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Archive for August 28, 2009

PRODUCT: Cucina Fresca Pasta Sauces & Pasta

Along with Sauces ‘n Love, this is our favorite brand of fresh pasta and pasta sauces—refrigeration required. We like the sauces better than the sauces at our local restaurants. Retailers and restaurateurs should hasten to taste them and consider if they’re offering the best they can to their customers. We like nothing better than making a great pasta sauce…but we can’t make any this good!

With most marinaras, alas, the main characteristic is “red”—and worse, red with sugar thrown in to provide flavor that the other ingredients aren’t good enough to generate. With Cucina Fresca, lush tomatoes are joined by flavorful onions, fresh basil, garlic and oregano. It is a much-appreciated marinara. But there’s even more excitement with our favorites, the Basil Cream Sauce and the Tomato Vodka Sauce. The Basil Cream Sauce upon the Caramelized Pear And Gorgonzola Ravioli was simply heaven.

If your retailer isn’t carrying this line, ask!

 

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Make restaurant-quality (or better) pasta dishes. Photo courtesy of Cucina Fresca.

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TIP OF THE DAY: Lamb Burgers

If you love lamb and don’t serve lamb chops often enough (too expensive and/or not enough to eat), you can find the same wonderful lamb flavor in rare-cooked ground lamb. We make lamb burgers, which are delicious and can be seasoned in so many ways. We serve them plain with lettuce, tomato and onions, just like a regular burger. But we make them Greek-style, with chopped Kalamata olives, crumbled feta and a bit of dill mixed in. Or Indian-style, with curry, turmeric and ginger (plus optional onions, raisins and almonds). How about Asian-style with scallions, a drop of sesame oil, toasted sesame seeds, with hoisin sauce and pickled ginger on the side instead of pickles and ketchup?

 

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