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Paolo’s Truffled Dwarf Peaches Recipe: Vitello Tonnato

March 29, 2013

Paolo's Truffled Dwarf Peaches Recipe: Vitello Tonnato

 

One of our all time favorite dishes is “Vitello Tonnato” (cold veal with tuna sauce). For the ones that have never tasted it before, this dish might not sound too appealing. Trust me though, the tuna sauce is so mild in taste and silky in texture, that it feels like applying whipped cream on top of strawberries!

This dish “Vitello Tonnato” is traditionally garnished with caper berries, Paolo changed the recipe around a bit and used Truffled Dwarf Peaches as a garnish instead and it was right up my alley =) (more…)

 

MrsMacchi’s recipe with Grana Padano

March 26, 2013

Grana-Padado
Spinach salad with parmigiano Grana Padano – Picture taken by Montreal photographer Vadim Daniel

Previously today I showed you how you can really enjoy having parmigiano on it's own without hardly any preparation! I will now show you one of my favorite recipes, with my favorite parmigiano cheese, The Grana Padano. I really love this cheese, it is similar to the reggiano but creamier. This cheese is off course a cheese that we supply our clients with here at Macchi Inc. It is important for me to let you all know that we do not import our cheeses ourselves since we  do not have any cheese quotas. What we import here at Macchi Inc. is the Citterio brand, bottarga and truffles and in the future hopefully we will import more.

Baby spinach salad with strawberries and Grana Padano

Baby spinach salad w. Parmigiano Grana Padano - Picture taken by Montreal Photographer Vadim Daniel
Baby spinach salad w. Grana Padano – Picture taken by Montreal Photographer Vadim Daniel

This is a perfect light salad with lots of flavour, assemble in a bowl: Baby spinach leaves, sliced strawberry’s and some Grana padano shavings. For this, all you need to add is a little  cracked black pepper, evoo and some balsamic vinegar. There  is no need to add any salt because the parmiggiano brings all the salt you need to the dish. Buon Appetitio! As usual, let me know how you liked it or if you made your own recipe, don't hesitate to share it with me.

 

Paolo Macchi preparing a plate with Parmigiano Reggiano

March 22, 2013

I have, since I started writing about or products, been looking forward to talking about this weeks product. It is a product that we all have used or consumed and some just can't have a pasta plate without it! This product would amongst stone be considered as the diamond, amongst metal it would be considered platinum and amongst the cheeses it is by far 'the King of Cheeses', I am talking about – Parmigiano Reggiano -.

Here is one way of how we enjoy having this cheese at the Macchi residence.

Paolo's Parmigiano reggiano plate

Parmigiano Reggiano - Picture taken by Montreal Photographer Vadim Daniel
Parmigiano Reggiano – Picture taken by Montreal Photographer Vadim Daniel

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Truffle Carpaccio: Macchi Family Serving Suggestions

August 11, 2010

Truffle Carpaccio & Eggs – Photos by Montreal Photographer Vadim Daniel

TRUFFLE & EGG CROSTINI

We have a family country house on lake Massawippi, in the Eastern Townships and it is now the second generation of Macchi boys ( our children, Paolo’s and Mine) making noise in the area.

Growing up, Paolo spent every weekend and holiday in the country with his family, therefor it’s very important for him to do the same with our children since he has such great memories from there.

This past weekend, was the Annual Village Fair , we all went there just like we’ve done every year and Paolo has done at least for the past 25 years!

Every year is the same thing; you have the rides, the games, the petting zoo, the barns with cows and horses, competition of who has grown the largest vegetable and not to forget the horse race, my favorite part!

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Buffalo Mozzarella: The Macchi Family's Serving Suggestions

July 13, 2010

Paolo Preparing the Panzanella Salad - Photo by Montreal Photographer Vadim Daniel

Since Mozzarella di Buffala / Buffalo Mozzarella is a perfect “summer cheese” we like to use it often in the summer.

We had some guests over on Sunday and Paolo prepared a Panzanella salad as a side dish to our BBQed chicken wings, it tasted just as good as it looks and even better.

