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Posted 12/01/2013

Brooklyn-Bahia

How do you “drink” your winter? Are you trading off your summer ice cold beer for a glass of Amarone or Barolo? Are you switching gear from a Margarita to a glass of Mulled Wine infused with cloves and spices? Are you holding a warm mug of Zabaione in your hands while looking out the window in contemplation of the yellowish winter glaze, or  are you brewing an herbal tea and tweaking it with a shot of Rum or Bourbon? Continue Reading…

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Posted 11/22/2013

Coffee Panna Cotta

This rich and velvety custard is not just delicious, but easy to make, too.  A perfect ending to a romantic meal, this panna cotta relies upon Lavazza Gran Selezione coffee for its intense dark roast and subtle chocolate notes.

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Posted 10/11/2013

Carrot Cake

In a house with two young daughters is not always easy get down with baking. Anything sweet that comes out of the oven has usually a very short life on our kitchen counter. This is probably the main reason why we tend not to prepare too many cakes or cookies in our house; what’s the point in filling the house with the irresistible smell of fresh baked goods, if then kids have to obey by the strictest rules? Unfair to offer a green apple as a snack while garnishing a cake with powdered sugar. Continue Reading…

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Posted 10/02/2013

Limoncello

After a few weeks of brewing, sitting in plain view on my library, the long awaited Limocello is finally ready!
So many of you have been asking about my family recipe for this delicious liquor, well, now you have it: this episode in fact features a recipe from my Family’s Vault, straight out of Aunt Laura’s hand written kitchen book, this Limoncello will enter your home and never leave. Get ready, your friends will ask for it, your family will drink it every time they come over, and in summer it will literally fly out of the freezer. Continue Reading…

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Posted 09/05/2013

Coffee Entertainment Tip #04

It does not matter which kind of appliance you are using to make your favorite kind of coffee, it can be a drip, a Moka pot, an espresso machine, but the rule is always the same: never pack your coffee. Hot water has to flow through the coffee, if it gets hard for the water to pass through the flavor will be altered and your coffee will taste really bitter.

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Posted 08/20/2013

Ice Coffee Shake

The last couple of weeks of summer are upon us. Have you taken some vacation? Did you get a chance to relax? Or like us you never left the grind of the city with the exception of a couple of days here and there?! This quick coffee recipe is a fantastic survival tool for summer city life, as it combines the kick of caffeine and the refreshment of the blended ice. Continue Reading…

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Posted 08/18/2013

Cozze Alla Tarantina (Spicy Mussel Soup)

Fish markets fascinate me! It is something that happened to me since I was a kid, spending my summers on the coast of Tuscany with my family. There is something very rigorous about the way fishermen display their pray, about the way they solicit shoppers, and the way they loudly negotiate or call for your attention. The key element to me is that whatever you come across at a fish market that exists close to any coastal region is the fact that what you are buying is “prey”! Every day is different, every catch becomes a fisherman’s story, something to romanticize about it… a sort of “added value” to your meal. Continue Reading…

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Posted 08/11/2013

Linguine with Santa Barbara Spot Prawns

I grew up in a mixed Jewish/Catholic family, no big deal really… At least unless you had the fortune of sitting at the table with us for a holiday celebration. Because of my father’s Kosher’s restrictions our menus have always been kind of unconventional, especially at Christmas: no Cotechino, no cold cuts, no seafood, no lasagne… I know, it sounds a bit depressing. As I think about my youth, when my grandfather (he was jewish too) was alive and performing his duties of “Master of Ceremony” during our family’s Christmas Lunch, a few details pop straight to my head: his salmon appetizer station, his smile getting bigger and bigger as he opened one bottle of champagne after the other, and my aunt teasing my father with pork jokes… and my father always getting bent about it. Continue Reading…

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Posted 08/06/2013

Coffee Entertainment Tip #03

Having coffee is revered as a religion in Italy. It is a ritual and it has to be performed in a very respectful and appropriate way. Espresso is served in small short cups and cappuccino deserves a larger cup. In our house we actually like to use cheap wine glasses to serve our afternoon coffee, Continue Reading…

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