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‘Shinrun-Yoku’ and an Apricot Mousse

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pini 7  Japanese Therapy here in the mountains of Abruzzo..if you have ever heard of the Japanese word  ‘shinrun-yoku ‘ it means ‘taking in the atmosphere of the forest’..and taking a stroll in this beautiful park filled with pine trees here is the perfect way to get in your morning therapy of shinrun-yoku..especially on a sunny Spring Day..some even even translate  it  as Forest Bathing

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The apricots have begun to make their appearance into summer and while on this morning’s ‘shinrun-yoku’ my mind was intently concentrating on what to do with a basket full of fresh apricots….and fresh mint overflowing in the garden… here is the answer…

Chocolate Topped Apricot Mousse

For Apricot Mousse:

* 2 lbs of fresh apricots-washed, cut in half with pit removed

*3 tblsps sugar

*2 tblsps butter (unsalted)

For crumble:

* 1-16 oz chocolate bar (containing at least 60%  cocoa)

*Almonds-3 ounces-peeled ,chopped

*3 tblsps butter (unsalted)

*4 tblsps flour

*3 tblsps brown sugar

*1 tablespoon powdered unsweetened cocoa

For Cream: Place halved apricots in a pan with sugar and butter, cook for 10 minutes over low to medium heat or until the apricots have lightly caramelized. Remove from heat, place in food processor till creamy.

For crumble:

Place butter on bowl until room temperature and softened. Place in flour, almonds,sugar, powdered cocoa. Blend together. Grate chocolate bar and mix in. Place in refrigerator till mixture has a firm  consistency. Remove from refrigerator and grate dough (using cheese grater with larger holes). Grate onto a piece of baking paper placed on a cookie sheet.

Preheat oven for 300 degrees and bake for 15 minutes. Remove from oven, separate crumbles gently with fork or fingers. Let cool.

Divide apricot cream into 4 glasses and top with chocolate crumble,garnish with mint leaves and serve.

For more recipes get your copy of

The Basic Art of Italian Cooking: Holidays and Special Occasions-2nd edition-winner of the Gourmand World Awards

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The Basic Art of Italian Cooking: DaVinci Style

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The Basic Art of Italian Cooking

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Hope to see you soon at some of my upcoming events

 

Want to learn to cook in the mountains of Abruzzo, Italy?  Some spots available now for private and semi private cooking classes, including culinary market tours here In Abruzzo, Italy? If interested, email for my schedule and availability at

[email protected]

Have you ever dreamed of being a food blogger? Share your love of food with the world.. If so join me in my food blogging classes in the Philadelphia are in the month of June at:
*Temple University- Ambler Campus in Ambler Pennsylvania  http://noncredit.temple.edu/search/publicCourseSearchDetails.do?method=load&courseId=3041214

*Delaware Valley College in Doylestown, PA http://www.localwineevents.com/events/detail/585584/maria-liberatis-food-blogging-course-at-delaware-valley-university

*Bucks County Community College, Newtown, Pa http://www.localwineevents.com/events/detail/585582/newtown-maria-liberatis-food-blogging-101-course-at-bucks-county-community-college

*Burlington County Community College-Food Writing-http://www.localwineevents.com/events/detail/585588/mount-holly-maria-liberatis-food-writing-course-at-burlington-county-college

*Private and Semi Private Food Blogging Classes also available in Abruzzo, Italy and Rome Italy at various venues upon my availability. Email for my schedule and information at :  [email protected]

Here are some  upcoming cooking demo/book signings also

*See you at Stratford Public Library in Stratford, NJ on June 11th, register here http://www.localwineevents.com/events/detail/585589/stratford-celebrity-chef-maria-liberati-cooking-demo-at-stratford-public-library

Sunday, June 7th, 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM, Secolari Artisan Oils and Vinegars,

The Mall in Columbia, 10300 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, MD 21044, cooking demo, sampling and book signing

Secolari The gift of artisan oils, vinegars & other enrichments  http://secolarievoo.com/

– See more at: http://www.marialiberati.com/blog2/#sthash.KAEoep7K.dpuf

A Sunny Day in the Mountains of Abruzzo, Flowers Blooming, Fresh Asparagus with Crepes..

