Ladies Night Out at the Christmas Forest

Last night, Christine Ciancetta, our Italian instructor and I had the opportunity to take part in “Ladies Night Out” at the Providence Christmas Forest. It’s a super fun event to help raise funds for the wonderful pediatric unit at St. Peter Hospital.  We had $5-off-a-class coupons, a drawing for a free class and some wonderful appetizers at our booth.  Here are the recipes as promised.  Christine’s Taralli are absolutely addictive (and would make a great little gift for someone this Christmas) and the Chive-Spiked Smoked Salmon on Chips are way more delicious (and easy) than the sum of its parts!  Enjoy them both during the holidays.

Chive-Spiked Smoked Salmon on Chips

½ pound smoked salmon (lox style), minced
3 tablespoons finely chopped chives
1 small shallot, finely chopped
1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
½ teaspoon lemon zest
30 think-cut potato chips

In a bowl, combine the smoked salmon, chives, shallot, olive oil, lemon juice and lemon zest. Mound about ½ tablespoon of the salmon mixture on each potato chip and garnish with parsley sprigs. Serves 10

Savory Italian Cookie

2 cups unbleached white flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper or crushed fennel seeds
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup warm water
1 cup olive oil

Mix all ingredients together to make a soft dough. Roll out a small ball into a rope a bit thicker than a pencil. Shape into circles, twists or loop with ends crossed. Bake on parchment paper or lightly oiled baking sheet at 400°F for about 20 minutes or until taralli are just beginning to turn brown.

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