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San Valentino #3

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Thanks to all of you that attended my round table discussion on Athena Isle at Second Life today. What a fun expereince and my first on Second Life.

In honor of San Valentino,as I have been doing all week, I am going to give you more recipes from my upcoming book The Basic Art of Italian Cooking -Holidays and Special Occasions(copyright 2008, Maria Liberati)

The following are two of the recipes in the book for this special day. Hope you will be able to make these for someone special in your life.  San Valentino represented love. So someone sepcial can mean a special friend, your parents, your siblings, your neighbor, a best friend, someone who has done something special for you in the past.  Sharing a special dish with someone is the best way to show them that you care about them.

Cocktail di Mare (seafood Cocktail) 

*6 jumbo shrimp(steamed)

*12 large scallops (steamed)

*2-3 drops of Tabasco sauce

*6 tablespoons of olive oil

*1 tablespoon of vodka

*2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice

*6 hot red peppers

*10-12 leaves of romaine lettuce

*1 tsp of powdered red pepper

*2 tsps of salt

*6  shish kabob type wooden sticks


Place on sticks first-one scallop then one shrimp (vertically) then one scallop. Repeat using all 6 sticks.  In small bowl place vodka, salt powdered red pepper, lemon juice, Tabasco sauce , olive oil.  Beat wit ha fork until all ingredients are blended.

 In  tall glass, arrange a few lettuce leaves on side of glass. Alternate in each glass, 3 hot red peppers and 3 shish kebabs. Drizzle sauce on top and serve.

  Cuori di Pane 

*Pre made pizza dough-1/2 lb (uncooked)

*3 tablespoons of flour

*2 tablespoons of dried tomatoes

*1 tsp of Sapori D’Italia Spice Blend or Rosemary

*4 dried red peppers

*3 tablespoons of olive oil

*2 tsps of chopped scallion



Drain dried tomatoes and chop into small squares.  In separate bowl, crush 3 dried red peppers with wooden spoon, place in chopped dried tomatoes, chopped scallops. Blend. Place ball of pizza dough in bowl and work in mixture. Knead pizza dough for 5 minutes until all ingredients are blended into dough.

Dust wooden board with 1 tablespoon of flour. Place pizza dough on top. Flatten dough to about 1/8 inch thickness. Cut with cookie cutter in shape of heart.

Place sheet of baking paper on cookie sheet. Place hearts on baking sheet. Crush remaining pepper in small dish, mix with ½ tsp of Sapori D’Italia or Rosemary.  Drizzle hearts with teaspoon of olive oil  and  sprinkle remaining crushed pepper mix on top. Let hearts sit for 30 minutes. Then cook in oven preheated to 450 degrees or until crisp and golden (about 15 minutes).

  Tanti Auguri per San ValentinoPlease let me know how you celebrated your San Valentino and what special foods made your day special!!Ciao for now!!Don’t  forget  the bestselling bookThe Basic Art of Italian Cooking has many other recipes. You can purchase your copy at and receive $5 off retail price and free shipping.You cna also take a peek into my diary at  

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