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A sunny Spring Day driving through the mountains of Abruzzo… enjoyed the sunny quiet hills of Sainte Marie

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And the flower show in Tagliacozzo..with Spring colors all over the place..not to mention the sunny spring weather..an unusually warm but still ever so lovely day

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So besides the flowers blooming. asparagus are in season and at their most delicious this time of the year..one of my favorite treats of Spring that adds a beautiful  green to the scenery..and one of my favorite ways of using asparagus besides eating them steamed is a recipe that originates in Abruzzo..Crespelle con Asparagi..Crespelle are a version of crepes from Abruzzo..here is the recipe

Crespelle with Asparagus

Serves 4.

For crespelle:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • ½ cup milk
  • 4 eggs
  • Pinch of salt

Filling:

  • 1 lb fresh asparagus
  • 1 cup fresh ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup fresh ricotta cheese
  • freshly grated Parmigiano–Reggiano cheese
  • 1 whole egg and 2 egg whites
  • Pinch of salt

Wash, clean, and steam asparagus. Cut off tips.

Place  ricotta, grated cheese, whole egg, egg whites, asparagus tips, and pinch of salt in a bowl. Blend with wooden spoon and set aside.

In another bowl, place in all ingredients for crespelle. Blend with wire whisk. Heat a nonstick crêpe pan and cook crespelle. Use 1 tablespoon of crespelle batter  for each crespelle. When finished with batter, stuff crespelle with ricotta mixture.

Lightly butter a casserole dish. Place filled crespelle in dish. Top with freshly grated  parmigiano-reggiano cheese. Bake 10 minutes or until top of crespelle are golden and the cheese is bubbly Serve.

**Love hearing all your Spring Holiday Food Memories. Please don’t keep them all to yourself. Share them here with all our readers!!

For more great recipes get your copy of the books in the Gourmand World Award Winning Series The Basic Art of Italian Cooking

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Join me for these upcoming events

Want to learn to cook in the mountains of Abruzzo, Italy?  Some spots available now for private and semi private cooking classes, including culinary market tours here In Abruzzo, Italy? If interested, email for my schedule and availability at

[email protected]

Have you ever dreamed of being a food blogger? Share your love of food with the world.. If so join me in my food blogging classes in the Philadelphia are in the month of June at:
*Temple University- Ambler Campus in Ambler Pennsylvania  http://noncredit.temple.edu/search/publicCourseSearchDetails.do?method=load&courseId=3041214

*Delaware Valley College in Doylestown, PA http://www.localwineevents.com/events/detail/585584/maria-liberatis-food-blogging-course-at-delaware-valley-university

*Bucks County Community College, Newtown, Pa http://www.localwineevents.com/events/detail/585582/newtown-maria-liberatis-food-blogging-101-course-at-bucks-county-community-college

*Burlington County Community College-Food Writing-http://www.localwineevents.com/events/detail/585588/mount-holly-maria-liberatis-food-writing-course-at-burlington-county-college

*Private and Semi Private Food Blogging Classes also available in Abruzzo, Italy and Rome Italy at various venues upon my availability. Email for my schedule and information at :  [email protected]

*See you at Stratford Public Library in Stratford, NJ on June 11th, register here http://www.localwineevents.com/events/detail/585589/stratford-celebrity-chef-maria-liberati-cooking-demo-at-stratford-public-library

Other Events Info:

Sunday, June 7th, 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM, Secolari Artisan Oils and Vinegars,

The Mall in Columbia, 10300 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, MD 21044, cooking demo, sampling and book signing

Secolari The gift of artisan oils, vinegars & other enrichments  http://secolarievoo.com/

 

Thursday, June 11th, 2 PM to 3:30 PM, Stratford Public Library

303 Union Ave, Stratford, NJ 08084, cooking demo, sampling and book signing

Stratford Public Library http://www.stratfordlibrarynj.org/

 

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*National PBS TV show sponsorship (http://thebasicartofitaliancooking.com):

The Basic Art of Italian Cooking by Maria Liberati tm is becoming a National PBS TV show, some sponsorship is still available, If interested in speaking to the production team about sponsorship contact : [email protected] and align your product with one of the most visible brands of Italian Culinary and Travel!

