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White Grapefruit Tiramisù….Welcome Summer!

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I’m welcoming the summer 2017 with a tangy version of the classic Tiramisù. This recipe works great with any citrus fruits (grapefruits, lemons, limes) or with Limoncello, the lemon liqueur originated from Sorrento (Almafi coast). This dessert is a great idea for entertaining your guests on a warm summer night and remember, it will taste even better if prepared one day ahead.

Have a boost of vitamin C and a splash of summer with the white grapefruit Tiramisù.

Buon Appetito!

Photo by Ale Gambini – A Queen In The Kitchen

Servings : 6

Difficulty : easy

Prep Time : 20 min. plus 2 hours chilling in the fridge

 

INGREDIENTS

1 white grapefruit

2 eggs, separated

7 tablespoons caster sugar

8 ounces fresh mascarpone cheese

3/4 cup heavy whipping cream

1 cup water

7 ounces savoiardi (Italian ladyfingers)

 

DIRECTIONS

Wash, dry and grate half of the peel of the white grapefruit, then squeeze out the juice of the whole grapefruit. Set aside.

In a large mixing bowl beat the egg yolks and 5 tablespoons of sugar with a hand mixer until creamy.

Add the mascarpone cheese and continue to beat until incorporated.

In a second mixing bowl, whip the egg whites until stiff then gently fold into the mascarpone cream.

In a third mixing bowl, whip the chilled heavy whipping cream until stiff then fold into the mascarpone cream.

Stir in the grated grapefruit peel.

Pour the grapefruit juice and 1 cup of water into a rim soup plate, add the remaining 2 tablespoons of sugar and stir until dissolved.

Spoon the bottom of a baking dish with a little amount of the mascarpone cream.

Dip briefly the ladyfingers (one at the time) into the grapefruit and water mixture, then squeeze out the excess of liquid.

Make a layer of dipped ladyfingers into the baking dish then spoon evenly half of the mascarpone cream over the ladyfingers.

Make another layer of dipped ladyfingers, spoon evenly the remaining mascarpone cream over the ladyfingers.

Cover the grapefruit tiramisu’ tightly with cling wrap and allow to rest in the fridge at least 2 hours before serving.

Serve garnished with grapefruit slices.

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A Queen In The Kitchen Online Food Program

Get inspired by A Queen In The Kitchen online food program, and learn how to prepare authentic healthy Italian dishes (Ragu’, Meatballs, Bruschetta…). Step by step, easy to follow video recipes suitable for all levels home cooks, food enthusiasts and Italian food lovers.

A Queen In The Kitchen Online Food Program is available on You Tube and Vimeo.

…don’t forget to subscribe to A Queen In The Kitchen You Tube Channel (it’s free!).

Buon Appetito!

 

 

Credits:
Ale Gambini (Host, Chef, Author)
Maurizio OTTO De Togni (Executive Producer, Music, Photo)
Mirko “Mirakle” Urania (Director, Video Maker, Editor, Photo)
Produced by: BreadLoveAndDreams and SuperOttO Publishing
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Coconut Sicilian Granita

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Granita is a traditional semi-frozen Italian dessert from the ravishing Island of Sicily. The Sicilian granita is usually prepared with water, sugar, fruit juice ( lemon, orange, mandarin ) or other ingredients such as almonds, pistachios, coffee, cocoa, coconut or jasmine. It is traditionally served in a transparent glass and accompanied by the typical brioche col tuppo, an oval-shaped bread topped with a hemispherical ball (tuppo). During the Arab rule in Sicily, the Arabs introduced on the Island the ancestor of the granita : the sherbet, an iced drink flavored with fruit juice or rose water. Afterwards the Sicilians developed the sherbet recipe collecting the snow on Mount Etna, Mountains Peloritani, Iblei and Nebrodi on the nivieri, (stone buildings erected over natural or artificial caves) and using the collected ice covered with fruit syrups or flowers as a refreshing treat during the Summer. Since 2012, in the beautiful city of Acireale (Sicily), takes place the Nivarata a festival dedicated to “the rite of Granita Siciliana”. This festival has been named after theNivaroli, the people that in the past were in charge of collecting the snow.

Buon Appetito!

 

Photo by Ale Gambini – A Queen In The Kitchen

INGREDIENTS

1 cup caster sugar

1  1.4 cups spring water

2 cups coconut milk

2 teaspoons rose water

chopped pistachios, for garnish

DIRECTIONS

In a medium sauce pan, put the water and the sugar and cook at low heat until the sugar dissolves. Allow to cool completely.

Transfer the cooled water and sugar mixture into a pitcher or a quart measuring cup then add the coconut milk and the rose water. Stir well.

Pour the mixture into an ice cream maker and churn for about 20 minutes.

Serve right away in transparent glasses, sprinkled with chopped pistachios on top.

