Thank You, news and a Finger Food Party

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I have a lot to say but so little time to say it; first of all I need to thank you for all the fantastic comments and emails I have received from you since my last post here on Lucullian, it confirms yet another time that I have the best readers and friends in the world! I came back late Saturday night with a quite easy heart because in the few days I was in Sweden, I managed to fix a lot of things and I could see how my daughter started to see the light and that she can be happy there. A major reason to why I feel so good about it is that my fantastic friends and family rose to the occasion and embraced C with open arms, she has a great network to lean upon when we cannot help here from down here and I can’t praise thank and praise them enough! And the same goes for the school where she goes, never have I encountered such a dedicated headmaster, he too deserves praise for the energy he put into finding a solution and for his positive approach. So although this is a difficult moment, I feel uplifted by all the humanity and love I have encountered!

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But this is not the only thing I have to say, tomorrow I leave (unless something happens which seems to be the norm right now) for Milan where I will start shooting two catalogues for a major food chain here in Italy. I will be doing this for a month but I will be back here in Tuscany at least a couple of days each week. I will update you on how it is proceeds and the studio I will be working in which looks great. But this means that there will have fewer recipes to post for a while, I hope it will be OK with you and that you have the patience to wait. On the other hand, you will probably not even notice it so here I go again, giving too much importance to what I do!

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So I would like to thank you all with a little party where you can nibble on some easy-to-make finger food, some recipes I have posted here before, some are new! In the photo above, you see Pear Balls With Parmesan and Sesame Seed Coating and Fillo Cigars With Ricotta and Gorgonzola Filling. The latter is easily made with fresh fillo dough that you cut out in long rectangles and onto which you spoon a little ricotta that you have mixed with gorgonzola. Roll them up and bake in a medium hot oven for 5-8 minutes.

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Here we have some Mushrooms With Quail Eggs and Pistachio Pesto that you make with big mushroom hats that you drizzle with a little olive oil and bake in the oven until soft. Boil quail eggs, shell and divicde them, put one half into each hat and spoon some pistachio pesto onto them.To the right you find a glass full of Sardine and Chickpea Hummus that you can dip almost anything you want in!

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To finish it off, here we have Zucchini Parcels With Herb Infused Mozzarella! Enjoy the party and I will be in touch as soon as I have time!

L