In case you did not notice by now, we are in love with Italy – the people, the food, the passion for family, and living “la dolce vita”. Needless to say, everytime we return home from a trip to Italy, we feel compelled to bring a little bit of Italy back with us…in the form of food products both for our own use, as well as gifts to friends and family. The better to experiment on our friends, right, if we have the ingredients on hand? Plus, it seems that when freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese is placed on top of one of our Kitchen Inventions…..well…it just tastes better.
Smell and taste are big drivers in our kitchen, and it fascinates us that the simple smell of grated cheese can transport us back to Italy time and again. Which leads us to the the Importance of Sotto Vuoto. When returning through customs back into the US, you are allowed to bring food items back, as long as they are vacuum packed (“Sotto Vuoto“). No meats allowed, though, so don’t try that little trick.
How handy is that for us food lovers??
Today, I thought I’d tempt you with some of the ingredients in our ‘fridge (and pantry) that are products of our travels. These little treasures always serve as reminders of fabulous meals in another land, laughter with friends that we’ve met in our travels, and the knowledge that we’ll be able to remember those times later on in our own kitchen – simply by grating cheese. Enjoy the magic!
Too bad we don’t have SmellABlog software….. 🙂