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RITUALS The Ritual of Sakura 🌺Celebrate the Season of Cherry Blossoms

Few events herald the birth of spring like a shower of luminous pink petals falling softly from hundreds of cherry trees. Cherry-blossom festival, known as Hanami, is a centuries-old Japanese custom, a springtime occasion for merriment and the contemplation of life’s beauty and transience. For 2019, Tokyo’s sakura blossoms are expected to start opening around today, with peak bloom around March 29.

With this cherry blossom season about to begin, you definitely can’t go wrong with beauty products inspired with this picturesque pink flowers like RITUALS The Ritual of Sakura!

Ready to celebrate Hanami with new beginnings
and being mindful of the fleeting nature of life and beauty? 

RITUALS Ritual of Sakura Shower Foam $9.5

Make each day feel like a new beginning with RITUALS Ritual of Sakura Shower Foam. Purify and soften your skin with the spring-like fragrance of Cherry Blossom and nourishing organic Rice Milk. Simply squeeze a small amount of gel into your hand, massage it into your skin and watch it transform into a rich, creamy, moisturising foam. Lasts up to 50 showers (depending on how much you use!) Enhance your Sakura ritual by using the Ritual of Sakura body cream and experience the same fragrance sensation.

RITUALS The Ritual of Sakura Bath Foam $19

Make your bath even more blissful with the renewing scent of cherry blossom and rice milk. This luxurious bath foam leaves your skin feeling nourished and silky soft while enveloping you in a feeling of ultimate relaxation.

RITUALS The Ritual of Sakura Body Cream $33

Unique blend containing antioxidants, Vitamin E and the ingredient Centella Asiatica, which helps strengthen your skinEnriched with nourishing Rice Milk and a flowery fragrance of Cherry Blossom

RITUALS The Ritual of Sakura Scented Candle $35

Light your way to a new beginning with this luxurious scented candle. Based on the renewing fragrance of cherry blossom and organic rice milk, the candle is composed of 70% natural wax and lasts for up to 50 hours.

RITUALS The Ritual of Sakura Gif Set $29.50
(Perfect for Mother’s Day!!)

Give someone – or yourself – the gift of a new beginning. Rejuvenate body, mind & soul with this medium gift set containing a foaming shower gel, body scrub, body cream and hand wash: all enriched with renewing cherry blossom and organic rice milk. The gift set comes wrapped in a luxurious, eco-friendly keepsake box to store your favorite things.

I am totally fall in love with this collection. The beautiful smell and feeling of the cherry blossom bring me a lot of happiness when every time I use it. It can be a great gift to your mom, your friends, and of course to yourself. Spoil yourself at this beautiful Spring time in 2019.

You can rest assured that there’s no shortage of cherry blossom products to choose from at RITUALS and bonus: they’re all as pretty as they are effective! All products are available to purchase at Rituals.com and Rituals stores.

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Care Skincare: A Consumer-Direct Clean Beauty Brand Formulated with High Quality Ingredients

After a year of intensive research and development, Digital Brands LLC announced the official launch of CareSkincare. The brand was developed by a team of world-class experts who formulated five key highly effective multi-functional products that would address the skin’s most important needs in a straightforward, simple way using high-quality ingredients.

A clean beauty brand, all formulas were developed using only safe, proven ingredients that are fragrance-free. Additionally, no products in the line are ever animal-tested. Care Skincare sells directly to consumers—avoiding retail markups and costs. These savings are passed along to the consumer in the brand’s pricing.

“After having spent many years leading product launches globally for Estee Lauder Companies, Inc., I came to the conclusion that what works in skincare is actually very simple,” said Care Skincare Co-Founder, Ricardo Quintero.“We felt we really owed it to the marketplace to launch a brand that offered a straightforward approach with quality product at a better price.”

The Care Skincare launch includes essential products designed to deliver outstanding results, with minimal daily effort. The collection is straightforward, clean and honest. The brand strives to be easy to understand, having stripped away any unnecessary jargon from its marketing. Packaging is simple, legible, functional, and always recyclable.

