Quacquarini Soft Torrone Covered with Chocolate

March 14, 2014 4:32:01 AM EDT

Quacquarini Soft Torrone Covered with Chocolate

Out of classic holiday fare like cheesecake and eggnog, almond torrone is one of those treats that instantly remind me of the holidays. That is because almond torrone is an integral part of my holiday traditions the way fruit cake and turkey may be part of yours.

If you want to add this treat to your holiday fare this season, Pasta Cheese offers a high-end twist of the torrone candy. The Quacquarini soft torrone with pistachio offers a twist of this classic candy. Covered with milk chocolate and made with pistachio nuts instead of almonds, this is a very special way to introduce your friends to this classic taste with a twist. Your friends who are already familiar with torrone with be pleasantly surprised for the opportunity to enjoy this candy a whole different way.

Quacquarini also offers another version of soft torrone made with coffee and chocolate. Another twist on this classic candy, the coffee in this quacquarini soft torrone adds a kick of flavor to this familiar taste.
Torrone has been around for so long that it can be spelled different ways, either, turron, torrao, turon, or can be referred to a nougat. It is a very recognizable dessert all around Latin America and the Philippines and can be traced all the way back to the 16th century. I know of recipes for alcohol that include torrone. The sweetness of this candy can help mellow even they highest proof of alcohol.  

But be warned, this candy should not be enjoyed lightly. My suggestion is, for the first try, break open a batch of Quacquarini Soft Torrone Covered with Chocolate and your favorite fruity wine, and consider the many ways you can add this candy to your holiday table for your friends and family to enjoy in new and exciting ways.

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Alemagna Incarto Classic Panettone Italian Holiday Cake

After all of your gift shopping is done, ‘tis the season to start wrapping presents like it’s nobody’s business. A major part of the whole gift giving scenario is how you present the present, because we all know that judging a book by its cover comes into play once the holiday season rolls around. I’d choose the elaborately wrapped box with a bow bigger than my head over the crumpled brown paper bag that boasts a lame “Happy Holidays!” sticker any day. Note to anyone who’s in charge of wrapping presents this year: wrap like your life depends on it, because your gift giving reputation sure does!

If you want a present that is awesome in both respects then the Alemagna Incarto Classic Panettone Italian Holiday Cake should be at the top of your list. Each year Alemagna adds a new touch to how its classic holiday cake is packaged, making opening the present just as thrilling as when you see the present itself. The Alemagna Incarto Classic Panettone Italian Holiday Cake is wrapped in elegant wrapping paper and a perfectly positioned ribbon that matches the equally as tempting taste of the naturally leavened baked cake that resides beneath its wrapping. Alemgana allows you to check off both the task of buying the present as well as wrapping the present in one full swoop, guaranteeing that whoever is lucky enough to receive the Alemagna Incarto Classic Panettone Italian Holiday Cake will be jumping for joy.

When you see this exquisite cake you’ll understand what all the hype is about. The wrapping paper is covered in the characteristic colors of the Alemagna brand, resembling the cake where each bite mirrors the characteristic culinary skills of the Alermagna brand, sending you back to Italy bite after bite. The Alemagna Incarto Classic Panettone Italian Holiday Cake might just be the present that you decide to keep for yourself this year!

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Fiasconaro Nativity Scene Traditional Holiday Panettone

When you’re planning a holiday meal (and ‘tis the season to be doing so), the list of things to get done is probably extremely daunting. You need to take care of planning/shopping/cooking the food, as well as arranging decorations and the centerpieces for the meal. Let’s be honest: once you sent out those invitations you practically arranged your death sentence! With the help of the Fiasconaro Nativity Scene Traditional Holiday Panettone from PastaCheese though, your hostess duties don’t have to become synonymous with that aforementioned death sentence. Listen up:

The Fiasconaro Nativity Scene Traditional Holiday Panettone is a traditional cake with fresh candied orange and raisins, flavored with Marsala and Zibibbo that comes with white chocolate nativity statues taking center stage in the middle of it. This is your centerpiece and decadent dessert in one delicious cake from Pasta Cheese! Your guests will be wowed by both the taste of this Fiasconaro Nativity Scene Traditional Holiday Panettone as well as its ability to simultaneously serve as eye candy. When you have this cake on the table your role as the best hostess is pretty much guaranteed.

