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“One bite of Elisa’s Scrippelle Mbusse and I felt like I was sitting back in my great-grandmother’s kitchen. These are the kind of meals chefs live for, the flavors and recipes that first awakened their love of food.” Chef Michael Favacchia, Marly’s Restaurant.

For the 2nd time in less than a decade Abruzzo has endured earthquakes leaving many without homes and facing the loss of loved ones. Please pray for those affected today, I know many in the mist of the aftershocks and reliving the fear of 2009. Donate to the relief fund that will help rebuild their homes, church, and lives. 

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Italian Moms -

Spreading Their Art To Every Table

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About Elisa

After the loss of her husband of 56 years to cancer, Elisa realized she wanted to make sure she could remain financially independent, and although she continues to work with Special Needs Teens and Adults for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia where she has devoted her life to serving others for 36 years. She realized this wasn't enough. 

Elisa's rustic and authentic recipes will bring the old world charm of the Italian countryside to your table. For individuals who want great tasting dishes with simple ingredients, this 76-year old shares her simple and foolproof process of making these Italian favorite.

She was born in August 1938 to farmers, Alfredo and Maria Fantozzi, in Poggio Valle, a small town in the province of Teramo, located in the Abruzzo region of Italy. As the second daughter, and one of six children, she learned to cook at a very young age. At 6-years old, she was sent to work for her aunt who was a local caterer.  Today, she continues to use the same simple ingredients to create the most wonderful family dinners and desserts.

 At 23, she immigrated to the United States with her late husband, Francesco, and daughter Nadia to Philadelphia. Starting from scratch, she built a family, an endless circle of friends and found a career.

She thanks God that after her year of grieving the loss of her husband, he has given her the strength to find this new purpose in life. She is excited to share her art with all that want to learn, and knows her husband would be proud to see her finally making a dream of hers come true. 

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Elisa and the Students of Malvern Prep, Malvern PA.

Preparing Dinner for the Malvern Prep Football Team. Elisa is showing her support for this amazing program by donating a portion of her proceeds to the team. Use CODE Malvern Football at checkout to support the team. 

About the Book 

The book, Italian Moms Spreading Their Art to Every Table, features some of Elisa's favorite recipes including: Antipasti, pasta, breads and pizza, main dishes and desserts. The recipes are easy to follow and stimulate the taste buds.

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Winner of the NIAF - National Italian American Foundation preserving Italian Culture Contest!

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Visit my friend, Chef Michael Favacchia, at Marly's BYO, in Phoenixville PA. Marly's BYO has been serving an upscale eclectic menu since 2008.  Best described as American Continental, the menu ranges from twists on traditional favorites, to innovative combinations that you won’t find elsewhere. 

Looking for a photographer in the Philadelphia Area, contact my friends, David and Gabriela at Versano Photography. They are a husband and wife photography team with a passion for the art of photography.

About Fante's Kitchen Shop   WHAT WE DO We specialize in the sale of kitchen utensils for both professional chefs and home cooks. Along with lots of unique tools, our Philadelphia store includes a full selection of cookware, cutlery and many thousands more quality products than you will find on our website. We try to provide you with concise information about all our products, together with many guides and manuals. We do our best to always provide good quality, good value, and personal support - even after the sale.

About Fante's Kitchen Shop

 

WHAT WE DO

We specialize in the sale of kitchen utensils for both professional chefs and home cooks.

Along with lots of unique tools, our Philadelphia store includes a full selection of cookware, cutlery and many thousands more quality products than you will find on our website.

We try to provide you with concise information about all our products, together with many guides and manuals.

We do our best to always provide good quality, good value, and personal support - even after the sale.