“Having tried out skincare regimens throughout my pregnancies, seasonal changes, and travels, I was very much in touch with the challenges of committing to products that weren’t flexible enough to fit my needs at different stages in my life,” said Care Skincare Co-Founder Pilar Quintero. “Careoffers safe, highly effective products that work for all skin types. We knew it was possible to achieve that.”

All products in the Care Skincare line were developed by a team of world-class experts using high quality ingredients that strictly adhere to the brand’s clearly communicated standards for “Clean Beauty.” Everything offered from the brand is fragrance-free, alcohol-free, mineral oil-free, paraben-free, phthalates-free, and cruelty-free.

“The most important lesson I have learned in my 35 years of developing prestige skincare products is that it’s not just about a singular ingredient—it’s how each formula has been independently and expertly curated to work at its maximum potential,” said Debbie D’Aquino, Head of Product Innovation for Care Skincare. “The comfort and elegance of a skincareproduct is equally important to performance and safety.  That’s why each Careproduct has also been designed to be extremely pleasurable to use. This way, you enjoy using them each and every day.” 

The Care Skincare launch collection features five key products:

Soft Sweep Micellar Cleanser + Toner—This gentle, rinse-free formula cleanses effectively without stripping the skin. Its microscopic micelles act as dirt and oil magnets. Soft Sweep Micellar Cleanser + Toner is available in 8 oz. at a retail price of $24.

Deep Moisture Fix Hydrating Water Cream—This gel-cream moisturizer has a soothing texture. The hyaluronic acid in the cream absorbs deeply to provide multi-level hydration and support skin elasticity. The product was designed for use as a daily moisturizer and can be applied under or over make-up and as a quick rehydrating mask. Deep Moisture Fix Hydrating Water Cream is available in 1.7 oz. at a retail price of $35.

Tireless, Retinoid Night Serum—This transformative serum renews and repairs skin overnight. Granactive Retinoid™ provides unparalleled anti-aging benefits without irritation. The product was designed to reduce fine lines, wrinkles and pigmentation for a visibly brighter, smoother complexion. Tireless, Retinoid Night Serum is offered in two sizes: 1 oz. at a retail price of $45, and 2 oz. at a retail price of $68.

Eye + Lip Nourishing Cream—Formulated to treat and repair the delicate area around the eyes and around the lips, this dense cream with a light-diffusing finish softens the look of fine lines and dark circles. It absorbs quickly and won’t drift into eyes or interfere with makeup. Eye + Lip Nourishing Cream is available in 0.5 oz. at a retail price of $30.

The Everything Multi-Level Moisturizer—This multi-functional formula nourishes, hydrates and repairs the skin and includes powerful antioxidants, turmeric and black tea ferment. Additionally, peptides provide the benefits of a serum in the comfort of a cream. The Everything Multi-Level Moisturizer is available in 1.7 oz. at a retail price of $40.

About Care Skincare
Care Skincare was launched by husband and wife founders Ricardo and Pilar Quintero. Its products are developed by a team of world-class experts who formulate highly effective skincare that addresses the skin’s most important needs in a straightforward, simple way. Care Skincare sells directly to consumers, avoiding retail markups and costs. The most expensive thing about Care Skincare products is each best-in-class formula, crafted with high quality ingredients.Care Skincare products are available exclusively at careskincare.com, where you can find more information about the brand.

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Come to the Communal Table for Health and Happiness

Sharing meals is a way of life in the Mediterranean region, but most people in the U.S. are missing out on this beneficial (and tasty!) tradition. Just in time for National No One Eats Alone Day on February 15, Amy Riolo shares insights about enjoying meals together and some delicious recipes too!

I definitely enjoyed sharing foods with family and friends as I grow up in a traditional Chinese family. It brings a lot of happiness and interaction when you are eating. You know, it is not only about foods, but also a very great experience.

Most of us treat mealtimes as an afterthought. We grab breakfast on the go, inhale fast food lunches at our desks, and squeeze in evening meals amid a flurry of activities. We’re lucky if we find time to sit down for Sunday dinner or meet friends for a midweek catch-up meal. But overall, communal eating is the exception, not the rule.  

