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Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Happy Holidays

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"A lovely thing about Christmas is that it's compulsory, like a 

thunderstorm, and we all go through it together."

 -Garrison 

Keillor



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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Abbecedario culinario della Comunità europea / European Community Culinary ABC

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As Italian singer and songwriter Francesco De Gregori would say “at the end of a journey there is always a new journey to start”, so after our past travel throughout Italy –  from Aosta to Zocca, via Domodossola, down to Napoli and then further down to Siracusa and then back to Trieste –  we are not at all tired, but rather, we feel like packing our virtual suitcase again and pick up our real ladle.
That’s right, in the new year, the ABC will take us through the Europe of the European Community, which is made up of 27 nations, or 26 + 1, i.e., a nation for each letter of the alphabet plus Italy, widely represented by the Italian Culinary ABC that just ended. And if you still do not believe it, here is the map!
Since we like company, and last year experience confirmed that the trip was less tiring thanks to it, a different blog will host each letter, but there are also some other novelties so here are the rules :
  • Each letter is associated with a traditional dish of a country of the European Community;
  • Each letter is hosted by a different blog;
  • The guest blog publishes the recipe corresponding to the letter;
  • Other blogs who wish to travel with us will publish a recipe – other than that of the host blog! – chosen from the traditional dishes of the nation hosted.
If you wish to participate, remember the 4W rule:
  • WHEN: letter and nation will change every 3 weeks;
  • WHAT: you can publish any recipe of the nation represented by that letter (the recipe itself can start with any letter!), except the recipe published by the hosting blog;
  • WHERE: publish the recipe on your blog, then leave a comment to the hosting blog with a link to your own post;
  • WHO: anyone with a blog can take part, the more the merrier.  It would be great to travel to as many of the different nations together, but you can also participate for just one letter, or every other one, or even just the odd month!
It is still unclear? Here’s an example:
On January 7, Mony of Gata da Plar will begin our journey by hosting the letter A with the recipe Appeltart, representing the Netherlands. There will then be 3 weeks to publish any recipe from the Netherlands that is not the Appeltart. Once published, you will leave the link to your post in a comment to Mony’s original post.
Well, now everything should be reasonably clear, so you are ready for the list of the letters, recipes, nations, and hosting blogs.
  • A like Appeltart
    • Country: Netherlands
    • Hosting blogGata da plar
    • Time span: January 7-27, 2013
  • B like Bryndzové halušky
    • Country: Slovakia
    • Hosting blogCrumpets & Co.
    • Time span: January 28-February 17, 2013
  • C like Canja 
    • Country: Portugal
    • Hosting blog:    Melgranata.it
    • Time span: February 18-March 10, 2013
  • D like Drob
  • E like Escargot
  • F like Frikadeller
  • G like Gulash
    • Country: Hungary
    • Hosting blogCindystar
    • Time span: May 13-June 2, 2013
  • H like Hong am Rèisleck
    • Country: Luxembourg
    • Hosting bloggirlichef
    • Time span: June 3-23, 2013
  • I like Irish stew
    • Country: Ireland
    • Hosting blogThe dreaming seed
    • Time span: June 24-July 14, 2013
  • J like Jacket potatoes
    • Country: UK
    • Hosting blogFood 4 thought
    • Time span: July 15-August 4, 2013
  • K like Kalakukko
  • L like Laxpudding
  • M like Moussaka
  • N like Njoki
    • Country: Slovenia
    • Hosting blogTutto a occhio 
    • Time span: October 7-27, 2013
  • O like Orsotto
    • Country: Estonia
    • Hosting blogCafe Lynnylu
    • Time span: October  28-November 17, 2013
  • P like Paella
    • Country: Spain
    • Hosting blogBurro e Zucchero
    • Time span: November 18-December 8, 2013
  • Q like Quarkkäulchen
    • Country: Germany
    • Hosting blogBriciole
    • Time span: December 9-29, 2013
  • R like Ross Fil-Forno
  • S like Sachertorte
    • Country: Austria
    • Hosting blogTorte e dintorni
    • Time span: January 20-February 9, 2014
  • T like Trdlo
    • Country: Czech Republic
    • Hosting blogRicette di cultura
    • Time span: February 10-March 2, 2014
  • U like Undens Klinger
    • Country: Latvia
    • Hosting blogBriggis'home
    • Time span: March 03-23, 2014
  • V like Vedarai
    • Country: Lithuania
    • Hosting blogMestolando
    • Time span: March 24-April 13, 2014
  • W like Waterzooi
  • X like Xirotigani
  • Y like Yahni
    • Country: Bulgaria
    • Hosting blogNastro di Raso
    • Time span: May 26-June 15, 2014
  • Z like Żurek
    • Country: Poland
    • Hosting blogCucina Precaria
    • Time span: June 16-July 6, 2014
No one stands to win anything but many smiles … and if you like our smiles, follow us onFacebook!

