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Pane di Altamura DOP

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Pane di Altamura DOP
Pane di Ascoli Satriano
Pane di Laterza
Pane di Monte Sant’Angelo
Pizza sfoglia e scannatedda
Puccia
Uliata
Altamura bread is the symbol of Apulia bread. It is obtained with durum wheat semolina produced in Altamura, Gravina, Poggiorsini, Spinazzola and Minervino Murge.
It is made with the exclusive use of natural yeast (called sour dough), salt and water, and it has various characteristic shapes (“sckuanete”, “muedde” “peccelatidd”, “a mezza stufe”, “a cappidde de prevete”). Altamura bread is stone baked. In 2003 it is was awarded the Protected
Designation of Origins by the EU.
In Ascoli Satriano, near Foggia, bread is given a long shape called “filone di Orazio”, or a round shape and can weigh 2 or 5 kilos.
In Ischitella bread is seasoned with olive oil and wild fennel seeds and is called “pizza sfoglia” or “scannatedda” according to its shape.
In Laterza, bread is made in various shapes and can weigh 1,2 or 4 kilos.
The biggest bread is produced in Monte Sant’Angelo, where it is exceptionally made with flour. It can weigh up to 7 kg.
“Pucce” are very typical in the Salento and Taranto area.  
They are small and round rolls, with a diameter of 20 or  30 cm, and are called “uliate” when olives (“olive norchie” with the stone) are added in the dough.

St Louis – Late dinner after a busy day! Pumpkin risotto with mushrooms and brie

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After a busy day running around St Louis with 2 kids and lots of stuff to do, you just want to go back home and sit and have a nice dinner. Stop.

Back home while I was taking care of kids, the “chef” made a creamy pumpkin risotto with mushroom and brie…delicious!!!

It was a windy, cold day and the risotto plus a bottle of italian red wine was a perfect match!

Recipe will come soon….

St Louis – Spring season starts – Albacore Tuna with eggplant caponata

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75 F degree means that the spring season started and fresh healthy food is a must! Go to the fish market and get a fresh Tuna fillet, then some vegetables and you gonna have a great dish to eat for lunch or dinner.

Albacore

Albacore Tuna

  • 1- 5 oz. albacore tuna filet
  • ¼ cup tuna spice
  • 1 cup white caponata
  • 1 tbl saba
  • 1 tbl basil oil
  • 2 tbl blended oil
  • 2 tsp sea salt

Lightly but evenly dust tuna with spice mixture. Sear in oil in hot pan evenly on all coated sides. Meanwhile heat up the caponata in a pan over medium high heat. Plate warmed caponata on the plate. Slice the tuna in desired pieces and plate on top of caponata. Garnish with saba, basil oil and sea salt.

Tuna Spice

  • ¼ cup mustard seed
  • ¼ cup fennel seed
  • ¼ cup coriander seed

Toast spices lightly then grind to semi-fine texture.

Eggplant “Caponata” Ingredients for 8 persons:

  • 1each Large red onion
  • 2lb Eggplant
  • 1lb Zucchini
  • 8.8 oz Red Peppers
  • 8.8 oz Yellow Peppers
  • 8.8 oz Celery sticks peeled
  • 1lb Tomatoes skin off, same size of the other vegetables but put in when everything will be cooked
  • 2 each Tablespoon of tomato paste
  • 3.5 oz Sicilian Black olives
  • 1.7 oz Salted capers
  • 2 each Cup of vinegar
  • 2 each Tablespoon sugar
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • basil
  • salt / pepper
  • olive oil to fry

Procedure: Cut the eggplant into cubes salt and pepper leave for 20 minutes to get off the bitter flavor, then fry in olive oil keep crispy, don’t cook longer. Cut all the vegetables in the same shape, keep separate. In a Large pot put red onion cut in square shape and stews slowly with extra virgin olive oil, adds sugar and vinegar, (add the tomato paste) (The tomato paste change the color of the “Caponata”.) Leave cook a 3 minutes. Add the peppers and celery leave to cook for 3 minutes. Add the zucchini and leave to cook 3 minutes.Salt and pepper lightly. Cook all for a few minutes. Place the sliced olives washer capers. Get off from the heat, add fresh basil and parsley chopped and the dice of tomato and eggplants fried.

tufjano

TUFJANO VINO FIANO IGP PUGLIA (white wine Puglia)

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Colore giallo paglierino con riflessi dorati. Ha sentori varietali intensi di frutta esotica, miele di acacia e fiori gialli, che si evolvono in piacevoli profumi di frutta a polpa bianca matura. Al gusto è fresco, secco e sapido. Si accosta ai grandi piatti della tradizione pugliese, a base di pesce o di verdure e legumi.

