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Bruschetta for Mother’s Day Brunch

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copyright 2009, Maria Liberati 

Mother’s Day is celebrated all around the world and some celebrate the day more simply than others. Find meaning in small beatuiful gestures..preparing a special breakfast for the special mom in your life, make something with your own hands.. a handmade card, a small kitchen garden, a special meal or dessert ,spend a special day together..Special meaning together anywhere in your own backyard , a walk much meaning.

And before our recipes..a special wish and lots of hugs to my own Mom for a Happy Mother’s Day but also to all Moms out there.

And if you are creating a special brunch for Mom here is one of my favorite recipes for a Tuscan Bruschetta. I created this for a white wine that I was presenting but you can use your favorite dry white wine with this.

Bruschetta Toscana (Tuscan style Bruschetta)

copyright 2009, Maria Liberati

4 slices of Crusty Italian bread or 2 slices day old sliced bread (cut in half, crusts cut off)

*2 tsps butter

*1 small carrot

*1 stick celery

*1 small scallion

*2 tsps tomato paste

*1/2 cup white wine

*3 tsps extra virgin olive oil

*1 tblsp freshly chopped parsley

*1 tsp capers

Salt and pepper to taste

Wash, dry, finely chop carrot, celery, scallion. Rinse capers, place on paper towel to dry. Chop capers finely together with parsley.

In sauté pan, heat oil and 1 tsp butter, chopped scallion, chopped carrots, chopped celery. When just golden, add in wine, tomato paste and stir. Cook over low heat covered for 20 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from heat and set aside.

Place bread slices on cookie sheet and toast in toaster or under broiler in oven on both sides till golden color.

Place tomato and vegetable mixture in processor and puree. Place puree in bowl and add in chopped capers, parsley and remaining softened butter. Place in sauce pan and heat for 3 minutes. Remove from heat and spread on hot bread slices.

*May 11- Whole Foods Market, Philadelphia, Pa- The Basic Art of Italian Cooking School by Maria Liberati tm presents Tuscan Picnic Style Foods. Class is 6-8 PM, call store, cost of $10 includes mini samples and lesson  to register at 215-557-0015

*May 15 & 16- Food, & Fashion event at Bethesda Row in Bethesda, Maryland. Book singing and cooking demo of  the best selling bookThe Basic Art of Italian Cooking .Fri 5-8, Saturday 12-3 go to for directions and info or email us at

**Tuesday, June 2nd 7 PM- Book Signing & Cooking on a Budget with The Basic Art of Italian Cooking with Celebrity Chef Maria Liberati. Recipes from her best selling book and The Basic Art of Italian Cooking School in Italy. Samples provided. Kenilworth Library, 548 Kenilworth Blvd., Kenilworth, NJ 908-276-2451


**June 4th- Foster’s Gourmet Store ,Philadelphia, Pa, 399 Market St, phila, Pa 19195 215-925-0950

Call Temple Univ. continuing ed at 215-204-6946. Includes 4 course sample of authentic Italian picnic $55


June 6th- Horsham Day-Book signing and The Basic Art of Italian Cooking School demo with Celebrity Chef Maria Liberati. Deep Meadow Park 1-3 PM


June 7th-Book signing and on stage appearance-Chicago Tribune Literary Festival- Printer’s Row Chicago. Celebrity Chef-Maria Liberati will be bringing The Basic Art of Italian Cooking School to Chicago along with a book signing. The Basic Art of Italian Cooking was one of the books specially selected to be a part of this annual event. For more info




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