Ho anche io il il piacere di annunciare alla blogsfera un nuovo entusiasmante viaggio culinario che inizier√† il 7 Gennaio 2013 e a cui parteciper√≤!

L'ABBECEDARIO CULINARIO
DELLA COMUNITÀ EUROPEA

Come direbbe De Gregori "alla fine di un viaggio c'√® sempre un viaggio da ricominciare" e cos√¨ dopo aver percorso la nostra Italia in lungo e in largo, da Aosta a Zocca, passando per Domodossola,  scendendo a Napoli e poi ancora pi√π gi√π sino a Siracusa per poi risalire a Trieste, non siamo per niente stanchi e abbiamo ancora voglia di preparare la nostra valigia virtuale e di prendere in mano il nostro mestolo reale!

Avete capito bene, quest'anno l'abbecedario ci porterà in Europa, l'Europa della Comunità Europea, quella composta da 27 stati, ovvero 26 + 1, ovvero uno stato per lettera più la nostra Italia, ampiamente rappresentata dall'Abbecedario Culinario d'Italia appena conclusosi. E se ancora non ci credete, ecco la mappa!


Siccome ci piace la compagnia e l'anno scorso il viaggio è stato meno faticoso perché percorso assieme, anche quest'anno spetterà a un blog diverso ospitare ciascuna lettera, però c'è qualche novità e allora eccovi tutte le regole, da leggere attentamente:
  • Ogni lettera √® associata a un piatto tipico di una nazione della Comunit√† Europea;
  • Ogni lettera √® ospitata da un blog diverso;
  • Il blog ospite pubblica la ricetta corrispondente alla sua lettera;
  • Gli altri blog che vogliono partecipare pubblicano una ricetta --diversa da quella del blog ospite!-- tra le ricette tipiche della nazione ospitata.
Pi√π brevemente, se volete partecipare ricordatevi la regola delle 4W:
  • WHEN: ogni 3 settimane esce una lettera;
  • WHAT: potete pubblicare una qualsiasi ricetta della nazione rappresentata da quella lettera (la ricetta pu√≤ iniziare con qualsiasi lettera!), eccetto la ricetta pubblicata dal blog ospite;
  • WHERE: la ricetta la pubblicate nel vostro blog e poi lasciate il link al blog ospite come commento al suo post di apertura;
  • WHO: chiunque abbia un blog pu√≤ partecipare, pi√π siamo e pi√π ci divertiamo quindi sarebbe fantastico fare pi√π tappe possibili tutti assieme, ma potete partecipare anche solo per una lettera, anche una lettera s√¨ e una no, anche solo i mesi dispari!
Non è ancora chiaro? Ecco un esempio:
Il 7 Gennaio Mony del blog Gata da Plar inizierà ospitando la lettera A con la ricetta della Appeltart che rappresenterà i Paesi Bassi. Da quel momento ci saranno 3 settimane di tempo per pubblicare una qualsiasi ricetta dei Paesi Bassi che non sia la Appeltart. Una volta pubblicata, lascerete il link come commento al post di Mony.