Mother’s Day Brunch-Cheesecake Torta with Fresh Strawberries and Oranges and Food Blogging 101

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If you are preparing for a Mother’s Day Brunch here is one dessert you want to include..light and healthy also easy to make so you can spend more time with Mom!

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Cheesecake Torta with Fresh Strawberries and Oranges

8 ounces  ricotta cheese (whole or part skim)

8 ounces plain Greek Yogurt

8 ounces (Regular or Light) Cream Cheese

2 eggs

1/2 cup sugar

1 tsp vanilla

1 tsp grated orange zest

4 ounces of unsweetened dark chocolate

5 fresh strawberries hulled and sliced

1/2 orange, peeled, cut into slices

1 package of strawberry gelatine

Crust

16-20 Savoiardi or lady fingers or graham crackers-crushed

1 tablespoon butter melted

1 tablespoon sugar

 

Crush cookies, add in melted butter and sugar and place in bottom of spring form pan that has been covered with parchment paper. Press till the crust goes partly up the sides of pan

Place ricotta cheese, cream cheese, yogurt in bowl, add in sugar and then beat in eggs one at a time, add in vanilla, beat till well blended. Crush dark chocolate and stir  pieces into.Add in orange zest.  cream cheese mixture.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees for approximately 50 minutes or until firm. Let cool. When cool top with strawberry slices, orange slices. Brush gelatin on top of fruit and place in refrigerator till gelatin is set

 

For more recipes get your copy of The Basic Art of Italian Cooking series books now:
The Basic Art of Italian  Cooking: Holidays and Special Occasions-Second Edition:
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The Basic Art of Italian Cooking: DaVinci Style

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The Basic Art of Italian Cooking

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Want to learn to cook in the mountains of Abruzzo, Italy?  Some spots available now for private and semi private cooking classes, including culinary market tours here In ABruzzo, Italy? If interested, email for my schedule and availability at

[email protected]

 

Have you ever dreamed of being a food blogger? Share your love of food with the world.. If so join me in my food blogging classes in the Philadelphia are in the month of June at:
Temple University- Ambler Campus in Ambler Pennsylvania  http://noncredit.temple.edu/search/publicCourseSearchDetails.do?method=load&courseId=3041214

Delaware Valley College in Doylestown, PA http://www.localwineevents.com/events/detail/585584/maria-liberatis-food-blogging-course-at-delaware-valley-university

Bucks County Community College, Newtown, Pa http://www.localwineevents.com/events/detail/585582/newtown-maria-liberatis-food-blogging-101-course-at-bucks-county-community-college

Burlington County Community College-Food Writing-http://www.localwineevents.com/events/detail/585588/mount-holly-maria-liberatis-food-writing-course-at-burlington-county-college

Private and Semi Private Food Blogging Classes also available in Abruzzo, Italy and Rome Italy at various venues upon my availability. Email for my schedule and information at :  [email protected]

 

See you at Stratford Public Library in Stratford, NJ on June 11th, register here http://www.localwineevents.com/events/detail/585589/stratford-celebrity-chef-maria-liberati-cooking-demo-at-stratford-public-library

Other Events Info:

 
Sunday, June 7th, 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM, Secolari Artisan Oils and Vinegars, 
The Mall in Columbia, 10300 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, MD 21044, cooking demo, sampling and book signing
Secolari The gift of artisan oils, vinegars & other enrichments  http://secolarievoo.com/
 
Thursday, June 11th, 2 PM to 3:30 PM, Stratford Public Library
303 Union Ave, Stratford, NJ 08084, cooking demo, sampling and book signing
Stratford Public Library  http://www.stratfordlibrarynj.org/
 
 
Perfect for Mother’s Day Brunch Lemon Honey Syrup, Fresh Fruit Macedonia

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Fresh kiwi from region of Lazio..lots of fresh kiwi…… a lemon from Amalfi…what to do, what to do..use it quick..a fresh pineapple and kiwi macedonia

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Kiwi Pineapple Macedonia with lemon honey syrup

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1 lb fresh kiwi, peeled and sliced

1 fresh pineapple, cored, peeled, cut into cubes

1 fresh lemon

3 1/2 tablespoons honey

 

Place cut kiwi and pineapple in a serving bowl. Squeeze lemon and place juice into small saucepan, add in honey, place over low heat and stir till honey has melted. Then allow mixture to continue to simmer for 10 minutes ,stirring frequently. Mixture will become a syrup. Pour mixture over fresh fruit, stir. Place in refrigerator for 20-30 minutes till cool and serve with a fresh mint leaf garnish.

