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Taste Of Italy

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Taste of Italy is back this Saturday, October 14th, in Downtown Los Angeles. I’m delighted to announce that A Queen In The Kitchen and I Love Italian Food will attend L.A.’s premiere Italian food & wine event that features over 35 fine restaurants, 100 wines, chef demonstrations and live entertainment to benefit the Italian American Museum of Los Angeles IAMLA.

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Taste of Italy brings the diversity of Italian cuisine to Los Angeles, showcasing the region’s top restaurants, and award-winning wineries, as well as live entertainment, chef demonstrations, and celebrity guests.

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Participants will include: Drago Centro, Angelini Osteria, Il Fornaio, Di Stefano Cheese, Valentino, Prova Pizzeria, Celestino, Grom, Il Fornaio, Urbani Truffles, Nerano, Prosciutto di Parma, and Black Market Gelato, the U.S. finalist of the Gelato World Tour.

 

For tickets and info please visit  www.italianhall.org/TOI 

….and remember to use the special coupon codes:
ILOVE5 – $5 OFF General Admission *NO DISCOUNT AT THE DOOR
ILOVE20 – $20 OFF Premiere Admission  *NO DISCOUNT AT THE DOOR

About the Italian American Museum of Los Angeles and the Historic Italian Hall Foundation

The Italian American Museum of Los Angeles documents the history and continuing contributions of Italian Americans and Italians to Southern California and the nation. Featuring interactive exhibits and educational programming, the Italian American Museum provides visitors of all ages and origins a meaningful understanding of the complex, multi-cultural fabric of the United States. The Museum is open Tuesday to Sunday 10 am to 3 pm. The Historic Italian Hall Foundation is a 501 (c)3 charitable organization dedicated to supporting the Museum and the continued preservation efforts of the building in which it is located, the Italian Hall, the oldest remaining structure from the city’s historic little Italy, built in 1908.

Photo and content courtesy of IAMLA

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Torta Zucca E Cioccolato (Chocolate Pumpkin Cake)

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Welcome Fall 2017! I’m celebrating this beautiful and colorful season by baking a Torta Zucca & Cioccolato (Chocolate Pumpkin Cake). This cake has a super moist texture and a sweet, chocolatey and nutty flavor. It can be prepared by using fresh or canned pumpkin and any kind of nuts. Enjoy the first day of Fall with a hot tea and a slice of chocolate pumpkin cake.

Buon Autunno!

Photo by Ale Gambini – A Queen In The Kitchen

Servings : 6-8

Difficulty : easy

Prep Time : 45 min.

Cook Time : 35 min.

 

INGREDIENTS

15 oz. pumpkin puree (fresh or canned)

3 eggs

1 cup granulated sugar

1 cup + 3 tbsp all purpose flour

4 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder

10 tbsp unsalted butter, softened

1/3 cup milk

1 sachet vanilla baking powder (1/2 oz or 16g)

1/4 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped

1/4 cup chocolate chips

powdered sugar, to dust

 

DIRECTIONS

If using a fresh 2 pound pumpkin : halve the pumpkin. Remove seeds and stringy pulp. Peel, cut into chunks and boil in lightly salted water for 25 minutes or until tender. Purée in a blender or food mill.

Preheat oven at 350 F degrees.

Grease with baking spray or butter and breadcrumbs a 9 inch cake pan. Set aside.

In a big bowl, beat eggs and sugar, then add pumpkin puree and flour and mix thoroughly.

Add cocoa powder, butter, milk and blend together.

Gently fold in the vanilla baking powder until well incorporated.

Stir in chocolate chips and chopped walnuts.

Pour the cake batter into the greased pan and bake for 35 minutes.

Allow to cool in its pan.

Dust with powdered sugar before serving.

Cooking DOP & IGP Cooking Class

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On the occasion of the Second Week of Italian Cuisine in the World, I will host a cooking class focused on Italian DOP and IGP denominations.

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Join me for an extraordinary cooking class, Saturday, November 04, 2017 at the IIC Los Angeles

Menu’ :

Cialda di Parmigiano con Spuma di Mortadella
Medaglioni di Polenta Concia
Lasagne Zucca Speck Taleggio
Ciambellone Evoo e Limone

To register call – (310) 824-7408

 

 

Ciambellone Mandorle & Vaniglia (Almonds & Vanilla Ring Cake)…Buon Ferragosto!

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Today in Italy is FERRAGOSTO (from the Latin Feriae Augusti – Augustus’ rest), the most important summer holiday. Businesses and government offices are closed for celebrating the Catholic feast of the Assumption of Mary (Mother of Jesus). In many cities, towns and villages Ferragosto is celebrated with a PROCESSIONE, a procession of people carrying the statue of Mary and FIREWORKS. The Italians will spend the day out of town, heading to the beach or mountains, setting up picnics or  BBQs.

Let’s celebrate Ferragosto by baking a super soft, nutty Ciambella (the Italian ring cake).

Buon Ferragosto!

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Photo by Ale Gambini – A Queen In The Kitchen

Servings : 12

Difficulty : easy

Prep Time : 20 min.

Cook Time : 50 min.

 

INGREDIENTS

2 cups flour type 00

3/4 cup potato starch

1 sachet vanilla baking powder (I highly recommend Bertolini brand)

10 tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature

1.5 cups granulated sugar

4 eggs, separated and room temperature

1 tbsp vanilla extract

1 cup whole milk, room temperature

1/2 cup raw almonds

pearl sugar, to garnish

 

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven at 350 F degrees.

Grease a 10 inch bundt cake pan with baking spray or butter and flour.

In a large bowl, sift the flour, the potato starch, the baking powder and set aside.

With a hand or stand mixer, cream butter and sugar.

Add the egg yolks (one at the time), vanilla extract and mix thoroughly.

Add half of the flour mixture, the milk and mix, then add the rest of the flour mixture and mix until well blended.

Whip the eggs whites at stiff peaks.

Fold gently the whipped egg whites into the cake batter.

Pour into the cake pan.

Sprinkle with pearl sugar and almonds.

Bake for 50 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Allow to cool completely in its pan before serving.

A Queen In The Kitchen : Lasagne Della Nonna (Authentic Italian Lasagna)…Happy 4th Of July!!!

Who doesn’t love Lasagne? Yes Lasagne, because that’s how we Italians call this dish. When we say Lasagne, we commonly refer to the Lasagne alla Bolognese, made with wide hand rolled flat egg pasta and meat sauce. This heavenly primo piatto (first dish) originated in the city of Bologna (Emilia Romagna), is one of the staple of the Italian cuisine throughout the globe.

Let’s celebrate July 4th by preparing the authentic Italian lasagna, the one and only  made with just 4 ingredients : lasagne (rolled flat egg pasta), ragú (meat sauce), besciamella (Bechamél sauce) and Parmigiano Reggiano cheese.

I’m so in love with Lasagne that I’ve dedicated the cover of my very first cookbook A Queen In The Kitchen to them.

Watch the new episode of A Queen In The Kitchen and learn how to make my Nonna Fernanda’s Lasagne alla Bolognese.

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

 

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!!!

 

Cooking Class: Italian Street Food

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Join me on May 13th at the IICLA for Italian Street Food cooking class:

Arancini/ Stuffed Rice Balls

Mondeghili (polpettine di carne tipiche di Milano)/ Meatballs

Tigelle con affettati/ Modense bread with sliced meats

Cannoncini alla crema/ Cream horns

This class is part of the LA Food Bowl, a month-long food festival presented by the Los Angeles Times.

Buon Appetito!!!

#aqueeninthekitchen #lafoodbowl

Cooking Class: Italian Street Food

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