I urge you try this simple recipe, all of the ingredients can be found in almost any store and it is so quick and easy to prepare! (more…)

 

COOKING WITH SAFFRON AT THE MACCHI RESIDENCE

July 7, 2010

Here we are, Wednesday morning, and today is “the Macchi family recipe day“.
Being the procrastinator that I am I decided yesterday was the day that I will make my famous Swedish “Saffrans Bullar” (Saffron buns) to share with all of you. I went through millions (close to) of recipes and finally found one that I was really happy with. In the unbearable humidity we had here in Montreal yesterday, I turned my oven on and added another 15C in my kitchen, but I was just as excited, cause I was going to have “Saffrans Bullar” in August, rather than, as by tradition, in November!

I made a doe, one that I have never managed to make as good before, and it had the perfect texture. It made it so easy to work with! None the less, between dealing with the window cleaner that we had contracted for yesterday, the guy that was treating our wood doors and my four year-old making sure I was catering to his EVERY need, my “bullar” turned into charcoal =/!
I can’t even believe my fire alarm didn’t go off, my gas alarm goes of every time I use hairspray! I was so upset that I quickly sent them into the garbage, thinking back now I wish i had taken a picture of them. So, having that said, there is no recipe from MrsMacchi this week but thank good for Paolo (MrMacchi), he knew about my unsuccessful baking attempt and came home and cooked one of my all time favorite dishes of his and that is what I will be sharing with you today!

Paolo's Saffron Recipe: Linguini with shrimp in a saffron & cream sauce

LINGUINI WITH SHRIMP IN A SAFFRON & CREAM SAUCE (more…)

 

A Dinner At Home Using Freshly Arrived Summer Truffles

April 28, 2010

Paolo's Summer Truffles Recipe

This evening I was in the mood to have an earthy meal for dinner. Knowing that the fresh summer truffles just arrived this morning at Macchi Inc., I decided to ask Paolo if he could do his magic tonight, and prepare something for us specifically to satisfy my cravings, and to use one of these beautiful fresh summer truffles.

Since the summer truffle initially has an earthy taste, I felt like enhancing the flavors with truffle paste an a bit of black truffle oil. I also felt like bringing all these flavors together with the nice texture of some beautiful and “meaty” button mushrooms. And, last but not least, finalizing the dish by topping it with an exhauggerated amount of shaved truffles.

I’ve been blogging about summer truffles since the beginning of the week, both here and here. And to tell you the truth, my mouth was watering just thinking about it every time I blogged. I was waiting impatiently for Wednesday to arrive, as I knew I would finally get to savour some.

So Paolo ( that rarely refuses an occasion to cook ) made this nice pasta plate, as he always does, the way I had hoped for it to taste, and a little bit better, if you don’t mind me saying so ;) (more…)

 

Cooking with the Macchi Family: Bottarga

April 21, 2010

Since Paolo’s family originates from the north of Italy the region of Lombardia, bottarga was not at all consumed growing up. When we started importing it in 2002 to Montreal we have done plenty of research and followed traditional recipes as well as made our own ways of eating and preparing it.

PAOLO’S BOTTARGA RECIPE:

Paolo's Bottarga Pasta Recipe

One of Paolo’s absolute favourite pastas is the “aglio et oglio” ( oil and garlic ) . After discovering the very particular taste of Bottarga and experimenting with it, Paolo found that by adding grated Bottarga di Muggine in his favorite recipe, and grating some on top of the finished pasta, the dish took a whole new dimension. The bottarga gave it a nice kick.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • parsley
  • desired amount of grated Bottarga di Muggine or Bottarga di tonno

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Cooking with the Macchi Family: Prosciutto

April 14, 2010

Paolo cooking on a Wednesday evening with Prosciutto

At home, Paolo is the one that enjoys cooking the most. I am usually the designated assistant and assembler, and of course the eater!

This evening, Paolo and I made this very homey pasta dish with prosciutto di parma. Nothing too fancy, a nice feel good meal, but soooo tasty!

Since it is prosciutto week on the blog, I decided to snap some pics, and share the recipe with you.

Appetizer:

Prosciutto wrapped around hand rolled grissini’s on a bed of mixed greens and Dwarf Truffled Peaches.

Pasta: Fusilli with peas, cubed prosciutto “crudo” (raw) and Burrata.

  1. Fusilli were tossed in onions sauted in butter
  2. We added steamed peas, cubed Prosciutto and Burrata
  3. and served immediately!

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