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And The Winner Is…

Congratulations to Mary Beth Huddleston, the lucky winner of a fantastic Fabbri 1905 Gif Box.

Thank you all for entering the giveaway and Happy Holidays!!!

Giveaway courtesy of Fabbri USA

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Buon Natale! The Festive Table Cooking Class

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Join me Saturday, December 9th, 2017 – 10.30am to 1.00pm at the IIC Los Angeles as I’ll have the pleasure to prepare with all the attendees an authentic Italian Festive Dinner. 

All the participants will also recieve a complimentary jar of Amarena Fabbri courtesy of Fabbri1905 and a Bertozzi parmigiano fridge magnet courtesy of Bertozzi America.

Pandoro Loison courtesy of Sorrento Market.

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Menu’

Cocktail di Gamberetti – Shrimp Cocktail

Strudel Salato – Potato and Zucchini Savory Strudel

Cannelloni Ripieni – Ricotta and Spinach Cannelloni

Albero di Pandoro con Crema Chantilly – Italian Sweet Bread with Chantilly Cream

 

Fee: $60.00 (IIC members)/$65.00 (non-members)

To register call – (310) 824-7408

#aqueeninthekitchen #iicla #cookingclass #christmas #italianfood

Photo credits: Mirko Miracle Urania and Maurizio “OttO” De Togni

Fabbri 1905 Giveaway + Millefoglie Amarena Cream And Chocolate Sauce

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I’m thrilled to announce this Holiday Season giveaway, courtesy of Fabbri USA.

Fabbri 1905 is a family-owned company that was founded over a hundred years ago in Bologna (Italy). Today Fabbri 1905 is run by the fourth generation of the Fabbri family and prides itself of the best ingredients for pastries, gelato, semi-finished goods for the food and beverage industry. Fabbri’s world famous Amarena Fabbri is the sour cherry in syrup, known for turning your baked goods and desserts into masterpieces.

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I’ll be giving away a delicious Fabbri 1905 Gift Box containing :

  • 1 Fabbri Amarena Opaline Jar
  • 1 Fabbri Strawberry Opaline Jar
  • 1 Fabbri Amarena USA Jar
  • 1 Fabbri Baba in Rhum Jar
  • 1 Fabbri Amaretto Syrup Bottle (for coffee and desserts)
  • 1 Fabbri Caramello Syrup Bottle (for coffee and desserts)
  • 1 Fabbri Elderflower Syrup
  • 1 Fabbri Hazelnut Syrup (for coffee and desserts)
  • 1 Fabbri Vanilla Syrup (for coffee and desserts)

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RULES TO ENTER

To enter this giveaway simply:

FOLLOW us on Instagram : @alegambinidt @fabbriusa

LIKE  us on Facebook : aqueeninthekitchen fabbri1905usa

Let me know which is your favorite Festive Holiday Dessert in the comment below.

Winner will be randomly selected and announced on December 8, 2017.

Winner will be notified via email.

Prize will be shipped only in the United States (Alaska and Hawaii not included).

You must be 21 years old to qualify for this prize.

Giveaway courtesy of Fabbri USA

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Photo by Ale Gambini – A Queen In The Kitchen

INGREDIENTS

1 puff pastry sheet, thawed

1.5 cups whole milk

6 tablespoons sugar

4 tablespoons unbleached all-purpose flour

6 tablespoons Amarena Fabbri syrup

10 Amarena Fabbri, chopped

powdered sugar, to dust

Fabbri Top Chocolate sauce, to garnish

DIRECTIONS

In a medium saucepan, warm the milk until it starts to boil. Remove from heat.

In a medium bowl, combine sugar, flour and mix. Pour over 4 tablespoons of warm milk and whisk until well combined.

Pour the sugar mixture into the saucepan containing the remaining warm milk an whisk until well blended. Return the saucepan to the stove and cook at low heat, stirring constanly with a wooden spoon until the mixture starts to thicken. Move the cream into a bowl and allow to cool completely. Once cooled, blend in the Amarena syrup. Place it in the fridge to chill.

Prepare the pastry by dividing the puff pastry sheet into 3 equal pieces. Prick all over the surface with a fork then bake in a preheated oven at 400ºF until golden brown. Allow to cool completely.

Layer the puff pastry with the Amarena cream and chopped Amarena between each sheet.

Dust with powdered sugar and drizzle with Fabbri Top Chocolate sauce.

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Chocolate Pumpkin Truffles…Happy Thanksgiving!

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Since I moved to the United States, Thanksgiving has become one of my favorite Holiday because I love the idea to take a moment to say thank you and to count my blessings. Today I want to say thank you to you all by sharing my uber-delicious chocolate pumpkin truffles recipe. I made these truffles with Pan Di Stelle, the chocolate and hazelnut Italian cookies topped with iced sugar stars. You can easily find them on Amazon or at any Italian markets. You can definitely substitute the canned pumpkin puree for fresh pureed pumpkin with the ratio 1:1. I used ground cinnamon but you can use pumpkin spice blend instead.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your loved ones from A Queen In The Kitchen!

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Photo by Ale Gambini – A Queen In The Kitchen

 

INGREDIENTS

40 Pan Di Stelle cookies

8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature

1/3 cup pumpkin puree, fresh or canned

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

unsweetened cocoa powder, to coat

1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, melted

 

DIRECTIONS

Pulverize the cookies in a blender or place them in a sturdy plastic bag and roll into fine crumbs.

