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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.


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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 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 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
  • 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 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






The Basic Art of Italian Cooking

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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

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 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!


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Tuscany, Carpaccio, Chianti…and Tuscan Events


DSCN5932By: Maria Liberati

copyright 2015, Art of Living, PrimaMedia,Inc- photos and text

Editor: Lisa Zatulovsky



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.


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.



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.




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

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


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

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

Warren Township Library




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,”


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 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.


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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

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
For more info or for registration assistance call 908-754-5554 ext, 64
Warren Township Library
#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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Time for Yummy, Easy Freezer Jams

Copyright 2015 Art of Living, PrimaMedia,Inc/Maria Liberati

Few pleasures compare to sinking your teeth into a slice of fresh, succulent fruit. Whether you are one of the many berry lovers who inundate strawberry fields in the spring or you delight in crowding your kitchen with baskets of raspberries, peaches and blueberries from the farmer’s market, you know that aside from gobbling down these sweet treats, preserving them quickly becomes a priority.

Historically, jams and jellies have become an ideal way to stretch out the fruit season into the rest of the year. The process is a rather large undertaking: boiling jars, cooking the fruit, adding the pectin—and sugar; lots and lots of sugar. But traditional jam-making is not the only option anymore.

Freezers now add another possibility for fruit preservation. Freezer jam, for example, is becoming increasingly popular. Like traditional jam, it can be prepared using berries, apples, oranges, pears, peaches, and an unlimited combination of tasty treats. But best of all, freezer jam benefits our health, the environment and our taste buds.

One way in which freezer jam is unique is that the fruit is not cooked. The fruit retains its bright color, its many nutrients and, most importantly, its fresh flavor. The ratio of fruit to sugar in traditional jam is often 1:1. When making freezer jam, only about a third of the sugar is necessary.


Unlike jars used for traditional preserves, freezer jam can be stored in clean plastic containers or jars of any kind. They don’t even need to be boiled first, cutting out one time-consuming step right there. And if you have kids that need to be put to work, don’t forget that jam-making can be a family affair. Most freezer jam recipes call for finely chopping or crushing the fruit. Who loves squishing slimy peeled peaches or juicy berries more than kids? (Supervision of pre-squishing-hand-washing is highly recommended.)

Making freezer jam isn’t quite as much fuss as you might think. From fruit preparation to the freezer, it can take less than an hour. However, if you are plunging into jam-making mode, one key piece of advice: be sure to have some fresh bread or a luscious croissant close by, for once the jars are filled, your melt-in-your-mouth creation is ready to savor!

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Hope to see you at my event celebrating The Basic Art of Italian Cooking:DaVinci Style

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


La Crescionda Di Spoleto

text copyright 2015 Art of Living, PrimaMedia,Inc/Maria Liberati

Is a typical dessert of Spoleto, well known, especially  in the Region of  Umbria and is a characteristic sweet served especially during Carnevale. But today, many restaurants serve this all throughout Umbria during the entire year, not just for Carnevale. It probably has Medieval origins, but over time there have been numerous evolutions of the recipe and as a result there are 4 noted versions of this special sweet.
*The sweet and sour cresciondo
*Cresciondo made with yellow flour
*Apple crescionda
* 3 layer crescionda


The first is made from a base of eggs, sugar, bread crumbs, chicken broth, pecorino cheese, lemon peel and unsweetened dark chocolate.
The second is prepared from corn flour, cinnamon, raisins, pine nuts, orange peel and apples.
The third is very flavorful and therefore, today, is the most popular, made from a base of apples, wine, eggs, corn flour, sugar, unsweetened powdered cocoa. The 3 layer crescionda is known this way because it is baked and then cut into 3 layers. The outside top layer is made of dark chestnuts mixed with melted dark chocolate, the middle layer is a light colored layer and is made from eggs, milk, and the bottom layer is made from amaretti mixed with egg whites. In place of the melted dark chocolate you can use powdered cocoa throughout and the whole crescionda wil be one color and not 3 distinct colors in the layers.

Join me on April 25th at the Warren Township Library for my presentation on Leaonardo DaVinci and the History of Italian Cuisine and The Basic Art of Italian Cooking:Da Vinci Style

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