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A Queen In The Kitchen – Estate Italiana: FICO Eataly World (Bologna)

FICO, acronym for Fabbrica Italiana Contadina (Italian Peasant Factory) and literally fig or cool! (Italian expression), is THE WORLD’S LARGEST AGRI-FOOD PARK in beautiful Bologna (Emilia-Romagna)

100.000 square meters of authentic Italian agri-food related stuff including :

  • shops and marketplace
  • 40 eating points
  • 40 farming factories
  • 6 multimedia carousels
  • 6 classrooms
  • theater and cinema
  • 2 hectares of fields and stables
  • 1 congress center

FICO is HUGE and the best way to explore it is to rent at the entrance the FICO bike, a Bianchi tricycle provided with two shopping baskets.

If you are planning to visit Bologna, the capital of the Emilia Romagna region, don’t forget to plan a whole day at FICO.

Buona Estate!

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Majestic entrance at FICO Eataly World .

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Red Hot Chili Pepper sculpture in the parking lot.

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Best way to visit FICO is to rent a FICO Bike.

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Neapolitan Pizza at ROSSOPOMODORO.

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Italian Gelato Workshops at Gelato University Carpigiani.

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Traditional Sicilian pastries at Pasticceria Palazzolo.

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Outstanding Italian rice at Grandi Riso spot.

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Huge selection of Italian wines.

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Balsamic Vinegar of Modena, shop and tasting.

IMG_2032Authentic Italian restaurants and bistros a go-go.

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One of my favorite spot at FICO: Librerie COOP bookstore.

Credits:

Ale Gambini (Host, Author, Editor)

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

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

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.

A Queen In The Kitchen: How To Make Watermelon Caprese

 

Everyone knows Caprese, the simple Italian salad, made of fresh mozzarella, tomatoes and basil, that features the Italian flag colors : white, red and green. Follow the new episode of A Queen In The Kitchen and learn how to prepare this surprising version of the traditional caprese because I won’t use tomatoes, but watermelon instead. You’ll only need the freshest ingredients and a melon baller.

Buon Appetito!

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INGREDIENTS

watermelon

fresh ciliegine (cherry size) mozzarella, drained

fresh basil, coarsely chopped

lemon rind

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

salt (if desired)

Tools

melon baller

 

DIRECTIONS

Scoop the watermelon in balls with the help of a melon baller. Set aside.

In a medium bowl, place the watermelon balls, the fresh ciliegine of mozzarella, fresh basil, lemon rind and season with Extra Virgin Olive Olin and salt (if desired).

Give it a nice stir with a spoon.

Enjoy right away or place in the fridge until serving.

 

Credits:
Ale Gambini (Host, Chef, Author)
Maurizio OTTO De Togni (Executive Producer, Music)
Mirko “Mirakle” Urania (Director, Video Maker, Editor, Photo)
Produced by: BreadLoveAndDreams and SuperOttO Publishing
Copyright © 2017. All Rights Reserved.

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Spaghetti With Asparagus Pesto

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The Italian word PESTO (literally “to trample”) usually refers to the sauce originating in the city of Genoa (Liguria), made with basil, garlic, EVOO , Parmigiano Reggiano PDO, pecorino cheese, pine nuts and coarse salt. Pesto is traditionally prepared in a marble mortar with a wooden pestle and could be prepared with various ingredients such as arugula and walnuts or sun-dried tomatoes or spinach and nuts. This is my version of pesto, made with two of my favorite ingredients : asparagus and pistachio.
Quick and easy to make, this sauce can be tossed over any kind of pasta.
Remember to cook the pasta “al dente” (cooked but still firm) and enjoy.
Buon Appetito!
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Photo by Ale Gambini – BreadLoveAndDreams
Yields: 4 servings
Difficulty : easy
Prep: 20 min. 
Cook: 15 min.

Ingredients

12 ounces spaghetti

1 bunch fresh asparagus, washed and trimmed

1/4 cup raw pistachios

1 garlic clove

1/3 cup Parmigiano Reggiano, freshly grated

Extra Virgin Olive Oil, as much as needed

salt and pepper, to taste

Directions

Boil the asparagus in a large skillet of salted water until tender, then drain with a slotted spoon and reserve some cooking water. 

Cut the asparagus in small pieces, add the garlic clove, pistachios, parmesan cheese, olive oil, salt and pepper, cooking water and blend with a hand or stand blender until very creamy and smooth. 

Boil the spaghetti in a large pot of salted water until “al dente”. 

Drain and toss the spaghetti with asparagus pesto. 

Serve garnished with crushed pistachios and sprinkled with Parmigiano Reggiano cheese.

Potato & Zucchini Lasagna

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Summer is almost over which means that the majority of my favorite fresh green vegetables won’t be available until next Spring, so let’s prepare a delicious, healthy lasagna made with zucchine (Italian zucchini) and potatoes. This lasagna is a lighter and yummy alternative to the traditional meat lasagna, perfectly suitable for vegetarians and people with tomato intolerance. For this dish I used only fresh organic produce and the highest quality of dairies. Enjoy every bite.

Buon Appetito!!!

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Recipe & Photo by Ale Gambini – BradLoveAndDreams.com

Servings : 6

Difficulty : intermediate

Prep Time : 40 min.

Cook Time : 35 min.

INGREDIENTS

1 package (12 oz) fresh lasagna sheets

3 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1 garlic clove

2 large zucchini

2 medium potatoes

1 cup water, warm

2 cups whole milk, warm

4 tbsp unsalted butter

4 tbsp flour

1 pinch ground nutmeg

salt and pepper, to taste

1 cup Parmigiano Reggiano, grated

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven at 350 F degrees.

Wash, dry and cut into thin rounds the zucchini.

Peel, wash, dry and cut into thin rounds the potatoes.

In a large skillet, brown the garlic with Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Remove the garlic and add zucchini and potatoes. Sauté for a couple of minutes, than add 1 cup of warm water, salt and pepper to taste and cook at medium heat until tender.

In the meantime, prepare the béchamel sauce melting the butter in a medium sauce pan over low heat. Remove the butter from heat then add the flour and stir until smooth. Slowly pour in the warm milk, whisking continuously. Return the mixture over medium heat, add nutmeg and cook until just thick. Set aside.

Boil the lasagna sheets on a large skillet of salted boiling water for a couple of minutes, then remove and lay on a kitchen towel to dry.

To assemble the Lasagna, grease the bottom of a rectangular baking dish with a knob of butter then spread over a couple of tablespoons of béchamel sauce. Place the first layer of lasagna sheets than some zucchini and potatoes, spread over some  béchamel sauce and sprinkle with Parmigiano Reggiano.

Repeat (lasagna sheets, béchamel sauce, zucchini and potatoes, Parmigiano Reggiano) for other 3 times or until all the ingredients are gone. (I usually prepare my lasagna with no more than 4 layers).

Cook for 35 minutes.

Allow to cool for 10 minutes before serving.