COTECHINO is a special pork sausage which is one of the glories of the cuisine of the Emilia Romagna, especially Modena, Lombardy, and surrounding areas in northern Italy. It is made from leanish pork and cooked pork skins (cotene) from which it gets its name. It has only been since October, 2001, that imported Italian cotechino has been allowed in this country.
The Levoni company of Mantova, produces our cotechino which comes precooked, requiring only to be reheated in its pouch, in simmering water, for 40 minutes producing a delicious dish that you merely slice and serve. Cotechino is a rich, unctuous sausage that is traditionally served with cooked beans or lentils as an accompaniment. (It also figures in the famous boiled dinner, the bollito misto, traditionally served in Italy during cold weather.) In fact, the real reason to eat beans is that they go so well with Cotechino!
The LEVONI COTECHINO is an I.G.P. product; that is, as Cotechino di Modena, it has a protected geographical indication of origin. It must be made to have a certain flavor and texture to the exclusion of all others and come from a specified area, in this case, Modena. Cotechino, also written cotichin, coteghino, codechino, or codeghino was first described in a cookbook, the Apicio Moderno (1790) of Francesco Leonardi, chef to Catherine II of Russia.Its special texture and unctuousness is given by the quantity of cooked pork skins, chopped and blended with the meat. COTECHINO DI MODENA spicing is only salt, black pepper, cinnamon, and cloves. (A variant from Cremona is flavored with vanilla.) Shelf stable, it needs no refrigeration. Just heat in its unpunctured pouch. Several sausage companies here produce "coteghino," but it is more like a large sausage compared to the real thing from Italy. LEVONI COTECHINO DI MODENA is one of the great pleasures of winter!
FROG HOLLOW FARM is the name of a noted organic fruit grower
in Brentwood, California, in the East Bay region. Brentwood is famous for
its rich soil and agricultural productivity. Frog Hollow is owned by Al Courchesne
and his partner, Becky . They produce exceptional fruit in season; the ripest
fruit, not shippable as fresh fruit, Becky transforms into preserved fruit
for "a taste of summer in winter." They call this "spreadable" fruit
since according to law these preserves contain too little sugar to be called
a "preserve," nor do they contain pectin.
NECTARINE MARMALADE and ASIAN PEAR CHUTNEY are spicy and zesty with the deep flavor of ripe fruit, ginger and spices. They are perfect for pork, smoked meats and poultry, and dishes requiring sweet/savory condiments.FROG HOLLOW FARM
PERFECTLY PEACH (80% peaches, sugar, lemon juice)
ABUNDANTLY APRICOT (80% apricots, sugar, lemon juice)
SAUCEY CHERRIES (Pitted cherries in Cabernet sauce)
NECTARINE MARMALADE (Nectarines, lemon & orange juice and zest)
ASIAN PEAR CHUTNEY (Nashi, garlic, spices, golden raisins)
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