In a medium bowl, place pulverized cookies, cream cheese, pumpkin puree, cinnamon and mix thoroughly with a wooden spoon until well blended.

Shape into 1-inch balls and place them over a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Refrigerate 10 minutes.

Roll them in cocoa powder or dip them in melted chocolate chips.

Keep refrigerated until serving.

A Queen In The Kitchen : Eataly Los Angeles Grand Opening

Guess what? Eataly Los Angeles finally opened up its doors to the public on November 3rd at the Westfield Century City mall. Los Angeles foodies have been waiting for years and now they can satisfy their Italian food cravings at the fullest.

Italy Grand Opening has been included, as well as my Cooking DOP & IGP cooking class at The Italian Cultural Institute of Los Angeles, in the Second World Week of Italian Cuisine, coordinated by the  The Consulate General of Italy in Los Angeles. #italiantaste

If you missed the biggest food event of the year, this is what happened inside and outside Eataly on the Grand Opening day.

Buon Appetito!

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Ale Gambini (Host, Chef, Author)
Maurizio OTTO De Togni (Executive Producer, Music, Film, Photo)
Produced by: BreadLoveAndDreams and SuperOttO Publishing
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Spider Web Chocolate Cake…Happy Halloween!!!

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Time to put the costume on and celebrate the most colorful and playful time of the year…HALLOWEEN! Since I’ll dress up as a spider web, I will match my costume with a decadent spider web chocolate cake. I’ve decorated my favorite Italian chocolate cake, TENERINA CAKE, with melted chocolate to create the spider web and M & M’s candies to make spiders. A very simple and delicious idea for your Halloween party, heaven for chocolate lovers. For a gluten-free version, just omit the flour.

Happy Halloween from your Queen In The Kitchen and family!

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Photo by Ale Gambini – Maurizio “OttO”De Togni – A Queen In The Kitchen

 

INGREDIENTS

7 ounces dark chocolate

8 tbsp unsalted butter, diced

2 eggs, separated

1 pinch of salt

6 tbsp granulated sugar

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

4 tablespoons whole milk

powdered sugar, to sprinkle

melted dark chocolate and M & M’s candy peanut, to decorate

 

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven at 325 F degrees. Grease a 9 inch cake pan with baking spray, than cover bottom and sides of the cake with parchment paper and grease the parchment paper too, set aside. Melt completely the dark chocolate at bain-marie or in a microwave. Allow to cool slightly. Place the diced butter into the melted chocolate and stir with a wooden spoon until well incorporated. With a hand or stand mixer, beat the sugar and the egg yolks until yellow and foamy. Add the chocolate mixture, the flour and the milk and continue to beat until creamy and smooth. Whip the egg whites with a pinch of salt until stiff. Fold gently the whipped egg whites into the cake batter. Place the cake batter into the cake pan and bake for 25/30 minutes or until a wooden toothpick comes out clean. Allow to cool completely in its pan. Unmold carefully the cake on a serving plate and sprinkle with powdered sugar before serving. Melt couple of ounces of dark chocolate in a double boiler or microwave, fill a disposable piping bag with melted chocolate, cut the the tip and pipe out over the cake to create a spiderweb, For the spiders, place M & M’s on the spider web as you prefer and pipe out chocolate as spider legs.

Cooking DOP & IGP Cooking Class

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On the occasion of the Second Week of Italian Cuisine in the World, I’m excited to host a very special cooking class at the Italian Cultural Institute of Los Angeles, focused on cooking with Italian DOP and IGP products.

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What’s DOP and IGP

DOP and IGP are two designations provided by the European Parliament defining quality criteria for food and agricultural products that ensure their origin and top quality.
DOP (Denominazione d’Origine Protetta) or Protected Designation of Origin, is a really strict certification given to those food specialties whose have unique features of the territory on which they are produced. This certification ensures that products are locally grown and packaged and impossible to imitate outside of their designated area of production.
IGP (Indicazione Geografica Protetta) or Protected Geografical Information is a certification less strict than DOP, given to those products for which their quality and  peculiar characteristics depend on a specific geographical area of preparation and/or production.
Parmigiano Reggiano, Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale di Modena, Prosciutto Crudo di Parma are among all the most popular Italian DOP products worldwide.
How to recognize an IGP or DOP products? Check for the seal on the packaging of the product.

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Join me Saturday, November 04, 2017 – 10.30am to 1.00pm at the IIC Los Angeles as I’ll have the pleasure to have my attendees taste :

Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale di Modena Acetaia Museo Boni

Parmigiano Reggiano Bertozzi America

Olio Extra Vergine di Oliva La Maolina  Antica Locanda di Sesto

Prosciutto Crudo Di Parma Consorzio Prosciutto di Parma 

…and cook :

Cialda di Parmigiano con Spuma di Mortadella
Medaglioni di Polenta Concia
Lasagne Zucca Speck Taleggio
Ciambellone Olio Extra Vergine di Oliva e Limone

To register call – (310) 824-7408

#aqueeninthekitchen #iicla #DOP #IGP #italiantaste

Photo credits: Mirko Miracle Urania