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Meal Ideas 14 September 2018

Bring Tuscany to the Table

Simple, flavorful recipes for fall entertaining

(Family Features) Take time this fall to slow down and experience the pure delight of great-tasting food with family and friends.

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Savoring the moment is at the heart of Tuscan-inspired entertaining, where everyone has a seat at the table to enjoy simple and delicious dishes that boast authentic flavor and incorporate quality ingredients.

With a passion for the simplicity of Italian food and homemade Tuscan cooking, Italian-American chef Laura Vitale, host of “Laura in the Kitchen,” traveled to the small town of Lucca, Italy, where she reconnected with a region rooted in heritage, experienced rich traditions and embraced “The Tuscan Way” in crafting her own unique takes on classic dishes.

“I’m incredibly inspired by the spirit of Tuscan cooking,” Vitale said. “It encourages you to get into the kitchen, embrace simple ingredients and cook something delicious for the ones you love.”

For your next fall entertaining occasion, consider bringing Tuscany to your table with an ingredient such as Bertolli Rustic Cut pasta sauce as the centerpiece. Try Vitale’s classic Eggs in Purgatory or other recipes like Prosciutto and Arugula Rustica Pizza and traditional Ricotta Bruschetta.

Keep these tips from Bertolli in mind as you bring your lively Tuscan-themed table to life:

  • Rustic tableware fits well with the tone of the season. Try achieving this look with quality table accents that appear slightly distressed, faded or weathered. Thrift stores can be a surprising place to scout out your latest Tuscan-inspired table finds.
  • Mix and match different textures of woods that complement the look and feel of the rustic tableware. Accompany them with softer linens for a variety of pleasing table textures.
  • Use bright, floral colors, if you wish, to give your table vibrant pops of color to stand out among the darker, more rustic tones.

Remember, homemade Tuscan cooking is about great company, a simple menu and making memories. Find more fall flavors and entertaining tips at Bertolli.com.
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Ricotta Bruschetta

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
Servings: 20

  • 1          loaf Italian bread, cut diagonally into 1/2-inch thick slices
  • 2          tablespoons Bertolli Organic Mild Olive Oil
  • 1          clove garlic
  • 1⁄3       cup Bertolli Tomato & Basil Sauce
  • 1        container (15 ounces) ricotta cheese
  1. Heat oven to 425° F.
  2. Arrange bread on baking sheet. Evenly brush with oil. Bake 10 minutes, or until golden brown.
  3. Rub toast evenly with garlic then top with sauce and cheese. Bake 5 minutes, or until cheese is golden brown. Serve hot.

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Prosciutto and Arugula Rustica Pizza

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4

  • 1          cup Bertolli Rustic Cut Three Cheese with Aged Asiago, Romano & Parmesan Sauce
  • 1          prebaked pizza crust (12 inches)
  • 1/2       cup shredded fontina cheese
  • 1          ounce prosciutto, thinly sliced
  • 2          cups arugula
  • 1          tablespoon Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1          tablespoon toasted pine nuts
  • 1          tablespoon Bertolli Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1          tablespoon Bertolli Balsamic Vinegar of Modena
  1. Heat oven to 450° F.
  2. Evenly spread sauce on crust then top with fontina cheese. Bake 10 minutes, or until cheese is melted, and remove from oven.
  3. Top with prosciutto. Arrange arugula in center of pizza then sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and pine nuts. Drizzle olive oil and vinegar over arugula and serve.

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Eggs in Purgatory

Recipe courtesy of Laura Vitale
Servings: 4

Eggs:

  • 1          jar (23 ounces) Bertolli Rustic Cut Roasted Garlic Marinara Sauce
  • 1/2       cup water
  • 4          eggs
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
  • 2          tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1          tablespoon chopped parsley

Bread:

  • 4          slices ciabatta, sliced about 1/2-inch thick
  • 1 1/2    tablespoons Bertolli Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1          large clove garlic, peeled but not chopped
  1. To make eggs: In large skillet with high sides over medium-high heat, add marinara sauce. Pour water into empty jar, swish it around to lift any sauce left in jar and pour it over sauce in skillet. Bring to low boil.
  2. Using back of wooden spoon, make four small wells in sauce. Carefully crack eggs, one at a time, and drop each egg into a separate well in bubbling sauce. Sprinkle salt and pepper on each one, to taste; cover skillet with lid and cook 7-8 minutes, or until egg whites set.
  3. When eggs are cooked to desired doneness, sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and chopped parsley.
  4. To make bread: Char bread on bruschetta pan or indoor grill pan about 1 minute on each side until toasted. Once toasted, rub with clove of garlic on both sides then drizzle with olive oil.
  5. Serve eggs with hunks of charred garlic bread.

