Milk liquor.

This is a liquor made in the South of italy, in a very small and not well-known abroad region called Molise.
You can drink it, I made and tried it but, according to me, it gives its best into cakes and cookies and sweets in general.
It's not difficult to believe, it's made of milk, lemon and vanilla so it gives your sweet a great flavour!

17 oz. whole milk

17 oz. pure liquor alcool

18 oz. granulated sugar

1/2 organic lemon

1 vanilla pod

In a big bottle or airtight container pour all the ingredients (open the vanilla pod and scratch the seeds).
Keep it for 15 days or more (even a month) in a dark place, shake it now and then.
Filter with a very fine sifter and pour in a bottle.
You will see the liquor stratified: the lighter part on the top, the cream on the bottom: it's ok, just shake before use.
Soon I'll post a recipe for cupcakes made with this liquor, honoring the region of Molise as I did with Sicily: stay tuned! 


Orecchiette with anchovies and sun dried sweet peppers.

Few months ago I received a great present from a close friend who lives in Basilicata (deep South of Italy).
I received a lot of dried local pasta like orecchiette and cavatelli, wild boar salami, local cheese and much more.
I received also a big packet of sun dried sweet peppers which are typical of Basilicata.
I still have some of them and I used those peppers in a quick but very tasty recipe combined with some orecchiette left.
If you can't find orecchiette you can use spaghetti, penne, maccheroni of any kind. :)

2 servings:

3 medium sun dried sweet peppers 

2 anchovies in oil

3 tablespoons tomato sauce

3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

1 garlic clove

2 cups orecchiette (or the serving size you like of the pasta you have)

Let orecchiette boil in a big pot of salted water, if they're dried they should boil for 14-16 minutes (taste them).
In a pan heat extra-virgin olive oil, add chopped peppers (without seeds) and garlic and stir frying for a couple of minutes then add anchovies and let them "melt" with peppers.
Remove the garlic, add the tomato sauce and stir well.
Cook for 2-3 minutes more then use a blender and reduce the sauce to cream.
Season your pasta hot with this sauce and eat immediately, it's sooo tasty!