Bene, ora dovrebbe essere tutto chiaro e quindi siete pronti per l'elenco delle lettere, ovvero delle ricette, ovvero delle nazioni, ovvero dei blog ospite!
  • A come Appeltart
    • Nazione: Paesi bassi
    • Blog ospite: Gata da plar
    • Periodo: dal 07/01/13 al 27/01/13
  • B come Bryndzov√© halu≈°ky
    • Nazione: Slovacchia
    • Blog ospite: Crumpets & Co.
    • Periodo: dal 28/01/13 al 17/02/13 
  • C come Canja 
    • Nazione: Portogallo
    • Blog ospite: La melagranata
    • Periodo: dal 18/02/13 al 10/03/13 
  • D come Drob
  • E come Escargot
  • F come Frikadeller
  • G come Gulash
    • Nazione: Ungheria
    • Blog ospiteCindystar
    • Periodo: dal 13/05/13 al 02/06/13
  • H come Hong am R√®isleck
    • Nazione: Lussemburgo
    • Blog ospite: Girli chef
    • Periodo: dal 03/06/13 al 23/06/13 
  • I come Irish stew
    • Nazione: Irlanda
    • Blog ospite: The dreaming seed
    • Periodo: dal 24/06/13 al 14/07/13 
  • J come Jacket potatoes
    • Nazione: Regno Unito 
    • Blog ospiteFood 4 thought
    • Periodo: dal 15/07/13 al 04/08/13 
  • K come Kalakukko
  • L come Laxpudding
  • M come Moussaka
  • N come Njoki
    • Nazione: Slovenia
    • Blog ospiteTutto a occhio 
    • Periodo: dal 07/10/13 al 27/10/13 
  • O come Orsotto
    • Nazione: Estonia
    • Blog ospite: Cafe Lynnylu
    • Periodo: dal  28/10/13 al 17/11/13 
  • P come Paella
    • Nazione: Spagna
    • Blog ospiteBurro e Zucchero
    • Periodo: dal 18/11/13 al 08/12/13 
  • Q come Quarkk√§ulchen
    • Nazione: Germania
    • Blog ospiteBriciole
    • Periodo: dal 09/12/13 al 29/12/13 
  • R come Ross Fil-Forno
  • S come Sachertorte
    • Nazione: Austria
    • Blog ospiteTorte e dintorni
    • Periodo: dal 20/01/14 al 09/02/14 
  • T come Trdlo
    • Nazione: Repubblica Ceca
    • Blog ospite: Ricette di cultura
    • Periodo: dal 10/02/14 al 02/03/14 
  • U come Undens Klinger
    • Nazione: Lettonia
    • Blog ospiteBriggis'home
    • Periodo: dal 03/03/14 al 23/03/14
  • V come Vedarai
    • Nazione: Lituania
    • Blog ospite: Mestolando
    • Periodo: dal 24/03/14 al 13/04/14
  • W come Waterzooi
  • X come Xirotigani
  • Y come Yahni
    • Nazione: Bulgaria
    • Blog ospite: Nastro di Raso
    • Periodo: dal 26/05/14 al 15/06/14 
  • Z come ≈ªurek
    • Nazione: Polonia
    • Blog ospite: Cucina Precaria
    • Periodo: dal 16/06/14 al  06/07/14
Ricordatevi, non si vince niente ma si regalano tanti sorrisi... e se vi piacciono i nostri sorrisi, seguiteci anche su Facebook!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Black and White Wednesday-Christmas Edition

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Out of Focus Circles of Christmas Tree Lights
Peppermint Patties


Candlelight

This is my contribution to the Christmas edition of Black and White Wednesday hosted by Cinzia of
CindyStar Blog and who also manages BWW. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from me to you!














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Friday, December 14, 2012

Glazed Coconut Pound Cake

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While unpacking my too large a collection of cookbooks, I came across a tattered and stained cookbook 
that my mother had given me early in my married life. I had forgotten about it, but as I flipped through the pages, I remembered making so many of the recipes-summer chicken with peas and new potatoes, a  simple one skillet meal bright with fresh peas and thyme, a strawberry satin pie, a creamy vanilla filled pie glistening with glazed strawberries and homemade burger buns-I had forgotten how much I liked these and now that I have just bought an electric meat grinder, I will make these again.

