Wednesday, September 26, 2007

The Chiasso Family and "Le Peppette's Story"

My love for cooking dates back to my great great great grand father Giuseppe” Peppe” Chiasso, born in the 1849. All children called him Peppetto for his small height and my aunts and oncles were famous in our village for the wonderful dishes they would prepare.
In 1982 a book was published about my village " Monterubiaglio" and reports also Peppetto and some good stories about him. Peppetto was seated by a tree directing the woman as they were preparing a meal for workers returning from the countryside.He always invited everyone to join him for a meal and my grandparents remember that at the end of the day nearly 30 people were eating in the courtyard.
So I would like to introduce the story of Le Peppette all children that descends from Nonno Peppetto. In the italian tradition families live together until children get married.So I grew up with my parents and brothers ans sisters, grandparents and their sisters and brothers that had not married.We were a large family living under the same roof so cooking for everyone was very important. I was always reminded of Peppetto and his love for cooking.
One of my fondest memories is receiving a gift from the brothers and sisters of my grandfather Luigi, my aunts Nena, Olga and my oncles Efrito and Augusto when I was five years old. They gave me a beautiful Barbie doll but after ten minutes I was asking for my pan and ingredients for cooking tomato sauce.
So for my grandparents, cooking was their primary concern especially for their generation that survived the experience of the Second World War.

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

The OIL MILL CECCI in Monterubiaglio

I am very proud to be part of this wonderful family. Monterubiaglio is a small village but rich of things to be discovered step by step. The local Oil Mill Cecci is one of my favorite place to taste and eat the local cuisine. Actually we can just call and book a nice table in front of ther huge fireplace ( preferably during winter time) and eat with their whole family. You can really feel home!

The Oil Mill Cecci is part of an old farmhouse dating to the first half of the 19th century.
The millstones places outside, bearing the date "1854", bear witness to the fact that this structure has always been used to produce oil.
The Cecci Family purchased the farmhouse in 1966 and since then various changes have been made to upgrade the product.
The oil is extracting using the traditional system and the olives are ground under pressure.
The oldest system is the olive press which is know as "tradiotional oil mill" or "discontinuos oil mill" since the various processes of crushing, mixing the pasta, separation of the oily must from the sansa by means of an olive press and the separation of the oil from the vegetable water by centrifuging or natural surfacing, are discontinuos.

La Fattoria del Conte
Extra virgin Olive oil produced from selected olives crushed by millstone and cold-pressed.
This oil is not filtered

La Madonnina
Extra virgin OIive oil obtained from selected olives using the dripping system to keep the fragrance of the fruit. Bottled without filtering