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Shut Up and Mangia!, Issue #020=Great Tuscan Recipes
May 31, 2009

"Shut Up and Mangia!"

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Under the Tuscan Sun

Welcome to the 20th issue of "Shut Up and Mangia!". This issue will focus on Tuscany and exquisite Tuscan cuisine. Tuscan cooking is rustic, simple and rich with flavor and history.

Tuscany is an ancient, enchanting region in Italy which boasts a rolling countryside, small towns and villages and magnificent castles, villas and vineyards. Tuscany is renowned throughout the world for it’s art, history and cuisine.

One of the keys to Tuscan cuisine as well as all Italian cooking is the freshness of the ingredients. The use of fresh herbs such as thyme, parsley, basil and rosemary, as well as producing some of the best olive oil in Italy, makes Tuscan cuisine very distinct compared to other regions of Italy.

In this newsletter, Under the Tuscan Sun we will create five original Tuscan recipes that I make for my family from time to time. We will explore a few great books on Tuscan cooking and just in case your ready to travel to Tuscany, I found a few great sites to help you plan your family vacation.

Site News

As mentioned in my last newsletter, is almost finished and should be up and running later next month. This Italian recipe video sharing site will not only give you some great recipes but will instruct you on how to prepare them. You can also video yourself making your Italian favorites and share it with all your friends.

Due to popular demand I’ve been working on an ebook featuring my recipes. The bookentitled “Not Another Italian Cookbook” “A Ficticious and Humorous Look at Italian-American Cooking Featuring Authentic Family Recipes”. will feature all my recipes in a humorously entertaining sort of way unlike any recipe book you’ve ever read. The book should be on the market sometime in the middle of July.

Also as mentioned in my last newsletter, My Recipe has already started. New sites are being added everyday. Webmasters can now add their recipe websites to this heavily promoted web directory that features all the bells and whistles to help make your site stand out. This directory is human edited ensuring that only high quality sites are listed.

Great Chicago Italian Recipes is dedicated to adding new and traditional Italian recipes for your enjoyment. The site is getting bigger and better with the addition of “The Italian Grocer“ and the“The Great Italian Music Store“. Thank You for supporting this site.

Great Tuscany Travel Sites

If your planning a vacation to Tuscany I wouldn’t leave without checking out these two sites, Everything you need to know about traveling to this beautiful region in Italy is covered at and Discover These two great sites will inform you about where to stay, where to go, what to see and how to get there.

Great Tuscan Cookbooks

Here are two great books on Tuscany and Tuscan cooking to keep you busy for a while. The first book written by Maxine Clark is Flavors of Tuscany: Recipes from the Heart of Italy. This book is beautifully illustrated and full of authentic Tuscan recipes.

The second book I recommend is the Tuscan Cookbook by Stephanie Alexander and Maggie Beer. This book features two chefs’ experiences exploring and cooking in Tuscany. “Tuscan Cookbook” is full of delicious recipes and stories of exploring this beautiful region.

Great Tuscan Recipes

Here are five of my favorite Tuscan recipes for you and your family to enjoy. The first recipe is for traditional Zuppa Toscana a hearty bean soup that will surely enjoy. Then this is followed by White Bean Salad with Tuna, Chicken with Marsala and Red Peppers, Braised Tuscan Lamb Shanks and Tozzetti with a little Vin Santo. Enjoy!

Great Tuscan Recipes

Final Thoughts

If you enjoy my site please feel free to email this newsletter to a friend so they can Subscribe to "Shut Up and Mangia!" and begin to enjoy the many Italian recipes we have to offer.

Mangia Italiano!

Take Care,

Phillip J. Speciale

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