Luigi & Giovanni's Formula for the finest in Italian Traditional Catering Luigi & Giovanni have been in business since 1976 establishing ourselves as an Authentic Italian Market, Neighborhood Deli, Butcher Shop, and Award Winning Catering company in the Delaware Valley region.  Luigi & Giovanni has 2 Corporate Cafeterias servicing over 2000 employees daily. We also offer delivered corporate buffets for daily employee lunches, conferences or meetings. We have preferred venues that can host Bridal showers, Weddings, Birthday's, Baby Showers, Baptisms or can come to your location for any other events. In addition, our services expanded to gift baskets and gift boxes containing an assortment of imported cheese, dried cured meats, fresh prime meat cuts, and Italian imported specialty food. A gift choice for those who are looking for that special gift. Now available online. Luigi & Giovanni's success is based on a simple formula, a passion for the profession, the ability to provide the best service, and by maintaining the Italian culture given to quality dining.

Luigi & Giovanni's Formula
for the finest in Italian Traditional Catering

Luigi & Giovanni have been in business since 1976 establishing ourselves as an Authentic Italian Market, Neighborhood Deli, Butcher Shop, and Award Winning Catering company in the Delaware Valley region. 

Luigi & Giovanni has 2 Corporate Cafeterias servicing over 2000 employees daily. We also offer delivered corporate buffets for daily employee lunches, conferences or meetings. We have preferred venues that can host Bridal showers, Weddings, Birthday's, Baby Showers, Baptisms or can come to your location for any other events.

In addition, our services expanded to gift baskets and gift boxes containing an assortment of imported cheese, dried cured meats, fresh prime meat cuts, and Italian imported specialty food. A gift choice for those who are looking for that special gift. Now available online.

Luigi & Giovanni's success is based on a simple formula, a passion for the profession, the ability to provide the best service, and by maintaining the Italian culture given to quality dining.

The experience of your life… Culterra Magica art holiday in Northern Tuscany… a perfect escape from your busy life to a quiet and rural estate… the Italy you’ve always wanted to see, feel and taste… away from the massive crowds of tourists… something that would leave you enchanted for many years to come… http://culterra-magica.com/

I first meet Anton during my Kickstarter campaign. He was also introducing his new product on Kickstarter, and we quickly supported each others campaigns. A personalized cutting board is a wounderful way to celebrate an anniversary, wedding, houswarming and many more ocasions in your life. In addition this boards make memorable gifts, allowing for that personal touch to show appreciation to business partners or prospective clients. All boards are carved from the highest grade of natural wood, quadruple sanded, immersed in mineral oil and finished with homemade board butter for ultimate durability, luster and shine. Click the image and start building your own cutting board today!

 

Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco Resort & Spa, Italy Europe

Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco Resort & Spa is a resort of great appeal, located within a 600-hectare estate, where Renaissance Hotels’ modern design meets nature’s colors, scents and shapes in the greenest and most uncontaminated Tuscany. The hotel has 180 rooms including: classic, superior, executive, deluxe, balcony deluxe, junior suite, suite, presidential suite and penthouse, some of them offer a splendid valley view. Each room features spacious, comfortable beds, LCD HD televisions, Wi-Fi, minibars and, last but not least, a spectacular view of the Serchio Valley mountains. There is everything for your meetings & events, including 11 meeting rooms fully equipped with every amenity and our “Salone Pascoli “, ready to host any event up to 900 persons. Go to our Beauty Spa and our Wellness Center to pamper yourself.

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About  Abruzzo

The region of Abruzzo sits east in Italy’s long, narrow peninsula. About two-thirds of the region is mountainous, but also boarders the coastline along the Adriatic Sea. It is considered part of Southern Italy.

The province's economy is supported by the farming of local fruits, olives, and livestock. The ventricina teramana is produced between the mountains and hills of the Gran Sasso; an especially fat salami which is fine-grained and spreadable, light in color and spicy. The Millefiori mountain honey is especially tasty. Extra-virgin olive oil, also harvested in Abruzzo, seasons many typical dishes of my region. One of the most recognizable symbols of the Teramo Province's cuisine is the sheep arrosticini, little pieces of mutton cooked on a skewer. Abruzzese lamb in general is considered superior in flavor to other meats and lamb found elsewhere because of the animals’ mountain-grazed diets rich in herbs. The steep mountains in part of the countryside lend themselves well to sheep and goat herding. Pork is an omnipresent meat staple and a particular favorite in Italian sausages, as well as smoked and cured meat products. Chicken, turkey and wild fowl are plentiful. Parsley, rosemary and garlic hold prominent places in the flavoring of dishes.