 

For more recipes get your copy of The Basic Art of Italian Cooking

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*Interested in having your own food blog? If you are in the Philadelphia area I will be guest lecturer for Food Blogging 101 in June.

Check out the dates and places on front of www.marialiberati.com

questions on this email [email protected]

 

Mother’s Day….Gift Guide 2015

 

 

This Mother’s Day surprise that special Mom in your life with a special gift or treat yourself to some of these Mother’s Day worthy treats. Lots of product hopefuls arrived and were tested out in The Basic Art of Italian Cooking by Maria Liberati tm kitchen and the following are the ones selected as Mother’s Day worthy!:

 

The Basic Art of Italian Cooking by Maria Liberati tm favorite place to get the Ultimate gift basket for Mom..the perfect basket to make  Mom feel really special on that special day…there are so many baskets to choose from..a basket for any Mom..and the products included in each and every basket are deliciously delightful..this one is one of our favorite healthy gift baskets, but go to Gourmetgiftbaskets.com and choose yours

 

 

 

For the perfect drink to accompany a Mother’s Day brunch or breakfast ,try the Electric Espresso Maker from IMUSA, love that you can make 3 or 6 cups!

T-Fal electric tea kettle, the color of the kettle makes a beautiful statement in any kitchen and it has a lot of safety features, great for a large pot of tea or just one cup!

For the Mom that loves to cook or to make Mom’s favorite dish try one of these expert graters and Glove from Microplane

Elite Box Grater-loved tis especially because it is like 5 graters in one, a sturdy grater and comes in handy for almost any grating needs, from grating Parmigiano-Reggiano for a plate of pasta to chocolate for the top of a luscious tiramisu

Spiral Slicer.. great to cut spirals of cucumbers or making zucchini pasta or spiral lemon peel to use in an authentic Italian cream..

Or how about the Rotary Cutter for that perfect piece of cheese, makes grating cheese for atop your pasta dish an easy feat

This cube grater in a choice of colors also makes a great decorative piece for your kitchen, you may want to get 1 in each color.

Protect Mom’s hands while  Mom  is making all those treats for you in the kitchen with this glove that protects your hands while grating. Microplane Cut Resistant Glove

 

 

To make Cleaning a Breeze for Mom try these New products

NaturezWay makes these superior products from bamboo

Perforated paper towels that are made from Bamboo and can be used many times over…producing less waste great for the environment too!!NaturezWay also makes drying cloths and floor sponges all from bamboo..all reusable producing less waste and great for the environment. The products work great, loved that they hold up well and can  be reused many times!

 

 

 

For the Gourmet food lover try these yummy products

Gaea Olive Oil.. great  addition to any recipe, a full bodied olive oil from Greece

Free for All Gluten Free Brownie Thins..you won’t miss the gluten,so delicious you can’t eat just one..a yummy healthy way to enjoy a brownie!

Jarlsberg Cheese has become one of my favorite go to artisan cheeses for those gripped Panini sandwiches that need a cheese that melts well,easy to find also and perfectly ‘melty’ for that sandwich that is oozing with cheese!

For a Healthy Spring Smoothie perfect for a Moms Day brunch is this smoothie with sea buckthorn oil and pines wheat grass! Just think ..drink this and you and Mom will have more energy all day long.

SeaBuckthorn oil has many benefits

         Richness of ALL the Omegas (3, 6, 9 AND the rare Omega 7, which is great for hair, skin and nails)

  •          Collagen and cellular boost (especially for dry skin from harsh winter weather)
  •          Skin health and age-defying properties
  •         Antioxidants and Detox power
  •          Immune system support
  •         Cardiovascular supplement
  •         Boosted sun/UV-protection (with warmer, Spring temps, you’re gonna be
  • outside more!)
  •       Gastrointestinal balance
    SPRING SMOOTHIE
  • 1/4 lemon with peel
  • 1/4 orange
  • 2 apple slices with peel
  • 1-2 tsps. Pines Wheatgrass or Super Foods Blend
  • 1-2 droppers of Sea buckthorn oil
  • add in raspberries, blueberries,  strawberries as desired
  • honey as desired to taste
  • purified water
  • Blend all in blender till desired consistency

Pines Wheat Grass..my favorite energy super food!

