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Archive for October, 2008

Veal with Marsala

Thursday, October 16th, 2008

Veal with Marsala Scaloppine Alla Marsala

Ingredients:

1 lb. thin Veal Cutlets
1 sliced Lemon
½ cup Flour
½ cup Marsala (sweet sherry)
3 tbs. Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Method:

Have veal cutlets flattened and cut into 4-inch pieces. Roll veal in flour. Heat skillet; add olive oil; brown cutlets quickly. Add marsala. Cover; simmer over low flame about 5 minutes or until meat is tender. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Serve very hot with lemon slices. Serves 4. 

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Panzanella Italian Style

Thursday, October 16th, 2008


Panzanella: A Fabulous Italian Bread Appetizer

Tomatoes are one of the most versatile and flexible vegetables, and what you can do with them is only limited by your imagination. Below, you will find a recipe, which is one creative way of showing this delicious vegetable’s versatility.

In order to make Panzanella or Italian style bread, you will need the following ingredients:

6 cups day-old crusty peasant-style bread, cut or torn into bite size pieces
1/3 cup to ¼ cup olive oil
Sea salt and pepper to taste
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 table spoons balsamic vinegar
4 medium tomatoes cut into small wedges
¾ cup red onion, sliced
10 fresh basil leaves, shredded
½ cup pitted green olives, halved
1 cup mozzarella cheese (marinated, if desired), cut into bite size pieces

Before anything else, preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Toss the bread in 1/3 cup olive oil, sea salt, pepper, and garlic. When everything is full coated, lay the bread on a baking sheet and toast in the preheated oven for about 15 to 20 minutes, or until the bread has turned into a golden brown color.

Remove the bread from the oven and cool slightly. In a separate bowl, whisk together ¼ cup olive oil and vinegar. Stir the toasted bread with the rest of the ingredients. Finally, add the vinaigrette. Let the salad stand for about 20 minutes before serving, in order for the flavors to be fully absorbed and blended.

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Fresh Sliced Tomato and Avocado Salad with Balsamic

Wednesday, October 15th, 2008

Fresh Sliced Tomato and Avocado Salad with Gorgonzola Cheese, Balsamic Vinegar, and Olive Oil

This simple yet delicious recipe combines fresh, simple ingredients with some of the most delicious and rich ingredients that can be found. This yields four to six servings.

Take a head of crisp Boston lettuce, or crisp leaf lettuce. Clean the head, core, and dry and separate into individual leaves. Nest, take two large, firm and ripe tomatoes; core them and slice them into thin wedges or slices. You will also need to firm, ripe avocados. Peel the fruit and remove the seeds. Slice them thinly and sprinkle the avocado with lemon juice to prevent the avocado from discoloring.

Other ingredients needed will include: extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar (as desired); salt and freshly ground black pepper for seasoning; crumbled Gorgonzola or Roquefort or Stilton or blue cheese – whichever is desired – at room temperature; and about one to two tablespoons chopped parsley or Italian parsley.

Arrange the lettuce leaves on a serving platter. Arrange the tomatoes and avocado on top of the lettuce leaves and sprinkle them with salt and pepper to taste. Take your olive oil and balsamic vinegar and drizzle the desired amount over the vegetables and fruit. Be careful, though, not put too much of the oil and vinegar as it will make the tomatoes and avocadoes soggy. Top it all off with the crumbled cheese and a garnishing of fresh or Italian parsley. You can now serve your salad and enjoy it immediately.

There are several variations that can be made with this recipe as well. You can add a small Vidalia onion, thinly sliced and separated into rings. Any other sweet variety onion will do as well too. You may also add green onions and ripe or black olives over your appetizer.

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Whisking the vinaigrette

Tuesday, October 14th, 2008

Dressing It Up Simply

Anywhere you go, the basic ingredients behind the vinaigrette salad dressing is something acidic, and an oil. Some of the most popular acids used in vinaigrette are vinegar and citrus juice, mixed with olive, nut, or neutral flavored oils.