Note: If using skillet larger than 12 inches, you can add eight eggs instead of four for additional servings.

Source: Bertolli

Appetizers & Sides 14 September 2018

Exquisite Eating

Small plates to make for appealing dishes

(Family Features) Imagine treating yourself and your dinner guests to a delicious, restaurant-caliber meal without leaving your dining room or hiring a personal chef. Small plates, also known as tapas, are lighter, bite-sized indulgences that you can prepare and style seamlessly. By putting your own artful, unique spin on small plates, you can indulge in a meal that appeals to the senses and conveys sophistication.

It can be easy to create delicious small plates: all you need are wholesome, seasonal ingredients to pair with an artisan-crafted, quality olive oil such as Carapelli. The line, with three varieties to explore, brings a renaissance to the modern kitchen and is ideal for endeavoring chefs looking to try new flavors and experiment with tastes or recipes. It embodies a true passion for the art of creating extra-virgin olive oils and is designed to lift cooks out of the everyday cooking experience.

Keep in mind that when it comes to small plates, what’s important isn’t just the recipe, but the plate – and plating – of the cuisine itself. Foods that appeal to the eye are likely to tempt the taste buds as well. Invest in appropriate-sized dishware for small plates that allows the food to take center-stage.

For a true multi-sensory indulgence, also take time to garnish your dishes, big and small, with edible enhancements that lend a subtle complement to the main attraction. A selection of fresh greens, sprinkling of herbs and even a light drizzle of olive oil can do the trick.

Plan how you’ll adapt your favorite dishes for size – and season – with more tips and recipes at carapelliusa.com.
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Carrots and Fresh Herbs with Champagne-Dijon Vinaigrette

Prep time: 10 minutes
Servings: 6

Champagne-Dijon Vinaigrette:

  • 2          tablespoons champagne vinegar
  • 1          teaspoon Dijon Mustard
  • 1          tablespoon clover honey
  • 1/2       cup Carapelli Organic Olive Oil
  • 1/2       teaspoon garlic, minced
  • 1/2       teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4       teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1          teaspoon fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 1          teaspoon basil, finely chopped

 

  • 1          pound carrots, peeled and finely shredded
  • 2          tablespoons Italian parsley, chopped
  • 2          tablespoons chives, thinly sliced, plus more cut into 3/4-inch  pieces, for garnish
  • 1/3       cup Champagne Vinaigrette
  • fine sea salt, to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper,  to taste
  • chive sticks, for garnish
  1. In medium mixing bowl, combine champagne vinegar, Dijon and honey. Whisk constantly until well combined. While whisking, slowly drizzle in olive oil to emulsify. Add garlic, salt, pepper, parsley and basil: whisk to combine.
  2. In mixing bowl, toss carrots, parsley and chives. Add dressing. Season, to taste, with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. Garnish with chive sticks.

Notes: Vinaigrette can be stored in refrigerator up to five days. For zestier salad, add additional 2 tablespoons vinaigrette to carrots; serve with crusty bread.
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Whipped Ricotta and Goat Cheese Beet Skewers

Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 3 hours, plus cooling time
Servings: 42 skewers

Beets:

  • 2          beets (about 1 pound), 3 inches in diameter, peeled and sliced into 3/4-inch chunks
  • 1          tablespoon Carapelli Oro Verde Extra Virgin Olive Oil, plus more for drizzling
  • 1/2       teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
  • 1          teaspoon sea salt
  • arugula, for garnish
  • flaked sea salt, for garnish

Whipped Ricotta and Goat Cheese:

