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Acquerello.jpg 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. The 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
canena_picual_1stday_2013.jpg Castillo de Canena "First Day of Harvest" Picual Extra Virgin Olive Oil

This is the eighth occasion that the Vañó family has released a special edition "First Day of Harvest" (Primer Día de Cosecha) extra virgin olive oil to capture the very purest flavors of the olive crop. Just ripe olives, pressed within hours of harvest, create this extra virgin olive oil that is exploding with flavor!

Each release is commemorated with a unique bottle label, each designed by a different established name from Spain's creative community. For 2013, Castillo de Canena partnered with Formula 1 driver Fernando Alonso to design its label, turning the bottle of Primer Día de Cosecha into a collector's item and a work of art in its own right.

"The feeling I get from Primer Día de Cosecha is similar to what we feel when we win, crossing that finish line; when we see that after daily efforts, constant sacrifice, harmonious teamwork and perseverance, we can make it to the top," explained the twice-over Formula 1 world champion.

Castillo de Canena extra virgin olive oils appear in the latest edition of the prestigious Flos Olei Guide, chosen as the best in the world with the highest score, 98 points!!

  • Special red bottles protect the extra virgin olive oil from harmful light.
  • A very high percentage of oleic acid and polyphenols indicates outstanding quality.
  • No preservatives or artificial flavors.

This extra virgin olive oil is an intense green oil with strong punch, fruity and intensely fresh, with herbaceous tones, green almond, and herbes de Provence (thyme and rosemary). In contact with the palate, the primary sensations are moderate and balanced: smooth with an aftertaste of almond, artichoke, tomato leaf, and apple.

By taking extraordinary steps to hand-harvest early, yielding about half the oil that would be obtained if the olives were left on the trees to mature another week, the Vañó family of Castillo de Canena offers us this rare treat, the best of the best. To have such vibrant, flavorful, First Day of Harvest extra virgin olive oils is an incredible pleasure.

500 milliliter (16.8 fluid ounce)

Price: $64.95
On Sale! $50.00
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Chestnut_Cream.jpg Les Confitures à l’Anciennes Chestnut Cream Jam with Chestnut Pieces
Les Confitures à l’Anciennes Chestnut Cream Jam with Chestnut Pieces
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Les Confitures à l’Anciennes Andresy (old fashioned jams) are cooked in copper basins with whole selected fruits, cane sugar, and lemon juice to refine when necessary. No preservatives, coloring agents or artificial flavors... All natural!

This rich and flavorful cream is used in baking and desserts such as mont blancs. We love it in crepes, cookies, muffins, and spooned over ice cream!

Ingredients: chestnuts, cane sugar, natural vanilla extract.

Refrigerate after opening.

9.52 ounce glass jar

Price: $8.49 Quantity
maldon.salt.jpg Maldon Sea Salt (Organic)

There is no substitute for Maldon Sea Salt and it is now one of the most recognized brands on the market. Its soft, white, flaky crystals are completely natural, with zero artificial additives. This gives Maldon Sea Salt a distinctive texture and wonderfully salty flavor. We find that less is required, compared to other salts, to get the same salty taste sensation. Maldon is free from the bitter after-taste often associated with other salts, and its characteristic clean fresh taste enhances the flavor of all natural and fine foods. Maldon Sea Salt is approved by the Organic Food Federation.

Organic.

Kosher.

8.5 ounce (240 gram) box

Price: $8.95 Quantity
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