News from Fante's Kitchen Shop

News from Fante's Kitchen Shop
10 August 2017
Fante's Italian Cooking Collection

August 12
Sunday Gravy
August 19
Back to School with Chef Karla and Lekue
August 26
Old School Pesto
Continuous 11am to 3pm

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This Saturday
Sunday Gravy
Nonna making gnocchi for Sunday DinnerGrowing up, Sundays were days of Church, homemade pasta and fresh gravy (pasta sauce) with Nonna. The gravy would be bubbling on the stove from early in the morning, and you couldn’t help but drool a little in anticipation of Sunday dinner (at 3 PM with the entire family).

Every family has its own recipe for gravy, and there is always futile debate as to which version is better. Note: your mother’s or grandmother’s is always the best. We are often asked how we make ours, and this Saturday we will be sharing it with you! Come join us and learn our recipe and what tools we use to make our family’s delicious Sunday Gravy.
Continuous Free Demonstration
11 am to 3 pm
Made in USA
Upside Down, Inside Out
Fletcher's Mill Colombia Pepper MillIf there’s one thing we dislike about traditionally designed peppermills, it’s the pile of pepper dust that is left behind when the mill is lifted from the table or countertop.  The Columbia mill from Fletcher’s Mill solves this inevitable problem. We commonly refer to it as the “upside down” mill, as it is designed to be stored on its top, instead of the bottom, so that the mechanism doesn’t leave pepper dust in its wake.

Handcrafted from American hard rock maple, and stained a beautiful black color, the mill features a stainless steel mechanism that carries a lifetime limited warranty. Lock & Grind locking top adjustment knob assures that once you set the coarseness on the mill, it will stay where it’s put, so you can have the same grind, every time. Pro Tip: unlike many mills, the mechanism will pop out for easy cleaning.

How to Clean the Columbia Pepper Mill:
• Unscrew the top nut and remove the top
• Empty any remaining peppercorns
• Turn the mill upside down and pop out the rod by tapping it firmly against a hard surface
• Clean the mill with a dry brush or cloth
• Push the rod back in from the bottom, making sure it goes through the grinder ring until it pops into place
• Fill your mill and put the top back on, making sure that the metal key clicks in on the rod
• Screw on top nut while pushing up on the rod so it is flush with the bottom of the grinding mechanism
• The tighter the nut, the finer the grind
• CAUTION: Water or moisture can damage the wood finish and affect the performance of the mill.

#9981 - Fletcher's Mill Columbia Pepper Mill
Featured Items
What’s the Scoop?
Cookpro Scoop StrainerScoop a variety of foods with this unique stainless steel strainer. Whether you’re deep frying, blanching veggies, or fishing raviolis out of boiling water, this basket shaped strainer can scoop much more volume than traditional strainers. We’re sure you’ll find many uses for it. A long handle keeps your hands away from the heat, and a loop at the end makes it convenient to hang from a pot rack or utensil bar.

#617140 - Cookpro Scoop Strainer
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Time for Tomatoes
Tomato Machines: Mariella's Summertime Tradition

Summertime TomatoesSummer holds so many great food memories from my childhood in Italy. One of my favorites is the smell and taste of a ripe tomato right off the vine. Everyone in our town had a vegetable garden, and no matter its size, there were always lots of tomato plants. After all, the gravy (sauce) that we canned had to last for a whole year of pasta meals.

My nonna loved to harvest the plum tomatoes. She cut them in half, squeezed the seeds and liquid out, sprinkled them with salt and placed them on a white sheet in the sun to dry. While helping nonna, I got to taste them as they grew progressively dryer and more intense in flavor. Yum!

My mom did the rest of the work with the tomatoes. She blanched them and ran them through a food mill to remove the skin and seeds, and then put them in jars. It was a time consuming task that was repeated a number of times during tomato season, and well worth it.

Read more about the tradition of processing tomatoes and the tools required on our blog.
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