Love Your Charcuterie With San Daniele and Riserva Salami + Giveaway 

Charcuterie board mastro

 

Growing up in my Italian family, charcuterie boards weren’t some huge trend. To be honest I had never even heard the term charcuterie before !

What did we call it?

That’s easy, Sunday lunch at Nonna’s house!

They are the perfect spread for family gatherings, game nights or just a casual Sunday at home. While they can look complicated and overwhelming to assemble, they’re really not! The more simple the better, Follow my easy steps and you’ll have a delicious selection that you wont be able to stop snacking on!

  • The center piece of this whole ensemble is of course THE MEAT !! With Mastro you’re never short on selection. The variety is amazing, spicy, mild, or even infused with so many new and delicious flavors there’s something for everyone. Ideally you’ll want to have two or three different kinds of cured meats.

Mastro Charcuterie

I included:

  •  San Daniele prosciutto
  • Mastro Genoa Salami
  • Riserva smoked paprika salami
  • Riserva chianti wine and fennel salami

These new Riserva Salami varieties are so amazing! There is also roasted garlic one that is definitely next on my list to try!

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  • Next you’ll add some bread, bread sticks, crackers or flat breads.

It’s nice to have something to add a little crunch. I used a baguette, some black olive bread sticks and some sun dried tomato croistini. People also can use the bread to make sandwiches. Bread is definitely a charcuterie must!

  • Say Cheese!!!

Who doesn’t love cheese?

Cheese is the perfect compliment to these cured meats! A variety small variety will give your guests the option of trying different parings to see which ones they like best! You don’t have to go overboard with fancy cheeses, pick whatever you like !

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I added:

  • Cocktail bocconcini
  • Marbled cheddar cheese (my kids favorite)
  • A cream cheese ring covered in sweet and spicy peppers

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  • Garnishes! More is more!

Just like when you make a pizza, the toppings are the finishing touch to your masterpiece! Again, you don’t have to get too fancy! Often just taking a walk through the condiment section or olive bar will give you so much inspiration! These are all family favorite snacks and were no brainers to include in our house!

  • Pimento olives
  • Cream cheese stuffed jalapenos
  • Sweet gherkins
  • Pickled peppers
  • Marinated artichokes
  • Sun dried tomatoes

 

  • Fruit for thought

The addition of fruit balances out the saltiness of the meat and garnishes. Figs and apricots are great go to additions. Again, don’t get too fancy. If you like it use it!Charcuterie

These steps will insure a delicious and gorgeous charcuterie spread that everyone will love!

If you want to give it a go and put together your own charcuterie, Mastro and I have teamed up to get you started!

You can’t have a delicious spread without including San Daniele proscuitto Canada’s #1 Brand! Don’t forget to try out the new Riserva Salami in Roasted Garlic, Chianti Wine and Fennel and Smoked Paprika flavors!

I’m giving one lucky follower their own genuine maple wood charcuterie board, two packs of Mastro sliced meats and Two coupons for a pack of sliced meat!

Head over to my  Instagram page to enter to win!

xo,

Fran

 This is a sponsored post, as always the opinions expressed are true and my own.

 

My “Replay” On Hummus. Italian Style Hummus and Re-Play !


Teaching our kids about healthy snacking is super important to us! Teaching our kids about making sure our planet stays “healthy” is just as important!

I’ve known about Re-Play for a while now and loved their products! Not only are they adorable and literally come in a rainbow of colors, they are durable, affordable and best of all made from recycled milk jugs!

I had no question in my mind where to go when looking for a new “big girl” set for Emilia’s meal times.

Their “no spill” cups are SERIOUSLY no spill! (can i get an AMEN fellow parents!) The fork and spoon are perfect to help her little hands master the skill of self feeding. Although she still eats like a little barbarian shoveling food into her little mouth….. but hey, we’re working on it!

These plates are so durable, you can actually run them over with your car! Even though I feel like I’ve been run over at the end of most days, I would never dream of doing that to this adorable set!

At the end of the day , the things that are important to most parents are the same things that this company believes in.

  • affordability for families
  • sustainability
  • durability
  • functionality
  • safety

You can purchase your own adorable Re-Play set directly from their website. You can also find them on Amazon, or at Walmart, Target, Whole foods and various other specialty stores!

 
Once you get your Re-Play set, why not whip up a delicious and healthy snack?

Our Family loves to snack and hummus is one of our favorites! I had such an awesome response to my Guaca-Hummus recipe that I decided to share another super easy spin on the classic!

My Italian Style Hummus is a hit with our family and I know yours will love it too!

  • 1 can cannellini beans  (white kidney beans)
  • 1/4 Cup sun dried tomatoes
  • 2 Tbs olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp dried oregano

Place all of your ingredients into your food processor or blender and blend until smooth!

That’s it!

A healthy snack for your little ones while helping to create a healthy planet!

Enjoy,

xo Fran

 

 

 

 

Chocolate Greek Yogurt Dip

Chocolate Greek yogurt dip
Valentines day is right around the corner!
I love to treat my mini Valentines with a special dessert….. Then the mom conscious kicks in and I gotta make it at least a little bit healthy!

So this year I’ve come up with the perfect chocolaty treat that is pretty much guilt free! Not to mentioned sooooooo good!

I served the dip along with some pound cake and strawberry skewers. Adorable right?

It pairs so well with both the fruit and the cake. It’s not too sweet but you get that creamy cocoa flavor to satisfy your chocolate cravings!

  • 1 Cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 3 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 Tbsp Maple syrup
  • 1/4 tsp Vanilla
  1. In a small bowl mix together all of your ingredients, until well blended and smooth.
  2. Refrigerate for at least 10 mins before, serving to settle.

How easy is that?

A super easy, super delicious treat that even your pickiest little valentine will love!

