Ciao Aroma Dipping Oil

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Ingredients

  • 1 oz. of Extra Virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp. of Aroma Seasoning
  • Slices of Italian bread
  • 1/2 of grated parmesano if desired 

Instructions

  1. Pour EVO in a dipping bowl.
  2. Add Aroma Seasoning and mix with a fork.
  3. Now you can begin to dip. If the oil gets low just add more.

Mangia! Mangia! 

 

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Personality Profile: Dom Cosentino

family photoIn this month’s Personality Profile, Ciao Pittsburgh chatted with former Pittsburgh and current Brooklyn, NY resident, Dom Cosentino. A former writer for Deadspin.com, Dom is now a beat writer covering the New York Jets for NJ.com and The Star-Ledger. Dom was kind enough to respond to some of our questions about his Pittsburgh roots, sports journalism career as well as his Italian heritage.

CP: First, tell us a little bit about yourself and your family.

Dom: I grew up in Pittsburgh, and even though I haven’t lived in the area for many years, I’ll always be proud to say I grew up in Pittsburgh, and to remind people I grew up in Pittsburgh. My paternal grandparents emigrated from Calabria in the 1920s. They came separately—my grandfather, Domenick, who I’m named for, came first. My grandmother, Caterina, arrived three years later. My father’s name was Richard, and Doreen is my Irish/German mother. I have three siblings: Cathy, Richard, and Michael. They all still live in the Pittsburgh area. I get back to Pittsburgh several times a year for visits. I’ve been gone a long time, but I miss it. I’ve been married a year and a half to a wonderful woman named Megan, and we have a fantastic son named Cameron, who’s about eight months old.

CP: What’s it like being a beat writer for the New York Jets?

Dom: Pretty intense. The Jets are never dull. There always seems to be something going on with someone or something in that organization. And they’ve had an incredibly busy offseason that began with the firing of head coach Rex Ryan—the guy’s a reporter’s dream—and the general manager, and continued with a bunch of free-agent signings, plus a contract dispute. I compete with reporters from all of the New York City papers, including the tabloids, so I work a lot. But I love it. It’s the sort of work I always wanted to do after spending years covering high school sports in Pennsylvania. My only qualm is that it’s a much easier job for someone who’s single and childless, since it can be quite a grind at times. But all in all, I really can’t complain.  [Read more…]

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Ciao Aroma Toasted Bread

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Ingredients:

  • Italian bread slices
  • Butter
  • Half of 1/4 tsp per piece of bread

Instructions:

Preheat oven for 350. Spread butter on bread and then sprinkle Aroma seasoning all over bread slice. Add bread to oven and cook for 15 minutes

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Ciao Aroma Mushroom Halves

Mushroom Recipe, Mushroom Halves

Ingredients

  • 8oz mushroom halves in a can
  • 1/2 tsp Aroma seasoning
  • 1 – oz Extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp – Balsamic vinegar

Directions

  1. Drain water out of canned mushroom halves. Add mushrooms to bowl.
  2. Pour EVO and mix.
  3. Then add balsamic vinegar and mix.
  4. Last, add Aroma seasoning and mix again. We like doing this to ensure all the mushrooms are coated with all our ingredients. Great as part of an antipasta dish or you can just eat it with Italian bread toasted.

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Ciao Aroma Artichoke Dip

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Ingredients

  • 1 can (14oz) artichoke hearts, drained, rinsed well and chop
  • 1 cup of graded Romano or Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup of real mayonnaise
  • 1/2 minced garlic
  • 1 tsp Aroma seasoning
  • 1 tsp of fresh chopped parsley
  • 1 tbsp chopped tomatoes

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix first 4 ingredients in a bowl.
  3. Add mixture to a shallow oven safe glass bowl.
  4. Bake for about 20-25 min. or until bubbly. Sprinkle, Aroma seasoning, tomatoes and parsley on top.
  5. Serve with unsalted crackers. 

Mangia Amici!

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