Friday, December 17, 2010
I’ve also read Máté's A Vineyard in Tuscany and recommend it also….but then, if it is about Italy, wine, vineyards, food, etc. I am going to love it.
If you haven’t seen the movie, go to www.burlesquethemovie.com and check out the soundtrack!
As for Cher….I was dreading seeing her, for fear she would be on stage, doing the old bump and grind routine, but fortunately, Cher played the part of an older, former burlesque star who now owns the theatre. She does two numbers that are very good….if only she hadn’t done something to her upper lip. It doesn’t move!
I think she had a Botox moment or two.
Okay, so much for my entertainment….
I’m having “the Girls” for lunch on Tuesday….haven’t decided on the menu yet, but I’m thinking about Panini, those wonderful Italian grilled sandwiches, along with a salad and dessert. In Italy, a panino (Italian pronunciation: [paˈniːno]) is customarily made from a small roll or loaf of bread, typically a ciabatta or a rosetta. The loaf is cut horizontally and filled with salami, ham, cheese, mortadella or other food, and sometimes served hot after having been pressed in a grill. A toasted panino, colloquially called "toast" by Italians, is made out of two vertical slices of pane in cassetta almost invariably filled with prosciutto and a few slices of cheese, grilled in a sandwich press. In Central Italy, there is a popular version of panino which is filled with porchetta, i.e. slices of roasted pork. It is traditionally served without any kind of sauce or topping
This recipe is perfect for right now….pears are so good.
TALEGGIO AND PEAR PANINI Recipe courtesy Giada De Laurentiis
1 (1-pound) loaf ciabatta bread (or 8 slices country bread)
1/4 cup olive oil
8 ounces Taleggio cheese or brie, sliced
2 large pears, apples or peaches, cored and cut into 1/4-inch wedges
2 tablespoons honey
Pinch freshly ground black pepper
3 ounces arugula or spinach
Preheat the panini machine. Cut the ciabatta loaf into 4 equal pieces. Halve each piece horizontally to make 4 sandwiches. Brush the bread on both sides with olive oil and place the bottom-half of the bread slices in the panini machine in a single layer. Heat until golden, about 3 to 4 minutes. Continue with the remaining top slices of bread.