A Taste Of Italy

I’m sure many of you are familiar with the name: Giada De Laurentiis.  But, for those of you who aren’t, she is a stunning celebrity chef who started working on the Food Network in 2002. Giada was born in Rome and grew up in a large Italian family “where the culture of food was a staple in and of itself”.  She is extremely skilled and talented and her Her Emmy award winning, daytime cooking show is called “Everyday Italian. If you want to read more about her check out this link: http://www.giadadelaurentiis.com/about/

I absolutely love Italian cuisine. My all time favorite dairy restaurant in Manhattan is Va Bene which has the BEST kosher cuisine of Rome http://www.vabenenyc.com/. Everyone has one of those restaurants that becomes the family place you go to on EVERY birthday, anniversary and special occasion, well, Va Bene is mine.

I have only been to Italy once when I was much younger and I remember we had a lot of trouble finding kosher foods. I recently read an article that Italy is now promoting more kosher foods. Thought you might find it interesting to read:

Italians Promote Kosher in the US with Embassy Reception

July 25 2011: “Washington, DC…The Italian government has long been a supporter of Italy’s growing role in the global kosher market. It has in the past sponsored major seminars in Milan and Rome for Italy’s food manufacturers on making inroads in the kosher market in the US. Coinciding with this year’s 57th Summer Fancy Food Show here, the Italian Embassy sponsored a “Kosher for Everyone” reception on July 11th which was organized by the Italian Trade Commission with the support of the Italian Ministry of Economic Development…” http://www.koshertoday.com/news.asp#Italians

There are SOOO many amazing recipes I have for Italian food but today ill give you my personal favorite Foccacia Bread recipe. This was one of the great recipes I learned in Culinary School.  It’s pretty simple that I actually made it three times in one day.

FOCCACIA BREAD:

1 Tbsp Sugar

1 Tbsp dry yeast

12 fl. Oz Lukewarm Water

1 lb 2 oz All Purpose Flour

1.5 tsp Kosher Salt

1.5 oz Onions (chopped finely or grated)

Rosemary

Olives or tomatoes (optional)

1.  In one bowl add the yeast to the water and mix, let sit for a few minutes

2. In another bowl add flour and salt together

3. Mix in sugar, onions, flour/salt mixture to the water/yeast mixture

4. Now cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let dough ferment and rise until it doubles

5. Brush ½ sheet pan with oil and put dough in a rectangle shape onto the sheet pan and brush oil on top of dough

6. Let it proof for about 20 minutes to rise again

7.  Sprinkle with rosemary, kosher salt and if you want to add olives or small slices of tomato add it now

8. Bake in a preheated oven at 400 degrees

9. Once dough looks golden and ready take it out of the oven and enjoy!!

FOOD FOR THOUGHT:

“La cucina di un popolo è la sola esatta testimonianza della sua civiltà.”

(The cuisine of a country is the only exact demonstration of its civilization.)

~Anonymous

Speak to you soon,

Nicole Doreen

Foccacia with Olives and Tomatoes

Foccacia Bread
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2 responses to “A Taste Of Italy

  1. That bread looks absolutely delicious! I loved that you put tomatoes in it! Thanks for sharing! I’m new to blogging here and I just love how supportive and creative everyone is! If you have time, could you please check out my blog? http://shecooksandheeats.wordpress.com/ If you have any, I would love some advice 🙂

  2. Thanks so much!!
    I am definitely going to check out your blog 🙂

    And yea i love that you can put any toppings on the Foccacia… I also tried it with sauteed zucchini which was really good.

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