Entitled "Informal Entertaining Country Style", edited by Nell B. Nichols, food editor for Farm Journal magazine, the book is geared toward entertaining country style taking advantage of the fresh produce that farmers harvest along with their cash crops of soybeans, wheat and the like. Ms. Nichols writes, "the trend to easy, casual living is changing the lifestyle of all America. Growing interest even among urban dwellers in the good earth and its produce is making country-style cooking and hospitality the popular way to welcome guests". 

Things haven't really changed since 1973 when this cookbook was written. Farmers' Markets abound,  as well as home gardens and allotments or community gardens where for a fee one can rent a space in which to grow fruits, flowers and vegetables.
Divided into chapters with meals for entertaining mid-morning, midday, supper, and special occasions, the dishes are colorful, made from scratch and uses seasonal foods. The book is now out of print, but possibly can be found herehere and here.
This glazed coconut pound cake is an old favorite from the cookbook. I've adapted the recipe decreasing the flour to 2 cups, adding more vanilla extract, plus coconut liqueur instead of the lemon extract. The original recipe served the coconut pound cake with lemon, but I made a glaze instead. The pound cake is very moist with a fine texture as pound cakes should be.

Glazed Coconut Pound Cake

Cake

2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
2 cups sugar
5 large eggs, room temperature
1 cup milk
1-1/3 cups sweetened flaked coconut, toasted, if desired
1 tablespoon coconut liqueur
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Glaze
2 tablespoons unsweetened coconut milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla or coconut extract
1/2-1 cup confectioners' sugar
1/3 cup coconut, toasted, if desired

Preheat oven to 335°F. Grease and lightly flour a 10 cup tube or bundt pan. Set aside.

Whisk flour, baking powder and salt together. Set aside. In a separate bowl, cream butter and eggs until light and fluffy, stopping occasionally to scrape the mixture down from the sides of the mixing bowl. Add eggs one at a time, mixing well between additions. Add in the milk, coconut, coconut liqueur and vanilla extract, mixing well. Add flour 1 cup at a time, mixing just to incorporate.

Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake about 1 hour, or until golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool for 15 minutes before turning out on a rack to cool. Meanwhile, make the glaze by combining the coconut milk, vanilla or coconut extract. Mix in the coconut. Pour glaze over cake. Serves 8-10.


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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Black and White Wednesday- Coconuts

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"The coconut trees, lithe and graceful, crowd the beach like a minuet of slender elderly virgins adopting 
flippant poses"  ~William Manchester~


Coconut Halves-Topaz BW Effects
Another quote, one of my favorites from Monty Python and the Holy Grail

"'What? Ridden on a horse?'
'Yes'
'You're using coconuts!'
'What?'
"You've got two empty halves of coconuts and you're banging them together!'
'So?'"

Coconut Halves SOOC

This is my contribution to Black and White Wednesday # 62 created by lovely and talented Susan of The Well-Seasoned Cook and who is also host for this edition of BWW.  Susan has handed the management of this event over to the equally lovely and talented Cinzia of Cindy Star Blog.


















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Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Breakfast-Black and White Wednesday

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My Breakfast Today 
Playing around with my breakfast this morning-fried egg over cornbread bruschetta with pan-grilled Campari tomatoes. Three of the four photos were taken with my iPhone using the Camera + with the Contessa black and white filter. The fourth photo was taken with my Canon 5D Mark 11 and processed in Topaz BW Effects. Can you guess which photo was shot with my DSLR?
Campari Tomatoes

Eggs in Cast Iron

This is my contribution to Black and White Wednesday #61, this week hosted by Rosa of Rosa's Yummy Yums. Black and White Wednesday is now organized by Cindy of Cindy Star Blog.

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