Tuesday, November 7, 2017

ITALIAN - TUSCAN - Extra Virgin does romance and tiramisu - also recipe for Spaghetti alla Puttanesca

Romance and Tiramisu

With the family settling in to life in Tuscany and the vow renewal ceremony just a few days away, Debi and Gabriele make plans for bachelor and bachelorette parties. Debi spends some quality time with her mother-in-law, Anna Lisa, making her own tiramisu recipe. Everyone at the bachelorette party enjoys the delicious homemade tiramisu and toasts to Debi. Meanwhile, Gabriele cooks up a feast at his best friend Patrizio's Florence apartment. Gabriele's guests join them for a dinner of octopus salad and spaghetti w/ anchovies, garlic, tomato, capers and olives (Spaghetti alla Puttanesca). At the end of their evening, Debi and Gabriele reunite for a romantic evening in the place where they first met, and enjoy Debi's homemade tiramisu.


Thursday, November 2, 2017


This is not a revelation.  Just different opinions!

Mario Batali #14 out of 14
Rao's Homemade #1 (available at Walmart, Target, Amazon, etc. )
Author's note:  I haven't had Rao's and will try.

Hunt's Homeade #20 out of 20
Giada Laurentis #1 (available at Target, etc.)

Prego #5 out of 5 (available anywhere)
Author's note:  about Prego (I grew up in a community that included many Italian immigrants and spaghetti sauce is NOT, I REPEAT, IS NOT SUPPOSED TO BE SWEET)

 Classico Traditional Sweet Basil #1 (Walmart, Target, Amazon, etc.)

Author's note:  My favorite but will hold on that thought until I try Lidia's and Rao's. 

Hunt's #10 of 10
Rao's Homemade #1 (Walmart, Amazon, Classico, etc.)

Author's note:  Lidia's Marinara and Tomato Basil Spaghetti Sauces are rated well on the many sites I visited and are  available at Walmart, Amazon, Jet, etc.  I have eaten at her restaurant in Pittsburgh and the food has been DELISH so I'll have to try. 

Author's Note:  I have included Amazon a lot because if you are a Prime member for $100 a year you get a better price on Prime Products and pay shipping.  I have saved $400+ minus the $100 fee = $300+. 

I also have included Walmart where the prices are often better.