Best-selling author, chef, television personality, and educator Amy Riolo says this needs to change for the sake of our health and our happiness. And since February 15 isNational No One Eats Alone Day (an initiative to help middle school students feel included, valued, and accepted by their peers), now is the perfect time for us all to embrace more shared meals.

“Eating alongside other people has many proven health and social benefits,” says Riolo, author of the American Diabetes Association’s The Mediterranean Diabetes Cookbook and its new and improved second edition, The Mediterranean Diabetes Cookbook, 2nd Edition: A Flavorful, Heart-Healthy Approach to Cooking (American Diabetes Association, May 2019, ISBN: 978-1-580-40702-1, $19.95). “Communal eating is a long-upheld tradition in Mediterranean communities, where people live longer and enjoy great health. Americans can greatly benefit from adopting these practices and enjoying the foods eaten in this region.”

You’ve likely heard of the Mediterranean diet, which was just named best overall diet of 2019 and is linked to preventing heart attacks, strokes, and diabetes; longevity; and reducing inflammation. This eating pattern focuses on seasonal produce, fish and seafood, poultry, eggs, dairy, and small amounts of meat and sweets.

When combined with lifestyle choices like communal eating and physical activity, the Mediterranean diet is believed to contribute to remarkable longevity in the region. For example, residents in Sardinia are ten times more likely to live past 100 than people in the United States. Researchers attribute this to daily communal eating and the psychological security of being surrounded by loved ones. But every country and culture in the Mediterranean region has its own way of encouraging people to plan meals and eat together, and this tradition also has been linked to improved digestion and eating less overall.

 “It can be difficult given our demanding work schedules,” says Riolo, “but the benefits are truly worth the effort. Even when it isn’t possible to be with someone else (in my case, when I am writing at home and am alone), I will send a message to a loved one and arrange to call—often via Facetime or Skype with them when I’m eating. It has become a ‘thing’ with my family and writer friends—and it makes me feel great that I can both catch up with others and my work at the same time.”

Starting your own tradition of eating with friends and family is easy to do. Here are a few simple ideas to help you enjoy more meals with others:

Schedule meals with others into your weekly planning. Just as we plan going to the movies, working out, carpooling, the theater, or spectator sports with one another, we should also plan our meal times and physical activity. Even if you start with just one meal a week, it is worth it to pencil it into your schedule so you can plan accordingly.

Remember, communal meals don’t have to mean dinner. Many people have the most interaction with others during their work day—so lunchtime is a great time to eat together. Ask your coworkers to join you for your midday meal or invite a friend to lunch. 

Make breakfast the new dinner. You can bond just as easily over breakfast as you can over dinner. Busy couples and families are taking advantage of a communal breakfast to enjoy a bit of time together before their hectic days begin.

Allow cooking to be part of the communal eating experience. Some people refrain from entertaining because they believe that they have to have everything “ready” for whomever they’re eating with, and busy schedules don’t allow for prep work. If you can relate, keep in mind that it can be fun and efficient to work as a team. Assign one person the responsibility to pick up the groceries—or order them online—and cook together. It allows for morecommunal time in the kitchen. 

Now that you’re ready to sit down and enjoy a healthy and delicious meal with others, keep reading for a few of Riolo’s favorite Mediterranean recipes:

Valencian Seafood Paella (Arroz en paella)

Gluten-free

Serves: 8

Serving size: 1 cup

Prep time: 10 minutes, plus 10 minutes resting time

Cook time: 40 minutes

Paella is known as arroz en paella in its homeland of Spain. Original paella recipes consisted of rabbit, chicken, snails, and beans. The paella pans were rubbed in ash and cooked over orange wood. This “party in a pot” is said to be a descendant of Arabian kabsah, a similar dish originating in the Arabian peninsula. Arabs introduced rice into southern Spain in the ninth century, along with spices like saffron. 

