Chef Walter’s Flavors + Knowledge: Aquacotta Toscana
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
As is the case with any regional dish, there are many versions and similar variations that are offered in the region of Marche and inland Abruzzo. Acquacotta is suitable for cold winter days as well as summers when tomatoes are abundant and loaded with great flavors. You may use canned tomatoes as a substitute, typically the San Marzano DOP or a great California choice.
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Yield: 4 servings
•1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil, Tuscan preferred
•A six-inch (15 cm) stick of celery, a small carrot, and three small onions, minced together
•1/2 a small, crumbled hot pepper, or more, to taste
•2 pounds (1 k) beet greens or spinach, stemmed, washed and coarsely chopped
•1 pound (500 g) peeled, chopped ripe tomatoes
•Up to a pound (500 g) of vegetables such as peas, beans, bell peppers, artichoke hearts, or whatever else is in season
•1 - 1/2 quarts (1.5 l) boiling water
•5 medium eggs, beaten in a bowl
•1/2 cup grated Pecorino Toscano or Parmigiano Reggiano but not Pecorino Romano which may be too strong for this application.
•1/2 teaspoon kosher salt (reduce amount if cheese is too sharp)
•Thinly sliced toasted Italian bread
*Set a heavy bottomed pot on the fire. When it's hot, add the oil and the onion mixture; season the mixture with salt and the chili pepper. When the onions have turned translucent, add the greens. *Cover and cook over low heat till the greens have wilted, and then add the tomatoes and the other vegetables, if you're including them. Simmer for about twenty minutes, and then add the boiling water. *Check the seasoning and simmer for another twenty minutes.
*Meanwhile, beat the eggs and mix in the cheese, adding salt if necessary.
*Line the bottoms of your soup bowls with thinly sliced toasted bread and spoon the beaten egg mixture over the bread. Bring the soup to the table, stir it well, and ladle it into the bowls, making sure that the hot soup flows over the egg, cooking it.
For a wine companion; I suggest a light red such as Morellino di Scansano, or whatever preference you may enjoy.
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Most Romantic Couple Contest
XO Café, Providence
Now through February 7, 2014, contestants can submit their inspired story of romance in 500 words or less for the chance to win a gourmet Valentine’s Day dinner for two with wine pairings, as prepared by Executive Chef Marty Lyons.
For more information or to submit an entry, please visit www.xocafe.com.
Black Valentine's Day Celebration
Ocean Mist, Matunuck
Ocean Mist knows Valentine's Day can be either an awesome holiday or a very annoying one, so they are choosing to celebrate Black Valentine’s Day. Come celebrate everyday love and friendship with a spectacular dance party. All you awesome singletons and even you adorable couples - go down to Ocean Mist and check out what exactly black valentine's is all about.
For more details, go here.
1st Annual Sweatheart Dance
Mount Hope Farm, Bristol
Celebrate Valentine's Day in Bristol at the 1st Annual Sweetheart Dance at Mount Hope Farm on Saturday, Feb. 15 from 8pm to 11pm. Festivities include cash bar, cupcakes and other goodies. Also, enjoy tunes by Luke Renchan Entertainment, one of RI's premiere DJ services. Prizes will also e awarded for best Valentine-themed outfits.Tickets are $10.
Reserve your ticket now by calling 401-254-1745 or click here.
Farmhouse Valentine's Special
Langworthy Farm, Westerly
Show that special someone you care by booking a Valentine's Day Special at Langworthy Farm. This two-night stay includes a full New England breakfast each morning and a special wine and chocolate tasting for two. Rates start at $270.
To make a reservation, call 401-322-7791.
Valentine's Day Dinner
Ocean House, Watch Hill
End Valentine’s Day on a romantic note this year with a spectacular dinner in Seasons at the Ocean House. Ocean House chefs will take you through five palate-enticing courses, each highlighting the best of the New England bounty. Celebrate one another and the passion that you share over a decadent dessert.
Price: $95/ per person (plus tax and gratuity); Wine pairing is an additional $40/ per person.
Click here to reserve your table.
Month of Love Special
The Attwater, Newport
Surprise your sweetie by sweeping him/her away to Newport. Stay two nights or more between February 6-28, 2014 (excluding Feb 14-17, 2014) and receive chocolate covered strawberries, a long stem rose and a box of Lark Fine Foods artisan cookies - all complimentary.
For more details, go here or call 401-846-7444.
Valentine's Day at the Inn
The Weekapaug Inn, Weekapaug
Surprise your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day with a spectacular four-course dinner in The Restaurant at the Weekapaug Inn. Enjoy intimate conversation in their candlelit dining area and steal breathtaking views of the star flecked New England sky from across the pond. Sip a cocktail (or two) in the Garden Room and pull your lover close as you relax by the glow of the crackling fire. The Weekapaug Inn is the destination for love this February.
Price: $80/ person (plus tax and gratuity)
Click here to claim your table.
2nd Annual Cupid Ball
Center by the Blackstone, Pawtucket
You're invited to attend the 2nd Annual Cupid Ball - a Pink Tie Affair at the Center by the Blackstone. The evening includes pink wine upon arrival, hors d'oeuvres, four course meal station provided by Pamfilio's, and entertainment provided by WRIK Entertainment.
Prices: $60 per individual or $100 per couple.
Click here to buy tickets or call 401- 724-2200.
Parent's Night Out
The Children's Workshop, all RI locations
Would you like a night out for Valentine’s Day? Bring the kids to The Children’s Workshop! They will provide supervision, fun, entertainment and snacks for the kids while parents enjoy a night off. This service is FREE and open to the community! You do not need to enroll to take advantage of this great event. Space is limited. Please RSVP by February 7th.
The Children’s Workshop has 12 locations throughout Rhode Island.
For more information, click here.
Valentine's Day Concert
Blithewold Mansion, Bristol
Opera Providence will present “A Happy Valentine’s Day Concert” on Friday Friday, Feb. 14th, at 7pm and Sunday, Feb. 16th at 3pm at the Blithewold Mansion. The event features the voices of the Opera Providence Ensemble. All concert tickets are $40 per person. Tickets for the entire concert series are $75 per person.
For more information please contact the Opera Providence office at 401-331-6060 or visit their website.
Valentine's Day Burgers
Harry's Bar & Burger, Providence
Harry’s Bar & Burger is celebrating Valentine’s Day weekend with a selection of menu specials available Friday, February 14th through Sunday, February 16th. Located at 121 North Main Street, Harry's will feature Fried Mozzarella Triangles with marinara sauce ($3.50); Harry’s Cheesy Lover Burger topped with house made mac and cheese, bacon, lettuce, pickle, and special sauce on a toasted potato roll ($6.50), and Fried Oreos dusted with powdered sugar ($2.99).
For more information, please call 401-228-7437 or visit www.harrysbarburger.com.
An Exclusive Dining Experience
Aldrich Mansion, Warwick
Make your special someone feel like they're the most important person in the world this Valentine's Day by partaking in an exclusive dining experience in the opulent, historic Aldrich mansion. Enjoy a three-course prix fixe menus prepared on site by Executive Chef Al Langeveld.
Price: $145 per couple, incl. gratuity, taxes, complimentary glass of champagne, cash bar, live music during cocktails, and free parking. RSVP by Feb. 6 with menu selections.
For more information, go here or call 401-739-6850.
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