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  • Mariah Carey Archives | Italia Living
    Lifestyle Home About Us Article Categories Arts Auto Yacht Celebrity Spotlight Fashion Finance Food Wine Home Garden Lifestyle Luxury Products Travel Wellness Featured Contributors Pietro s Italy Notable Merchants Links Mariah Carey Hosts Party at Breathtaking Lake Como Estate April 2016 By Italia Living The 60M 18th century mansion Villa Napoleon I Filed Under Celebrity Spotlight Featured Travel Tagged With Lake Como Mariah Carey Villa Napoleon I Ways to follow

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  • Fitness Benefits from Olive Oil and Coffee | Italia Living
    topping for your favorite salad by combining olive oil with herbs vinegar or lemon juice Experiment with flavors to find those you like the best Making your own dressings allows you to control how much virgin olive oil is used You can also use virgin olive oil to make marinades sauces and gravy Swallow virgin olive oil to reduce the discomfort from a sore throat A spoonful can soothe a sore dry or scratchy throat when you have the common cold allergies or strep throat Add virgin olive oil to your skin care routine Drizzle some in your bath or rub it into your skin to keep it moist and healthy These benefits also result from eating virgin olive oil but the results from direct contact with your skin are evident right away You can also combine virgin olive with sugar and use the mixture to exfoliate your skin when it is dry and flaky Virgin olive oil can also improve the health and look of your hair and nails when applied directly to them as a moisturizer Coffee Extend Your Workout Physiologically caffeine makes us you feel alert pumps adrenaline to give you energy and changes dopamine production to make you feel good Another espresso anyone Fueling your workout with caffeine will help you lift longer A recent study published in Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise found that men who drank 2 1 2 cups of coffee a few hours before an exercise test were able to sprint 9 percent longer than when they didn t drink any It s believed the caffeine directly stimulates the muscles Sure there are drinks with added caffeine but in many cases not all the additives are good for you A simple cup of coffee or espresso will do the trick without the unnecessary extras And since sprinting and weight lifting are both anaerobic activities exercises that don t require oxygen a jolt of joe will help you pump out more reps Do not drink it if you have a history of high blood pressure Researchers are studying the possibility that caffeine in coffee has the ability to block the chemicals in the body that cause soreness after a workout and to reduce pain overall These findings potentially offer the idea that coffee can help you to workout harder and longer because you will be less sore as a result The additional benefits of coffee have been well studied and documented Harvard researchers found that coffee drinkers have a 30 percent lower risk of Parkinson s disease than nondrinkers Coffee has also been acknowledged for its high antioxidant content which more than triples that of green tea It s a common misconception that espresso has more caffeine than regularly brewed coffee The average single shot of espresso made with arabica contains between 45 and 70 mg of caffeine One 8 oz cup of brewed coffee can contain between 106 and 200mg of caffeine Normally the stronger tasting and darker the coffee

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  • Italian Moms Spreading Their Art to Every Table | Italia Living
    antipasto pasta breads pizza main dishes and desserts And unlike many fussy complicated recipes that rely on specialized ingredients and techniques Costantini s rustic authentic recipes call for only fresh simple ingredients available at local markets Her clear writing allows even novice cooks to bring the old world charm of the Italian countryside to their home dining room tables Her book also shares stories of her life and explains the culinary history of food from the Abruzzo Region in Italy Elisa has published this book after the death of her husband and an expensive battle with cancer left her concerned about her financial independence in these trying times She complied the book with the help of her son Frank Costantini When asked to comment he said This book will not be easy to say the least Like most great cooks a pinch of this a pinch of that is traditionally the way around a stove so working with mom over the past few months to capture her secrets on paper took some time but a project as her son I was committed to seeing come to print Being the daughter of farmers she learned to cook at a very young age as an apprentice to a local chef using simple fresh ingredients to create wonderful food for those closest to her At the age of twenty three she immigrated to the United States with her late husband Francesco and daughter Nadia Once there she started from scratch to build a family and an endless circle of friends For more than 35 years she has used her expert cooking skills to provide for children with special needs at Divine Providence Village in Springfield Pennsylvania In addition Elisa will begin her cooking tour in July first stop is at Culterra Magica in