  • 4          ounces goat cheese
  • 1/4       cup whole milk ricotta cheese
  • 1          tablespoon Carapelli Oro Verde Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/4       teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1/8       teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/8       teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  1. Heat sous vide water bath to 185° F.
  2. In mixing bowl, combine beets, olive oil, thyme and salt; toss to coat. Remove beets from liquid and divide, placing them in single layer into two quart-sized vacuum-seal bags, leaving any excess liquid behind.
  3. Use vacuum sealer to remove air and double-seal bag. To use zip-top bags instead, slowly dip slightly open bags into large container filled with water, allowing water to displace air. Seal bags when air is removed.
  4. Place vacuum-sealed bag into prepared water bath, placing heavy, heat-resistant bowl on top of beets to keep them submerged, if necessary. Cook 3 hours.
  5. If you do not have a sous vide machine, bring large stock pot filled with water to rolling boil. Place vacuum-sealed bags in water. Reduce to gentle simmer, cover and cook 1 hour.
  6. Carefully remove beets from water bath and cool in sealed bag until they reach room temperature, about 30 minutes. Refrigerate at least 30 minutes more before serving.
  7. In mini food processor, cream goat cheese, ricotta and olive oil until smooth. Add zest, salt and pepper: stir to combine.
  8. Transfer cheese mixture to piping bag fitted with star tip and refrigerate until ready to use.
  9. To serve, remove beets from bag and arrange on serving platter. Pipe dollop of Whipped Ricotta and Goat Cheese onto each beet. Drizzle with olive oil.
  10. Garnish with arugula and pinch of flaked sea salt; place skewer through each beet to serve.

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Olive Oil Drizzled Pecorino Popcorn

Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 5 minutes
Servings: 4

  • 1/2       cup grated pecorino, plus more for garnish
  • 1/2       teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more for garnish
  • 3          tablespoons Carapelli Unfiltered Extra Virgin Olive Oil, divided
  • 1/3       cup yellow popcorn kernels
  1. In bowl, combine pecorino and pepper; mix until well combined and there are no cheese clumps.
  2. In small saucepan over low flame, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil; keep warm.
  3. Add remaining olive oil and popcorn to large Dutch oven. Stir until all popcorn kernels are coated in oil.
  4. Cover Dutch oven with lid and cook over medium-high heat, shaking pot periodically. Once popcorn begins to pop, lower heat to medium and continue to shake pot approximately every 15 seconds. When popping slows considerably, remove Dutch oven from heat and allow to rest until popping ceases, about 30 seconds.
  5. Remove lid and transfer popcorn to large mixing bowl. Drizzle warm olive oil over popcorn; toss to coat. Sprinkle cheese mixture over popcorn; toss to coat.
  6. Divide popcorn into bowls. Sprinkle some freshly grated pecorino and dash of freshly ground black pepper over top; serve.

Source:  Carapelli Olive Oil

Main Dishes 01 June 2016

Sweet Ways to Cook with Sweet Corn

(Family Features) Corn on the cob with some butter is a popular side dish, but there’s so much more you can do with fresh, juicy corn. These recipes make the most of sweet corn from Florida and will have your family asking for more.

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“Sweet corn is a really versatile ingredient,” said Justin Timineri, Executive Chef and Culinary Ambassador, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. “From fritters and soup to enchiladas and corn on the cob with some surprising toppings, there are plenty of ways to enjoy this healthful grain.”

Chef Justin’s Kitchen Tips for Kids
Get the kids involved in buying, prepping and cooking corn. Here’s what they need to know to help you in the kitchen:

  • Look for fresh sweet corn with the husk still attached. They should feel and look moist and plump, with the kernels inside fat and shiny. The silk of the corn should be a little sticky and should look glossy, stiff and moist.
  • To shuck: Grasp the husks and pull down to expose the kernels. Continue until all the husks and silk-like hairs have been removed.
  • To remove kernels: Hold corn cob upright by the tip, with the large end solidly down on the table. Take a small sharp knife and cut down, removing the corn kernels. Be careful not to cut too deep and remove parts of the cob.

To get more fresh ideas for cooking with corn, visit http://bit.ly/floridacorn.

