Dark Chocolate Strawberry Italian Cheesecake…Merry Christmas And Happy 2019!

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Christmas is coming and so the new year. I want to dedicate this scrumptious dessert to those who have supported my culinary adventures during the 2018! This cake is for you, for all of your support and passion for the authentic Italian food.

I’ve realized this dark chocolate strawberry Italian cheesecake by using some of my favorite products: flour type 00 Mulino Caputo, ricotta and mascarpone Di Stefano Cheese and strawberries in syrup Fabbri.

A huge thanks to:

Bertozzi America

Camp’oro Pasta

Colavita

Di Stefano Cheese

Fabbri 1905

Mulino Caputo

Mutti Pomodoro

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from A Queen In The Kitchen!!!

Photo Credits: Ale Gambini-A Queen In The Kitchen

INGREDIENTS

For the pastry shell:

2 cups flour type 00

1 cup + 3 tbsp powdered sugar

2/3 cup unsalted butter

2 eggs

2 tsp vanilla baking powder

one pinch of salt

For the filling:

7 oz ricotta cheese

16 oz mascarpone cheese

6 tbsp granulated sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 egg

1/2 cup dark chocolate chunks

strawberries (I’ve used jarred strawberries in syrup)

Rosemary sprigs, berries, gold leaf and powdered sugar to garnish

DIRECTIONS

Prepare the shell by working all the ingredients by hand until a soft dough form.

Grease a 9 inch springform cake pan.

Roll the dough between two layers of parchment paper then carefully place the dough into the pan, covering bottom and sides. Pinch with a fork the dough. Place it in the fridge.

Meanwhile prepare the filling by mixing ricotta and mascarpone until blended. Add the sugar and continue to mix. Add vanilla extract and the egg. Mix thoroughly until a silky cream form.

Remove the cake pan from the fridge, spread half of the cream over the bottom of the pastry shell. Garnish with strawberries and chocolate chunks. Cover with the remaining cream and sprinkle with more chocolate chunks.

Bake in a preheated oven at 350F degrees for 45 minutes.

Allow to cool and set in its pan on a wire rack.

Garnish with rosemary sprigs, berries, gold leaf and dust with powdered sugar.

Torta Della Nonna…Happy Thanksgiving!

Torta della Nonna (Grandma’s Tart), the typical tart from Tuscany filled with custard cream and topped with pine nuts, will be on our table tomorrow to celebrate family, friends and everything we should be thankful for.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your loved ones from #aqueeninthekitchen 🙏

Panna Cotta Brain…Happy Halloween!

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Tomorrow’s HALLOWEEN and that’s my treat for you all, a delicious brain-shaped Panna Cotta, drizzled with strawberry syrup and served along with mini marshmallows. This recipe is very simple, you’ll only need a brain gelatin mold and lot of heavy whipping cream. To make it tastier and creepier, I’ve inserted in the Panna Cotta a syringe filled with strawberry syrup.

Keep it always simple, scary and delicious.

Happy Halloween from your Queen In The Kitchen and family!

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Photo Credits: Ale Gambini – Maurizio “Otto” De Togni

INGREDIENTS

6 tbsp cold water

6 tsp powdered gelatin

4 cups heavy whipping cream

3/4 cup granulated sugar

1 tbsp vanilla extract

strawberry syrup, to drizzle

mini marshmallows, to garnish

DIRECTIONS

Bloom the gelatin in cold water. Set aside.

In a medium saucepan, combine heavy whipping cream and sugar and heat until bubbles forms around the rim. Add the vanilla extract and gelatin and stir until the gelatin is dissolved.

Remove from heat and pour the mixture into the brain mold. Allow to cool off then place in the refrigerator overnight.

Unmold the panna Cotta it into a plate, drizzle with strawberry syrup and garnish with mini marshmallows.

A Queen In The Kitchen – Estate Italiana: Osteria Passatelli (Ravenna, Italy)

Romagna cuisine is HEAVEN, so when in Ravenna remember to stop at Osteria Passatelli. Established in Ravenna in 1962, Osteria Passatelli is nestled inside an old movie theater. Great food and good selection of wines in a unique location.

In this new episode of A Queen In The Kitchen I’ll take you inside the heart of Passatelli, the kitchen, for showing how CAPPELLETTI RAVENNATI (typical ravioli from the city Ravenna) are made by two authentic Italian SFOGLINE (Egg Pasta Masters).

Buona Estate!

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The beautiful decor at Osteria Passatelli.

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Pasta asciutta menu at Passatelli is too die for!

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Tagliere di Salumi & Formaggi.