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  • Italy’s “Sweet” Salt | Italia Living
    taste testing the salinity of the water evaluating it as do sommeliers with wine Starting in 1989 volunteers descendants of the area s salt miners gather salt twice weekly from June through September You can schedule a visit on Sundays or Thursdays to watch the process and chat with these dedicated volunteers and although production is understandably very limited each visitor receives a complimentary bag of this exceptional salt Cervia a small town in Emilia Romagna on the Adriatic coast is dubbed the city of white gold as it has been renowned for salt production for millennium The town is now a heritage site and in the 1990s was also given special Presidia status by its Slow Food Association which protects products on the verge of extinction Aerial view salt marshes Cervia s terrain is ideal for salt production with clean seawater close to a large expanse of treeless flatlands which allows for delivery of the seawater from the Adriatic directly to the salt basins Salt basin The Cervia seawater is allowed to flow into man made basins where the water evaporates as it passes via canals to progressively smaller basins where it crystalizes Through centuries of experience the salt basins have ideal dimensions for optimum salt quality One of the secrets to the exceptional quality of Cervia s salt is the black clay at the base of the salt basins which absorbs the maximum amount of sunshine facilitating the evaporation the sea water resulting in a naturally moist pure white salt crystals Cervia s salt was so prized that until 1973 it was not found in supermarkets or grocery stores The salt along with cigarettes an age controlled product was only allowed to be sold in specially licensed Salt Tobacco shops with the special Sali e Tabacchi signs Salt with Salicornia Salicornia a wild marsh plant native to the unique Cervia habitat is harvested by hand from April to June and used to season the salt imparting a lovely slightly briny flavor that s ideal with fish vegetables and soups Many Italian chefs claim it s so good they don t even need to use a broth base in their soups 1700 s salt cellars In the past salt didn t just season food but was essential to preserve foods in those days before refrigeration Today salt is a common seasoning but in ancient times and through the 19 th century it was a highly valuable commodity served in attractive saltcellars like these above Salt museum Photo Credit Copyright Emilia Romagna Tourism Cervia s salt museum Musa Cervia in the town s original salt warehouse contains hundreds of tools and artifacts used in the ancient art of hand harvesting salt www turismo comunecervia it Cervia s salt is considered a key ingredient by Italy s famed cooking school Casa Artusi who incorporate it along with flour baking soda and lard to make the dough for piadina Emilia Romagna s IGP protected flatbread Interestingly the seemingly contrasting flavors of sweet

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  • Old Traditional Italian Recipes Through New Technologies | Italia Living
    Italia Living Pasquale Sciarappa shares his love of food and cooking with the world Everyone knows when it comes to Italian food and eating well most of the time it is about keeping it simple and fresh Sure there are plenty of delicious new age twists on Italian cooking and recipes but keeping it old school is usually the preferred method at least among Italians It s not JUST about the food it s about history heritage and tradition or as Pasquale Sciarappa would say genuine Italian recipes perfected over the years Sciarappa 73 years old and currently from Long Branch New Jersey is originally from Orsara di Puglia in southern Italy He along with his son Jeremy who films the videos and maintains the technological upkeep operate a YouTube channel youtube com orsararecipes Facebook page and Twitter page His YouTube channel has well over 3 million views with thousands of regular subscribers and videos are posted weekly His growing popularity earned him an appearance on the Rachael Ray Show with episode to be aired later mid month With Italian cooking it just takes a love of food cooking and sharing what you know to keep the traditions going and

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  • An Interview with Restaurateur & TV Host Victor Rallo | Italia Living
    to find inspiration for his restaurants and to taste and write about the wines from every region of Italy You can visit his website at http victorrallo com and Eat Drink Italy at www eatdrinkitaly org An Interview with Vic Rallo Your two restaurants are here in Monmouth County New Jersey There are LOTS of Italian restaurants in Jersey not all very good but yours get rave reviews What would you say is important to you in making your restaurants successful Most restaurants in NJ either promote quantity or value very few promote quality Our sole existence is based on serving quality food In Italy that notion is based on the term la material prima or the prime ingredient If you put good stuff in you get good stuff out Basil T s in Red Bank was closed while it underwent a transformation Can you share a bit of what is happening and what is to come Over the past 10 years I ve been fortunate enough to travel to Italy more than 20 times discovering the delicious food wine and culture of the Italian people During my journeys I ve has cooked and eaten in both obscure and off the beaten path Italian kitchens as well as restaurants run by famous Michelin starred chefs These experiences have encouraged me to share my passion The menu will consist of smaller portions similar to those found in Italy allowing customers to experience more of the flavors of Italy at a very reasonable price You can read more about the philosophy of Birravino at www birravino com Was there anyone that inspired you to begin cooking My father was a great cook taught by his mother They were a family of 8 living during difficult times It forced them to be creative and innovative the key to great cooking Combine that with the notion of material prima and you ve got a home run I owe my love of cooking to my father Big Vic What s your favorite dish to make I eat in a restaurant almost every night of the week When I m cooking at home I love to fire up the grill cook some dry aged steak with my special Sardinian sea salt and herb rub This time of the year with a tomato salad grilled red onions and rosemary creamer potatoes Doesn t get better than that You are also very knowledgeable and active in the wine industry what is your favorite most versatile go to wine While filming season 2 of Eat Drink Italy on Create TV we visited Mt Etna in Sicily I am in love with Nerello Mascalese from Mt Etna Light colored elegant fruity and complex The Burgundy of Italy Any plans or desires to open more restaurants You just never know Do you still get to Italy often Do you have a favorite region About 8 times a year filming and visiting wineries restaurants and cultural locations Italy is a country of