 

Favorite Snack Pack for Mom, great to bring along for work or to the gym or anytime, these delicious healthy snack packs, grab and go is what we loved about these snack boxes that make Mom’s life easier!

And for a Mom that loves to cook.. here are some book choices

The Basic Art of Italian Cooking:DaVinci Style

 

The Basic Art of Italian Cooking:DaVinci Style

 

 

The Basic Art of Italian Cooking:Holidays and Special Occasions

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Eden Juices Launch event, Win $150 Visa Gift Card

I Love Eden Juices and love imperfect fruit..they are really the perfect fruit produced by Mother Nature and not tampered with by man.. Support Eden Juices.

 This is so exciting that Eden has decided to include a Rafflecopter Giveaway and  they are giving away 3  $150 Visa Gift cards Go here to enter https://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/0f9fce1c13/

Meet Eden. They’re a new environmentally friendly company that makes fresh, cold-pressed juices from imperfectly shaped fruits and vegetables. Why imperfect fruits and vegetables? Because despite how they look, they provide the same exact health benefits as perfectly shaped fruit.

 

Eden’s core belief is that diversity and imperfections are not flaws to be corrected but traits to be celebrated. And they use their line of juices to fight aspects of our culture that threaten diversity, conservation, and overall health:

 

Superficial Mindset

Photoshop gives us flawless skin, perfect tans, and the ideal physique, but it also erases everything that makes us unique. Now more and more people think these digitally altered images are the norm and are determined to attain these unrealistic standards no matter what the cost.

 

Food Waste

In the U.S., we throw away close to 40% of the food we grow. In many cases, it’s not because the food has gone bad, but because the produce doesn’t meet our cosmetic standards. We waste food because it doesn’t look good and ignore the most important part—the health benefits.

 

Access to Clean, Healthy Food

While we throw away our food, over 15 million American kids go hungry every day and don’t have access to nutritious food.1 The worst part is that nutritious food is available; it’s just ending up in landfills instead of in the hands of those who need it.

 

Overfed and Undernourished

More than 2 in 3 adults are considered overweight or obese,2 and more than one-third of children and adolescents are overweight or obese.3 And fewer than 35% of Americans are eating the recommended daily servings of fruits and vegetable.4 So those in the U.S. who aren’t going hungry are overfed and undernourished.

 

While these problems can’t be solved overnight, Eden hopes to get one step closer with their line of fresh, cold-pressed juices. They’ll help limit the amount of food wasted in the U.S. by using produce that consumers and retailers usually throw away for cosmetic reasons. They’ll also make nutrient-rich food more accessible to those who struggle to get nutritious foods and those who want a simple way to improve their diets.

 

Join us today in funding Eden’s Kickstarter campaign by going to drinkeden.com. Drink Eden. Naturally different.  Eden is offering lots of giveaways with cool branded TShirts to multi day juices even yearly juice subscriptions in exchange for supporting their campaign  and Share #drinkeden on your social media accounts today!

 

*Disclaimer- some posts are compensated

Tuscany, Carpaccio, Chianti…and Tuscan Events

 

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Editor: Lisa Zatulovsky

TUSCANY and a TUSCAN INSPIRED ANIPASTO

 

It is no wonder that the beautiful scenery of Tuscany’s lush greenery and regal mountains inspired Italy’s rebirth. From the Renaissance birthplace of Florence, to the rolling meadows of Siena, the region of Tuscany is a bustling center of architecture, arts, and cuisine. Producing some of the finest foods and wines of Italy, while housing some of the world’s most incredible artists and sculptures like Michelangelo’s David, Tuscany is arguably one of Europe’s most thriving regions.

