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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).

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A Queen In The Kitchen In-Home Cooking Classes

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I’m flattered to announce my new in-home cooking classes!!!

A Queen In The Kitchen in-home cooking classes will teach you how to cook like an Italian in the comfortable setting of your own kitchen. Enjoy an authentic Italian meal with your family and friends at home.

Buon Appetito!!!

 

What to expect

  • Authentic Italian food.
  • Fresh and seasonal ingredients.
  • Recipes and culinary tips & tricks.
  • A taste of every dish.
  • A complimentary eco-friendly reusable shopping bag “A Queen In The Kitchen”.

 

Classes 

  • Approximately 3 hours
  • Hands-on class.
  • Up to 8 participants.
  • Home cook of all levels are welcome.

 

Where 

  • Los Angeles Area

 

Cooking Class Price 

  • $69 per person

 

Book a Cooking Class

alegambini@breadloveanddreams.com

 

A Queen In the Kitchen You Tube Channel

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Drum roll, please!!!
On the occasion of the upcoming new episodes of my cooking series A Queen In The Kitchen based on my very first cookbook A Queen In The Kitchen: Nonna Fernanda’s Authentic Northern Italian Cuisine With a Twist of Me, I’ve just launched a new You Tube channel aqueeninthekitchen .

Please, take a moment to subscribe (it’s free). We really appreciate the support!

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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:

buy4

A Queen In the Kitchen Kindle Edition

Save the date!!! On March 8th 2017A Queen In The Kitchen Kindle edition will be available worldwide. Pre-order your copy of  A Queen In The Kitchen Kindle edition now on Amazon.

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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:

buy4

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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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.

Hazelnut Crème Brûlée…Happy Valentine’s Day!!!

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“Cooking is love made visible.” ~ Anonymous

Hazelnut Crème Brûlée is my way to celebrate the “sweetest” day of the year. Crème Brûlée is a French dessert consisting of a rich custard base, topped with a layer of caramelized sugar. I flavored this scrumptious dessert with hazelnut spread and garnished with organic fresh berries.

Happy Valentine’s Day!!!

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Servings : 6

Difficulty : easy

Prep Time : 15 min.+ 2 hours rest

Cook Time : 45 min.

 

INGREDIENTS

5 egg yolks

1/3 cup granulated sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 pint heavy whipping cream, room temperature

6 tbsp hazelnut spread

granulated sugar, to sprinkle

 

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven at 250 F degrees.

With a hand or stand mixer, beat egg yolks and sugar until white and frothy.

Stir in the vanilla extract.

Gradually add the heavy whipping cream and whisk until smooth.

Spread evenly a tablespoon of hazelnut spread on the bottom of each ramekin.

Pour the cream mixture into the prepared ramekins, filling them almost to the top.

Bake for about 45 minutes or until set but still trembling in the center.

Allow to cool at room temperature.

Let rest in the fridge for at least 2 hours.

Sprinkle each custard with a thin layer of granulated sugar and caramelize with a kitchen torch until a crispy top forms. (If you don’t have the torch, place the ramekins under the broiler for a couple of minutes)

Serve immediately accompanied with fresh berries.

Valentine’s Cooking Class

Watch me LIVE tomorrow at 12pm on  https://www.facebook.com/foodiamocom for a very special Valentine’s Cooking Class at the Italian Cultural Institute of Los Angeles.

Stay tuned and  Buon Appetito!!!

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