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  • Internet Cooking Sensation Laura Vitale Shows How Easy Great Cooking Can Be on New Cooking Channel Series Simply Laura | Italia Living
    about her brunch is easy so Laura can enjoy the company of her friends once all the cooking is done She begins with her light and crispy Belgian Waffles topped with her famous savory Sausage and Apple Hash For a side she prepares a delicious Roasted Fig Salad with Goat Cheese Arugula and Prosciutto Since no brunch is complete without a special drink Laura tops everything off with a refreshing Orange Raspberry Mimosa In another episode Laura takes viewers on a very personal journey through some of her grandmother s favorite dishes This heartwarming meal will bring the flavors of Italy to Laura s kitchen First on the menu is her Nonna s hearty Pasta al Forno with Mini Meatballs with a side of Spicy Broccolini She saves the best for last with a zesty Orange Bundt Cake with Mandarinello and Blackberry Compote topped with Mascarpone Cream for dessert Throughout the series Laura spreads love through her food with her easy to make dishes that are sure to impress Fans can join Laura online at CookingChannelTV com SimplyLaura for exclusive webisodes featuring additional recipes that accompany the meals each week Fans can also connect with each other and the show s star on Facebook at Facebook com CookingChannel and on Twitter with the hashtag SimplyLaura Internet sensation Laura Vitale moved to the United States when she was 12 years old As a teenager she developed her love for cooking from her Italian grandmother learning many of the recipes for classic Italian dishes over the phone She began working in her father s restaurants in her teens but after they closed in 2008 she wanted to find a new way to continue to share her passion for cooking In 2010 Laura began a new phase of her culinary career when she

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  • Christmas with some Italian flavor | Italia Living
    among many others visit www CookingWithNonna com Judy Witts Francini My husband Andrea is the happiest when I make bollito misto for the holidays the dish that keeps on giving I like to make it the day before the meal We begin our meal with chicken liver crostini serve tortellini in brodo as the first course and the boiled meats for the main course along with the vegetables that were cooked in the broth The best parts of bollito misto are the sauces on the side Traditionally olive oil and salt are the base then salsa verde mostarda di Cremona candied mustard fruits and perhaps mayonnaise or mustard A side of giardiniera pickled Italian vegetables is good too My favorite dishes are with the leftover bollito misto I love lesso rifatto where the beef is cooked with twice the amount of red onions stewed with the beef and red wine True comfort food If you are really eating this is the extravaganza Try a double first course such as the pasta served in sugo The sugo is from cooking the second main course stracotto served with sautéed spinach and roasted potatoes Andrea always wants a tray of mixed roast meats veal pork rabbit beef and perhaps a special pig s liver wrapped in caulfat roasted with bay leaves and basted with Vin Santo Usually these meals are for a minimum of 10 to 15 close family members Families either do the bollito misto or roast meats or game if you have a hunter in the house Some families prefer fish However excess is the key The main meal is at lunchtime After the main course the dried fruits dates figs and nuts are brought out Panettone panforte ricciarelli and other sweets follow this After all this a digestivo an after dinner drink that helps you digest the feast After a couple of rounds of cards or bingo game called tombola it all starts again My best wishes for a fabulous and peaceful new year Peace on Earth never meant as much as it does this year Judy Witts Francini For more recipes purchase her book here http www divinacucinacookbook blogspot com Ashley Bartner Stuffed Eggplant bake until golden bubbling Need I say more Oh these are goooood Just like a little mini quiche tucked into nice little eggplant shells just beggin to be eaten This is a great go to recipe for a dinner party or when you want to make a few dishes a bit earlier since it s served at room temp Also a hearty fill for the vegetarians out there not that there are any in Italy Serves 4 4 eggplants 3 Tablespoons olive oil plus extra for brushing 1 onion chopped 1 celery stalk chopped 3 red or green bell peppers halved seeded chopped 4 ripe tomatoes diced 2 eggs lightly beaten 3 Tablespoons Parmesan cheese freshly grated salt pepper Halve the eggplants lengthwise scoop out the flesh without piercing the shells Chop the flesh save

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