(Minus the chocolate sugar rush of course!)

Enjoy,

Fran

Pizza For Breakfast: B.L.T and Greek

Breakfast pizzas

Sundays are the one day a week in our house, that we have a family breakfast.

With Mike working all week and the rush of the school routine, we pretty much just eat and run every morning!

When Sunday rolls around we are all in agreement that cereal and toast just wont cut it!

If you’ve been following along for a while, you know breakfast foods aren’t my friend….

Until now!

I’m telling you, these pizzas are a game changer! The kids were both shocked and super excited when they found out what was for breakfast. They’ve also already put in their orders for next week…

Just like with any pizza there are endless topping combinations and so many varieties!

You can follow the cooking instructions for your crust and eggs, but besides that any combination will work!

Preheat oven to 400 degrees

I used premade whole wheat pizza dough for both pizzas, rolled out into a 14 inch circle.Then placed onto my pizza pan.


Greek Breakfast Pizza

  • 1/2 Cup Feta cheese (crumbled)
  • 1/2 Cup mozzarella cheese ( shredded)
  • 1 Tbs olive oil
  • 2 Cloves of garlic minced
  • 1/2 one large tomato (sliced)
  • 1 Cup fresh spinach
  • 3-4 large eggs
  • dash of black pepper
  1. In a small bowl mix together your garlic and olive oil. Brush your mixture evenly onto the dough.
  2. Sprinkle your mozzarella onto the pizza.
  3. Carefully crack your eggs onto your pizza on top of cheese. Spaced evenly .
  4. Place your tomatoes and spinach.
  5. Sprinkle your Feta cheese making sure to cover all your toppings.
  6. Top with pepper to taste.



“B.L.T” Breakfast Pizza

  • 1 Cup cheddar cheese (shredded)
  • 1/2 Cup mozzarella cheese (shredded)
  • 1 package of bacon. (cooked and chopped)
  • 1/2 one large tomato (sliced)
  • 1/2 Cup spinach
  • 3-4 Large eggs
  1. Spread the cheddar cheese evenly over pizza.
  2. Carefully crack your eggs onto your pizza, on top of cheese. Spaced evenly.
  3. Place your tomatoes.
  4. Sprinkle your bacon, and spinach evenly over pizza.
  5. Top with mozzarella.

Cooking instructions

  1. Place pizzas on the middle rack of your preheated oven.
  2. Bake for 18- 20 mins until pizzas are golden brown and eggs are set but still runny.
  3. Remove from oven, let sit 2 minutes
  4. Slice, serve and enjoy!

There’s no sauce on these pizzas, but when that egg breaks open… OMG!!!

This has quickly become a Sunday morning favorite! With the endless combinations it would be perfect to serve at a family brunch, or did someone say breakfast for dinner??

Enjoy,

Fran

 

Crock Pot Beef Stew

O.M.G !!! Its cold out there!!

Is January too early to start counting down the days until spring?

This weekend for our Sunday dinner I decided it was time for some cozy comfort food.

Stew is one of our favorite meals, it’s hearty and filling. It warms you right up on those cold and snowy days. (We’ve definitely been having a lot of those!)

I love using our crock pot for stew. You still get that slow cooked rich flavor, without slaving over the stove all day. It also gives you time to do other things, like the huge pile of laundry that seems to be growing by the minute…

  • 1 kg stewing beef, cubed
  • 3 Tbsp four
  • 1 Tbsp + 1 Tbsp  vegetable oil (divided)
  • 2 small onions chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 2 small yellow potatoes
  • 1 Cup beef broth
  • 1 156 ml can of tomato paste
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 2  dried Bay leaves
  • 1 Cup frozen peas
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tbsp cornstarch
  1. Prep beef, by patting dry with paper towel to remove excess moisture. Then toss with flour until well coated.
  2. Heat a large frying pan with oil on medium heat. Cook beef until brown on all sides, about 5 mins.
  3. Add cooked beef to your crock pot. In the same pan add your remaining Tbsp of oil and add onion and garlic and cook for about 3 mins.
  4. Transfer cooked onions and garlic to your crock pot and then add carrots,potatoes, broth, tomato paste, thyme and salt. Mix well and add bay leaves. Cook on low for 6 – 8 hours or on high for 4 hours until beef is tender.
  5. Remove bay leaves and stir in peas, Worcestershire, and corn starch. Let sit 5 mins and serve over rice or egg noodles if you choose.

This is sure to help warm you up on these cold winter nights!

Enjoy,

Fran

 

 

Sun Dried Tomato Alfredo Sauce

Sun dried tomato alfredo  

We all have that one thing our kids absolutely hate!

In my house it’s sun dried tomatoes and it’s not my kids, it’s my husband…..

So naturally when he saw what I was recipe testing, he turned up his nose. That is until he took a little taste and said “That’s restaurant quality and you know I HATE sun dried Tomatoes!”

This recipe is only a few easy steps, but delivers huge flavor! It can be served over your favorite pasta and guaranteed to satisfy even your pickiest eater…. Just ask Mike!

  • 1/4 Cup Sun dried tomatoes (drained)
  • 2 large basil leaves
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 Cup table cream
  • 4 Tbsp butter
  • 1/2 Cup grated Parmesan cheese
  1. In a food processor puree your tomatoes,basil and garlic, set aside.
  2. In a large skillet, on medium heat add your cream and butter. Bring to a simmer.
  3. Add your pureed ingredients to the skillet and continue to stir until sauce thickens, about 2-3 minutes.
  4. Add your cooked pasta to the skillet and toss until well coated with sauce. Add your Parmesan cheese and toss until evenly distributed and cheese is melted.

Serve topped with additional cheese if desired! (can you really ever have enough cheese??)

Enjoy,

Fran