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Filling Easter Baskets Locally at Virgilio’s Bakery

 

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Thursday I was inspire to create nontraditional Easter Basket for a dear friend, after spotting a mini can of my favorite Partanna Olive Oil, on sale at Virgilo’s Bakery. Creative thoughts immediately began running through my head the moment I laid eyes on the adorable, tomato red, petite sized can of Partanna Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Partanna Oil has been a staple ingredient in my pantry for many years. It’s used for sautéing, cooking, dressings, Pannini and everything in between on a daily basis in my kitchen by me and my twins! “Pani Cunsatu,” Hot Seasoned Italian Bread made with Partanna Oil is son BJ’s favorite after school snack. The fragrant Sicilian Olive Oil enhances the flavors of all ingredients it’s paired with.  

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If you’re looking to create a nontraditional Easter Basket for a special someone who has a passion for cooking or are planning to prepare an Easter Feast, or have been assigned to fix a salad to share you must include and use this oil.

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Step away from the traditional Easter Basket this year and shop Virgilio’s Bakery for their classic assortment of dried pasta, and Italian specialty items. Many of the specialty ingredients used in the recipe collection included in my cookbook “Gifts of Gold In A Sicilian Kitchen With Sista Felicia;Harvest,” can be purchased locally at Virgilio’s bakery.” 

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Pick up the key ingredients for your special someone’s favorite Italian dish and creatively weave them into a beautiful Easter basket this year. Spring is around the corner, love is in the air, and Italians know the fastest way to someone heart is through their stomach with flavorful foods.

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Embellish a gift basket with decorative bow and get shopping for ingredients to fill personalized Italian Theme Easter Baskets at Virgilio’s this week! Endless ideas will come to those who think out of the basket…

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Look for the story and recipe in “Gifts Of Gold” surrounding my childhood memory my grandfather’s Italian Variety store “Pat’s Center Grocery,” with aunt Gina using Italian Tuna!IMG_4352

The basket shown above was created with an assortment of Italian specialty ingredients needed to create Pasta with Sardines, “Pasta‘a Milanisa” is an authentic Sicilian recipe highlighted on page #160 in my cookbook “Gifts Of Gold.” This recipe is real old school cooking. Sardines are known to have a very distinct strong flavor but that’s simply not the case in this dish! You won’t know what you’re missing until you give this recipe a try! Pasta with Sardines it’s heavenly!

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 Note~above basket is not included in the Virgilio’s Italian Dinner Easter Basket Raffle

For my Hot Seasoned Italian Bread, “Pani Cunsatu” recipe see “Gifts of Gold In A Sicilian Kitchen With Sista Felicia; Harvest” page #182

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A friendly reminder to pick up a few containers of  “Ceci” roasted chic pea, and “Simenzi” salted pumpkin seeds” for the car ride home and late night holiday card game with the family!

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 Enter to win the Italian Dinner Easter Basket

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at Virgilio’s This week!

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Be sure to Enter you name in the drawing  to win this Italian Dinner Basket at Virgilio’s Bakery…applicable to all who make a purchase and fill out a red ticket located on display in the store. Basket includes, 1 Dried Pasta, 1 Virgilio’s Bread Dipping Oil, 1 Tomato Basil Pasta Sauce and 1 Italian bread.

***While shopping don’t forget to place an order for Virgilio’s famous breads and Dinner Rolls for your Easter celebration!****

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Virginia Smith Is This Weeks GMG Cook!

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Sunday Sugu so good !

 

Virginia Smith Writes~ Felicia, I finally made the Sunday Sugu ,Cunnsata Muddica,Meatballs. My family loved it all. Glad I had enough for freezer !This recipe came from Felicia Ciaramitaro Mohan‘s “Gifts of Gold” cookbook. A few differences from my usual however just so delicious with the Mudica Cunsata meatballs. !!!

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Sista’s Favorite Kitchen Gadget Of The Week!

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Mother natures’  unpredictable climate this time of year makes espresso lovers official decision to switch from enjoying a daily hot espresso, to enjoying an iced espresso a big challenge. This weeks favorite kitchen gadget is my Keurig Café One-Touch Milk Frother. This handy little gadget has made my transition from hot espresso to iced espresso a lot easier to drink.  I have found that a warm frothy dollop of milk floating on top of my iced espresso is a heavenly in between beverage. I know I’m breaking all the rules by adding warm frothy milk to an Iced beverage, and it really defeats the whole concept of drinking an “iced beverage”, but this combination is perfect on a day like today when the temperature outside is neither hot or cold enough to commit one way or the other! Coffee connoisseurs will definitely disagree, but it’s working for me, and I highly recommend trying it! 

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Lentil Salad With Lemon Vinaigrette Dressing

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Lentil Salad With Lemon Vinaigrette Dressing

Ingredients

2 cups dried lentils

1 medium red bell pepper

1 large fennel bulb

1 cup thinly sliced red onion

1/4 cup freshly chopped parsley

Lemon Vinaigrette Ingredients

juice of one large lemon

1/4 cup olive oil

1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon  freshly ground pepper

1 tablespoon granulated sugar

2 large garlic cloves finely minced

Step-by-Step

1 combine all vinaigrette ingredients in mixing bowl; whisk together; reserve

2 place lentils and large sauce pan; cover with 2 inches water above lentils; bring to rolling boil; cover; lower heat; simmer 15 minutes; strain in colander; reserve

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3  cut peppers into 1/4 -1/2 inch pieces; reserve in serving bowl

4 thinly slice red onion and fennel; add to serving bowl

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5  add reserved lentils; toss; add garlic; pour reserved vinaigrette over-the-top; mix; refrigerate 1 hour;  top with  freshly chopped parsley just before serving

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Note~ Will keep refrigerated in airtight container 5 days