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Sweet Corn with Southern BBQ Butter

Yield: 4 servings

  • 1/4 cup of your favorite barbecue sauce (sweet, spicy, etc.)
  • 1/4 stick butter
  • 4 ears fresh Florida sweet corn, shucked
  • Kosher salt and fresh ground pepper
  • Chives, for garnish
  1. Preheat oven broiler on high.
  2. Add barbecue sauce and butter to small saucepan.
  3. Stir over low heat until melted and smooth.
  4. Season corn lightly with salt and pepper. Place sweet corn in a medium-sized baking dish and pour barbecue mixture over sweet corn. Broil 4 inches from broiler, being sure to watch the whole time. Turn and baste for 6 to 8 minutes, or until golden.
  5. Garnish with chives. Serve warm.

Here are some other great ways to top Florida sweet corn on the cob:

  • Garlic and basil butter
  • Cilantro, lime and honey
  • Parmesan and pesto sauce
  • Cinnamon, sugar and butter

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Sweet Corn and Black Bean Enchiladas

Yield: 6 to 8 servings

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup onion, chopped
  • 1 cup fresh Florida sweet corn kernels
  • 2 bell peppers, diced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 1 can low sodium black beans,
  • rinsed and drained
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 10 6-inch corn tortillas
  • 2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese, divided
  • 1 8-ounce can enchilada sauce
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Lightly spray an 11 x 7-inch (2-quart) baking dish with pan release cooking spray.
  3. Add vegetable oil to a medium pan. Cook onion, corn and bell peppers over medium high heat for 3 minutes. Add cumin, salsa and black beans, and continue to cook for two minutes, stirring occasionally. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Remove pan from heat and let cool slightly.
  4. Place an even amount of the filling mixture in each tortilla. Using 1 cup shredded cheese, evenly distribute it on top of each tortilla. Carefully roll up each tortilla, and place seam side down in sprayed baking dish.
  5. Pour enchilada sauce over rolled enchiladas, spreading to coat all tortillas. Sprinkle with remaining 1 cup cheese.
  6. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until cheese is melted and sauce is bubbly around edges. Remove from oven and let cool slightly.
  7. Serve with diced avocado, salsa and sour cream, if desired.

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Sweet Corn and Ricotta Fritters

Yield: 4 to 6 servings

  • 2 ears fresh Florida sweet corn, kernels removed
  • 1/2 bunch fresh cilantro, chopped fine
  • 4 ounces low-fat ricotta cheese
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1/3 cup self-rising unbleached or whole-wheat flour
  • Kosher salt and fresh ground pepper
  • Olive oil (for shallow pan frying)
  1. In medium-sized bowl, combine corn, cilantro, ricotta, eggs, flour and a pinch of salt and pepper.
  2. Add a small amount of olive oil to a medium-high preheated sauté pan. Carefully add spoonfuls of corn mixture to hot pan. Cook on both sides until golden brown. Test the first done fritter, and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper. Serve with low-fat sour cream if desired.

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Sweet Corn and Tomato Bisque

Yield: 4 servings

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 onion, finely chopped
  • 4 ears fresh Florida sweet corn, kernels removed
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
  • 4 cups low-sodium broth (vegetable or chicken)
  • Kosher salt and fresh ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 2 medium tomatoes, coarsely chopped
  • 1 scallion, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon cilantro, finely chopped, plus more for garnish
  1. Melt butter in large, heavy pot. Add onion and cook over moderately high heat, stirring, until lightly browned, for about 6 to 7 minutes.
  2. Stir in corn and garlic, cooking until corn is lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Add broth and simmer until corn is tender, about 15 minutes. Lightly season with kosher salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Transfer half the soup into blender or food processor; purée until almost smooth. Add blended soup back into unblended soup; stir to combine.
  4. Add tomatoes, scallion and 1 tablespoon cilantro; bring to a boil. Serve hot and garnish with cilantro.

Source: Fresh From Florida

Healthy 19 December 2016

Smart Start

Breakfast recipes for a healthy New Year

(Family Features) A commitment to health and wellness means taking care of yourself and your family, exercising and eating right. The New Year is the perfect time to refocus your goals and make better health a priority.

A nutrient-rich breakfast can set you up for success each and every day. Dairy foods like milk, cheese and yogurt are good sources of high-quality protein, which is an essential part of a healthy diet. Protein serves as the building block for cells throughout the body and may aid in managing weight by helping you feel full.

