Dark Chocolate Strawberry Italian Cheesecake…Merry Christmas And Happy 2019!

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Christmas is coming and so the new year. I want to dedicate this scrumptious dessert to those who have supported my culinary adventures during the 2018! This cake is for you, for all of your support and passion for the authentic Italian food.

I’ve realized this dark chocolate strawberry Italian cheesecake by using some of my favorite products: flour type 00 Mulino Caputo, ricotta and mascarpone Di Stefano Cheese and strawberries in syrup Fabbri.

A huge thanks to:

Bertozzi America

Camp’oro Pasta

Colavita

Di Stefano Cheese

Fabbri 1905

Mulino Caputo

Mutti Pomodoro

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from A Queen In The Kitchen!!!

Photo Credits: Ale Gambini-A Queen In The Kitchen

INGREDIENTS

For the pastry shell:

2 cups flour type 00

1 cup + 3 tbsp powdered sugar

2/3 cup unsalted butter

2 eggs

2 tsp vanilla baking powder

one pinch of salt

For the filling:

7 oz ricotta cheese

16 oz mascarpone cheese

6 tbsp granulated sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 egg

1/2 cup dark chocolate chunks

strawberries (I’ve used jarred strawberries in syrup)

Rosemary sprigs, berries, gold leaf and powdered sugar to garnish

DIRECTIONS

Prepare the shell by working all the ingredients by hand until a soft dough form.

Grease a 9 inch springform cake pan.

Roll the dough between two layers of parchment paper then carefully place the dough into the pan, covering bottom and sides. Pinch with a fork the dough. Place it in the fridge.

Meanwhile prepare the filling by mixing ricotta and mascarpone until blended. Add the sugar and continue to mix. Add vanilla extract and the egg. Mix thoroughly until a silky cream form.

Remove the cake pan from the fridge, spread half of the cream over the bottom of the pastry shell. Garnish with strawberries and chocolate chunks. Cover with the remaining cream and sprinkle with more chocolate chunks.

Bake in a preheated oven at 350F degrees for 45 minutes.

Allow to cool and set in its pan on a wire rack.

Garnish with rosemary sprigs, berries, gold leaf and dust with powdered sugar.

A Queen In The Kitchen – Estate Italiana: Osteria Passatelli (Ravenna, Italy)

Romagna cuisine is HEAVEN, so when in Ravenna remember to stop at Osteria Passatelli. Established in Ravenna in 1962, Osteria Passatelli is nestled inside an old movie theater. Great food and good selection of wines in a unique location.

In this new episode of A Queen In The Kitchen I’ll take you inside the heart of Passatelli, the kitchen, for showing how CAPPELLETTI RAVENNATI (typical ravioli from the city Ravenna) are made by two authentic Italian SFOGLINE (Egg Pasta Masters).

Buona Estate!

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The beautiful decor at Osteria Passatelli.

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Pasta asciutta menu at Passatelli is too die for!

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Tagliere di Salumi & Formaggi.

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Passatelli in broth, typical dish from Emilia Romagna.

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.

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.

A Queen In The Kitchen – Estate Italiana: Rimini

Rimini, hometown of the greatest Italian director Federico Fellini, is the capital of Italian seaside tourism! Kilometers of fine sandy beach with best equipped bathing establishments, hotels, restaurants, nightclubs and much more. Rimini is also an art city with Roman and Renaissance monuments.

Watch the new episode of A Queen In the Kitchen-Estate Italiana and discover the most attractive spots in town, best restaurants and beach resort.

Buona Estate!

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Beach life at Bulli 75 bathing establishment, trendy and vibrant beach resort.

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Eating with the feet on the sand, priceless!

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With Gabriele Mondaini owner of Da Lele, best seafood restaurant in town.

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Piadina Romagnola with Prosciutto Crudo di Parma PDO, rucola and squacquerone cheese.

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Rimini, so much fun for kids and parents.

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Every morning is special in Rimini with cakes, croissants, cappuccino, bread butter & jam ….

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.

A Queen In The Kitchen – Estate Italiana: Orta-San Giulio

The medieval village of Orta and the enchanting San Giulio Island are a spectacular spots in the Piedmont region.

Watch the new episode of A Queen In the Kitchen-Estate Italiana featuring the jewel of Lake Orta and learn what to see and where to eat while visiting  the Verbano Cusio Ossola province.

Twenty minutes driving south from Orta-San Giulio stop by at Cantine del Castello Conti for a tour of their vineyards or to taste their precious Boca wine, the typical red wine from Novara Hills. The winery is nestled inside a real castle built by Mr Ermanno Conti in the ’60s.

Buona Estate!

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The medieval village of Orta overlooking the San Giulio Island.

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The beautiful Church of Santa Maria Assunta.

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Lighting up a candle in the Church of Santa Maria Assunta.

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Piazza Motta with its frescos, cafes and shops.

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Handmade soap shop in Piazza Motta.

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Breathtaking view of San Giulio Island from the imbarcadero.

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Dining “al fresco” at Ristoro San Giulio, on the San Giulio Island.

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Sipping Boca wine at Cantine del castello Conti with the beautiful owners Mariuccia, Paola and Elena Conti.

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.

A Queen In The Kitchen – Estate Italiana: Milano

The day has arrived! After traveling during this summer through the most beautiful places in Italy, here we are with the the new episodes of  A Queen In The Kitchen, Estate Italiana (Italian Summer).

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Visiting a new Country could be tricky and time consuming, especially when there is not much time available; so here are my suggestions to taste the real essence of this fascinating and polyhedric city. Milan is the capital of the Lombardy region and the second most populous city after Rome. Milan is the Italian capital of the finance, fashion, design, media and research. Milan is also the fifth most Michelin starred city in the world.

In this episode I’ll show you my TOP 8 things to see and to eat while visiting my beloved hometown Milano (Lombardy Region).

Enjoy the Summer, Buona Estate!

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My favorite shot in Brera district.

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The majestic Milan Cathedral.

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The three of us in beautiful Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II.

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The typical Milanese tram.

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Brera Art Gallery and Academy.

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Bosco Verticale (Vertical Forest), the residential towers in Porta Nuova District.

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Visiting the prestigious cooking school La Scuola de La Cucina Italiana.

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The new Purple Metro Line.

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Risotto Giallo alla Milanese (Milanese Risotto), the staple of the Milanese cuisine.

 

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.