In preparing the dressing, all you have to do is to briskly whisk the oil and vinegar together in order for their flavors to mesh together. When your dressings are not emulsified, the mixture of the oil and vinegar always separate afterwards, which is why whisking the ingredients before using them is always a good idea. If you want to keep the two substances together, an emulsifier is needed. Some of the most common emulsifiers being used are Dijon mustard. For a successful emulsion, the trick is to mix the emulsifier and the acid together before gradually whisking in the oil. Adding the oil too quickly will only result in the separation of the two ingredients – or a kitchen “break”. Similarly, adding the mustard to an acid oil mixture will only result in the clumping of the mustard.

One of the best tricks in whisking involves the use of a kitchen towel. This simple yet effective method helps the process of whisking. If your bowl is jostling around, take a kitchen towel and twist it until taut. Form the towel into a ring and set your bowl atop your towel ring. This helps to stabilize your bowl and facilitate the whisking.

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Client gifts and realtor closing gift

Tuesday, October 14th, 2008

Subject: Grape Cruets as client and closing gifts

Question from one of our business customers.

Hello…I am a real estate agent that sells A LOT of real estate. Recently, my husband and I took a vacation for our anniversary and the restaurant we ate at had your grape cruets. I insisted that the waiter find out where I could get one for myself and he did and I order one and got it today. I LOVE it! I am thinking this would be the PERFECT closing gift for each of my clients forever. Is there ANY chance you sell them in bulk and they can be engraved with my name and phone number? Please let me know.
Thanks – Alexis

Hello Alexis,
The Grape Cruet is indeed a very popular gift item, in fact every Christmas, several companies choose it to send out to their client gift list. We do offer it wholesale to businesses. We have a wholesale minimum of 12
units. As a realtor, you can certainly purchase from us in wholesale quantities. Regarding the engraving: we do not offer engraving as the glass is a laboratory borosilicate glass of restaurant grade and durability. Any mistake with the engraving process will ruin the cruet. We sell this item to high end hotels and gift shops and they simply add their card or stamp to the white box the cruet comes in. The cruet is hand blown in Europe and is unique in nature that most people who receive them as gifts do not forget who it was who gifted it to them. 

If you plan on any type of Christmas quantity purchase, please consider doing so before Nov 10. As we get closer to Christmas the retail sales will absorb our inventory. FYI, during the rest of the year, we always have the Grape Cruet in stock.

If we can be of further assistance please do not hesitate to us.

cruets.com.   888-884-3755

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Online Gift Shopping this Holiday Season

Monday, October 13th, 2008

Because of the high gas prices and consumer’s reluctance to travel, online gift shopping is going to be that way of this year’s holiday season. Unique gourmet gifts that people can use are something to think about giving your friends and family this year. Something will treasure the entire year because they will be using it on a daily or near daily basis.

Gourmet gifts such as the ones at Cruets.com, offer an ideal selection for the perfect gift for everyone on your holiday list this season, especially those hard to buy for people. Everyone cooks, so why not give them a gourmet gift they can use year round or set on their counter as a beautiful centerpiece to enjoy all four seasons.

There are many gourmet gifts to choose from.  Gourmet oil and vinegar and beautiful hand blown cruets in the shape of tomatoes or grapes; which is a vessel inside the vessel. This cruet style keeps the oil separated from the vinegar until it’s time to pour in the same decanter.

Another gift set that will catch your eye is the Bread Dipping Gift Set. This gift set includes single serving white stoneware bread dipping dishes available in the gift basket of four, perfect for gift giving. The bread dipping dishes have a built-in swirl design so when you pour on your oil and vinegar, it runs into the grooves and makes a beautiful display. Those who love to entertain would love to have these beautiful appetizer dipping dishes. This gift set comes with flavorful gourmet bread dipping herbs and spices and imported Italian Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

There are also unique dripless drizzling cruets for drizzling just the right amounts of vinegar and oil onto breads and salads. They are also hand blown by European artisans and would look lovely on any table. 

