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A hot summer day strolling through Rome and nothing is more refreshing than a caffe granita or iced coffee..and when I am not in Rome…I make my own caffe granita wherever I call home..here’s my favorite recipe from
The Basic Art of…. Coffee
1 cup spring water
3 tblsps sugar
1 vanilla bean
1 1/2 cups of espresso coffee
Place water, sugar and vanilla bean in pan and bring to a boil. remove from heat and remove vanilla bean. Pour liquid in ice cube tray and let freeze. When frozen place in ice crusher to make crushed ice. Place crushed ice in small glasses and pour hot espresso over this. Serve topped with whipped cream.
For more recipes get your copy of the Gourmand World Award Winning book…The Basic Art of Italian Cooking: Holidays and Special Occasions-2nd edition
Paying homage to one of the last great Renaissance painters, known as Tintoretto(real name Jacopo Robusti) a refreshing cocktail from the newly released book The Basic Art of Cocktails
A simple cocktail known as ….
1/2 cup Prosecco Spumante (or a Spumante)
1/4 cup pomegranate juice
Divide Spumante evenly between 2 champagne glasses. Top each
glass with pomegranate juice evenly divided among two glasses.
Don’t stir- two colors of each liquid will provide two different colors
And for more recipes, also get your copy of the Gourmand World Award Winning book
The Basic Art of Italian Cooking:Holidays and Special Occasions-2nd edition
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Summer picnics and eating al fresco are my favorite summer activities..this year my 5 month old pup shares our summer picnics and I love to include foods that she can also have..for July 4th our red, white and blue frozen sorbetwas refreshing and is one that everyone- adults, kids, and my pup could have..here it is..
Sweetie Bear Slushie
1 cup frozen blueberries,
1 cup frozen strawberries
, 1 cup frozen raspberries,
1/2 banana frozen,
1/2 cup plain greek yogurt.
Place all in food processor, serve with mint leaves
For more recipes get your copy of the Gourmand World Award Winning Book The Basic Art of Italian Cooking:Holidays and Special Occasions-2nd edition
and for more refreshing beverages get The Basic Art of…Cocktails
Travelers today have so many travel options to choose from. but private tours are one of the best ways to get a truly personal experience in the destination of your choice. You will also be able to discover local points of attraction and travel around like a local for the day!
If you have ever thought about visiting the Eternal City- Rome, Italy, or even if you have been there already, give yourself, and loved ones the personal gift of a private tour on your next visit and you will begin to see Rome as the locals do.
The city is filled with so much to discover that you may want to do a private tour there more than once with so many places to visit.
Did you know that the ancient Romans invented the multi-course banquets as we know them today. So after experiencing the sights and sounds of the city don’t forget to experience a well deserved taste of the city as well. There are many delicious street foods you can find while walking. In the winter time, nothing beats a hot paper cone filled with freshly roasted chestnuts, sold on the street. In the summer time of the year, a cone of home made gelato is a delicious way to wind down after a hectic day. You can also get a taste of the original iced coffee topped with real cream at many of the coffee bars in town.
Andt when you are back home you may want to share your photos around the kitchen table with a taste of Rome- Bruschetta alla Romana- the same bruschetta served in some restaurants in Rome as an antipasto.
Bruschetta alla Romana
*1 loaf of crusty Italain bread- cut into thick slices
*4 cloves of garlic
*7 fresh plum tomatoes, chopped and seeded
*1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
*salt to taste
*1 fresh bunch of basil-chopped
Place bread slices on a cookie sheet and broil on both sides till golden or place on grill. Arrange bread slices on a plate and brush top with olive oil, rub each slice with peeled garlic cloves. Place chopped tomatoes in bowl, add in remaining olive oil and pinch of salt, chopped basil. Toss and top each slice with tomato mixture and serve
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Keep your dog healthy by feeding it all natural, make your own pup treats. Sweetie Bear..my pup loves my chicken chewies..she has come to know these as ‘Chewy Louies’..just one mention of the name ‘Chewy Louies” and she will stop in her tracks and sit, give me her paw, roll over, whatever she can think of….Easy to make and edible for humans also, but truly a pup snack.