 

Also famous in my region are the spreadable sausages flavored with nutmeg, liver, garlic and spices. They are made with large pieces of fat and lean pork, pressed, seasoned and encased in the dehydrated stomach of the pig itself. It is then sealed in jars, and serves as lunch with some fresh bread for those working in the fields.  Mortadella is another famous product from my region, a small cured meat, with a longish oval-shape. Inside, the meat is married with white columns of fat. They are generally sold in pairs. Together, they are about as big as two cupped hands put together. Another name for Mortadella in Italian is "coglioni di mulo," or donkey's balls.

Several flavors and dishes rise far above the others to help define Abruzzese cuisine. In this cheese-loving region, mozzarella and scamorza are very important to the dairy market. Both are cow’s milk cheeses, they are mild, creamy and sweet with a smooth texture that allows them to hold up equally well in baked dishes or on their own as table cheeses. Although tasty, these cheeses play second fiddle to the Pecorino cheese made from sheep’s milk in the most remote mountain towns, like that of my hometown Poggio Valle.

Ragus are quintessentially Abruzzese, and refer as a generalized term to any type of meat-based sauce. Ragus are heavily associated with the cooking of Southern Italy as well, and seem to have begun their migration southward from this particular region. Pairing perfectly with hearty Abruzzese dishes is a locally-loved table wine, Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, made from Montepulciano grapes grown in Tuscany but employed heavily in the winemaking of the Abruzzo region.  From the basics – olives, grapes and pasta – to the bizarre – lamb’s intestines cooked with intentionally rotten cheese – Abruzzese cuisine is beginning to again capture the attention of cooks around the world seeking to return to the heart and soul of Italian cooking.

The most flavorful local recipes started out as necessity, ways to use readily available ingredients and leftovers to produce food that was both practical and pleasant. Almost every edible part of any ingredient is utilized somehow in Abruzzese cooking. Nothing is wasted, and little is lost. The people are frugal, but hearty. Today’s Abruzzese dishes hold true to their past, and marry earthy flavors with spices to make the palate sing. Isn’t that what we really want from Italian food? It is how I have prepared meals for my family and friends for decades. Along the coast, it is possible to taste the seafood hors d’oeuvres, typical of Giulianova; it is based on prawns, squids, clams and sole. On Christmas Eve it is traditional to cook stockfish, a very tasty dish based with oil and spices that requires hours of preparation.

Many travelers came and went through the center of Italy, through Abruzzo’s provinces of Teramo, Pescara, Chieti and L’Aquila. Some left influences from distant parts of Italian culture and from other countries as well. Travelers and pilgrims came and went, and some stayed, lending more and more diversity to the heritage of Abruzzo, and to its cuisine. The region’s history of variety has culminated in contemporary times to produce some of Italy’s most unique and interesting dishes.

Today, the Abruzzo region of Italy lies somewhat outside the country’s normal tourist route, and many travelers who come choose to visit the beaches of Pescara and Giulianova. Other travelers take the more traditional tourist attractions in the Lazio region (home to the country’s capital of Rome) adjacent to Abruzzo over the Gran Sasso Mountains or a pilgrimage to the shrine of San Gabrielle in Isola, my husband’s hometown.

Abruzzo, then, is a perfect destination in which to discover the time-tested flavors of old-world Italian food unencumbered by the normal tourist trappings. While Abruzzo is fascinating year-round, August is full of festivals, family gatherings, and food preparation for the winter months.  It is when we prepare our most important pantry ingredient, tomato sauce!

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Featured Recipes of the Week

 

"One bite of Elisa's Scripelle Mbusse and I felt like I was back standing in my great grandmother's kitchen. These are the kind of meals that chefs live for, the recipes and flavors that first awakened their love of food. You follow these recipes to create more than a meal, you follow them to recreate memories through flavor. She is a master of old world Italian cuisine, and this is the type of cookbook that never leaves my kitchen." - Chef Michael Favacchia, Marly's of Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, winner of the Best of Main Line Award.