2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil

1 yellow onion, diced

1/4 lb jumbo shrimp, peeled and deveined*

1 lb baby squid, cleaned and sliced into rings

1/2 lb boneless white fish fillets, such as cod or swai

1 1/2 cups medium-grain Spanish rice

1/2 lb frozen lima beans, thawed and drained

Pinch high-quality saffron

2 tsp sweet paprika

1 clove garlic, chopped

2 Tbsp fresh flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped

5 cups Homemade Seafood Stock (p. 37)

1/2 tsp kosher salt

1/4 cup jarred pimiento peppers 

Heat oil in a large, wide skillet over medium heat. Add onion and cook until golden brown (about 5 minutes). Add shrimp, squid, and fish to pan. Cook until barely opaque. Add rice and lima beans, and stir in saffron, paprika, garlic, and parsley. Pour the stock over the top of the mixture and add salt. Increase heat to high to bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and stir. 

Cook paella, uncovered, for 30–40 minutes or until all liquid is absorbed, stirring occasionally. When paella is done, allow to stand at room temperature for 10 minutes. Garnish with pimientos, and serve warm. 

*If possible, use fresh (never-frozen) shrimp or shrimp that are free of preservatives (for example, shrimp that have not been treated with salt or STPP [sodium tripolyphosphate]). 

Choices/Exchanges

2 1/2 Starch, 2 Lean Protein

Calories                      280

Calories from fat        40

Total fat                      4.5 g

Saturated fat               0.8 g

Trans fat                     0.0 g

Cholesterol                 145 mg

Sodium                        240 mg

Potassium                   360 mg

Total carbohydrate      39 g

Dietary fiber                  3 g

Sugars                            1 g

Protein                         20 g

Phosphorus                220 mg

Corsican Prawns with Chickpea Cream

Gluten-free 

Serves: 8 

Serving size: about 1/3 cup purée plus 3 shrimp

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time: approximately 5 minutes

Prior to becoming a French island, the beautiful Corsica was ruled by Italy for centuries. By combining both Italian and French country-style cooking with local specialties, Corsica developed a cuisine as awe-inspiring as its scenery. Traditionally this recipe is made with fresh langoustines, which are shellfish that resemble miniature lobsters. In this recipe, colossal or jumbo shrimp can be used.

2 1/2 cups cooked chickpeas, or canned no-salt-added chickpeas, drained and rinsed

1/4 cup fresh lemon juice

2 cloves garlic, minced

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, divided

1 1/2 lb colossal or jumbo shrimp, peeled and deveined*

Dash crushed red pepper

2 tsp freshly chopped rosemary

1/2 tsp kosher salt

1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper

Place chickpeas, lemon juice, garlic, and 2 Tbsp olive oil in a food processor. Purée, adding 1/4 cup water, or enough to make the purée smooth.

Heat remaining 2 Tbsp olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add prawns or shrimp, crushed red pepper, rosemary, salt, and pepper. Cook, uncovered, for 2 minutes per side or until prawns or shrimp turn pink.

Evenly spoon chickpea purée onto small plates. Flatten with the back of a spoon. Place prawns or shrimp on top and serve immediately.

*If possible, use fresh (never-frozen) shrimp or shrimp that are free of preservatives (for example, shrimp that have not been treated with salt or STPP [sodium tripolyphosphate]).

Choices/Exchanges

1 Starch, 2 Lean Protein, 1/2 Fat

Calories                      190

Calories from fat        70

Total fat                      8.0 g

Saturated fat               1.1 g

Trans fat                     0.0 g

Cholesterol                 90 mg

Sodium                      180 mg 

Potassium                 290 mg

Total carbohydrate     15 g

Dietary fiber                 4 g

Sugars                             3 g

Protein                        16 g

Phosphorus               200 mg 

Lamb, Kale, and Pomegranate Salad

 Gluten-free

Serves: 8  

Serving size: 3 oz lamb with 1 1/2 cups vegetables

Prep time: 5 minutes, plus overnight marinating time and 15 minutes resting time

Cook time: 25–35 minutes 

This colorful salad looks as good as it tastes. The addition of lamb lends a “special occasion” feel to this otherwise straightforward dish, while the pomegranate amps up the flavor.