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Art tours, cooking classes, and wine tours are only a few of the incredible experiences offered in Tuscany, allowing you to get a feel for the flourishing region. Wine Tours in Tuscany provide a magical setting among grandiose Medieval Castles and aromatic vineyards. Tuscany offers exciting tours including an opportunity to see where and how their famous red wine Chianti is produced. Between Florence and Siena the picturesque vineyards, wine cellars, and ancient castles weave fascinating history with delicious wine, unique to the region ranging from lunch wine tasting tours with an opportunity to go horseback riding, to romantic evening wine dinners with savory antipasti like regional cheeses and prosciutto.

 

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For a Tuscany inspired antipasto, pair Tuscany’s rich Chianti with Carpaccio, an elegant dish of thinly sliced meats. Chianti and Carpaccio is a wonderfully flavorful appetizer that romances the palette. Chianti is a fuller bodied red wine characterized by a velvety burgundy color. The skins of the grapes remain when undergoing fermentation, producing a bitter strong taste with cherry and floral notes. Chianti red wine pairs well with a red meat antipasto. Essentially a meat and cheese platter, Carpaccio has countless variations. Named after Renaissance painter, Vittore Carpaccio, the antipasto is reminiscent of his red-hued paintings. Enhanced by a rich Chianti, the meat platter is made with paper thin slices of meat like beef tenderloin or prosciutto, drizzled with olive oil, lemon juice and garnished with parmigiano reggiano shavings and capers. Experience the delight of a Tuscany wine tasting in your own home with Chianti and Carpaccio, perfect for an outdoor meal with a dreamy warm summer breeze.

 

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Thanks to Montepulciano and the Consorzo Nobile for the scenery and allowing us to capture these images!

Hope you can join me in Warren Township, NJ area  on Saturday  April 25th at two Tuscany themed events, celebrating my book The Basic Art of Italian Cooking:DaVinci Style
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Saturday, April 25th, 11 AM to 12:30 PM, Patricia and Paul Artisans of Fine Oils and Balsamics,

20 Elm Street, Westfield, NJ 07090, sampling and book signing, 

Patricia and Paul Artisans of Fine Oils and Balsamics  http://patriciaandpaul.com/

 
 

Saturday, April 25th, 2 PM to 3:30 PM, Warren Township Library, 

42 Mountain Boulevard, Warren, NJ 07059

Da Vinci and the History of Italian Cuisine program, book signing and sampling

Registration is required to attend this event.  You may sign up online at http://bit.ly/MLiberati-WarrenLib

For more info or for registration assistance call 908-754-5554 ext, 64

Warren Township Library   http://www.somerset.lib.nj.us/warren.htm

 

 

 

Perfect Gifts for Mother’s Day at Clubs Galore

Mother’s Day is quickly approaching and I have found the perfect gift. A quick online trip took me to ClubsGalore and they have so many themed choices of clubs you can gift. It is (almost) impossible not to find something for your Mom, even the Mom-that-has -everything.  The Gift of the Month Club Mother’s Day Gift Selections make it difficult to choose just one, that was my only problem, which one to choose. But no waiting in line, no parking problems, no need to go to the local mall!   I joined the EVOO and Vinegar, club and I received a beautifully packaged bottle of Extra Virgin  olive oil and Chardonnay vinegar, perfect for a delicious dinner, or to make a quick bruschetta snack. I love the Chardonnay Vinegar, makes vinegar sounds so luxurious! And just think your Mom could receive gifts like this every month. Many of my friends wait till the last minute to get their mother a gift because they just don’t have the time to go out shopping. Clubs Galore made it so easy! Let’s face it what could be easier than shopping from the comfort of your own home with a never ending selection to suit almost any taste I loved the way the package was wrapped, and what I really loved is that they wrapped it for me. They make it easy to pay, with shoppers being able to pay monthly for an ongoing subscription. There are over 40 different product clubs to choose from and you can also choose to mix and match. And if you hurry you can still get free shipping until April 25th. Two day shopping is available from April 26-May 7th. And let’s face it if you are too busy to get to order early you can still shop overnight if ordered May 6th- May 8th. And you can also print your gift announcement during the purchase process! And I am getting an early start on Mother’s Day. I decided to use the  B.R. Cohn Basil and Garlic flavored olive oil  that was in my first kit for a homemade pizza. The olive oil inspired me to create this for  dinner with Mom (and Dad too!) today. The Chardonnay vinegar will be for a luscious salad that will follow!   For this easy and yummy lasagna   You will need * BR Cohn  Basil and Garlic Olive oil   *Fresh Pizza dough *sliced ,red ripe fresh plum tomatoes or tomatoes on the vine *Fresh mozarella *Freshly grated parmigian reggiano cheese *3 garlic cloves * You can find a recipe for fresh pizza dough in The Basic Art of Pizza book or purchase the dough pre-made. Drizzle the olive oil on bottom of a cookie sheet and arrange pizza dough on cookie sheet.  Top with sliced tomatoes, grated parmigiana reggiano cheese, sliced garlic, and drizzle olive oil on top, bake in oven pre- heated to  400 degrees for 20-25 minutes, or until bottom is golden brown… HPIM0304 Serve with a fresh salad topped with the Chardonnay vinegar. Happy Mother’s Day!   Writing of posts  may be compensated in form of gifts and/or products and monetary compensation.

