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Provençale Scallops

Did you ever wonder why scallop shells are iconic throughout European history, topping classical arches and doorways, marking pilgrim paths and even conveying a Greek goddess in Sandro Botticelli’s beloved Birth of Venus Renaissance masterpiece? This beloved bivalve is unique in abilities and flavor, because unlike immobile clams, oysters and mussels, sea scallops glide across …

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Rolling green hillsides and buildings of Tuscany

Tuscan Enigmatic Vines & Wines

Why does Sangiovese grow best in Tuscany? Italy cultivates more than 370 wine grape varieties over 1.7 million vineyard acres, but Sangiovese, a difficult and fickle grape, seems to almost exclusively thrive amid romantic vineyards just a sling’s throw from Michelangelo’s David. Central Italy epitomizes the Mediterranean climate and that is an important factor in …

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Best Cruise Cocktails

Best Cruise Cocktails

What could be more relaxing than sinking into a cozy deck chair with a frosty, fruity cocktail in hand? A lot of travelers would agree — one of the best parts of taking a cruise is being able to fully relax while an attentive wait staff serves you extraordinary drinks and dishes. At Windstar Cruises, …

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What to Do & Eat in Portofino

Portofino is an enchanting fishing village on the Italian Riviera. Known for being a destination for celebrities, Portofino offers visitors the chance to experience la dolce vita. You can expect to find charming restaurants dishing up regional specialties, water as green as emeralds, dramatic seaside cliffs blanketed in vegetation and pastel-colored homes lining the harbor. …

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Seared Sea Scallops, Smoked Bacon, Grilled Asparagus with Fresh Garden Peas, Citrus Butter Sauce Recipe

Seared Sea Scallops Serves 4 people 16 u 10 – 20  Scallops 12 Spears Grilled Asparagus Butter Sauce Garnish Pea Puree Olive Oil Sugar Salt Fix through the scallops, remove the side muscle and lay onto paper towels. Wash and prep the asparagus. Peel and pencil the asparagus. Drizzle with olive oil and cook on …

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Mushroom Polpettine, Polenta & Basil Oil Recipe

Mushroom Polpettine 3 lbs         Mushrooms shiitake stem removed 2 sprigs   Whole rosemary 2 sprigs   Whole thyme 1/4 Cup   Extra Virgin Olive oil 1               Whole Egg 1/2           Small Onion, small dice 1/2           Cup Parmesan cheese 2 tbs         Breadcrumbs 1 tbs         Parsley Italian Salt & Pepper Preheat oven to 450. …

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Tomato & Watermelon Salad, Burgos Cheese, Shaved Onion Recipe

Salad 5          Each Heirloom Tomatoes 1          Each Watermelon 1          Each Red Onions 2 tsp   Chive Chopped 1 ½     Cup Burgos Cheese 1          Cup Crunchy Oil Cured Olives 1 tsp    Lime Zested 1/2     Cups Mint Leaves Picked Tomato and Sherry Vinaigrette to Taste Sea Salt To Taste | Serves 10 Cut the tomatoes and …

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