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Category Archives: Holidays & Celebrations

A Queen In the Kitchen At The LA Food Bowl

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I’m very excited to announce my participation at the LA Food Bowl, a monthlong food festival hosted and curated by the LA Times. The events will bring to the City of Angels Michelin starred chef  including Massimo Bottura, owner and chef at Osteria Francescana (Modena, Italy) and Magnus Nilsson, chef at Fäviken (Järpen, Sweden).  Individual events will be hosted in restaurants, kitchens and farmers market throughout the city. There will be a Night Market in Grand Park (downtown LA) from May 10 to May 14 that will include restaurants, food trucks and live entertainment.

On May 13th, I’ll be leading Italian Street Food cooking class at the Italian Cultural Institute of Los Angeles. I’ll show to the participants how to prepare:

Arancini/ Stuffed Rice Balls

Mondeghili (polpettine di carne tipiche di Milano)/ Meatballs

Tigelle con affettati/ Modense bread with sliced meats

Cannoncini alla crema/ Cream horns

*To register please call (310) 824-7408

Buon Appetito!

#aqueeninthekitchen #lafoodbowl

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Torta Pasqualina (Ligurian Easter Pie)

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Torta Pasqualina is an Italian savory pie filled with chard or spinach, eggs and ricotta. This is one of Liguria’s iconic dishes  but is prepared throughout the country during the Easter celebrations. The original Pasqualina pie calls for 33 layers of thin dough to represent the 33 years of Jesus.

This is one of the recipes I’ve shared with my foodie students during the Primavera! cooking class at the Italian Cultural Institute of Los Angeles. For this delicious savory pie, I’ve used the outstanding Di Stefano Cheese ricotta, because Italian cuisine is all about the freshest and finest ingredients.

Buona Pasqua …Happy Easter!

Photo by Maurizio “OttO” De Togni

Yields : 8 servings

Difficulty : easy

Prep Time : 20 min.

Cook Time : 30 min.

 

INGREDIENTS

1 garlic clove

2 tablespoons unsalted butter

1 lb spinach, cooked and chopped

1 egg

10 oz ricotta cheese

½ cup Parmigiano Reggiano

salt and pepper, to taste

2 puff pastry frozen sheets, thawed

3 eggs

1 egg yolk, to brush

 

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven at 350 F degrees.

In a large skillet, sauté the garlic clove with butter until golden, then add the spinach and cook for a couple of minutes. Allow to cool.

In a medium bowl, mix together ricotta, Parmigiano Reggiano, the spinach and 1 egg until well blended. Adjust the taste with salt and pepper if necessary.

Line a 9 inch pie pan with parchment paper.

Roll the thawed puff pastry on a slightly floured work surface then move the puff pastry into the pie pan, trim the excess of puff pastry from the edges with a knife, pinch the pastry with a fork.

Spread evenly the filling into the puff pastry.

With the back of a dinner spoon, make 3 marks into the filling then fill the marks with the eggs.

Lay over the other puff pastry sheet, pinch the edges to seal the pie.

Brush the puff pastry with one beaten egg yolk.

Bake for 35 minutes.

Allow to cool a bit in its pan before serving.

Happy Pi Day!

Today is Pi Day, the annual celebration commemorating the mathematical constant π (pi).

Let’s celebrate with delicious Italian sweet or savory pies, because baking is a lot like mathematics!

#PiDay

Pies by Ale Gambini 😉

Primavera! Cooking Class

Let’s celebrate the Spring with my upcoming cooking class at the Istituto Italiano di Cultura Los Angeles .

Join me for a fun, healthy and delicious cooking class with organic Spring produce and the finest Italian products (Parmigiano Reggiano Bertozzi, Riso Acquerello, Di Stefano Cheese).

Saturday, March 18, 2017
10:30 AM – 1 PM
Italian Cultural Institute
1023 Hilgard Avenue – LA 90024
Space is limited! RSVP required
please call 310-824-7408 or email to classes.iicla@esteri.it to register 

 

Eat well, be happy!

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A Queen In The Kitchen Kindle Edition Live On Amazon + Giveaway

Hooray!!! A Queen In The Kitchen Kindle Edition is finally live on Amazon.