Celebrate.. Happy Spring.. with Fresh Mint Syrup

 

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“As for the garden of mint, the very smell of it alone recovers and refreshes our spirits, as the taste stirs up our appetite for meat,”

Pliny

Mint, another flavor of Spring and Summer…a flavor we want to remember all year round.. and  Spring is officially almost here..

Mint syrup  has become ‘de rigeur’ or a something we can’t do without in my house during  the warmer months..to refresh..cool down and create all sorts of drinks and desserts..

Mint Syrup

3 lbs of fresh peppermint leaves (no stems)

2 1/2 cups sugar

1 fresh lemon

1/2 cup water

Wash and clean peppermint, remove leaves from stems.  Dry carefully. Pass leaves through  a potato ricer..  Place  this compost with juice from  the mint in a ceramic or glass bowl with juice of one lemon and peel of one lemon.. Let  sit ,covered for approx 2 hours. Place water and sugar in a saucepan and let bring to a boil, remove from heat let cool and before it thickens, pour into mint juice and stir. When syrup is cool, sieve out the peppermint leaves,  remove lemon peel and place in jars, top.

 

Celebrate Spring with family and friends and get a Dual Sim Card at DualGlobalMobile to make communicating with friends and family wherever you are simple and economical to stay in touch, go to dualglobalmobile now

April 25th..Hope to see you at the Warren Township Library for a sampling and presentation on The Basic Art of Italian Cooking:DaVinci Style

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Saturday, April 25th, 2 PM to 3:30 PM, Warren Township Library
42 Mountain Boulevard, Warren, NJ 07059
Da Vinci and the History of Italian Cuisine program, book signing and sampling
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#Real6 and Chuice

 

#real6 concept of eating Real food always is such a no-brainer/ So eat real food all the time means you have no need to do a detox and cleanse since you are already eating clean. I love the way Chuice fits into this philosophy. Chuice is this yummy chewy real food. And Chuice makes a great way to fit real food into a hectic lifestyle.

I am always on the go with not much time to spare,sometimes not even for cooking, so Chuice for me is a great way to have a real food meal, especially when I am on the go with not much time to whip up something fresh and real.

When you have a Chuice you are also forcing your mouth to do some chewing which puts your digestive juices into action and can also give you a feeling of being full. What a great concept!

Besides we all know that consuming anything that is processed slows you down and also slows down the digestive process and your metabolism. But when you consume Chuice you do the opposite, you speed up your digestion and metabolism. And if you decide to try the #real6 you can do so with free shipping and handling. Get started and get free shipping to try it out!

You may think it is some kind of juice but honestly it was nothing like I have tasted before. I can describe it as a bottle of chewy real food., not a juice but a food/ And furthermore it is a food that makes you feel full and gives some energy.

I need lots of energy throughout my day, so I substituted Chuice  for one meal in my day. WOW it made me feel great! And the best part of it is that it is also  great for your health.

It is a sort of un-tox for your system. If you eat clean, real food, your body will thank you in more ways than one, by giving you more energy but also because it will be operating more efficiently, that incldues your metabolism. Also there are actually 9 grams of fiber in a 12 ounce bottle

I love the unique story that Chuice has also, check it out CHUICE

 

 

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