(waiting for dad to wake up)
(his final birthday dessert of the week)
I am behind on posting… I have a ton of pictures to post and I will hopefully get to them next week.
I love to celebrate birthdays. Josh’s celebration began over the weekend. We took a long weekend trip to Bari, Italy (pictures and details next week). We have eaten at one of our favorite restaurants, Arbustum House. Tonight I made his first cake and he opened some gifts. More eating to follow in the week! His gifts so far are a set of limoncello glasses and a wine stopper…both of which he has already put to use!
A few weeks before Christmas we went to the Applebees on base. Giuliana’s brother Salvatore and his girlfriend Manuela were in town from Sicily and wanted some ‘American’ food. Although not the best American food, that is what is available to us. Salvatore sent me a few pictures from the lunch that I thought I would post.
I have started a blog for my recipes. You can click on the link to the right of this page to access it!
I tried a new wine this evening. I liked it very much… so much that I did a bit of research to find it. The white wine is not sold down here in Southern Italy. It came from Northern Italy— the region of Piedmont. Low and behold, you can have it shipped from distributors in the States. Funny, I am in Italy and can’t get it, but you can! I thought I would share the info for any wine enthusiasts who might be interested.
The dry wine is soft and fruity, with apple, cream and honey character. Medium-bodied, with bright, citrusy acidity. Medium finish, with lemon skin and straw flavors. The grape is a white variety grown throughout much of Italy, but most widely known for the lovely wines it produces in Piedmont’s Gavi DOCG.
The 750 ml. bottle can cost up to $30. I found it on sale for $16 at this website: http://winelibrary.com/reviewwine.asp?item=42209
I also found it for $18 at this website: http://www.samswine.com/Villa%20Sparina%20Gavi%20di%20Gavi%202007/10073915,default,pd.html?cgid=WINE&utm_source=Vinquire&utm_medium=WineFeed&utm_term=winebottle&utm_campaign=base
Another tip— any wine store will usually special order requests for you if you order several bottles.
A couple requests have been made for my brownie cookies. This is a super easy recipe. They are a bit rich, so have a glass of milk standing by!
1 bag (12 oz.) semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 bag (12 oz.) white chocolate chips
6 Tbsp. (3/4 stick) unsalted butter
1 cup sugar
1/3 cup all purpose flour
1/2 Tsp. baking powder
In a microwave-safe bowl, heat semi-sweet chips and butter for 2 minutes. Stir with spatula and heat for another 2 minutes. Stir until smooth. Set aside.
In a large bowl with electric mixer, beat eggs and sugar until thick. Mix in the chocolate mixture. Mix in baking powder and then flour. With a spatula, gently stir in the white chips.
Using a sheet of plastic wrap, form dough in to a log (you will make 2 of these). The dough will be very soft, so use the plastic wrap to hold in a log shape. Wrap it tightly. Put in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour, or until firm.
Preheat the oven to 375. Unwrap dough. With a sharp knife cut into slices (I kind of mold my slices into a circle). Place slices apart on parchment-lined cookie sheet (or a greased sheet). Bake 13 to 15 minutes. A shiny crust will form on top and the center will still be gooey looking. Cool cookies on a rack.