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Title: A Queen In The Kitchen

Authored by Ale Gambini

Photos by Maurizio OTTO De Togni

L.A.-based Italian food writer Ale Gambini presents traditional Milanese and Northern Italian dishes, handed down from her beloved Nonna Fernanda. Nearly a century of authentic Italian recipes, accurately explained step-by-step, prepared using only the freshest, finest and healthiest ingredients that are native to the region of Lombardy and Northern Italy in general. This book includes the staples of the Milanese cuisine such as Milanese risotto, veal ossobuco and Panettone (Christmas sweet bread).

Available on:

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Giveaway

Today is a very special day to me as a mom and woman, so I’ll be giving away a signed paperback copy of my cookbook to one of the purchasers of A Queen In The Kitchen Kindle Edition.

TO ENTER

Fill the form below and let me know that you have just got your copy of A Queen In The Kitchen Kindle Edition.

End date: March 16th, 2017.

The winner will be selected randomly and notified via email.

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

The giveaway is open worldwide!!!

 Good luck!!!

#aqueeninthekitchen #kindle #internationalwomensday

March 8th, Save The Date!!!

March 8th marks a very special day to me.

7 years ago I gave birth to the most precious gift of all…our beloved daughter Angelica! March 8th is the International Women’s Day, the celebration of women’s achievements throughout history and across nations. On March 8th 2013 I started to write my blog Bread Love And Dreams. On March 8th 2017 my very first cookbook A Queen In The Kitchen Kindle edition will be released on Amazon.

I couldn’t be happier, prouder and fulfilled.

Buon Appetito!!!

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KINDLE EDITION 
March 8th 2017

Title: A Queen In The Kitchen

Authored by Ale Gambini

Photos by Maurizio OTTO De Togni

L.A.-based Italian food writer Ale Gambini presents traditional Milanese and Northern Italian dishes, handed down from her beloved Nonna Fernanda. Nearly a century of authentic Italian recipes, accurately explained step-by-step, prepared using only the freshest, finest and healthiest ingredients that are native to the region of Lombardy and Northern Italy in general. This book includes the staples of the Milanese cuisine such as Milanese risotto, veal ossobuco and Panettone (Christmas sweet bread).

Available on:

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Chiacchiere (Italian Carnival Fried Dough)

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Today in Italy is celebrated Fat Thursday, the traditional Catholic feast marking the last Thursday before Lent and Carnevale. Carnevale is the most colorful and playful period of the year, when everyone wears a costume or a mask, and celebrates in the streets with festive parades, allegoric floats, coriandoli (paper confetti), stelle filanti (paper streamers) and delicious sweet treats such as Chiacchiere. Chiacchiere are sweet crisp pastries, deep-fried, sprinkled with powdered sugar and are known by different names depending on the regions in which they are prepared :

Lombardy : chiacchiere

Bologna : sfrappole

Tuscany : cenci

Rome : frappe

Tentino Alto Adige & Friuli Venezia Giulia : crostoli 

Liguria & Piedmont : bugie

Sardinia : meraviglias

No matter how we call them, Chiacchiere are simply delicious.

Buon Carnevale!!!

…another recipe homemade, simple and delicious included in my cookbook “A Queen In the Kitchen“.

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Available on:

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Amazon.com (US)CA, Amazon Europe: (ITFRESDE) and UK.

Recipe & Photo by Ale Gambini & Angelica- BreadLoveAndDreams.com

 

Difficulty : easy

Prep Time : 30 min. + 30 min. to rest

Cook Time : 2 min.

 

INGREDIENTS

2 cups all-purpose flour

2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened

3 tablespoons granulated sugar

2 eggs

1 pinch of salt

1 shot of Grappa

vegetable oil for frying

powdered sugar, to dust

 

DIRECTIONS

In a large bowl place the flour, make a well then add sugar, butter, eggs, salt and Grappa.

Kneed by hand until the dough becomes soft and pliable. (You can also knead with a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook).

Cover with plastic paper an allow to rest for 30 minutes in a cool place.

Divide the dough in 4 equal parts.

With a rolling pin or pasta machine, roll out the dough 1/8 inch thick.

Cut the dough with a pastry wheel or serrated knife into rectangles 2×4 inch , make 1 or 2 incisions in the middle of each rectangle.

In a large skillet, heat the oil until hot then fry the chiacchiere in small batches until both sides are golden brown.

Drain with a slotted spoon and place the chiacchiere over a serving plate covered with paper towel.

Dust with abundant powdered sugar while warm.