 Marinade 

1 1/2 cups pomegranate juice

3 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil

3 cloves garlic, chopped

1 Tbsp ground ginger

1 Tbsp organic Ceylon cinnamon

2 tsp cumin

1 tsp unrefined sea salt

1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper

1 (4-lb) leg of lamb, deboned, butterflied, and trimmed of visible fat

Dressing

2 tsp Dijon mustard

2 Tbsp pomegranate balsamic vinegar

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

 Salad

 5 cups baby kale

2 bulbs fennel, thinly sliced

1/2 cup pomegranate seeds, or sliced red grapes

4 cups blanched green beans

2 Tbsp crumbled gorgonzola cheese

1/4 cup walnut halves, toasted

Combine marinade ingredients in a large resealable plastic bag. Add lamb and place in refrigerator for 8 hours or overnight.

Remove lamb from marinade, pat dry, and set on tray. On gas grill, turn all burners to high, close lid, and heat until hot, about 15 minutes. Scrape grates clean and brush with oil.

Grill lamb, fat-side down, over medium-high heat for 25–35 minutes total depending on desired doneness, turning halfway through cooking. Aim for an internal temperature of about 145°F for medium-rare and 160°F for medium. Remove from grill and loosely cover with foil. Let rest about 15 minutes, then thinly slice. While resting, prepare salad.

In a large bowl, whisk together all dressing ingredients. Season with salt and pepper (if desired). Add kale, fennel, pomegranate seeds or grapes, and toss to coat. Arrange dressed salad on platter and top with sliced lamb, green beans, gorgonzola cheese, and toasted walnuts.

Choices/Exchanges

1/2 Carbohydrate, 2 Nonstarchy Vegetable, 4 Lean Protein, 2 1/2 Fat

Calories                      380

Calories from fat        190

Total fat                      21.0 g 

Saturated fat                 5.1 g

Trans fat                       0.0 g

Cholesterol                    95 mg

Sodium                        240 mg

Potassium                   830 mg

Total carbohydrate       16 g

Dietary fiber                   5 g

Sugars                                         6 g

Protein                          32 g

Phosphorus                 295 mg

            “Even though it can be difficult to arrange more shared meals, it’s totally worth it when you think about all you will gain,” concludes Riolo. “So, plan a group brunch for you and your friends, or invite the whole family to your place for dinner and a movie, or help your kids plan a fun and healthy food-themed party. You’ll be starting your own tradition and gaining a lifetime of health and happiness.”

About the Author:

Amy Riolo is the author of The Mediterranean Diabetes Cookbook, 2nd Edition: A Flavorful, Heart-Healthy Approach to Cooking (American Diabetes Association, May 2019, ISBN: 978-1-580-40702-1, $19.95). She is an award-winning, best-selling author, chef, television personality, and educator.

A graduate of Cornell University, Amy is considered a culinary thought leader who enjoys changing the way we think about food and the people who create it. Amy is a food historian, culinary anthropologist, and Mediterranean Diet advocate who makes frequent appearanceson numerous television and radio programs both in the United States and abroad, includingFOX TV, ABC, CBS, NBC, the Hallmark Channel, Nile TV, the Travel Channel, MarthaStewart Living Radio, and Abu Dhabi Television.  

For more information about Amy, please visit www.amyriolo.com.

About the Book:

The Mediterranean Diabetes Cookbook, 2nd Edition: A Flavorful, Heart-Healthy Approach to Cooking (American Diabetes Association, May 2019, ISBN: 978-1-580-40702-1, $19.95) will be available at bookstores nationwide and from major online booksellers.

About the American Diabetes Association:

Nearly half of American adults have diabetes or prediabetes; more than 30 million adults and children have diabetes; and every 21 seconds, another individual is diagnosed with diabetes in the U.S. Founded in 1940, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) is the nation’s leading voluntary health organization whose mission is to prevent and cure diabetes, and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. The ADA drives discovery by funding research to treat, manage and prevent all types of diabetes, as well as to search for cures; raises voice to the urgency of the diabetes epidemic; and works to safeguard policies and programs that protect people with diabetes. In addition, the ADA supports people living with diabetes, those at risk of developing diabetes, and the health care professionals who serve them through information and programs that can improve health outcomes and quality of life. For more information, please call the ADA at 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) or visit diabetes.org. Information from both of these sources is available in English and Spanish.

