Lucini has become one of my favorite producers of tomato products, olive oil and of course their cinque e cinque. I am thrilled that they have agreed to once again provide some of their amazing products for this years 12 Days of Giveaways. This year they are providing some of their amazing, rich and tasty olive oil along with my favorite their plum tomatoes from the Dr. Weil Organic Collection.
Dr. Weil Organic Collection
Dr. Weil recommends Lucini Italia Organics because they are philosophically aligned with his principles on the health benefits of organic foods and extra virgin olive oil and because they are committed to advancing integrative medicine. Enjoy heirloom varietal San Marzano tomatoes with Lucini’s award winning Limited Reserve 100% Organic Premium Select Extra Virgin Olive Oil for a mouth-watering Italian feast, perfect for any Italian food lover.
Each set includes:
Limited Reserve Premium Select Extra Virgin Olive Oil® (500ml bottle)
Yesterday I spent my day off from work cleaning and organizing. I felt pretty tired out after my productive day that I wasn’t really up for making much for dinner but I was craving Italian. I wasn’t in the mood to go out for dinner so the Hubz and I picked up a few ingredients and made a quick and easy italian dish at home.
Pasta with Tomato & Olive Sauce
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
1-15oz can of whole tomatoes
10 kalamata olives, pitted and chopped
2 tablespoons capers
1 teaspoon chili flakes
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
2 dashes of umeboshi vinegar
salt to taste
4 servings cooked pasta
1 tablespoon of nutritional yeast (optional)
Place the olive oil and garlic in a cold pan and heat over medium heat until the garlic starts to become aromatic, about 3-5 minutes. Add in the tomatoes mash to break them up. Stir in the remaining ingredients and cook for 7 minutes stirring frequently. Toss with your choice of hot pasta and serve!
After six weeks my parents finally returned from their trip to Florida and we decided to take them out for their 30th wedding anniversary -YES 30 YEARS!! Since it was a special occasion we gave them a few options and they chose Trattoria Delia. I was excited because I had never been there and the Hubz who had been with work said it was really delicious. Since it is a nicer spot I felt awkward whipping out my camera so the following are sneaky iphone photos.
We started with a liter of wine for the table and enjoyed the beautiful fire place and rustic atmosphere. We also had some amazing yummy bread with wonderful fruity olive oil.
We started with a vegan antipasti for the table and an order of bruschetta both were really amazing. The vegan antipasti was not on the menu but they had no problem creating a vegan plate for us.
For our main courses the Hubz and I both got the Orecchiette con Fricone “Fricone, dialect of the southern region of Puglia for a fried tomato sauce, made from vine-ripened tomatoes, crushed garlic, a pinch of red pepper and arugula, tossed with an imported handmade ear-shaped pasta and pecorino cheese. This dish was easily veganizable and they were will to create other dishes for you as well. It sounds really simple but it was one of the most amazing pasta dishes I have ever had.
We finished the night with espressos and lingering conversation. Overall we had a wonderful experience. The food was delicious, the atmosphere was lovely and although service was not over the top they were attentive and allowed you to enjoy the experience there was no push to get you out the door.
The Hubz and I decided to extend the night into a date and had one cocktail out at a bar where we had a horrible experience but oh well we were together.
Hubz Cocktail- "Border Patrol- Canadian Club Whisky and Vermont Maple Liqueur"
However after a late night (for me) I feel a little like this today
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