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Sicilian String Bean and Red Skin Potato Salad

Note: The most important thing to look for when choosing beans is they snap when you bend them, rather bending like a rubber band

Green vegetables when cooked for more than 5 minutes or longer will lose there vibrant color, cook them 5 minutes or less, and then drop them into ice bath to stop the cooking. When you add vinegar, do so after you've coated the beans with oil


1 Lb. of String Beans, Rinsed and Left Whole

10 Medium sized Red Skin Potatoes, Rinsed and Left Whole

1 Large Red Onions, Sliced

2 Oz. Dried Oregano

1/2 Oz. Red Wine Vinegar 

Himalayan Salt and Fresh Ground Pepper  

Extra Virgin Olive Oil First Cold Press Olive Oil

Italian Flat Leaf Parsley, Chopped


Bring 2 Pots with 2 Quarts of water to a boil

Blanch String Beans for 5 minutes and Drop in an ice bath

Boil potatoes for 15 - 20 minutes or until soft to touch, cool then cut in half

In a large bowl place Potatoes, String Beans and Onions and toss together 

Add Olive Oil and toss until all ingredients are coated

Add Oregano, Salt and Pepper to taste and toss well

Add Vinegar and Mix all ingredients together well

Plate and garnish with Italian Flat Leaf Parsley 


Macerated Sambuca Infused Berries topped with Fresh Whipped Cream

Sambuca (Italian pronunciation: [samˈbuːka]) is an Italian anise-flavoured, usually colourless, liqueur

The term comes from the Latin word sambucus, meaning "elderberry". The word sambuca was first used as the name of another elderberry liquor that was created in Civitavecchia around 1850 by Luigi Manzi


2 Lb. Large Fresh Strawberries, rinsed stem cut off and sliced

2 Lb. Fresh Blueberries, rinsed

4 Oz. Organic Granulated Sugar 

4 Oz. Sambuca Italian anise-flavoured liqueur

4 Cups Fresh Whipped Cream

4 Large Mint Leaves for garnish 


Place Berries, Sugar and Liqueur in a large bowl and mix well

Place in your refrigerator over night

Spoon mixture assuring to spoon liquid as well into a Martini glass or something similar

Spoon Fresh whip cream over Berries 

Garnish with Mint Leaf


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