Posts made in March, 2009

Easter Recipe: Schiacciata Pasquale Cake

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There is a very typical Tuscan Easter cake that you may have heard about or tasted during a trip to Tuscany, albeit it must have been during Easter time, as it is not available beforehand and afterwards. The Schiacciata Pasquale. The recipe is very simple, and the preparation, although a bit long due to the rising time, is very easy. This is a delicious cake to eat after the Easter lunch or dinner, and also makes for a great Easter breakfast. The ingredients are: 350 g of water, 30 g of active brewer’s yeast, 1 pinch of salt, 500 g of flour, 200 grams of sugar, 5 eggs, 80 grams of UNSALTED butter, 1 orange, 1 tablespoon of anise (fennel) seeds and 1 shot of Strega liquor. Now a note on Strega. This liquor might be a challenge to find outside of Italy. It...

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Chianti Classico Lifestyle

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I don’t know why anybody else didn’t think about it earlier…Chianti Classico Lifestyle! It’s born the world branded “Gallo Nero” (Black Rooster). It is the first time in Italy that a safeguard association gives life to an exclusive line of merchandise. Scent your house with the fragrances of the Chianti hills, showcase an original Gallo Nero t-shirt produced in limited edition, or take notes on an elegant food-connoisseur notebook branded Gallo Nero: it is now possible thanks to the exclusive line of merchandise “Chianti Classico Lifestyle” created by the Consorzio Vino Chianti Classico, a world of products and gadgets. This is the first time in Italy that a safeguard consortium gives life to such a broad range...

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At Easter Treat Yourself with a Tuscan Spa

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Do you have a free week at Easter time and don’t know where you want to spend it? Go outside of the usual cliches, fly or drive to Tuscany for a full week of beneficial relaxation, great for your mind and spirit. Tuscany is the first thermal region of Italy with about thirty resorts that represent the new temples of health. Here the usual beauty of the Tuscan land is enriched by new tourist facilities, invigorating streams, caves and waterfalls of hot water. These enchanting places are a bliss where nature responds to the human need for health and wellness. The spa is the tourism of the new millennium, a careful balance between physical good shape and inner serenity. The famous painter De Chirico used to say about the Montecatini spas: “Air, water,...

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Magic Maremma

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Crystal seas and wild horses, intimate coves and Mediterranean bush, scents and tastes of a land that leaves its mark. A trip to the Maremma region in Tuscany is an all-comprehensive experience, filled with plenty of natural stimuli, something that enriches and can change the perception of each one. Even here in Tuscany there are virgin territories, and the Maremma is one of these. Maremma is a famous land, of which many know the story. A tale linked to memories and evocative images: sparkling sea and golden beaches, lagoons with clouds of birds that rise in the air, rolling hills and wild areas, dense pine forests and herds governed by cowboys. Once it was a cursed land, a swamp infested by malaria; today it’s pure beauty, a wild splendor that gets to your...

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Easter Peaches from Prato: a Historic Dessert

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At the end of March 1861 the Contrucci Inn of Piazza del Duomo was the stage of a great dinner to which participated the most fervent patriots from Prato to celebrate the unification of Italy, that had happened that very same year. The chef served a delicious menu with the most famous national specialties. The dinner took place among the most enthusiastic applause for the protagonists of Prato who had distinguished themselves in combat during the Risorgimento. The chef and his dishes were also applauded so much that the cook was repeatedly called to the fore. The dessert was the final triumph of the spirit of the banquet: the chef brought to the table pastries in the shape of peaches. On each he had struck a little Italian flag right where in the globe-shaped...

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