A Queen In The Kitchen: Eataly Las Vegas Grand Opening

On December 27th 2018, I had the honor in taking part of Eataly Las Vegas Grand Opening. Eataly Las Vegas has opened its doors to the public inside the megaresort hotel and casino Park MGM. The Las Vegas opening marks the brand’s second location on the West Coast. Authentic Italian eateries and high-quality products are featured there all together in a gigantic covered open space facing the Las Vegas Strip. Open daily until 11:00 pm, this is heaven for Italian food lovers and foodies visiting Sin City from around the globe.

Let’s have a look inside Eataly Las Vegas featured in the new episode of A Queen In The Kitchen, now on Vimeo and YouTube.

The incredible view from the top floor @ Park MGM, Las Vegas.
Eataly’s main entrances and exits on Las Vegas Strip.
La Cucina del Mercato, six different counters where to savor authentic Italian food.
Supplí al telefono, freshly made at the Italian Street Food counter.
Heavenly Italian cakes and pastries at La Pasticceria.
Panettoni from Piedmont…after all it was Christmas time.

Credits: Ale Gambini (Host, Author,Editor)

Maurizio OTTO De Togni (Executive Producer, Music, Videomaker, Photo)

Produced by: BreadLoveAndDreams and SuperOttO Publishing Copyright © 2019. All Rights Reserved.

Pandoro Christmas Tree With Chantilly Cream

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The most wonderful time of the year has arrived! Let’s celebrate Christmas with a delicious Pandoro Christmas Tree filled with Crema Chantilly (Chantilly cream).

Pandoro (literally golden bread), is a traditional Christmas sweet bread from Verona that gets the name from its golden color. Pandoro is baked  in a special star-shaped mold and doesn’t contain contain any dried fruits or nuts, unlike panettone.

I made this scrumptious Pandoro with all the attendees at my cooking class BUON NATALE! THE FESTIVE TABLE at the Italian Institute Of Culture Los Angeles. We shaped our Pandoro into a Christmas tree and filled it with delicious Chantilly cream. We also added some hazelnut spread between some layers for a nutty twist. My students and I  decorated the Pandoro with wild cherries in syrup as ornaments, dusted with lots of powdered sugar.

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With this traditional Italian sweet treat, A Queen In  The Kitchen wishes you all a very Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a fantastic New Year!!!

BUON NATATLE E BUON ANNO!!!

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Photo credits: Maurizio “OttO” De Togni

INGREDIENTS

1 Pandoro (traditional sweet bread of Verona)

For the Chantilly Cream
16 ounces heavy whipping cream, cold
5 tablespoons powdered sugar, sifted
1 tablespoon vanilla extract

wild cherries in syrup, to garnish

powdered sugar, to dust

 

DIRECTIONS

Slice the Pandoro horizontally in 6 slices (1 inch thick). Prepare the Chantilly cream by whipping the cold whipping cream with a hand or stand mixer. When the cream is almost whipped, add the powdered sugar and vanilla extract and continue to whip until stiff peaks form. Place the whipped cream in a pastry bag with a star tip or plain round tip. Build the Pandoro tree by adding layers of cream between the slices and stacking the slices in order to reproduce a Christmas tree. Pipe more cream on the star points and add wild cherries as ornaments. Dust with powdered sugar.

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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HOW TO Make Strawberry Santas

Strawberry Santas are the most fun and delicious Christmas treats for the whole family. Easy to make, delicious to eat, it takes only a few minutes to turn your organic fresh strawberries into little cute Santas filled with mascarpone cream.

This recipe makes 6 big Strawberry Santas.

Keep it always homemade, simple and delicious!

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Yields : 6 Strawberry Santa

Difficulty : easy

Prep Time : 20 min.

INGREDIENTS

6 big strawberries, washed and dried

4 oz mascarpone cheese

4 oz powdered sugar

1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Holiday sequins and pearls, to decorate

Kitchen tools

1 paring knife

1 pastry bag with a small star tip

DIRECTIONS

With a paring knife, slice the stems off the strawberries then cut the top third of each strawberry. Set aside

Prepare the mascarpone cream by whisking together mascarpone and powdered sugar until creamy.

Add the vanilla extract and blend well.

Fill a star tipped pastry bag  with the mascarpone cream and pipe a small amount over the large pieces of strawberries.

Top with the Santa’s hats (small strawberries pieces).

Make pom pom and Santa’ s buttons by piping just a smidgen of mascarpone cream.

Use Holiday sequins or pearls for making eyes.

Dust with powdered sugar for a snow effect.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!

LA Cookie Con & Sweets Show Holiday Season Giveaway

I’m thrilled to announce this Holiday Season giveaway, courtesy of LA COOKIE CON AND SWEETS SHOW.

#holidayseason #giveaway #lacookiecon #breadloveanddreams

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I’ll be giving away 2 one-day tickets for the  LA Cookie Con and Sweets Show, the West Coast’s largest baking and sweets expo.

Don’t miss the opportunity to attend the sweetest event of the year. With over 10,000 guests expected, sweets-enthusiasts can enjoy free samples from over 125 local shops and national brands, meet their favorite TV stars and watch baking demonstrations, and participate in hands-on workshops in cookie and cake decorating.

This year’s celebrity lineup includes Ron Ben-Israel of Food Network’s “Sweet Genius”, “Cake Wars” and famed cake decorator in New York luxury baking market. Also, Rosanna Pansino, New York Times Best Selling Author and creator of the show ‘Nerdy Nummies’, which has garnered more than 1 billion views. Other Food Network stars will be in attendance for panels and meet and greets.

GOOD LUCK TO YOU ALL & HAPPY HOLIDAY SEASON 😉

TO ENTER

To enter this giveaway, simply shout out on the comment below YOUR FAVORITE CHRISTMAS/FESTIVE DESSERT, LIKE my page and La Cookie Con & Sweets Show page on Facebook 

http://www.facebook.com/Breadloveanddreams 

https://www.facebook.com/lacookiecon

For more chances to win, share on your Facebook timeline and let me know.

The winner will be choose randomly and announced on December 24th 2015.

The winner will be notified via email.

The prize will be sent via email.

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

Giveaway sponsored by LA Cookie Con and Sweets Show.