally from the Le Marche region, where fried stuffed olives are a tradition, usually filled with pork. Signora Romani’s olives contained some type of seafood, shrimp maybe (it was a long time ago), and were breaded, fried, and served as one of the earlier courses in a multi-course meal. Everything was wonderful, but the olives were a mind blower. Such flavor, such labor. A strange feature of the restaurant was that dishes were brought out one after another, ten, twelve of them, until you told the waiter you couldn’t eat another bite. After you’d given the word, out would come a lemon…

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Salted Caramel Sugar Cookies

14 Jul

Originally posted on Eat My Shortbread:

I only recently realized how great sea salt goes with sweet things — you’d think with how long the salted caramel craze has been around I would have tried it out sooner, but I’m stubborn and stuck in my ways, what can I say! Turns out it’s delicious and the salty sweet combination can’t be beat. I’ve seen a lot of salted caramel cookies that pull from a chocolate chip cookie base, but I thought I’d try mine out with a sugar cookie and see where I wound up. The experiment was a success and these were totally delicious :)

You will need:
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp baking powder

1 cup butter, softened

1 1/2 cups white sugar

1 egg

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 cup of Kraft caramel bits plus a splash of milk, microwaved & melted for drizzle

Coarse sea salt…

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White Strawberries – the Originals

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Originally posted on Local Food And Wine:

by Paige Donner

La Freizh, La Freizh!!

A young, impassioned wild strawberry producer – gariguette in French – named Julien Héliès has launched a limited production of White Strawberries.

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Did you know strawberries were originally WHITE?!

You might not have known that 300 years ago, when strawberries were first imported to Europe from Chile, they were white berries.  But they were.

La Freizh Local Food And Wine 300

That was back in 1714 when, after two years of travels around South America, the explorer, Amédée Frezier, arrived back in Marseilles with 5 plants from Chile he brought with him of these white strawberries. One of these was planted in the botanical gardens of Brest.

A bit larger than a wild strawberries found in the woods and hinting of a taste of pineapple amidst their delicious sweetness, this limited and very confidential production can be found by contacting the strawberry grower/agriculture cooperative directly at Saveol.com where you can…

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Happy July 4th- Founding Fathers best quotes

4 Jul

Originally posted on SUPER BODY, SUPER BRAIN:

Founding Fathers quotes

Founding Fathers quotes

George Washington

Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence.

John Adams

Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.

Argument in Defense of the British Soldiers in the Boston Massacre Trials (4 December 1770)

Benjamin Franklin

Be civil to all; sociable to many; familiar with few; friend to one; enemy to none

Thomas Jefferson

Our greatest happiness does not depend on the condition of life in which chance has placed us, but is always the result of a good conscience, good health, occupation, and freedom in all just pursuits.

Thomas Paine

“These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service…

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2014 Issue of Niagara USA Wine Magazine – Now Available!

3 Jul

Originally posted on Niagara Wine Trail USA: Blog:

NWM_COVER_72dpi_2014A resource guide to the 20 wineries and cidery of the Niagara Wine Trail USA.

The Niagara Wine Trail, USA, along with Flint Mine Press, is please to announce the release of the second issue of NIAGARA USA WINE MAGAZINE, a yearly regional publication promoting the wines, craft beverages, wineries, and winemakers of the Niagara Wine Trail USA.

The 2014 issue of NIAGARA USA WINE MAGAZINE profiles the Niagara USA Wine Trail’s twenty wineries and cider producers, and offers informative, entertaining columns by local, prominent food and wine experts.

The feature story in the 2014 issue, A Character Study: Niagara Wine Trail’s 20 Tasting Rooms, is an exploration of the trail’s varied tasting room personalities by well-known freelance journalist Devon Karn.

