There are 8 specialties from Italy in the box including Hazelnut cream by Maison della Nocciola, ground coffee by Giuliano Caffee, Persto Sauce by Cascina San Cassiano, Classic Amaretti by Marabisi, Truffle Zest by Zabatino Tartufi, Mushroom Risotto kit by Terrigena, Balsamic Vinegar by Societa Agricola, and Egg Pappardelle by La Pasta de Aldo.
The very first thing that we tried or my daughter tried was the classic amaretti. She told me that it has weird taste so I tried it myself and she was right, there was that initial shock when you first but into it, it is very strong. We didn't find it very good but it was nice to try it.
These cookies are made of almond so I had high hopes that it will be awesome since I love almond.
I seldom use pesto in a dish, I think I only made one dish with it before. So when I saw this pesto, I got excited because I always see Italian pasta dish on TV with and I thought I would be able to try it.
Making this pesto was easy, I only added green peas to it to make the egg pappardelli pasta.
It was a really nice dish with an added cream cheese since I did not have mozzarella balls.
The pasta dish was a perfect combo for the pork BBQ I made that day.
Hubby and I stopped drinking coffee because of his hyper acidity issues last year. Sometimes we miss having coffee in the morning so this ground coffee will be great for chilly weekend mornings. Having coffee once in a while would not be bad I guess so I am glad to have it.
In fact, I already tried it but did not tell my husband yet lol. It was a really blend, it wasn't that strong. Through this Italy box, I have a learned that Italians have followed unspoken - but strict - rules about how to drink it. It said, never to mix it with milk unless it's for breakfast and always drink straight shots of of espresso in one sip. Very interesting!
This hazelnut spread is my favorite among the eight products. I thought I would be disappointed like the almond cookie but I was wrong, it's delicious! I don't eat bread with spread frequently but this spread is addicting. I even used it for my English muffin and it was delicious!
Now, let's talk about risotto. I have never made risotto before but thought that it would be easy since it is like rice but it's actually quite different than I anticipated. Rice is a lot easier to prepare and I love it. The risotto on the other hand takes a little longer time to prepare and it wasn't as good as I expected it to be. I still prefer rice over risotto, maybe because that's what I am used to eating.
But anyway, it was a great experience making the risotto with my daughter. It was a good pair for the pork tocino that I made and the roasted mushrooms.
Last but not the least is the balsamic vinegar. I use balsamic vinegar all the time because my daughter love tomato salsa and I always add balsamic to it. This specific balsamic vinegar is quite different from what I've used in the past. It was really good one, even my daughter noticed that I used a different balsamic, she liked it too.
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