Save the gas, the parking hassel, and the time spent traveling to and from the shopping centers this year. Gourmet gift sets and unique gift ideas are only a few clicks away at Cruets.com this Holiday Season.

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Bread Dipping Dishes Gift Set

Monday, October 13th, 2008

Bread dipping dishes gift set are the small dishes perfect for dipping sauces such as olive oil, herbs and spices, balsamic vinegar, with Parmesan cheese or any other cheeses that you can dip your bread into while you’re waiting for your main course or your salad at a restaurant. Now you can have this at home with this lovely gift set you can find online the at Cruets.com . They are reasonably priced see you can order more than one set for everyone on your list.These lovely Italian bread dipping dishes have a built-in swirl so when you pour the oil or Balsamic vinegar onto the dish it follows the swirl and makes a lovely pattern. Bread dripping dishes gift set make the perfect holiday hostess gift when going to a party or they make a great gift for someone at your office or a neighbor or your child’s teacher or a friend or family member. Anyone who enjoys entertaining would love to receive these lovely bread dishes to be used again and again before meals at dinner parties they hold that their house.

Bread dripping dishes gift set allows each person to have their own bread dish for dipping instead of sharing which can cause all kinds of problems the least of which is elbow room. All that is required is the addition of a fresh baked loaf of Italian or French bread … sliced in 3/4 inch thick slices; Add the flavorful Extra Virgin Italian Olive Oil, sprinkle in the Bread Dipping Herbs and Spices… and enjoy!

Bread dripping dishes gift set are white stoneware and are the perfect accent to any décor because they absorb the colors around them and make the perfect accent to whatever dining style you’ve set your table to. Comes in sets of four single serving dishes, each stoneware dish is made in the USA, microwave and dishwasher safe. This gift set makes an ideal Christmas gift for any kitchen.

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Healthy eating with oil and vinegar

Sunday, October 12th, 2008

Taking a Healthier Step

Oil and vinegar? At what cost? In this modern day and age, when our schedules are more hectic and busier than ever, it is no surprise that we are all looking for ways to cut down on food preparation time. The preparation of healthy, all natural food takes a backseat to the other things that are going on in our lives and more often than not, in order to make things easier for us, we end up buying food that is commercially prepared. And although these ready-made foods are helpful in ways, they may actually cause us more harm than good, without us even realizing it.

One very good example of our corner-cutting ways is buying ready made salad dressing. Commercially prepared dressings are made with a lot of additives, preservatives, damaged and damaging polyunsaturated oils, and even hydrogenated fats. All these unhealthy substances can be found, and we actually purchase it, without knowing how unhealthy it actually is. Most people look at salad dressing as a complicated mixture and to make the effort to actually prepare your own homemade dressing is too much of a hassle. But contrary to this popular belief, salad dressing is incredibly easy to make. The basic ingredients? A healthy fat, an acid, and an emulsifier if you are aiming for a creamier dressing.

Try this simple vinaigrette recipe and prove it to yourself that making your own healthy salad dressing is a piece of cake: take the juice of half a lemon, squeezing it into a small bowl. This will serve as the acid of the mixture. Next, add in a tablespoon of Dijon mustard, which will be the emulsifier for this dressing. Finally, take a cup of extra virgin olive oil and incorporate it into the mixture; slowly drizzle it into your mixture of lemon juice and mustard while continuously and vigorously whisking. After mixing all the olive oil, all you have to do is season your dressing with salt and pepper and you’ve got yourself a rich and creamy dressing that literally just took less than five minutes to prepare.

