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potdeDark Chocolate Pot de Creme
12 ounces high-quality bittersweet chocolate chips (or chopped)
3 cups Half & Half
6 large egg yolks
8 tablespoons granulated sugar
1/4 cup Olio Nuovo Oro Bailen Picual
1/4 teaspoon saltBlood Orange Whipped Cream
1 cup heavy cream
1 tablespoon blood orange agrumato
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons confectioners’ sugarDirections

Place the chocolate and olive oil in a blender. Whisk the Half & Half egg yolks, granulated sugar and salt in a heavy-bottomed medium saucepan over medium heat. Sir the mixture constantly, making sure to  scrape the bottom and edge of the pot with a heatproof spoon or spatula so that the mixture does not burn. Continue to stir until the the custard is coats the spoon and almost begins to simmer, about 5 minutes.Immediately pour the custard over the olive oil and chocolate in the blender. Cover and hold the lid with a thick kitchen towel; blend until combined and smooth, stopping to scrape down the sides of the blender as needed. Divide the chocolate mixture among 6 ramekins or cups and refrigerate for at least 3 hours.

Whip the cream and blood orange olive oil with the confectioners’ sugar with a mixer or in the blender until soft peaks form. Top the chilled pots de creme with whipped cream before serving.
Makes 6 servings

Posted by Rachel Bradley-Gomez
congIngredients
1 pound ground pork, beef or even turkey, but preferably freshly-ground pork
2 cups finely diced wild mushrooms
1/2 cup grated Pecorino cheese
2 large shallots, sliced
3 cloves garlic, chopped
2 medium carrots finely diced
1 stalk celery, finely diced
2 cups good quality red wine
1 cup crushed tomatoes
2″ sprig fresh thyme
salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
1/4 cup peppery, UP Certified EVOO
1 tablespoon black truffle oil
1 pound dried conchigliette, cooked – you can use any other short cut pasta that will hold the sauce well such as rigatoni or mostaccioli.Instructions
In a large, heavy bottom pot heat the olive oil over medium-high heat.  Add the pork and brown well, breaking the meat up in to the smallest pieces possible, for about 5 minutes.  Remove the meat to a bowl and reserve.  To the same pot add the mushrooms and saute until caramelized, about 5 minutes, scraping up any bits of browned meat, and stirring occasionally.Add the shallots, carrot, and celery and saute for another two minutes.  Add the garlic and saute for another minute.  Deglaze the pan with the red wine and reduce by half.  Add the tomatoes and thyme and reduce the heat to low and cover.  Cook at barely a simmer, covered, over low heat for 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Add a a few tablespoons of stock or water to the sauce if it loses too much moisture.Taste the sauce and adjust the seasoning with sea salt and freshly ground pepper.

Add the just drained, al dente pasta to the pot with the sauce and continue to cook the pasta along with a  tablespoon or so of the pasta water.  Cook for a minute stirring to completely sauce the pasta.

Portion the pasta in to servings and top each with fresh grated Pecorino cheese, and a few drops of black truffle oil.  Serve immediately.

Makes 6 servings

Posted by Rachel Bradley-Gomez