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Italian Bread Baking @IICLA

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Kick off summer with another extraordinary cooking class at the  Italian Cultural Institute of Los Angeles and learn how to make homemade Italian bread and focaccia.

MENU:

 

Onion & Cherry Tomato Focaccia (LIGURIA)

Crescione with cheese and spinach (EMILIA-ROMAGNA)

Briosche col Tappo and Granita al Caffè (SICILY)

Save your spot now!

Saturday, July 14th, 2018
10:30 AM – 1 PM
Italian Cultural Institute
1023 Hilgard Avenue – LA 90024
To register:
please call 310-824-7408 or email to classes.iicla@esteri.it  
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Torta Pasqualina

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” Natale con i tuoi. Pasqua con chi vuoi.”

“Christmas with family. Easter with whoever you want to be with.”

Italian saying

Torta Pasqualina is an Italian savory pie filled with chard or spinach, eggs and ricotta. This is one of Liguria’s iconic dishes but is prepared throughout the country during the Easter celebrations. The original Pasqualina pie calls for 33 layers of thin dough to represent the 33 years of Jesus. This savory pie is traditionally enjoyed on Paquetta, the Monday after Easter Sunday, when Italians like to go on a picnic.

Follow my step-by-step recipe and learn how to prepare this simple and delicious Easter pie. Enjoy the Pasqualina slightly warmed up or at room temperature.

Buona Pasqua – Happy Easter!

 

Yields : 8 servings

Difficulty : easy

Prep Time : 20 min.

Cook Time : 30 min.

 

INGREDIENTS

1 garlic clove

2 tablespoons unsalted butter

1 lb spinach, cooked and chopped

1 egg

10 oz ricotta cheese

½ cup Parmigiano Reggiano

salt and pepper, to taste

2 puff pastry frozen sheets, thawed

3 eggs

1 egg yolk, to brush

 

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven at 350 F degrees.

In a large skillet, sauté the garlic clove with butter until golden, then add the spinach and cook for a couple of minutes. Allow to cool.

In a medium bowl, mix together ricotta, Parmigiano Reggiano, the spinach and 1 egg until well blended. Adjust the taste with salt and pepper if necessary.

Line a 9 inch pie pan with parchment paper.

Roll the thawed puff pastry on a slightly floured work surface then move the puff pastry into the pie pan, trim the excess of puff pastry from the edges with a knife, pinch the pastry with a fork.

Spread evenly the filling into the puff pastry.

With the back of a dinner spoon, make 3 marks into the filling then fill the marks with the eggs.

Lay over the other puff pastry sheet, pinch the edges to seal the pie.

Brush the puff pastry with one beaten egg yolk.

Bake for 35 minutes.

Allow to cool a bit in its pan before serving.

A Queen In The Kitchen Feat. TG Dei Bambini by Angelica DT

A Queen In The Kitchen Special Edition featuring Angelica DT and her TG dei Bambini. The Neapolitan art of pizza has received the recognition as UNESCO intangible cultural heritage. Learn how to prepare the authentic Italian pizza from Angelica and Neapolitan pizzaiuolo Pasquale, owner of Da Pasquale Restaurant in Beverly Hills (CA)

Please take a moment to LIKE, SHARE, and SUBSCRIBE.  https://www.youtube.com/AlessandraGam

Credits: Ale Gambini (Chef, Author)

Angelica DT (Host)

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

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

Happy Birthday & Happy International Women’s Day

March 8th, 2018 …Happy Birthday to my wonderful daughter Angelica and Happy International Women’s Day too. So much to celebrate and to be happy for!!! Here is the cake I baked for the birthday girl, a delicious 8-shaped pan di Spagna (Italian sponge cake) frosted with white chocolate buttercream and garnished with fresh flowers, raspberry macarons, fresh strawberries, chocolate kisses and rainbow candies.

AUGURI!!!!

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Gnocchi & Gnocchetti Cooking Class

Gnocchi & Gnocchetti

2018 is the year of the Italian Food! Join me for another fun and delicious cooking class at the  Italian Cultural Institute of Los Angeles and learn how to make different types of Italian GNOCCHI using the finest Italian ingredients (Caputo Flour, Parmigiano Reggiano Bertozzi).