A Queen In The Kitchen : Ragu’

Ragu’, the Italian meat sauce, is undoubtably one the most famous condiments of the Italian cuisine. Every family has its own recipe usually handed down for generations by grandmothers. In today’s episode of A Queen In the Kitchen I’ll show how to prepare my Nonna Fernanda’s ragu’.

Another recipe homemade, simple and delicious I have included in my very first cookbook A Queen In The Kitchen.

Buon Appetito!

…and if you like it, please subscribe to A Queen In The Kitchen You Tube Channel (it’s free!).

Buon Appetito!

Ragu'

INGREDIENTS

5 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

2 tablespoons unsalted butter

onion, carrot and celery, finely chopped

30 oz tomato sauce (vine ripened tomatoes)

1/2 pound ground beef

1/2 pound ground pork

salt and pepper, to taste

fresh basil (washed and dried)

DIRECTIONS

In a medium heavy-bottomed saucepan, put oil, butter, chopped vegetables and sauté until the onion became golden,

Reduce the heat then add the ground meats and cook briefly.

Add the tomato sauce, salt and pepper to taste and fresh basil.

Reduce the heat at low, cover the pan partially with the lid and allow to cook at least one hour. Remember to stir frequently. If the sauce becomes too thick add a a glass of warm water.

Toss over your favorite shape of pasta, homemade gnocchi or use it for preparing lasagne.

#ragu #aqueeninthekitchen #italianfood

 

Credits:
Ale Gambini (Host, Chef, Author)
Maurizio OTTO De Togni (Executive Producer, Music, Photo)
Mirko “Mirakle” Urania (Director, Video Maker, Editor, Photo)
Produced by: BreadLoveAndDreams and SuperOttO Publishing
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Pasta Sauces Cooking Class

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Calling all the pasta lovers in LA!!!

Join me for a fun and delicious cooking class at the Italian Cultural Institute of Los Angeles and learn how to prepare the best Italian pasta sauces with the finest ingredients (Parmigiano Reggiano Bertozzi, Pasta Zara) :

CARBONARA

PESTO

RAGU’

ARRABBIATA

Saturday, JUNE 17, 2017
10:30 AM – 1 PM
Italian Cultural Institute
1023 Hilgard Avenue – LA 90024
Space is limited! RSVP required
please call 310-824-7408 or email to classes.iicla@esteri.it to register 

 

Eat well, be happy!

#aqueeninthekitchen #pasta #losangeles #bertozziamerica

A Queen In The Kitchen : Besciamella

The new episode of A Queen In the Kitchen is now up!

Watch me preparing Besciamella (Béchamel Sauce), the white sauce made from a roux of butter, flour and milk. Even though it is considered a French sauce, it first appeared in Italian cookbooks. It is said that was invented by Marquis Louis de Bechamel (1603–1703), a 17th century financier who held the honorary post of chief steward of King Louis XIV’s (1643-1715) household.

Besciamella is the key ingredient of many Italian dishes : Lasagne, Cannelloni, Crespelle,  Vegetables au gratin, Paste Pasticciate…

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…and if you like it, please subscribe to A Queen In The Kitchen You Tube Channel (it’s free!).

Buon Appetito!

Credits:
Ale Gambini (Host, Chef, Author)
Maurizio OTTO De Togni (Executive Producer, Music, Photo)
Mirko “Mirakle” Urania (Director, Video Maker, Editor, Photo)
Produced by: BreadLoveAndDreams and SuperOttO Publishing
Copyright © 2017. All Rights Reserved.

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Get Inspired By A Queen In The Kitchen And Win A Flight To Italy!!!

I’m flattered to be part of the #ExtraordinaryItalianTaste Photo Contest promoted by the Consulate General of Italy in Los Angeles in celebration of the “Festa Nazionale” (Italian National Day – June 2nd 2017). Take inspiration from one the A Queen In The Kitchen video recipes for a chance to win a flight to Italy!

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On the occasion of this special event, I’m sharing two of my favorite desserts :

Crema al Mascarpone

Colombine Di Pasqua

Get inspired by me or by the other outstanding chefs : Amy Riolo, Drago Brothers and il Fornaio  Beverly Hills.

To Enter The Contest :

1. Prepare an Italian dish that you consider to be the most representative of the rich Italian Culinary heritage. (For ideas and suggestions countless videos of Italian chefs are freely available online. Some of them are linked on the left of this page).

2. Take a picture of the dish you prepared and post it on Twitter or Facebook including a brief description and the hashtag #June2LA2017.

3. Tag us @ItalyinLA (Twitter) or @conslosangeles (Facebook).

4. Have your friends and followers like/share/retweet your post as much as you can.

5. The posts that prove most popular will win one of the following prizes:

– 1 flight to Rome (Courtesy of Protravel Internationa)

– Italian Sport Cars Driving Experiences in Las Vegas (courtesy of Dream Racing)

– Subscriptions to “L’Italo Americano” online edition

or visit

Consulate General of Italy in Los Angeles

BUONA FORTUNA!!!