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Passatelli in broth, typical dish from Emilia Romagna.

Ale Gambini (Host, Author, Editor)

Maurizio OTTO De Togni (Executive Producer, Original Music, Video Maker, Photo).

Produced by: BreadLoveAndDreams and SuperOttO Publishing Copyright © 2018. All Rights Reserved.

Sunday Sept 30th, 1.15-2pm, I will be presenting my cookbook: “A Queen In The Kitchen” @ The Los Angeles CHOCOLATE SALON 2018, !!! See you there !!!

Ale Gambini presents her cookbook:

“A Queen In The Kitchen”

Sunday Sept 30th, 1.15-2pm

Taste & Experience the finest in artisan, gourmet & premium chocolate.

The Los Angeles CHOCOLATE SALON on its 12th Anniversary excites fans and thrills tastebuds in September 30, 2018

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CLICK HERE TO BUY TICKETS:

 

DATE AND TIME

Sun, September 30, 2018

11:00 AM – 5:00 PM PDT

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LOCATION

Pasadena Center

300 E Green Street

Pasadena, CA 91101

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A Queen In The Kitchen – Estate Italiana: Ravenna

Ravenna is Italy’s city of mosaics, named by UNESCO world heritage.

Watch the new episode of A Queen In the Kitchen-Estate Italiana and discover one of the most beautiful Italian city and why Ravenna should be included in your next trip to Italy:

Five of these beauties can be visited by purchasing a combination ticket €9.50 (€8.50 for children) , one is free and the remaining two have their own visiting options.

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  • Mosaics

Mosaics are literally everywhere, from the ancient sites to charming little shops and laboratories where to learn the Art of Mosaic. Annafietta is one of them, in the city center of Ravenna,

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  • Food and Wine

Romagna cuisine is delicious and I highly suggest to have lunch/dinner at Osteria Passatelli. Established in 1962 the city center of Ravenna, Osteria Passatelli is nestled inside an old movie theater. Great food and good selection of wines in a unique location.

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  • Marina di Ravenna

Founded in the 1930s, Marina di Ravenna is a lively beach town and a very popular tourist destination for families and young ones. This small town offers well-equipped beach establishments, hotels, beach clubs and great seafood restaurants.

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  • Ravenna Festival

The Ravenna Festival is a summer music and art festival held in Ravenna during the June and July. The most prestigious conductors have appeared in this world-class Festival (Riccardo Muti, Zubin Metha, Lorin Mazel).

Buona Estate!

Credits:

Ale Gambini (Host, Author, Editor)

Maurizio OTTO De Togni (Executive Producer, Original Music, Video Maker, Photo).

Produced by: BreadLoveAndDreams and SuperOttO Publishing Copyright © 2018. All Rights Reserved.

A Queen In The Kitchen – Estate Italiana: FICO Eataly World (Bologna)

FICO, acronym for Fabbrica Italiana Contadina (Italian Peasant Factory) and literally fig or cool! (Italian expression), is THE WORLD’S LARGEST AGRI-FOOD PARK in beautiful Bologna (Emilia-Romagna)

100.000 square meters of authentic Italian agri-food related stuff including :

  • shops and marketplace
  • 40 eating points
  • 40 farming factories
  • 6 multimedia carousels
  • 6 classrooms
  • theater and cinema
  • 2 hectares of fields and stables
  • 1 congress center

FICO is HUGE and the best way to explore it is to rent at the entrance the FICO bike, a Bianchi tricycle provided with two shopping baskets.

If you are planning to visit Bologna, the capital of the Emilia Romagna region, don’t forget to plan a whole day at FICO.

Buona Estate!

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Majestic entrance at FICO Eataly World .

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Red Hot Chili Pepper sculpture in the parking lot.

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Best way to visit FICO is to rent a FICO Bike.

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Neapolitan Pizza at ROSSOPOMODORO.

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Italian Gelato Workshops at Gelato University Carpigiani.

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Traditional Sicilian pastries at Pasticceria Palazzolo.

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Outstanding Italian rice at Grandi Riso spot.

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Huge selection of Italian wines.

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Balsamic Vinegar of Modena, shop and tasting.

IMG_2032Authentic Italian restaurants and bistros a go-go.

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One of my favorite spot at FICO: Librerie COOP bookstore.

Credits:

Ale Gambini (Host, Author, Editor)

Maurizio OTTO De Togni (Executive Producer, Original Music, Video Maker, Photo).

Produced by: BreadLoveAndDreams and SuperOttO Publishing Copyright © 2018. All Rights Reserved.