SourceURL:file://localhost/Users/MSD_iMac/Downloads/wednesday1.docx Sometimes lunch is more than lunch. Onboard L’Austral, lunch is an event.  Not just regular pâté but both duck and pork rillettes.  Calamari Basque, with sweet peppers herbs white wine and touch of garlic.  Cheeses from all over the world.  Salads of Italiann vegetables with house made  Mozzarella cheese balls.  Chocolate cake for dessert.  But the heat of the day led...

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Chef Giovanni Ciresa gave a summer risotto demonstration and tasting and I learned several things. Always AGED cannroli rice…two years old so the it better absorbs the broth. He used chichory root in the mirepoix with shallots and carrots…no onion co garlic. Vegetable stock, added slowly. Carrot essence and reduced otange juice. Never adds the butter and cheese until the rice is off the flame so it does not seize or...

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Extremely hot weather in Venice has stressed all th eairconditioning systems and makes us think of Richmond without power. The US dollar is doing quite weel, so everything is quite expensive. Sitting in an arport hotel waiting for the shuttle. The wait made better by a bottle of local Sauvignon Blanc in the bar. Unlike our normal prqctice, we were extremely greatful for the ice bucket. I will post dinner tonight. Can’t wait to...

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