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Seafood with Pesto..A Slice of Italian Musical History with the Pooh

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A slice of History..Italian musical history…I made a stop in Celano a few days ago for some great food, unbelievable scenery and  had the pleasure of meeting Red Canzian.. part  of one of Italy’s famous musical bands..the Pooh  that date back to the ‘60’s ….they’re an authentic piece of  modern Italian history…

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and a slice of the summer memories in the mountains of Abruzzo..seafood fresh from nearby..and locally produced olive oil from the hills of Loreto Aprutino….

Sapore di Mare al Pesto

(Seafood with Pesto)


from the Gourmand World Award Winning Book The Basic Art of Italian Cooking: Ho;lidays and Special Occasions-second edition. Copyright 2013 Maria Liberati/Art of Living, PrimaMedia,Inc.

¼ cup diced shallots

3 ripe plum tomatoes, peeled and diced

1 tbsps extra virgin olive oil

1 lb of sea scallops, diced

½ lb small shrimp diced

dash of pepperoncino (hot red pepper)

Pesto Sauce

1 cup fresh basil leaves, remove stems

1 clove garlic crushed

½ cup Pecorino cheese freshly grated

1/4 cup parmigiana-reggiano cheese freshly grated

1/8 cup extra virgin olive oil

¼ cup pine nuts

Wash basil leaves thoroughly and pat dry. Put all the ingredients into a food processor and blend for 5-10 seconds or until smooth. Add more parmigiano-reggiano cheese to taste. Pesto sauce can be stored in the refrigerator,

In a large skillet, saute the shallots and tomatoes in oil for 3 minutes. Add in diced scallops and shrimp and mix thoroughly,saute for 3 minutes. Pour the pesto sauce over seafood, toss, and saute for another 5 minutes. Serve warm or cold over radicchio leaves.

For more recipes and stories..get your copy of the Gourmand World Award Winning book The Basic Art of Italian Cooking: Holidays & Special Occasions-2nd edition


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Hope to see you at Festa Italiana in Seattle ,Washington on September 28 and 29th, also join me in Seattle at these great foodie places:

*Thursday, September 26th, 7 PM to 9 PM, SAVOUR Specialty Foods, 2242 NW Market St, Seattle, WA 98107, book signing and sampling,

SAVOUR Specialty Foods


*Friday, September 27th, 5 PM to 7 PM, Intentional Table, 124 Madrone Lane North, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110, book signing and sampling,

Intentional Table


*Saturday, September 28th, 11 AM to 1 PM, Culinaire The Cook’s Shop, 251 Westfield Southcenter Mall, Seattle, WA 98188, book signing,

Culinaire The Cook’s Shop


*Saturday, September 28th, 6:30 PM  Quintessential Gourmet, 2001 Western Avenue, Suite 110, Seattle, WA 98121, book signing and sampling,

Quintessential Gourmet

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