The grandmothers reinforced what I already knew: simple cooking requires extra-ordinarly good ingredients, and that usually means local.
— Linda Naiman, founder of Creativity at Work

Read more about Linda's experience with Elisa in the kitchen at  http://www.creativityatwork.com/2015/08/20/creative-renewal-culterra-magica-under-the-tuscan-sun/

Photos from my cooking tour at Culterra Magica in Northern Tuscany

Just some of the Organizations participating in our  Fundraising Program: Malvern Prep Football, St. Francis De Salles, Philadelphia, PA, ALS Association, THE BEST DAY OF MY LIFE SO FAR

Watch the Segment from October 5th, 2016!

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Join me on October 23rd 2016 in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania

TASTE Philadelphia Festival of Food, Wine and Spirits

TASTE Philadelphia Festival of Food, Wine and Spirits is a three-day gustatory experience celebrating top-notch food and drink. The festival showcases gourmet food from the finest local restaurants as well as wine and spirits from award-winning wineries and distilleries from across the U.S. and all over the world. Numerous tasting stations gives attendees the opportunity to sample at their leisure, and entertaining and informative demonstrations and seminars are held throughout the event. Celebrity chefs make appearances and offer cooking demonstrations as well as interviews and autograph sessions, and there are a variety of food-centered exhibits and vendors for your perusal.

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Throughout my life and especially during the creation of this book, over 800 people reached out to support the development of my book. In an effort to pay it forward, I am sharing the profits from my book with several organizations and schools in my community. If you would like a portion of your order to be donated to one of these organizations, please add their promotional code at checkout. 

 

CODE: ALSPHILLY

The ALS Association is an American nonprofit organization that raises money for research and patient services, promotes awareness about and advocates in state and federal government on issues related to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

 

CODE : STFRANCIS

St. Francis de Sales School is a Catholic elementary school delivering an exemplary education to students of all faiths and backgrounds. We have an outstanding reputation for serving minority and immigrant communities. Today, our school proudly enrolls an incredibly diverse student body of over 500 children from 43 different countries in and around the Philadelphia area.

 

CODE : MALVERNFOOTBALL

Malvern Prep, located in Malvern, Pennsylvania, is an Independent, Catholic college preparatory school for boys in grades 6-12. Founded in 1842 by the Augustinian Order, the school is committed to the Augustinian values of Veritas, Unitas and Caritas, meaning truth, unity and love. Your donation will support the growing football program, committed to teaching the boys the importance of brotherhood, honor, sportsmanship and health. 

 

CODE: SANMASSIMO

The church of San Massimo is located in the hometown of my late husband Francesco. The church dates back to the late sixteenth century, and houses the wooden statue of the Madonna of Pagliara. The church suffered structural and interior damage by the earthquakes that hit the Abruzzo reign on April 6th 2009. The community continues to raise funds to restore the damage, and your donation will add the people of San Massimo to restore this historical building.

CODE : BESTDAY

The mission of Best Day of my Life So Far is to reduce senior isolation and promote intergenerational engagement through storytelling. Senior isolation is the root cause of a range of health issues, from depression, weakened immune systems and to premature death. Best Day began in 2009 in Philadelphia. Your donation will aid the organization in developing additional programs for seniors.

CODE: DIVINE

The main campus at Divine Providence Village provides residential care to ninety-six women in a one-level complex. The facility includes six two-wing residential buildings in a family like setting. Each residential facility wing contains four two- bedroom units, and common kitchen, dining, recreation, and storage areas. Other structures that are on the main campus include a Chapel with separate Chaplin's quarters, a multipurpose building, a food service building, an administration building.

Interdisciplinary teams at the Village provide an array of services both on and off campus, including: 24-hour nursing care, medical and dental services, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, behavior therapy, direct care services, social services, activity services, program services, dietary services, housekeeping services, maintenance services and volunteer services.

For over 36 year, I have worked with the residents here, and continue to do so today. For many, their families have pasted on, and my fellow co-workers are now their family. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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