Earthquake In Italy

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On August 23rd 2016, an earthquake 6.2 magnitude stroke central Italy killing over 250 people. In Amatrice (the city where the famous Spaghetti all’Amatriciana dish came from), the buildings collapsed and the little historic town was left in ruins.

In order to help the people affected by the #earthquakeinitaly , I’ll be donating $2 for every copy of my book  #aqueeninthekitchen sold today and tomorrow.

Thank you for the support!

Ale

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A Queen In The Kitchen Episode #3 : Polpette Della Nonna (Grandma’s Meatballs)

Spaghetti & meatballs is the most famous “Italian” dish  outside of Italy, but in Italy POLPETTE (meatballs) are served on their own as a SECONDO (main course). Polpette are ground meat balls, flavored with other ingredients such as ham and mortadella, seasoned with different spices, coated in breadcrumbs and fried.

Follow the new episode of “A Queen In The Kitchen” and watch me while preparing one of my Nonna Fernanda’s best dish : POLPETTE DELLA NONNA.

Enjoy the polpette over a bed of fresh lettuce or along with mashed potatoes.

…and if you like it, please share and give us a thumbs up!

Credits:
Ale Gambini (Host, Chef, Author)
Maurizio OTTO De Togni (Executive Producer & Music)
Mirko “Mirakle” Urania (Director, Video Maker, Editor)
Produced by: BreadLoveAndDreams and SuperOttO Publishing
Copyright © 2016. All Rights Reserved.

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A Queen In The Kitchen Episode #2 : Risotto Giallo Alla Milanese (Milanese Risotto)

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A Queen In The Kitchen Episode #2 : Risotto Giallo Alla Milanese (Milanese Risotto) is now on You Tube and Vimeo.

Risotto giallo alla Milanese is a specialty dish of my hometown Milan (Italy), traditionally made with beef stock, raw bone marrow, butter, Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, flavored and colored with saffron. The best varieties of rice for making risotto  are Carnaroli or Arborio.

Watch me preparing the Risotto giallo alla Milanese following my Nonna Fernanda’s recipe, included in my new cookbook “A Queen In The Kitchen”.

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Fun Facts

In 1981 Gualtiero Marchesi, the Italian chef considered the founder of the Italian modern cuisine, added to this dish a gold foil over the risotto, as a sign of noble dish of the Italian cuisine.

Buon Appetito!!!

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Credits:
Ale Gambini (Host, Chef, Author)
Maurizio OTTO De Togni (Executive Producer & Music)
Mirko “Mirakle” Urania (Director, Video Maker, Editor, Photos)
Produced by: BreadLoveAndDreams and SuperOttO Publishing
Copyright © 2016. All Rights Reserved.

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A Queen In The Kitchen Episode #1 : Cocktail di Gamberetti (Bay Shrimps Cocktail)

Ladies and Gentlemen, Signore e Signori, Madame et Monsieur, Damen und Herren, the wait is over! The first episode of my new cooking web series “A Queen In The Kitchen” is now on You Tube and Vimeo!

In this series I’ll prepare some of the dishes  I have included in my very first cookbook  “A Queen In The Kitchen” (Nonna Fernanda’s Authentic Northern Italian Cuisine With A Twist Of me). From  delicious Antipasti , to  mouth-watering Primi, Secondi, Contorni and Dolci, according to the typical Italian meal structure.

In today’s episode I’ll cook for you and with you : Cocktail di Gamberetti (Bay Shrimps Cocktail). This dish is one of the most popular and appreciated Italian starters, especially during the holidays and special occasions..

As many of you may know, a typical Italian meal (lunch or dinner) is composed of four different courses :

  • Antipasto (Starter), usually salumi (Italian cold meats),  cheese, cold salmon or shrimps cocktail.
  • Primo (First Course), the hot dish of the meal  (lasagne, pasta, cannelloni, crespelle, risotto, gnocchi).
  • Secondo e Contorno (Main Course and Side Dish), the heaviest course of the meal usually made of stewed, braised or pan-fried meats (beef, pork, chicken, lamb) or fish. Secondo is always served along with Contorno (side dish); it usually consists of raw or cooked vegetables (green salad, mashed potatoes, steamed greens).
  • Dolce (Dessert), it usually consists of Tiramisu’, Panna Cotta, Torte, Gelato or Sorbetto.

An Italian meal is not complete without a nice, strong Espresso (Italian style coffee), followed by an Ammazzacaffe’ (a small glass of liqueur such as Limoncello, Grappa or Amaro).

Hope you’ll enjoy my new cooking series and if you like it, please share and give us a thumbs up!

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Credits:
Ale Gambini (Host, Chef, Author)
Maurizio OTTO De Togni (Executive Producer & Music)
Mirko “Mirakle” Urania (Director, Video Maker, Editor)
Produced by: BreadLoveAndDreams and SuperOttO Publishing
Copyright © 2016. All Rights Reserved.

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…a special thanks to :

Nonna Fernanda

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Happy National Book Lovers Day!

7X7A4116Reading is food for your brain and for your soul. Reading makes you travel without moving. Books are good friends. Let’s read more.

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As a voracious reader and book author, I wish to all the readers out there HAPPY NATIONAL LOVERS DAY!!! #NationalBookLoversDay

Here are the links to learn more about my very first cookbook #aqueeninthekitchen

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Let’s Celebrate The Olympic Games Rio 2016

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Good luck to all the athletes who have trained so hard to reach this humongous achievement.

Let’s celebrate the Olympic Games Rio 2016  baking Brazilian cheese bread (Pão de Queijo), the gluten-free cheese rolls made with cassava or tapioca flour.

Bom Apetite!

#bakingbread #rio2016 #breadloveanddreams

 

Makes : 20 to 24 cheese puffs

Difficulty : easy

Prep time : 5 min.

Baking time : 20 min.

 

INGREDIENTS

2/3 cup whole milk

1/3 cup olive oil

1 egg, room temperature

1.5 cups tapioca flour

1/2 cup three cheese blend (muenster, gouda and mozzarella) OR Queso Fresco, grated

1 tbsp Parmigiano Reggiano, grated

1/2 tsp salt

DIRECTIONS

– Preheat oven at 400°F.

– Grease a mini-muffin tin with cooking spray, set aside.

– Place all the ingredients into a blender and pulse until smooth and well blended.

– Pour the batter gently into the mini-muffin tin, filling the wells 3/4 full.

– Bake for 15-20 minutes until puffed and golden.

– Remove from oven, let cool for a couple of minutes on their pan.

– Serve warm.

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James Valentine and the book copy

Recently I had the honor and privilege to have “A Queen In The Kitchen” displayed by  legendary Maroon 5 guitarist  MR. James Valentine. A HUGE thank you to James for supporting my book!

A Queen In The Kitchen is available on Amazon.com (US)CA, Amazon Europe: (ITFRESDE) UK , India Barnes & Noble  and many other  booksellers.

If you have already bought A Queen In the Kitchen, please remember to write a review and send me your picture with the book.

Grazie!!!

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