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The Best Winter Dessert:: Affogato

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If I haven’t yet convinced you to love Italian cuisine, specifically desserts, I am almost certain today’s post about affogato will change your mind.

Traditionally, affogato is a scoop or two of vanilla, chocolate, or coffee gelato topped with a shot of espresso. While you can always buy high-quality ice cream from your local market, there’s nothing like making it yourself, especially with this Italian twist: panforte affogato.

Panforte is an Italian fruitcake of sorts. You can make it yourself, scoop it up online, or you can often find it at stores like Trader Joe’s. You’ll need just a pinch of panforte to make this dessert, but trust me, it makes all the difference.

This recipe comes from my friend, Alisa Barry. Give it a try. You’ll love it!

Panforte Ice Cream Affogato
serves 8

You will need:
– 1 cup whole milk
– 1 vanilla bean, split in half lengthwise
– 1 cup of sugar
– 5 egg yolks
– 2 cups of cream
– 1 Tablespoon pure vanilla extract
– 4 ounces panforte (an Italian sweet dessert “bread” found in specialty stores or online)
– 8 ounces espresso

To prepare:

In a small saucepan, warm the milk, sugar and vanilla bean over medium low heat just until the sugar is dissolved. Remove a ¼ cup of the milk and sugar mixture and add to the egg yolks to temper, so the eggs don’t curdle. Add the egg mixture back to the milk and continue to cook, while stirring, until the mixture coats the back of a wooden spoon. Strain the mixture into the cream, scraping any bits of vanilla bean into the mixture. Add the vanilla extract. Cover the mixture with plastic wrap and chill until ready to churn. This recipe can be made a day ahead.

In a food processor, chop 4 ounces of panforte until ground, but not pulverized. (Reserve a tablespoon for garnish)

Churn the ice cream, adding the chopped panforte and continuing to churn until evenly distributed into the ice cream. Freeze until ready to serve.

To make the affogato, scoop the ice cream into glasses. Pour strong, freshly brewed coffee or espresso over the ice cream. Garnish with a sprinkling of the chopped panforte.

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Homemade Bloody Mary for Mardi Gras

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Hi everyone! It’s Nicole, Annette’s web manager and friend. I am sharing an excellent recipe of Annette’s, of course, that’s perfect for Mardi Gras festivities tomorrow: a classic bloody mary!

I grew up in Atlanta, but my grandparents lived in Mobile, Alabama which if you don’t know, is actually the birthplace of Mardi Gras in the U.S. Yes, you read that right; Mobile not New Orleans. As a result, I spent my childhood watching many parades and eating scores of moon pies and king cake. Now that I’m older, I like to enjoy Mardi Gras a little differently, and that’s with a Bloody Mary in hand!

As a Bloody Mary connoisseur, I am always on the hunt for the next great Bloody Mary mix, but being around Annette and learning from her has encouraged me to try my hand at making my own mix. She has an awesome recipe that I’m sharing with you guys today. Add your inebriant of choice (for me, it’s GIN!), and laissez les bons temps rouler!

Bloody Mary
Serves 1

You will need:
– 1 cup tomato
– 1 carrot
– small sliver of beet (mostly for color)
– 1/2 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
– 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
– 1/4 teaspoon cracked pepper
– 1/4 cup water + 1/4 cup ice
– 1/4 cup spinach
– 1 tablespoon parsley
– 1 oz gin or vodka

Place all ingredients into your blender, process for 30 seconds, and serve with your choice of accouterments.

xo, Nicole

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Everything you need to know about booking a trip to Italy

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It might seem hard to wrap your head around, but the time to book your summer travel for Italy is NOW. As a result, I am reviving an older post which includes everything you need to know about booking a trip to Italy.

I think of this as your go-to Italian travel guide, and a one-stop-shop for all of the information you need to know. It’s a FAQ page of sorts, and you can use it to reference to all of my tips for traveling to Italy for a workshop at La Fortezza:

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How to Get the Best Airfare to Italy 

What to Pack in your Carry-on

What to Pack in your Suitcase 

How to Spend a Layover in Milan 

Why Mother-Daughter Trips to La Fortezza are a MUST

I’ll be in Italy for a few weeks in March checking-in on La Fortezza and readying it for guests. Then, after a short stint home in the States, I’ll head back to Italy for the summer. Our 2020 summer workshops are shaping up to be absolutely spectacular.

There are only a few spots left, so if you’re planning on joining us, grab your spot soon! Don’t miss your opportunity to come to Italy for a once in a lifetime experience!

xx Annette

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Sparkling Pomegranate Punch

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If you’re joining your girlfriends later this week for a little Galentine’s Day celebration, I wanted to share a quick and festive pomegranate punch for the big day. Think of this sparkling treat like a mimosa, but instead of orange juice, use a yummy mixture of pomegranate and grapefruit juice. The result is a pink mimosa that is perfectly ladylike…but let’s be real, I’m sure guys will love it too.

Let me know if you give it a try for Galentine’s Day, or any other event coming up this spring.

Cheers!

xx, Annette

Sparkling Pomegranate Punch
Serves 6
You will need:

– ½ cup granulated sugar
– ½ cup water
– 2 cups grapefruit juice*
– 1 cup pomegranate juice – such as POM
– 1 bottle Rose Champagne, well chilled
– Pomegranate arils to garnish

To prepare:

Heat the sugar and water in a small saucepan over medium heat – until the sugar is completely dissolved. Remove from the heat and cool completely. Refrigerate until cold – at least 2 hours. Combine the simple syrup, grapefruit juice, and pomegranate juice in a large pitcher and chill for at least 1 hour.

Combine 2 ounces of the grapefruit mixture with 4 ounces of the chilled rose in a champagne flute. Garnish with a few pomegranate arils.

*Fresh squeezed grapefruit juice is simply stunning in this festive take on a traditional mimosa, but for a time-saver look for fresh squeezed grapefruit juice in the produce section of your local market.

Photography by Lesley Graham
Recipes Meghan Splawn

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Americasmart January 2020: Ten Easy Steps to Retail Relevance in 2020

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Last month my Italian counterpart, Barbara Pederzini and I had the pleasure of sharing our branding and marketing ideas with a big crowd at Americasmart. We were moderated by the talented, brilliant and articulate Kelli Lamb, Editor and Chief of Rue Magazine. We shared tips and advice with a standing room only audience,  and we chatted about easy tips to become relevant in the marketplace.

Thank you to Barbara and Kelli, and Americasmart. It was such a great honor and a great way to start 2020. We love Americasmart; it’s such a great resource, and we are so lucky to live in a city that has such a great marketplace.

I will share the presentation below. The biggest take away is to have an online presence because it’s imperative to compete in the marketplace. You can no longer look the other way; it’s time to change your point of view if your retail store is to survive the next 10 years.

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Thanks to Barbara, and Kelli! xx

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