By adding protein to your day, health and wellness goals can become easier to achieve. Daily protein needs should be met by spreading intake throughout the day in every meal and snack you eat. Not only does protein help satisfy hunger, which may aid in weight management, but it also helps preserve muscle.

No matter your breakfast style, dairy foods can enhance your dish. These recipes show how, from sweet to savory and cold to hot, your breakfast can be unique while providing high-quality nutrition in each bite. Learn more about the role of dairy in a healthy diet at MilkMeansMore.org.

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White Pizza Frittata

Recipe created by Rachel Cooks on behalf of Milk Means More
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 35 minutes
Servings: 8

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 large clove garlic, minced
  • 12 ounces frozen spinach, thawed and water pressed out
  • 12 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup skim milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
  • 3/4 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh basil
  • 1/2 cup shredded, part-skim mozzarella cheese
  1. Heat oven to 325° F.
  2. In oven-safe skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add garlic and cook 2 minutes, or until fragrant. Once garlic is fragrant, add spinach; break up to incorporate and heat.
  3. In medium bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, pepper, oregano, ricotta, Parmesan and basil.
  4. Add egg mixture to skillet, reduce heat to low and cook 1 minute, stirring gently. Move to oven and bake 25-30 minutes, or until eggs are almost completely set.
  5. Carefully remove from oven and add mozzarella. Return to oven and bake until mozzarella is melted, about 5 minutes.
  6. May be served hot, at room temperature or cold.

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Blueberry Buckwheat Pancakes

Recipe created by The Chef Next Door on behalf of Milk Means More
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4

  • 3/4 cup buckwheat flour
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 3/4 cups lactose-free, 2 percent milk
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups fresh blueberries, plus additional for topping (optional)
  • syrup (optional)
  1. In large bowl, whisk together flours, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In small bowl, beat eggs then add milk, oil and vanilla; mix well. Stir wet ingredients into dry ingredients and mix to combine.
  2. Heat griddle or large skillet over medium heat. Using 1/4 measuring cup, pour batter onto griddle. Gently place several blueberries all over surface of pancakes.
  3. Flip pancakes when bubbles start to form around edges and bottoms are golden brown. Cook on other side until golden brown, about 2 minutes. Remove to plate and cover to keep warm.
  4. Top pancakes with additional blueberries and syrup before serving, if desired.

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Huevos Rancheros Oats

Recipe created by Comfortably Domestic on behalf of Milk Means More
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
Servings: 2

Oats

  • 1 cup 2 percent milk
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats

Huevos Rancheros

  • 1/2 cup sweet onion, peeled and chopped
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons light olive oil
  • 1 can (10 ounces) diced tomatoes with green chilies
  • 1/4 teaspoon chipotle chili powder
  • 2 eggs
  • kosher salt
  • black pepper
  • 1/4 cup sharp cheddar cheese, freshly grated
  1. In medium saucepan over medium-high heat, bring milk, water and salt to boil. Stir in oats. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer oats, stirring occasionally, 4 minutes. Remove oats from heat and place lid on saucepan. Set aside.
  2. In nonstick skillet over medium heat, saute onion in olive oil until soft, about 4 minutes. Stir canned tomatoes with green chilies and chipotle chili powder into onions to combine. Continue to heat salsa to boil, about 1 minute. Make two wells in middle of tomato salsa. Crack eggs into wells. Season eggs with salt and pepper, to taste. Cover skillet and poach eggs in salsa to desired doneness; about 3-4 minutes.
  3. Divide oats evenly between two bowls. Spoon eggs and salsa over oats. Serve immediately with cheddar cheese.

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Ricotta and Fig Oatmeal

Recipe created by Foxes Love Lemons on behalf of Milk Means More
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 3 minutes
Servings: 1

  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons ricotta cheese
  • 2 dried figs, halved
  • 1 tablespoon sliced almonds
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  1. In microwave-safe bowl, stir together milk, oats and salt. Microwave on high 2 1/2 minutes, or until oats are tender and most liquid is absorbed.
  2. Remove bowl from microwave; stir in ricotta. To serve, top with figs and almonds, and drizzle with honey.

Source: United Dairy Industry of Michigan

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