Did you know that It’s Chocolate Week in Italy?

The Italian food festival is taking place in Italy  with Eurochocolate starting on October 15 to  October 24  in the home town of Baci Perugina and lasting ten days.

October the 12th was  renewed as the traditional appointment of   Chocoday, the National Cocoa and Chocolate Day, conceived and promoted by Eurochocolate in collaboration with Fairtrade Italia,  fair-trade products certified , with the aim of promoting in Italy and around the world Pure chocolate.

Every year, Perugia in Umbria hosts the chocolate festival, with tastings, events and exhibitions. The public can visit workshops of chocolate makers.  Sounds like a chocolate-lover’s dream come true.

Also in   Rome’s San Lorenzo section, there is a Chocolate Factory where you can taste Chocolate pralines  with a soft ricotta filling, pizza bianco with dark chocolate, and a rare cacao liqueur.

Visitors will delight in the ancient chocolate machinery that still functions, the chocolate molds displayed on the walls next to plush chairs for sipping your chocolate beverage from the chocolate bar.

Sounds so wonderful , that I’m bookmarking the site for next time that we travel to Italy to make sure it is during the fall.

The chocolate factory in Rome was founded by Aldo De Mauro in 1923  and is current owner is called  Said, Societa Anonima Industria Dolciumi (SAID) has been around since 1923.

It is on via Tiburtina in the San Lorenzo area of the city.

Culturally, Italians do not favor eating chocolates in summer and the factory ceases operation during the hot months of June, July, August; hence, the best time to visit the SAID premises to taste its hot chocolate and other chocolate products is in November and December, when one can enjoy the warmth of the fireplace and the comfort of its plush sofas. The bistro on premises is open Tuesday-Sunday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Chocolate Recipe:

Brunsli (Swiss Brownies) or Christmas Brownies-cookies

Ingredients for approximately 50 cookies (depending on the size of a single cookie):

Ricette• 150 g (5 ounces) sugar
• 1 pinch of salt
• 250 g (9 ounces) grind almonds
• ¼ tea spoon cinnamon
• 1 pinch of clove powder
• 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder
• 2 tablespoons of flour
• 2 fresh white of egg (about 70 g (2.5 ounces))
• 100 g (3.5 ounces) bitter chocolate
• 2 tea spoons of kirsch

1. Mix sugar, salt, almonds, cinnamon, clove powder, cocoa powder and flour in a bowl.
2. Add white of egg and stir until ingredients are evenly distributed.
3. Cut chocolate in real small pieces, pour hot water over the chocolate, let rest for about 5 minutes, then pour off all water except about half a tablespoon, stir until even. Now immediately proceed with the next step.
4. Add melted chocolate from the previous step and the kirsch, knead to a soft dough.
5. Roll out dough on a flat surface (it may be slightly covered with sugar), approximately 10 mm (0.4 inches) thick. Put out different shapes and put them on a baking sheet covered with baking paper.
6. Let them rest for about 5 to 6 hours or over night in a dry place.
7. Bake for about 4 to 6 minutes in the center of the pre-heated oven at 250 °C (480 °F).
8. Let cool completely before serving.

A Note to all visitors:

Welcome,  Benvenuto. Please tell  me know what you think of this post and how the recipe for the brunsi ( christmas brownies)  turned out when you baked it.


Foodie Friday

MOM’S SPAGHETTI / MARINARA SAUCE

Mom’s Marinara sauce recipe and meatballs

On one of the last warm days of August, I craved the taste of homemade meatballs simmered in home-made sauce, so I spent my afternoon cooking this recipe.

Inhale, and  as you do, imagine the smell of tomato sauce simmering on the stove, it is my favorite comfort food along with pasta.

   Growing up in my house,  every Saturday, my mom had a huge stockpot of tomato sauce simmering on the stove, all afternoon it seemed.   For a snack , mid-afternoon, while this was  simmering, we’d get a small plastic plate, place a piece of Wonder bread, (white bread) , and ladle some tomato sauce on it, slice it up and eat  it that way.   Sauce and bread!  My mother’s sauce  was delicious just  like that;  we couldn’t wait for the meatballs.  LOL.

Mom’s Spaghetti sauce

Into a large stock pot, add:


2 (28 ounce) cans Tomato Puree
1 can water
1 (6 oz.) can tomato paste
1 small onion

1 stalk of celery with leaves
1 tsp. salt
dash of pepper
1 tsp. sugar
1 potato ( raw)- Cut-up and cleaned (a thickening agent)
1 tsp basil

I added 2 cloves of garlic, whole and 1 raw carrot that was scrubbed to the large stock pot.
oregano
parsley (add at the end of cooking)
dash of olive oil
1 pinch of baking soda

Directions:

Cook on stove on low heat for 3 – 4 hours. If sauce gets too thick as cooking, add water.

After simmering one hour, add cooked meatballs, or sausage or cooked pork chop with bone in.

Meatballs:

1 lb. ground beef
1 lb ground pork or veal
1 egg
1 1/4 cup breadcrumbs
salt and pepper to taste
chopped onion or 1 TBSP Lipton brand Onion soup mix
ketchup
microwave 5 minutes and turn.
or cook in iron pan on low to medium heat slowly and turn until all sides browned.

Today, I baked the meatballs in a 350 degree F. oven on a cookie sheet with a little canola oil for 20 minutes. Then after draining meatballs on paper towels, I placed in the tomato sauce and left to simmer on the stove for 1 hour on low heat.

< Mom’s Tomato Sauce recipe-by “luvsclassics”

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