Terra Allegra

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Family Recipes using Authentic Italian Cookware

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Sunday, August 24, 2008

Italian Recipes from
your friends at Terra Allegra

Ma D’s Shrimp Sauce

(my families Christmas Eve pasta sauce,)
but I cook it whenever I get the urge

Makes 6 servings.

1 1/2 lb large raw shrimp, cleaned, shelled & de-veined
1 small yellow onion finely chopped
2 tablespoons very finely chopped carrot
1/2 cup finely chopped celery
18-24 Sicilian green olives, halved & pit removed
1/4 cup capers
(optional teaspoon of anchovy paste or 2-3 anchovies)
2-3 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2—28 ounce cans of crushed tomatoes
Salt and pepper to taste

Heat Extra Virgin Olive in Piral Terracotta pan
( I suggest the TA272ARCR-C, 4 1/2 Quart casserole/saucepan, shown below)

add the chopped onion, carrot & celery
add salt and fresh ground pepper and red pepper flakes if desired
after approximately 2 minutes add the pitted / halved green olives and capers
(and optional anchovies)
cook slow and evenly for 3-5 minutes till onion, carrot, celery, caper and olive mixture soften
add 2 cans of crushed tomatoes and let sauce cook 15-20 minutes
add salt, pepper to tastea
add shrimp 3-4 minutes before pasta is cooked

Boil water for linguine or spaghetti cooked al dente, mix with sauce in serving platter
and enjoy!
Happy Cooking from your friends at Terra Allegra

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

The true "green", earth sustainable cookware alternative

Are you going “green”? Are you trying to give back to “Mother Earth” as she nurtures you while striving to offer your family the best, organic, wholesome and natural foods available? If so, then please take a moment to consider the importance of the cookware you use for preparation.
The 1870 Collection by Piral is a full line of Italian made, hand finished, terracotta cooking vessels made for use on stove-tops, ovens, microwaves and dishwashers. It is the true "green” cookware product being sought by the consumer today. Simply, it is earth, stylishly formed by artisans. In the manufacturing process no harmful by-products are created unlike many types of metal pans. The 1870 Collections crystalline” easy clean, glass like finish made of furnace hardened, vitreous paste ensures that the cooking surface is virtually absent of toxins even when exposed to very high temperatures in sharp contrast to the finish of chemically coated pans which breaks down when heated. Many metal pans also react poorly when in contact with acidic foods like fruits and tomatoes or anything containing vinegar allowing leaching into your food. The 1870 Collection line of terracotta cooking vessels proves to be not only the safest possible cookware available but versatile and artistically pleasing as well. We at Terra Allegra feel that it “closes the circle” for the consumer of fresh and organic products who is now seeking safer alternatives to chemically coated or metal cookware. Begin today experiencing the “lifestyle benefits” of safe, earth-sustainable, cooking vessels born of “Mother Earth”.