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This week's featured items:

Acquerello Carnaroli Rice (aged 1 year)
Acquerello Carnaroli Rice (aged 1 year) Acquerello Carnaroli Rice (aged 1 year)
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"Acquerello is the Rolls Royce of rice." - Alain Ducasse

"Acquerello is one of the very last authentic products." - Frédy Girardet

Acquerello is the rice grown, aged, whitened, and packed in Italy on the Colombara farm by the Rondolino family.

It is the ultimate rice: first the unhusked rough rice is aged to perfection for at least one year, then it is whitened slowly using "The Helix" where grains rub gently one against the other, and finally it is restored with its most precious element, the embryo or germ. This re-enrichment of the refined rice with its germ restores the most valuable nutrients of brown rice.

Known as the "king" or the "caviar" of Italian rices, Carnaroli is the preferred risotto rice in most regions of Italy. Acquerello Carnaroli rice is classified as "Extra rice" for its quality. In order to preserve its characteristics perfectly, Acquerello rice is vacuum sealed in unique enameled tins.

Carnaroli rice keeps its shape better than other forms of rice during the slow cooking required for making risotto. For instance, Arborio rice is widely available, and sometimes suggested, for risotto. We are not fans of Arborio for risotto. Compared to Arborio, Carnaroli rice has a smaller grain size, and higher starch content. This means Carnaroli can absorb larger amounts of liquid, and thus flavor, from the wine and broth, without overcooking. So your risotto is more flavorful when you use Carnaroli rice. Also, the higher starch content in Carnaroli rice guarantees an ultra-creamy texture that is the hallmark of a superior risotto.

Acquerello's grains stay perfectly intact, absorb flavors exceptionally well, do not bind together, and do not lose starch, proteins, or vitamins. Therefore your risotto is fully consistent, tasty, creamy, and not sticky. Acquerello risotto will always be outstanding.

Acquerello is used in the finest restaurants around the world:

  • The French Laundry, USA (Thomas Keller)
  • Osteria Francescana, Italy (Massimo Bottura)
  • Troisgros, France (Michael Troisgros)
  • The Fat Duck, England (Heston Blumenthal)

The Carnaroli rice cultivated at Colombara, being the only variety sown since 1997, is 100% pure and therefore produces uncontaminated Carnaroli seeds.

Once you have tried it, you will never look back!

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500 gram (1.1 pound) metal tin (about 6 servings)

Price: $16.75 Quantity

Matiz Gallego Organic Chestnuts
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Chestnuts aren’t just for the holidays anymore! These amazingly sweet and moist organic chestnuts come from ancient groves of trees planted in the Galician region of Northwest Spain. They are purchased from small farmers throughout the region, bringing much needed economic assistance to the rural agricultural community. These organic chestnuts are very nutritious and lower in calories per ounce than other nuts. They are peeled, cooked, and ready to serve. Try them in your stuffing for the holidays, or in soups, casseroles, salads, and desserts all year long. Better yet, keep them in the fridge for a healthy snack!

  • 100% Organic.
  • This product contains no soy, gluten, nuts, dairy, or genetically engineered ingredients.
  • A Rooted Foods Product.

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Ingredients: Organically grown chestnuts.

7 ounce recyclable box

Price: $13.95 Quantity

Mustard Seed Oil (Yandilla)
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This versatile oil is gaining popularity among chefs for its pungent, food-friendly wasabi flavor and high smoke point. Use this small-batch, cold-pressed oil to create a bold vegetable sauté, perk up a salad, or add a kick to grilled shrimp.

This unique food-grade mustard seed oil offers the ideal balance of OMEGA-3 to OMEGA-6 fatty acids, and very low erucic acid levels. Now you can stir-fry with reckless abandon!

This Yandilla Mustard Seed Oil is cold-pressed from the whole seed, passed through multiple fine cloth filters, and bottled immediately. The oil thus retains its characteristic color, aroma, and spicy wasabi/mustard flavor. It contains no additives, preservatives, or GMOs.

A few recipe ideas:

  • Fry trout until the skin is crispy
  • Sweat bitter greens and onions, southern-style
  • Blend with rice wine vinegar to dress sugar snap peas and shredded carrots
  • Brush on grilled flatbread and sprinkle with Fleur de Sel Sea Salt
  • Swirl into hot lentil or vegetable soup
  • Use as the sauté oil for your favorite Indian recipes
  • Dress a frisée salad and serve with coarse pâté
  • Roll peeled potato chunks in mustard seed oil and roast
  • Drizzle over beef carpaccio or steak tartare
  • Spicy Slaw with Grilled Shrimp

Ingredients: cold-pressed mustard seed oil

375 milliliter (8.8 fluid ounce) bottle

Price: $26.95 Quantity

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