MENU:

Gnocchi di patate – Classic Italian dumplings

Spaetzle del Sud Tirolo – South Tyrolean dumplings

Gnudi Toscani – Tuscan dumplings

in traditional Italian sauces

 

Saturday, March 3rd, 2018
10:30 AM – 1 PM
Italian Cultural Institute
1023 Hilgard Avenue – LA 90024
To register:
please call 310-824-7408 or email to classes.iicla@esteri.it  

 

Chiacchiere (Carnival Fried Pastries)

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“A Carnevale ogni scherzo vale” (Anything goes at Carnival time).

Carnevale (Italian Carnival or Mardi Gras) is celebrated 40 days before Easter and is the last chance to party before Ash Wednesday and the restrictions of Lent. In Italy we celebrates Carnevale with masquerade balls, goliardic parties and parades showcasing gigantic floats. Children, dressed up in costumes, throw coriandoli (confetti) and stelle filanti (party streamers) at each other and blow party horns and blowouts. The traditional Carnival treats are chiacchiere (fried pastries) and tortelli (fritters). Chiacchiere are sweet crisp pastries, deep-fried, sprinkled with powdered sugar and are known by different names depending on the regions in which they are prepared :

Lombardy : chiacchiere

Bologna : sfrappole

Tuscany : cenci

Rome : frappe

Tentino Alto Adige & Friuli Venezia Giulia : crostoli 

Liguria & Piedmont : bugie

Sardinia : meraviglias

No matter how we call them, Chiacchiere are simply delicious.

Buon Carnevale!!!

…another recipe homemade, simple and delicious included in my cookbook “A Queen In the Kitchen“.

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Available on:

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Amazon.com (US)CA, Amazon Europe: (ITFRESDE) and UK.

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Recipe & Photo by Ale Gambini – A Queen IN The Kitchen

Difficulty : easy

Prep Time : 30 min. + 30 min. to rest

Cook Time : 2 min.

 

INGREDIENTS

2 cups all-purpose flour

2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened

3 tablespoons granulated sugar

2 eggs

1 pinch of salt

1 shot of Grappa

vegetable oil for frying

powdered sugar, to dust

 

DIRECTIONS

In a large bowl place the flour, make a well then add sugar, butter, eggs, salt and Grappa.

Kneed by hand until the dough becomes soft and pliable. (You can also knead with a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook).

Cover with plastic paper an allow to rest for 30 minutes in a cool place.

Divide the dough in 4 equal parts.

With a rolling pin or pasta machine, roll out the dough 1/8 inch thick.

Cut the dough with a pastry wheel or serrated knife into rectangles 2×4 inch , make 1 or 2 incisions in the middle of each rectangle.

In a large skillet, heat the oil until hot then fry the chiacchiere in small batches until both sides are golden brown.

Drain with a slotted spoon and place the chiacchiere over a serving plate covered with paper towel.

Dust with abundant powdered sugar while warm.

Cooking Classes 2018 at IICLA

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Happy New Year!!! Buon Anno!!!

Let’s start the 2018 announcing the winter session of A Queen In The Kitchen cooking classes at the Italian Cultural Institute of Los Angeles.

We’ll start on February 10th, 2018 with a very special cooking class: San Valentino Con Amore! (Valentine’s Day with Love).

I’ll be preparing with all the attendees a romantic Italian meal, using only the freshest and finest ingredients imported directly from Italy. Attendees will also enjoy the food with a flute (or two) of Italian prosecco.

A special rate will be offered to the IIC members & couples (friends, spouses, family…).

MENU:

Parmigiana di San Valentino – Valentine’s Day Eggplant Parmigiana

Taglierini allo Zafferano  – Taglierini Pasta with Saffron Sauce

Tartufi della Passione – Chocolate and Chili Truffles

Millefoglie Cupido con Crema e Frutti di Bosco – Mille-Feuille Cream and Berries

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Date: Saturday, February 10, 2018

Place: Italian Cultural Institute/Kitchen

Time: 10:30am to 1pm

To register please call (310) 824-7408

Can’t wait to celebrate the LOVE with you all!

*Photo Credits : Maurizio “OttO” De Togni and Mirko “Mirakle” Urania