Italian Market

Went to to the annual Italian Market that comes here every Easter weekend.  It was a perfect weekend, weather-wise, and rather enjoyable walking around the town.  They have stalls selling various Italian cookies, oils and vinegars, olives, breads, meats and of course, cheese.

We tasted several of the olives before buying.  Got some with garlic and chili and also got a pot of artichoke hearts in olive oil…yum.  We also got to taste a Gorgonzola cheese that was creamy and absolutely delicious.  I wanted to get some mozzarella cheese as I was making eggplant Parmesan for dinner that night, but unfortunately, they didn’t have any as they said they don’t carry it due to the hot weather. 😦  However, I did manage to purchase some lovely Parma ham.

Terri’s Tasty Tip…

Handmade Pesto keeps better and tastes both richer and subtler.  To make your own pesto with a mortar and pestle, mash garlic and salt with pestle, using a circular motion.  Add pine nuts and mash, then add basil by handfuls and mash to form paste.  Mix in extra virgin olive oil and parmesan cheese.

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2 thoughts on “Italian Market

  1. Well I have made pesto using fresh spinach as I didn't have any basil at the time. I kept it in a jar in the fridge and used it about three or four times over a period of about 12 days and it was fine up to the time I used it up. As far as the taste goes, homemade is always going to taste better than anything you can buy in the grocery stores…and also you know exactly what is in it. that pretty much goes for anything homemade.

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