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Kumana Avocado Sauce: Good on Everything

Are ya feeling cold? Whether it’s surviving the Polar Vortex or experiencing Southern California’s frigid morning temps, your audience sure is feeling it. But don’t worry because nothing beats the cold weather blues like some comfort foods. And my client, Kumana takes comfort food up a notch with their tantalizing hot sauces.

Inspired by a beloved Venezuelan staple that is traditionally served on grilled meats, sautéed veggies and sandwiches, Kumana is an avocado hot sauce that’s crafted from veggies and fruits such as avocados, fresh onion, bell pepper, cilantro, garlic and just a splash of vinegar. . .  Whether it’s mac ‘n cheese, chicken noodle soup, or a hearty chili, add punch with a drizzle of Kumana. Want something lighter? It makes an AMAZING salad dressing as well!

Kumana is available in three palate-awakening flavors: 

Be Original: Truest to the Venezuelan avocado sauce that inspired the Kumana line.

Be Mango:  Blends in mango puree which adds a hint of sweetness.

Be Hot: Takes a splash of mango and finishes it off with just the right amount of habanero heat..

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Skin Care Predictions to Keep You on Track

Often the start of a new year, predictions in varying market categories are made. From top diets for the New Year, to new workout trends, to bucket list travel destinations. Let’s not forget the beauty marketplace. With the start of 2019, BREVENA Laboratories’ Skin Expert and Advanced Practice Esthetician Susannah Courteau is already seeing a few skin care trends that can help you ensure your healthiest skin ever.

Top 3 2019 Skin Care Trends: 

  1.  Replenishing Oils:  The use of replenishing oils in skin care has grown significantly in the past year.  I see this trend not only continuing but growing significantly in 2019.  We grew up hearing “fat free” food was the gold standard and up till recently, the same thing has been propagated in skincare. Thankfully we’ve learned that fat doesn’t actually make you fat (thank you avocados), and in skincare the right oils aren’t greasy and can actually help breakouts. There are a multitude of emollients and fat-based ingredients for the skin that are absolutely phenomenal.  They provide not only the right amount of hydration but anti-inflammatory effects as well that support the skins barrier function. Thank you to science, for putting the spotlight on the proper way to hydrate!
  2.  Blue Light Awareness: Technology is now part of our day to day existence and while we love our apps, they can have a negative effect on our skin.  Thankfully, awareness is growing about the many harmful effects that blue light can have on our bodies including the long-term damaging effects it can have on our skin.  I predict that the role of antioxidants and reparative ingredients in skin care will take on an elevated position in 2019.
  3.  Sheet Masks:  This is a current trend that I see increasing in the coming year.  I like to think that this trend is a reflection of the changing mindset in our society around self-care.  Multitasking has its limits and its hazards. Thankfully, we are beginning to realize the importance of self-care by slowing down and taking time for ourselves to relax and rebalance.  Treating your skin with something special like a mask or scrub is the perfect, healthy way to accomplish this, and it feels amazing!  Trade that last email for a hydrating mask instead.  I promise, you won’t regret it️.

“As you continue to evolve your own wellness regimen, consider these predictions and consider adding even just one of these into your routine to help you jump start a healthier you,” Susannah advises.

About Susannah Courteau: Skin Expert and Advanced Practice Esthetician Susannah Courteau is a member of BREVENA Laboratories’, LLC leadership and advisory team. BREVENA is a luxury skin care cosmetics company based in Saint Paul, Minnesota. A Minnesota native who graduated from St. Paul College as a licensed Esthetician in 2004, Susannah specializes in the medical side of esthetics, performing advanced skin treatments for complex conditions including acne, sensitized and irritated skin. Susannah’s extensive training and expertise lead her to become an Advanced Practice Esthetician and Spa Director at Sunbear Salon and Med Spa in White Bear Lake, MN. Susannah has partnered with BREVENA Laboratories as a Skin Health Consultant to further develop the brand’s line of clinical grade skin care products, ensuring the needs of the most sensitive skin types are met. Visit: www.Brevena.com

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Say “Ciao!” to the Taste of Italy With New Gourmet Italian Products from Tuscanini Foods

From the rolling hills of Italy, Tuscanini Foods is rolling out a new lineup of gourmet food products that bring the taste of Italy to your table for a truly authentic Italian dining experience.