The Fiasconaros are pioneers in artisan confectionary so buying this Nativity Scene Cake allows you to taste a sample of their genius, and what better time to treat yourself than during the holiday season? Even if you’re not playing hostess this year the Fiasconaro Nativity Scene Traditional Holiday Panettone should still be on your shopping list. It makes a perfect gift to bring to whoever you’re eating by, bringing both holiday spirit and holiday taste to your hostess’ table. If you were looking for a way to score an invite back for next year well then this is it! Make sure to head over to Pasta Cheese as soon as possible because this delicacy is sure to fly off of the shelves in no time.

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Olli Salumeria, Made by Friends for Friends

March 14, 2014 2:29:49 AM EDT

Pitted Black Saracene Olives

Made by friends and shared by friends for years, Olli Salumeria has a wild range of artisinal slow cured salame for everyone to enjoy! Featured on Oprah’s list of her favorite things, you know that Olli Salumeria Salame is the real deal if. Oprah gave it her stamp of approval and now it’s time for you to give yours. Try one of their salames today as part of your own dinner menu or gift a package of them to your friend or coworker just in time for the holiday season!

So, what makes Olli Salumeria Salame amazing? It’s a simple equation: Good pork makes for great. Because the quality of the pork is crucial for the outcome of the salame, the team at Olli Salumeria goes to great lengths to obtain the best pigs available in the USA. The pigs are humanely raised and kept on an all-vegetarian diet, and the salame itself is slow-cured to ensure a flavorful cut. The artisinal salame that you see in front of you can be traced back to how the meat was hand-rubbed with carefully mixed spice blends, after which it was cooled in order to allow the salt and spices to penetrate into the meat. A lot of effort went into the salame that you see before you, so savor each and every bite!

Pasta Cheese has chosen seven delectable flavors of Olli Salumeria Salame to offer for your tasting pleasure: Wild Board Applewood Smoked Salame with Sangiovese Wine, Pepperoni Classically American with Wine and Paprika, Organic Hot Chorizo with Spicy Smoked Paprika, Organic Molisana Garlic and Pepper, Organic Norcino Mild Salame, Tartufo Truffle Salame with Sangiovese Wine and Calabrese Spicy Salame with Sangiovese Wine. Top chefs use Olli Salumeria for all of their Salame needs; when you have that testimony of great taste what else do you really need?

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Pitted Black Saracene Olives

March 14, 2014 1:45:25 AM EDT

Pitted Black Saracene Olives

My son loves to eat olives, but most of the time we try to avoid giving him pitted olives because he is still young. But for Pitted Black Saracene Olives we make an exception.

The Saracene olive grows only in the north of Sicily on the high hills of an area called Valdemone. The Saracene Olive is considered one of the most ancient cultivated olives. The plant is well adapted to the rough environment. The olives are the smallest produced and toughest to pick, so getting your hands on some is really a treat.

The Saracene trees are even interesting with huge gnarled trunks twisted into bizarre shapes, they are a beautiful part of the landscape in southeastern Sicily, and are reminiscent of an enchanted forest from a fairy tale. It’s easy to imagine trees dancing and whirling at night, only to be stopped in motion at the first light of dawn. They impart wisdom of time that says no matter what happens you can endure, you may be twisted with time and gnarled by fate, but this is all part of an interesting life and with hope and love it will bear fruit, and in this case great tasting Pitted Black Saracene Olives. Saracene olive trees even figure into contemporary Italian crime novels, too. One author’s detective character likes to sit under a Saracen olive tree when mulling over how to solve a particularly difficult case.

The taste of the Pitted Black Saracene Olives is a bit on the spicy side with some seasoning. These olives work best when paired with cheeses or even on their own as an appetizer. And for the adults out there, the spice of the olive adds a bit more flavor to a martini or any other drink you choose to have an olive with.

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