NIAGARA USA WINE MAGAZINE is available free of charge, with distribution throughout Buffalo, Niagara, Rochester, and other well-known tourist destinations in New York. The oversized, full color and eco-friendly…

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Dealing with Disappointment

2 Jul

Originally posted on Holistic Divorce Counseling:

If we will be quiet and ready enough, we shall find compensation in every disappointment.
Henry David Thoreau

Many years ago, people expected to be disappointed with their leaders, bodies, relationships, and circumstances. Life was brutish and short. In the second half of the 20th century, when Americans were riding a post-war high, this view radically shifted. Since then, we have been bathed in advertising that blatantly says, “Buy this and you will be perennially happy.” It used to be cigarettes, booze, and cars. Now, it’s more likely to be the latest technological breakthrough. Regardless, the essential message is the same: You can attain joy 24/7. Clearly, that sets everyone up for one disappointment after another. In addition, we humans are really good at disappointing each other in personal relationships. But that is not the problem. The problem lies in our unrealistic idea that disappointments are awful, we can’t stand…

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Summer Sips

29 Jun

A few years ago I received word of mouth about a private dining experience in Toronto known as “Charlie’s Burgers.” Fast forward to present day, many trips north behind me and an ever changing palate that seeks new culinary delights, and I’m now relying on Charlie’s Burgers aka Franco Stalteri for wine recommendations.

Conveniently delivered into my inbox, here is a list of what the elusive host of guerrilla dinners is suggesting we pour this summer.

imagesBubbles to keep the summer time sadness at bay

Prosecco, Canti, DOC, 2012, Veneto, Italy- $14.95

One-hundred percent Glera grape. A fun and easy wine. Dry, with slight hints of fruit, light straw yellow with fine and persistent pearls. This is a vintage Prosecco, which is somewhat of a rarity. An absolute must for pool side lounging, lake side lunches, picnics and world cup shenanigans.

P. Diddy’s Hampton white wine party

Alhabra Bianco, Spadafora, 2013, Sicily, Italy- $18.95

Dry, tangy, mineral, fresh, with hints of fruit. Perfect with caprese salads, Saturday afternoon seafood towers, grilled fish and seafood. Made by one of Sicily’s oldest noble families. Certified organic.

Testarossa Passerina, Passerina Terre Aquilane, Pasetti, 2013, Abruzzo, Italy- $23.95

One-hundred percent Passerina Campolese grape. Straw yellow, with greenish highlights. Floral notes with hints of citrus fruit and spice.

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Rosso Salento, La Nova, IGT, Tenute Mater Domini, 2010, Puglia, Italy- $15.95

Blend of Negroamaro 60 pecent, Syrah 40 percent. Notes of blackberries, raspberries, dried roses. Great finish.

Aglianico, Eubea di Sasso Eugenia, 2012, Basilicata, Italy- $19.95

Notes of cherry, raspberry and violets. Cult wine from a passionate, tiny, organic producer.

Malbec Gritos, Otero Ramos, 2008 Mendoza, Argentina- $25.45

Great award winning wines from a family producer in the heart of the Mendoza region of Argentina. A lively and intense wine with aromas of cherry and strawberry, toasted coffee, spices, vanilla, cloves and notes of oak.

Cabernet Sauvignon, Gritos, Otero Ramos, 2011, Mendoza, Argentina- $25.45

Great award winning wines from a family producer in the heart of the Mendoza region of Argentina. Intense and brilliant ruby red colour. Aromas of plums, figs, chocolate and vanilla hints.

St John Rouge, Chateau de Lascaux, 2011, Languedoc, France- $28.00

This wine is from famed nose-to-tail Chef Fergus Henderson’s Michelin Star restaurant, St John, in London, England. The only place outside of St John restaurants in London where you can get this wine. This Cabernet, Syrah blend has the warm fruit you would expect from this southern region, dry soft tannins, with a hint of rusticity. Certified organic.

A wines to leave the Joneses in the dust on holiday weekends

Rocket Science, Caldwell, 2009, Napa Valley, USA- $68.99

Varietals: 45 percent Syrah, 26 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, 19 percent Merlot, 8 percent Cabernet Franc, 2 percent Petit Verdot. The layered nose is highlighted by raspberry, plum, boysenberry, vanilla, cloves, mint and a hint of dill. A black cherry attack leads to a full mouth of juicy red raspberries, red plum, licorice, and chocolate. The wine finishes clean with a lingering ripe cherry. A wonderful wine form the man responsible for introducing the most prized Bordeaux rootstock and grapevine clones to California.

Happy summer!


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