Italian Recipes – How to Make Panzanella

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Culinary and Lifestyle Specialist Lisa Mushaw breaks down the ingredients you’ll need to make Panzanella.

    Lisa Mushaw

    A new generation doyenne on the rise who is staking her claim in the lofty arenas of international travel, tourism and the culinary arts, Lisa Mushaw is making transatlantic waves with TREASURES OF TUSCANY – AN EPICUREAN VOYAGE. TREASURES launched in November 2002 as a one-week vacation abroad with a twist – a cooking program where participants are given extensive exposure to Italian cuisine while discovering the physical beauty and traditions that are uniquely Tuscan. The idea was to offer “foodies” an opportunity to share and celebrate the cultural, personal and convivial rites that are the Tuscan Table, while basking in the charm of one of the world’s most exquisite and historic treasures. Lisa is a “natural taster” who cut her culinary teeth in the kitchen of relatives who excelled in the preparation of Creole cuisine. As a child, long before she knew the difference between battuto and affogato, she demonstrated a natural talent for discerning which ingredients were missing or used in excess in recipes. Her culinary gifts are no accident as her family roots include small business owners who made their living as caterers in New Orleans. A fervent student of food and wine, Lisa’s most recent accomplishment was completing a three year sommelier program. TREASURES OF TUSCANY – AN EPICUREAN VOYAGE is ideal for those with a passion for continental adventure who want to escape the drama of daily life and be transformed by a week in Florence – the center of the Renaissance, the Etruscan city of San Gimingnano or the medieval town of Lucca, creating memories that will last for years on end. Those who bask in attention to detail, pampering and personal service will want to join Lisa for the this extraordinary excursion to Toscana, the Italian province rich in beauty and character and the birthplace of much great Italian art, cuisine, and history.

    Lisa Mushaw: Hi! I am Lisa Mushaw, Culinary and Lifestyle Specialist as well as a Sommelier. I own Treasures of Tuscany - An Epicurean Voyage. Treasures of Tuscany, is a creative vacation with a cooking program. We take people on culinary wine tours throughout the Tuscan region.

    Today, I am going to show you how to prepare a Panzanella. Panzanella is tomato and bread salad. The ingredients that you will need for this recipe are as follows.

    You need one large bowl for the loaf of bread, salt and pepper to taste, a loaf of bread that is two-three days old, two red onions or another sweet onion such as vidalia or maui, two cucumbers, six or seven tomatoes, two-three bunches of basil, olive oil and lastly and red wine vinegar.

    First, we will begin with cutting the two to three day old bread.