Maybe you are wondering what an emulsifier is? What is the mustard for? Well, an emulsifier acts as a binder between the oil and acid (lemon juice or vinegar), helping to keep them together. Aside from Dijon mustard, an egg yolk is another versatile ingredient that is used as an emulsifier; you can even use a combination of the two to make a really rich and creamy dressing. Always remember, though, that you always mix the acid and emulsifier first, followed by any other ingredients, and finally the oil. It may also be a good idea to use an electric mixer instead of whisking the dressing by hand; this will speed up the process and save you from tiring your arm!

This simple recipe is a basic recipe and modifications to this are endless. You can play up your vinaigrette by adding your favorite herbs to the mix, chopping them finely to attain the ultimate flavor. Add some anchovy paste, chopped garlic, or even some chopped capers and you’ve got yourself a Caesar dressing. You can even infuse your dressing with fruit flavors, such as grapefruit juice for a grapefruit vinaigrette or some mashed raspberry for a raspberry vinaigrette. The acid in your dressing can also be substituted and changed; instead of plain old lemon juice, try using balsamic vinegar, or any other flavored vinegar for an interesting change.

So whenever you reach for that packet on the supermarket shelf, think again. With this simple recipe, it makes purchasing those synthetically flavored dressings unnecessary. And with little imagination and creativity, you can come up with unique concoctions that may even be far better than what can be found in the pack. Not only does this recipe keep you away reprocessed food, this proves that delicious, simple food is possible – an invaluable addition to your table.

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Gift Idea from the Italian Kitchen

Saturday, October 11th, 2008

Gift Idea from Italy

Is there a better gift idea than Gourmet food? Holidays, Birthdays and Anniversaries come every year and often we find ourselves unable to find the perfect gift idea. As we all know, most people like good food. So why not send a unique Gourmet food gift?

A Gourmet food gift is the ideal gift idea for that special person who you may have searched the mall over for something special, and are never able to find. The taste and flavor of Gourmet food gifts are known to be new, exciting, extraordinary, and perhaps something the recipient would never purchase their selves. Such may be the case with imported Italian olive oil and Balsamic Vinegar. Cold pressed olive oil matched with aged Italian balsamic vinegar makes a splendid gift idea. These accoutrements will not only add merit to any oil and vinegar recipe, but are also good for your health!

Our authentic Modena Balsamic Vinegar has become a popular Housewarming gift idea, and has been gaining popularity among friends who love to cook. A good bottle of Aceto Gran Reserva 25 Balsamico di Modena may never make it to the post office to be sent. Instead, it gets opened at home. Now, isn’t that the kind of gift idea worth considering?

Come and see for yourself. Visit Cruets.com sometime, and browse through our wonderful unique display of Gourmet gifts. 

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Oil and Vinegar unique Gifts

Saturday, October 11th, 2008

Holiday Season gourmet gifts

With the approaching holidays comes food, dispensing of condiments, and then even more food. The Grape cluster oil and vinegar glass Cruet provides an elegant unique gourmet gift idea that fits well on any table. Unlike most holiday items, this is one that can be used again and again, after the holidays are over. Each Grape Cruet is hand-blown by glass artisans in Europe.

We offer an exquisite line of Gourmet oil and vinegar Cruets throughout the year to suit Birthdays, Anniversaries, Weddings, or Corporate gifts.

This year we added some outstanding items to our product line: Balsamic Vinegars direct from Italy. Also an elegantly custom designed set of matched Drizzle Cruets that has already started to receive rave reviews from users. Our newest addition to cruets.com is a beautifully designed Bread Dipping Dish which can be purchased separately or in a Bread Dipping Gift Set. Bread dipping is known to be very healthy and flavorsome, especially when used with our new Bread Dipping Herbs and Spices. Why not provide your dinner guests with a unique taste experience?

Having a stylish bread dipping dish can make all the difference to the table presentation. Our Bread Dipping Dishes are designed so that when olive oil is added to the dish, different hues of color can be seen, providing an artistically appetizing focal point to the table setting. As Gourmet gifts, each of our new unique products make excellent and affordable gift selections that will fit well in any kitchen.

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