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A Vintage Italian Summer

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The traditional steamy hot days of August are here finally again, after a few summers of cool weather..the notoriously hot Italian August is her to stay this year! go to lunch today was an easy but oh so delicious

Fagiolini with limone insalata ( green beans and lemon salad)… the beans were fresh and locally grown and the lemons from ( of course!) Amalfi Coast.


So all you need to do is steam the beans till tender, add in freshly chopped garlic, juice of 1 freshly squeezed lemon, extra virgin cold pressed olive oil and a handful of freshly chopped parsley leaves. Let marinate in the refrigerator for an hour. Serve with crispy bread and a slice of artisan cheese and you have an easy light dinner to eat al fresco..

Thanks to everyone who stopped by to see my appearance and my booth at the Atlantic CIty Food and Wine Show at the Claridge Hotel last weekend, look forward to seeing you at the Valley Forge Casino event in October!

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