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.

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A Queen In The Kitchen : How To Make Gnocchi (Italian Potato Dumplings)

 

As we say in Italy : Giovedì Gnocchi (Thursday Gnocchi). Watch the new episode of A Queen In The Kitchen and learn how to prepare homemade gnocchi, the traditional Italian dumplings made with potatoes and flour, usually served as PRIMO (first course). Despite the simplicity of this recipe, gnocchi are very versatile and delicious with any kind of condiment. I usually toss mine with tomato sauce or ragu’ (Italian meat sauce) or browned butter, sage and freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano.

Buon Appetito!

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Yields : 2 to 4 servings

Difficulty : easy

Prep Time : 40 min.

Cook Time : 2 min.

 

INGREDIENTS

1 pound potatoes

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 pinch sea salt

2 tbsp beaten egg

 

DIRECTIONS

Peel and wash the potatoes then place them into a medium pot with enough cold water to cover.

Bring to a boil and cook until the potatoes are fork tender. Drain the potatoes with the help od a skimmer.

In a large bowl, mash the potatoes with a potato ricer.

Add the flour, egg and a pinch of salt.

Mix all the ingredients together with a fork then knead by hand.

Divide the dough into golf-sized balls. On a floured work surface, roll the balls into dowels then cut each dowel into 1-inch long pieces.

Drop the gnocchi into a pot of  boiling salted water and cook until they rise to the surface.

Remove the gnocchi quickly with a skimmer, shake off the excess of water and plate.

Toss with tomato sauce and basil or ragù or browned butter and sage.

Sprinkle with Parmigiano Reggiano cheese and serve.

 

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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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.

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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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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.

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