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Monday, October 19, 2009

"Everyday Cooking'- Bruschetta

For Diwali weekend, M's Mama from Canada visited us. It was great to have 'family' over for Diwali.And Mama is such a great person..I love when he visits us! He has a PhD in Food science...and knows....'everything ' in the world.You ask him..and he has an answer for you!
So much knowledge, so much enthusiasm at 65 yrs age....he is truly an inspiration for us!
Now, especially since I am taking Food Science courses,it was great to discuss some topics with him....and gain new insight.
On Sunday night, he was going to 'treat' us for dinner.We took him to our favorite Italian restaurant ..."Joe's" in Ithaca. 'M' and I go there to celebrate our 'special occasions' there..well I should say 'used to go there in the past '....as now... with 'E' ...eating out has become a rare event!
Everytime we go to Joe's we order the Italian 'Antipasto' ..Bruschetta.We love the crunchy toasted bread in olive oil and garlic....the fresh salsa made with tomatoes and onions ..fresh tender mozzarella cheese with slight drizzle of Balsamic Vinegar. The whole combination is just 'Perfect'!
So as usual, we ask the waitress to bring us (I pronounced)'Brus-ket-tah'....she look at us for few moments as though we were saying something 'foreign' and then says...Ohhh 'Bru-shetta'.
I felt a little embarrassed...but I have heard 'Giada De Laurentiis' on Food network refer to it as 'Brus-ket-tah'.
So after we come home....we 'Googled' it and found the correct pronunciation...
The Italians call it 'Brus-ket-tah'..and the Americans call it 'Bru-shetta'!
So I was correct! I was more 'authentic' ! Felt like going back to "Joe's ' and giving back the waitress the same 'weird' look and correcting her pronunciation!
I have tried making Bruschetta at home....and it has come closer to the 'Joe's' one...though many different versions of Bruschetta are possible and are made ...
4 slices Italian bread
2 tomatoes cut 'chunky'
1 onion cut 'chunky'
1/4 tsp crushed garlic
4 tsp olive oil
1/4 tsp Italian seasoning
4 slices Fresh mozarella cheese (not the processed one)
5-6 leaves of fresh basil
1-2 tsp balsamic vinegar
Salt and black pepper to taste
1) Brush the bread slices generously with olive oil mixed with garlic paste.Sprinkle Italian seasoning and bake in the oven at 275F till crispy(about 10 mins)
2) Mix tomatoes,onions, salt,black pepper and some Italian seasoning.
3) After the bread is toasted,add a spoonful of the tomato salsa on the bread,place the mozzarella slice,sprinkle with cut basil leaves
5) Drizzle few drops of balsamic vinegar on the bruschetta.
6) Serve immediately otherwise the bread goes soggy.

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