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The True Meaning of Valentine & A Cocktail

Posted in aperitifs, Caro Diario.(dear diary..), cucina, entertaining, Holidays, recipes, Travel & customs, and wine

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My trip to Terni, Italy -(where Valentine’s Day gets it’s origin from St Valentine-who lived there) was not filled with decorations of hearts and flowers  as I had imagined. ..just a  simple town with signs that lead to the church once  led by St Valentine. So what would Valentine’s Day be without hearts and flowers and chocolates  and presents? just a day as it was originally intended -filled with love..

For Valentine’s Day gifts there are so many to choose from..well here is a recipe  to enjoy while opening those gifts..



This is  one of my favorite cocktails made with  Santa Margherita Prosecco and keep your Prosecco cool by using the VinoTemp champagne cooler. Nothing makes a meal more festive than a sparkling fabulous wine.

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Valentine’s Day Cocktail

this cocktail is similar to a Bellini but the blood red orange juice gives it a Valentine’s Day twist.

3 ounces Santa margherita Prosecco

1 ounce of blood red orange juice

1 ounce of  regular orange juice

Blend juices together. Divide into two champagne fluted glasses. Pour in Prosecco and stir gently. Garnish with a slice of blood red orange.

Get more recipes for Valentine’s Day and Holidays in the Gourmand World Cookbook winner : The Basic Art of Italian Cooking: Holidays & Special Occasions

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Thanks to everyone who watched and assisted  at my appearance on NBC the !10 show on February 2nd. A special thx to makeup person-Cathy Lee Carpenter & Hair Person- Kamilla Florczak and my assistants Patricia Bontempo and Frederick Cohen for your assistance in making the appearance a success!

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