Tag Archives: Tuscany

Peaches in Red Wine

This is another classic Italian dessert. Fruit and wine. Basic, simple and delicious. You can of course use an Italian red wine but a Pinot Noir or Merlot or other sweeter red wine works just as well. It’s your choice. You can make it Tuscan style by adding a vanilla bean and ¼ cup roasted whole almonds to the mix!

INGREDIENTS:

½ cup sugar

1 bottle Italian red wine of choice (a sweeter one is good but whatever you have is fine)

6 ripe white or yellow peaches

DIRECTIONS:

1. In a medium bowl, combine the sugar and wine and stir until sugar is dissolved.

2. Cut the peaches in half and remove the pits (peeling is optional). Cut the peaches into slices. Stir them into the wine/sugar mixture. Cover and let stand for 2-3 hours.

3. Scoop the peaches and wine into wine glasses or short beverage glasses.

Serves 6

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Tuscan-Style Cannellini Beans

This dish is a very popular dish in most restaurants in Tuscany or any Italian restaurant here in the United States. It’s simple and delicious. It’s got lots of fiber too which we all need these days. This version is also much lower in calories than the version in restaurants. I made it the other day and it was really good.

INGREDIENTS:

4 teaspoons olive oil

4 cloves garlic, finely chopped

2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh sage or ½ teaspoon dried

1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh rosemary or ½ teaspoon dried

1 cup canned diced tomatoes (I used the Fire Roasted ones)

1 (16 ounce) can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained

¼ teaspoon salt

black pepper to taste

1 tablespoon finely chopped Italian parsley

1 teaspoon red-wine vinegar

Parmesan or pecorino cheese for topping, if desired


DIRECTIONS:

1. In a medium saucepan heath the oil over medium-low heat. Saute the garlic, sage and rosemary until the garlic turns pale gold, about 5 minutes.

2. Add the tomatoes; raise the heat to medium. Cook, stirring occasionally 5 minutes longer.

3. Add the bean, salt and pepper. Reduce the heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, for about 5 minutes. Stir in the parsley and vinegar. Top with parmesan cheese if desired.

Blog update

Hi everyone. Just letting you know I will be posting later today. I am putting together a series of Italian Cooking posts. I love Italian food and I’m sure most people when asked will say that Italian food is their favorite. There are so many regions in Italy that have such a diverse range of foods. I am going to give everyone a little insight into different types of foods and what they are, different terms in Italian cooking, Italian pantry basics and other fun stuff. It’s taking a bit to organize all the information so I will be doing that later today, promise! I know the #1 place I want to visit next is Italy. Especially the Tuscany region. And call it a “chick flick” if you want but I just loved the movie “Under the Tuscan Sun”. It introduced me to that lovely liqueur Limoncello! So I will of course touch on that region for sure. Maybe while sipping some Limoncello! So sit back and relax and I’ll be back shortly!

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