Wednesday, March 30, 2022

Tony Sopranos Gabagool

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GABAGOOL !!!








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LEARN HOW to MAKE TONY'S GABAGOOL SANDWICH

 

Instructions in SUNDAY SAUCE

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WHEN ITALIAN-AMERICANS COOK

by Daniel Bellino "Z"


AMAZON.com







TONY SOPRANO

"FUC_ YOU" !!!







"I LOVE GABAGOOL"





       

Tuesday, February 22, 2022

The BRUNELLO TASTING

 






BRUNELLO

Some of My Favorites


 The Brunello tasting is tomorrow. Can't wait. The New York Brunello Tasting is always an event I look forward to. I'll be drinking the newly released Brunello di Maontacino 2016, the Reserve Brunellos of 2015, Moscadello di Maontalcino, Super Tuscan offerings and wines from the San Antimo Region within Montalcino.

When it comes to Brunello, there is without question one Brunello producer who makes my favorite Brunello of all, and that's Fattoria Barbi and their Brunello Normale and Brunello Reserva, with its amazing Red Label that I love so much. Barbi is one of Montalcino's oldest producers, among the First 30, they make amaing Brunello and other wines, and they have one of the most Gorgeous Wine Cellars in the wole of Italy. Bar none.

My second favorite Brunello comes form my pal  Conti Franceso Maruni Cinzano, who along with his family own the great wine estate Col d' Orcia in Montalcino, producing some of, easily the World's Best Brunello. Francesco, always has wonderful older vintages of his wonderful Brunello for me to taste, and it is always a very special treat when I do, especially when he taste me on his most amazing Brunello Reserva Poggio al Vento. This particular time, Francesco tasted me 2004 vintage of the Col d' Orcia Brunello "Poggio al Vento" Reserva 2004.



I'm looking forward to seeing some of my Italian friends from Montalcino, as well as drinking their wines. It's going to be quite a day, needless to say, all those wonderful 2015 and 2016 Brunellos, the Moscadellos, Rosoo di Montalcinos and other wines from Montalcino.

As always, I look forward to seeing Conti Francesco Conzano Maruni, the Colombinis from Barbi, other friends from Italy, and my New York Italian Wine Friends as well. They'll all be there. We'll drink Brunello and munch on Salami and Cheese, Chit-Chat and catch up, as this (finally) will be the first big Italian Wine Tasting in New York in Two Years, since the Worldwide Pandemic started back in early 2020. 

Of numerous things that have changed our lives as the results of the Pandemic, I really can't complain too much, but I must say, "I really miss going to Italian Wine Dinners, Luncheons, and Tastting," and now, finally I have my first in two years, tomorrow at The Benvenuto Brunello New York Tasting 2022. And if that wasn't enough? Friday is an even bigger event, and the one, that when it comes to Italian Wine in New York, it is the biggest most improtant Italian Wine Event of The Year, and that is the Gambero Rosso Tre Bicchieri Tasting, which is Friday February 25th, 2022 ... The Tre Bicchieri Tasting is of what according to Gambero Rosso are the Best Italian Wines of the year, and are scored by glasses: 1, 2, or 3, with Three Glasses as a top rating for Italian Wines. For those who may not know Ganbero Rosso is the Italian Food and Wine Magazine, that is the Wine Spectator of Italy, just to give you an idea.

Anyway, enough on Tre Bicchieri, we were talking about Brunello and the wines of Mantalcino, and the Benvenuto Brunello Tasting, weren't we?  I will go to the tasting, see my friends, taste the Brunello, have a good time, and I will report back to you within the next couple of days to talk about about the Tasting, the Brunellos, and the other wines, and as always, I will tell you which Brunellos I like best.

So, until tomorrow and the day after, have a good day, one and all.



Daniel Bellino Zwicke



BRUNELLO di MONTALCINO 2016  "A GREAT VINTAGE"


Yes 2016, as was 2015, a great vintage for Brunello. Some say one of the greatest.
All the wheather conditions were just about as good as one growing Sangiovese Grosso grapes in Montalcino could possible want. The combination of Rain, Sun, and Temeratures was ideal thoughtout the growing and harvest season in Montalcino. In Montalcino, it wasn't too hot, it wasn't too dray, "It was just Right."

When all is said and done, yes this was one of the Great Vintages for Brunello, and should stand out as Legendary. Stock up, store, and enjoy now and years down the road.



TOP BRUNELLO PRODUCERS 


ARGIANO
COL d'ORCIA
FATTORIA BARBI
Valdicava
LISINI
ALTESINO
CASTELLO ROMOTORIO
ANGELO SASETTI
LIVIO SASSETTI




BRUNELLO SASETTI



Angelo Sassetti has been producing Brunello from the Pertimali estate in Montalcino for over 35 years. Based in his farmhouse, he hand manicures his vineyards and controls crop levels vigorously.

This, combined with his unfiltered winemaking techniques, not only preserves the quality of his harvest and his land, but maximizes the beauty and ageability of his wines. Together with his wife, Rosie, with each vintage Angelo produces a Brunello that is truly in a class of its own.








BRUNELLO di MONTALCINO

"ERTAMALI"

Angelo Sassetti






GALLO NERO

"The BLACK ROOSTER"

CHIANTI









Sunday, January 30, 2022

Popeye and His Spinach

 





STEAKHOUSE CREAMED SPINACH



Creamed Spinach, along with Shrimp Cocktail, and Potaotes is a favorite Steakhouse staple.

Creamed Spinach is a simple side dish that is also the perfect way to use up any dying spinach. The creaminess will make you forget you're eating spinach and turn anyone into a fan of leafy greens. It seems like a lot of spinach, but it will boil down into almost nothing so don't skimp on it. 



STEAKHOUSE CREAMED SPINACH - Recipe

Ingredients :

  • 2 pounds Spinach, washed

  • 3/4 cup Heavy Cream

  • 2 ounces (4 tablespoons) unsalted Butter

  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt (Sea Salt or Kosher)
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ground Black Pepper

  • 3 quarts Boiling Salted Water (to cook Spinach in)


  • Place Spinach in boiling water. The water will stop boiling when you put the spinach in.

  • Once the water comes back to the boil, cook for 30 seconds, then turn heat off. Drain the cooked spinach into a colander. 

  • Fill the pot you cooked the spinach in with cold water. Add the spinach and let sit for 2 minutes. 

  • Drain the spinach again in the colander. Let sit.

  • Put the Cream in a small sauce pan and turn the heat on to mediu. Add a pinch of salt, and cook the cream over medium heat for about 5 minutes, until the cream starts to thicken. Turn heat off.

  • Remove the spinach from colander, and squeeze the spincah to get as much possible water out of the spinach.

  • Spinach on a cutting board, and roughly chop the spinach with a chefs knife.
  • Dump any remaining water that was in the pot you cooked the spinach in. Make sure the pot is dry. Place butter in the pot and heat on low heat until the butter melts.
  • Add the spinach to the pot with the Salt and Black Pepper. Heat for one minute on medium heat.
  • Add the cream to the pot with the spinach and cook on medium heat for two minutes. Lower heat to low and cook another 3 minutes on low heat.
  • Turn off heat and serve the Creamed Spinach with a Steak, Chicken, Fish or whatever you like.
  • Enjoy!












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"I EAT MY SPINACH"






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