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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.

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.

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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  

Squid Ink Spaghetti With Seafood Ragù

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I’ve always been a huge fan of squid ink pasta, so when I finally found the squid ink spaghetti at one of my favorite grocery stores in LA,  I’ve decided to make a dish that reminds me the colors and flavors of the Italian summer : Spaghetti al Nero di Seppia con Ragù di Mare (Squid Ink Spaghetti with Seafood Ragù). This is a very simple dish, tasty, healthy and visually appealing. For the seafood ragù I’ve used fresh squid tubes and raw prawns.

…another recipe simple, homemade and delicious from your #aqueeninthekitchen

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Photo by Ale Gambini – Queen In The Kitchen

INGREDIENTS

12 oz squid ink spaghetti

4 squid tubes, cleaned and cut in rings

10 raw prawns (shell removed, deveined, tails-on)

1/3 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1 garlic clove, minced

1/4 small onion, finely chopped

20 cherry tomatoes, halved

1 small bunch fresh Italian parsley, coarsely chopped

1/2 cup dry white wine

salt and pepper to taste

 

DIRECTIONS

Bring to a boil a large pot of lightly salted water.

In a large skillet, sauté garlic and onion in olive oil until golden.

Add tomatoes, parsley, salt and pepper to taste and cook for a couple of minutes.

Add the squids, the white wine and allow to cook until the wine evaporates.

Add the shrimps and cook briefly (couple of minutes) until they turn pale pink.

Cook the pasta in the large pot of salted water until “al dente”.
Drain the pasta (don’t drain your pasta dry, but leave a little bit of cooking water).
Return to the skillet with the seafood ragù. Toss well the spaghetti and serve warm garnished with fresh parsley.

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.

Worldwide Giveaway!

Calling all the Italian Food lovers around the globe!!!

A Queen In The Kitchen Kindle Edition is finally live on Amazon.

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I’ll be giving away a signed paperback copy of my cookbook to one of the purchasers of A Queen In The Kitchen Kindle Edition.

TO ENTER

Fill the form below and let me know that you have just got your copy of A Queen In The Kitchen Kindle Edition.

End date: March 16th, 2017.

The winner will be selected randomly and notified via email.

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

The giveaway is open worldwide!!!

 Good luck!!!

#aqueeninthekitchen #kindle #cookbook

Happy Pi Day!

Today is Pi Day, the annual celebration commemorating the mathematical constant π (pi).

Let’s celebrate with delicious Italian sweet or savory pies, because baking is a lot like mathematics!

#PiDay

Pies by Ale Gambini 😉

March 8th, Save The Date!!!

March 8th marks a very special day to me.

7 years ago I gave birth to the most precious gift of all…our beloved daughter Angelica! March 8th is the International Women’s Day, the celebration of women’s achievements throughout history and across nations. On March 8th 2013 I started to write my blog Bread Love And Dreams. On March 8th 2017 my very first cookbook A Queen In The Kitchen Kindle edition will be released on Amazon.

I couldn’t be happier, prouder and fulfilled.

Buon Appetito!!!

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KINDLE EDITION 
March 8th 2017

Title: A Queen In The Kitchen

Authored by Ale Gambini

Photos by Maurizio OTTO De Togni

L.A.-based Italian food writer Ale Gambini presents traditional Milanese and Northern Italian dishes, handed down from her beloved Nonna Fernanda. Nearly a century of authentic Italian recipes, accurately explained step-by-step, prepared using only the freshest, finest and healthiest ingredients that are native to the region of Lombardy and Northern Italy in general. This book includes the staples of the Milanese cuisine such as Milanese risotto, veal ossobuco and Panettone (Christmas sweet bread).

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