Cut a slightly frozen chicken breast into diagonal slices. Place on a cookie sheet that has been slightly coated with olive oil and bake in an oven that has ben preheated to 200 degrees for 2 hours. You can flavor with cumin, fresh parsley. Let cool and feed to your pet, always supervise eating and be sure to provide plenty of water!
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What a way to spend a warm (almost) summer, sunny day..reading Blueberries by Robert Frost (one of my favorite poems) and baking a blueberry cake with fresh blueberries (of course)..
2/3 cup Sugar
1/3 cup plus 1 Tablespoon Butter
2/3 cup Milk
1 + 1/2 cup flour
8 ounces of fresh blueberries
*1 tsp baking powder
*grated peel of one fresh lemon
*grated peel of one fresh orange
*1 tsp pure vanilla extract
*powdered sugar to sprinkle on top
Beat eggs with sugar till frothy and well blended. Place butter in a double boiler and melt, then place in the milk a spoonful at a time while whisking with wire whisk. In a separate bowl, sift flour and baking powder, add into mixture a little at a time all the while stirring in with wire whisk. Add in peel of lemon and orange. Blend well and remove from double boiler. Let dough sit and cool for 1 hour.
Wash and dry blueberries and add half of blueberries to the dough.
Butter an 8” cake pan and place in mixture. Preheat oven to 375 degrees and cook for 15 minutes. Remove cake from oven, when cool sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve.
For more recipes…Get your copy of the Gourmand World Award Winning book The Basic Art of Italian Cooking: Holidays and Special Occasions-2nd edition
Summer is almost here and outdoor greenery is all around…make your lawn as smooth as a velvet green carpet this summer with all the tips on caring for your lawn with the latest Kindle releaseLawn Care Demystified
Did you ever wander how to get a smooth, lush lawn?Well now you can with 28 pages filled with everything you wanted to know about caring for your lawn. Everything including working with the soil, fertilizer, getting rid of pests and weeds and more! You can do it yourself just like the experts do with the tips and information in this book.
My organic rosemary is still growing heartily in our giardino and the country house was decorated today with bouquets of fresh rosemary and lavender from our bushes ..an elegant but simple way to fragrance and decorate.. Tonight’s cocktails will be non-alcoholic.. it is so flavorful you won’t even notice…here’s one that is exceptionally healthy..
*3 tsps of assam tea or 3 teabags of black tea
*1 mango (about 1 lb)
*2 bananas (1/4 lb)
*16 ounces unsweeetened pineapple juice
Bring to- almost- boiling-2 cups water. When almost boiling place in tea bags or loose tea in filter. Cover and let cool. Squeeze out the tea bags or remove filter. Place tea in refrigerator.
Peel mango, cut 4 small pieces from whole mango and set aside. Place remaining pulp of mango, banana, pineapple juice, tea in a food processor, blend. Divide into 4 tall glasses, place in crushed ice and garnish with mango slices.
For more refreshing cocktail recipes…Get your copy of The Basic Art of….. Cocktails
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My precious rescue pup and I are spending our first Memorial Day together… Sweetie Bear (the name came from my 6 yr old niece, Sofia Liberati, who said that the pup looks like a tiny black bear)..she is a welcome guest to our family picnic and of course she deserves something special cooked for her so here is a recipe I created for Sweetie Bear..a special risotto that can be served chilled if you need to place in a container to take with you on a picnic. However, do not use this as the only food in a meal, mix with dry food that already have proper nutrition. For my pup I give 1 tablespoon of this dish with 1/4 cup of her dry food.
Sweetie Bear’s Risotto with Chicken
1/4 pound cooked chopped chicken meat (Boil the meat, then chop into small pieces)
1 fresh zucchini cut in small pieces, boiled till soft
1/2 cup rice cooked till tender
Cut chicken meat into small pieces. Drain zucchini and in small bowl mix chicken with cooked rice and zucchini. Let cool and serve. This makes more than one serving depending on the size/age of your dog.
This recipe is meant for dogs and should be served along with the dry food and NOT Served as the sole food in a meal.