One of my favorite things to do in the spring and summertime is to visit local farms and take advantage of the abundance of freshly grown produce. To me, there is nothing better than cooking and eating the tender vegetables and sweet fruits that were picked only a short time ago. Once I get home from the farm, I often assemble my collection and admire the vision for a moment. Then, the wheels in my mind begin turning...broccoli, spinach, swiss chard, kale, squash, asparagus, tomatoes, leeks, artichokes, sweet onions, and garlic. Then, my mind shifts to beautiful fresh cut egg pasta: linguine, fettucine, pappardelle, rigatoni, fusilli, ziti...Shall I continue?
My kids LOVE farfalle!
This week, I had decided to shape some farfalle using our fresh egg pasta sheets and a mini cookie cutter that I had purchased from Fante's cookware shop in the Philadelphia Italian Market. After producing a few odd-looking butterflies, I managed to gain some momentum. Before long I had noticed that a "swarm" of beautiful butterflies had emerged...and no two were exactly alike.
I often have customers tell me that they remember seeing "Mrs. Talluto" in the store when they came in to buy their ravioli. They say things like "She was such a sweet woman and would give me great cooking tips and advice." or "She always had wonderful stories to share about her family. Mrs. Talluto was a very special woman." My grandmother was truly a very special woman. In fact, saying that is an understatement.
Have you ever tried fresh homemade mozzarella cheese?
This morning, I cut a braid of mozzarella that we had made less than an hour earlier. I bit into a slice and my heart instantly melted as I savored the delicate flavors. I quickly snapped a picture with my phone and couldn't wait to talk about it with you.
It is a tradition at Talluto's to fill our Easter table with all sorts of scrumptious foods. Our retail stores offer a selection of our family favorites. Easter is a time to celebrate all of the wonderful foods that the season has to offer. Buona Pasqua and welcome to our Easter table!
During the month of February, when true love is in the air, I am inspired to share the sweet love story of my grandfather and grandmother, Joseph and Genevieve Talluto. It is a unique little story and if you are lucky enough to have known them, you will see that it is actually quite fitting. If you didn't know them, hopefully after reading this...you will feel like you did.
About 20 years ago, like my brother and sisters, I had graduated from college and was beginning my full-time career in our family's business. I remember there was a point when my father came to us with a newspaper clipping of an article entitled "The generations of family businesses". The article talked about business dynamics and how family businesses evolve through the different generations of the family. The article gave statistics of successful companies and how the company survival rate decreased through the passing of generations. My father passed on the article for us to read and simply said "Don't become a statistic."
Talluto’s is excited to introduce our new line of authentic Italian Taralli! Available in 4 flavors: Traditional, Black Pepper, Fennel Seed, and Lemon Sugar.Taralli are unlike any ordinary cracker, crostini, or breadstick. Taralli are made using very simple ingredients and a special cooking procedure that contributes to their unique flavor and crunch!
Some of you may have memories of mothers and grandmothers hard at work making fresh pasta from scratch in your home kitchens. Often, they labored for hours on end, creating tender and delicate noodles to be devoured in just minutes at the dinner table. You may have a favorite "cut" of pasta like angel hair, spaghetti, linguine, fettuccine, or you may just love them all. In our Talluto brand retail stores, we make fresh pasta sheets. We will cut them for you any way that you desire. You can literally enjoy homemade capellini, spaghettini, linguine, fettuccine, and pappardelle on demand. Not too bad, huh? But, have you ever thought to use the fresh pasta sheets for other applications? If you buy the pasta sheets whole and uncut, you will find that there are many other ways to use them. Have a look, won't you?
Today, I spent some time in the kitchen assembling refreshing pasta dishes meant to be enjoyed cold.
Pasta salads have gained popularity through the years and are a great way to appreciate quality pasta. Unfortunately, in my opinion, they have also become very dull, boring, and even abused :( Often, pasta salad is associated with an image of mushy tri-colored noodles and vegetables that have been sitting in the deli for days. *** Please, don't let this spoil your appetite for something that has the potential to be so good!