This superior brand of foods is imported from Italy, famously identified for its traditions and age-old recipes. From the mountainous Dolomite region to the idyllic Sardinia Island, products are sourced from artisans that specialize in offering only the best quality ingredients.

The host of products from Tuscanini – from naturally sparkling cold pressed beverages to bronze cut Italian pasta – allow consumers to cook-up original homemade Italian favorites and provide delicious gourmet options for year-round cooking.

Distributed by NJ-based Kayco (www.kayco.com), a leader in specialty food products, Tuscanini (www.tuscaninifoods.com) products meet the highest standards of quality, craftsmanship and gourmet cuisine.  All products are produced with natural ingredients, nothing artificial and are certified OU kosher.

The following authentic Italian imports are coming to grocery shelves in 2019:

Balsamic Vinegar (MRP $7.99 / 8.45 oz.)

This Balsamic Vinegar offers of ultimate Italian experience with its complex flavor and beautiful glass bottle and cork closure.

Italian Pastas (MRP $3.99 / 16 oz.)

Dried pasta has been the mainstay of Italian cuisine for centuries. These 100% Durum Semolina pastas are bronze cut to create a porous, home-style texture that showcases the sauce in every bite. The high-end collection includes a variety of shapes: Gigli (ruffle-edged cones), Pennoni (a somewhat more substantial version of Penne), Trottole(“spinning top”), tricolor Conchiglie (seashells), and tricolor Fusilli (corkscrews).

Pasta Sauces (MRP $4.99 / 24.3 oz. jars)

These four authentic toppings evoke warm, sun-kissed Italian summers. Every jar of Tuscanini pasta sauce features 40 fresh tomatoes from the Parma region, harvested at the peak of ripeness. Traditional Pizza Sauce,Naopoletana Pasta SauceClassic Marinara Sauce, and Zesty Marinara Sauce pair perfectly with Tuscanini’s home-style Italian Pastas.

Tomato Paste (MRP $1.99 / 7.05 oz.)

Ripe, luscious tomatoes grown under the Tuscan sun are triple-concentrated for an intense burst of fresh flavor. Convenient, re-sealable tube lets you use only what you need with no waste. All-natural and non-GMO project certified.

Peperonata

Recipe By Gabe Garcia

A simple rustic Italian sauce with the main ingredient being bell peppers will go great with any type of fish but will shine with fried fish.  It can be served hot or cold.

1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

1 medium onion, thinly sliced

4 garlic cloves, smashed

3 bay leaves

2 tablespoons Tuscanini Tomato Paste

1 and 1/2 teaspoons salt

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

6 bell peppers, julienned

1 cup Baron Herzog Chenin Blanc or other dry white wine

1 cup water

1/4 cup basil chiffonade

2 tablespoons Tuscanini Balsamic Vinegar

  1. Pour olive oil into a large pot and place it over medium flame.  Once the oil begins to smoke add onion, garlic, and bay leaves.  Cook until the onions are translucent.

  2. Next add tomato paste, salt, and black pepper. Cook until the tomato paste has darkened, about five minutes.  Add the peppers continue cooking until they have softened, about another 10 minutes.

  3. Add wine and water.  Turn up the heat and bring to a boil. Cover the pot, reduce the heat to a medium low and simmer for 20 minutes.  This will give the peppers time to break down further.

  4. Uncover the pot and turn the heat back up and stir until most of the liquid has evaporated.  To finish, take off the heat and remove the bay leaves.  Stir in basil, balsamic vinegar, and season with salt and pepper.

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