VITIGNI: Fiano Minutolo

A GUIDE TO KNOW, COOKING, AND EATING ITALIAN FOOD

Intorchiate, Scaldatelli, Taralli

Food and wine

Treccine di farina di grano tenero impastata con olio extravergine di oliva, vino bianco, acqua, sale e lievito, prima bollite quindi farcite con mandorle e cotte in forno. Esiste una variante dolce con aggiunta di zucchero nell’impasto. Con lo stesso impasto e la stessa procedura, ma senza lievito e con l’aggiunta di semi di finocchio, si producono gli scaldatelli e i taralli.

“Intorchiate” are plait shaped biscuits made with flour mixed with extravirgin olive oil, white wine, water, salt and yeast, they are boiled first, dressed with walnuts and then baked.
A sweet variety is made adding sugar to the mixture.
“Scaldatelli” and “taralli” are made with the same procedure, adding fennel seeds but without yeast.

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St Louis….let’s try the new pizza oven

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It’s a magic time when you spend all day preparing the dough and set all the ingredients to make a dinner pizza with friends, specially if it’s the first time you try the oven!

Mark and Gianni did a great job and after 20 kind of different pizza, good beers and lots of laughter, the day ended really well!

Buon Appetito

frise

La Puglia a tavola: Le frise

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Frise
Sono ottenute con farina di semola di grano e orzo.
I taralli di pane dopo una cottura in
forno sono tagliati trasversalmente e reinfornati
perché vengano biscottati. Si conservano a lungo e
si consumano classicamente con olio e pomodoro.

Frise
“Frise” are ring shaped bread made with durum
wheat semolina and barley. After being cooked they
are cut in two and baked again. They can be kept for
long and are traditionally eaten with tomatoes and
olive oil.

MOSTACCIOLI

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Ingredienti: 1 litro di vincotto; ½ kg di farina 00; ½ kg di semola rimacinata;; 100 gr di cioccolato fondente grattugiato; un cucchiaio di cacao amaro; 150 gr di zucchero; 100 gr di mandorle tostate e tritate; una buccia di limone e una di arancia grattugiate; mezzo bicchiere di olio d’oliva; 150 gr di latte; ammoniaca per alimenti; qualche chiodo di garofano tritato.

Preparazione: riscaldare il vincotto e versarlo in una scodella. Incorporare tutti gli ingredienti amalgamandoli bene. Se l’impasto dovesse risultare troppo morbido, aggiungere altra farina. Foderare una teglia con carta da forno, spolverizzarla di farina e, con l’aiuto di un cucchiaio, distribuire il composto in tante piccole porzioni di forma tonda. Infornare a 200° per circa 10/15 minuti.

Farrata di Manfredonia

Farrata di Manfredonia

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Prodotto di antichissima tradizione, è un rustico, un tempo ottenuto con farro oggi con farina di grano tenero, farcito con ricotta di pecora aromatizzata con menta, maggiorana, cannella e pepe.

Manfredonia “Farrata”
“Farrata” is a very traditional pie. Once emmer was used for the pastry instead of flour. The pie is filled with sheep milk ricotta cheese seasoned with mint, sweet marjoram, cinnamon and pepper.

taralli

TARALLINI BOLLITI

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Ingredienti: 1 kg di farina 00; 100 ml di olio di oliva; 60 gr di lievito naturale; semi di finocchietto; peperoncino (facoltativo).

Preparazione: impastare bene tutti gli ingredienti e ricavare tanti cordoncini del diametro di 1 centimetro. Tagliarli a pezzi lunghi circa 15 cm e chiuderli a fiocco o a cerchio pressando i due estremi. Portare ad ebollizione abbondante acqua non salata, calare i tarallini un po’ alla volta e, appena vengono a galli, scolare. Disporre i tarallini bolliti in una teglia e passarli in forno a 180° per 15 minuti.