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Combining Italian with French.. in Food and Art

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French and Italian combinations work marvelously in food-just think of beschamel sauce, onion soup, crepes. recipes created in the kitchens of Caterina DeMedici  with her private chefs,while living in France-




and in art- Amedeo Modigliani an Italian artist born in Livorno Italy who moved to Paris to pursue his art…

(by Amedeo Modigliani)

So a salad combining the French artisan Roquefort cheese, and extra virgin Italian made olive oil with Tuscan Picnic flavor

Walnut, Pomegranate ,Roquefort Salad

*4 handfuls mixed salad greens (arugula, romaine,baby spinach)

*1 lb Roquefort cheese, crumbled

*2 hard boiled eggs

*3 tblsps extra virgin oilve oil

*4 tblsps shelled walnuts

*2 tsps Sempre Sapori spice blend (Tuscan Picnic flavor)

*2 tblsps pomegranate seeds

Wash, dry salad greeens. Crumble cheese into dish and set aside.  Boil eggs for 8 minutes, peel and chop.  Fold cheese, eggs, walnuts,pomegranate seeds into salad in a large bowl.

In small bowl whisk together lemon juice, 3 tblsps extra virgin olive oil, Sempre  Sapori. Pour over salad, toss and serve.


*Get Sempre Spaori  Tuscan Spice Blend here

Get more recipes in The Basic Art of Italian Cooking: DaVinci style

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