Lunch & Learn at Marcellino Ristorante

If you’ve ever wanted to learn what makes classic Italian cuisine so good now’s your chance as Chef Marcellino Verzino of his namesake restaurant, Marcellino Ristorante is hosting 2 Lunch & Learns  in coming weeks sharing his secrets and recipes.

Pasta & Pesto

Saturday March 18th is when 16 lucky guests will pull up a seat at the chef’s island and will watch and learn as chef Marcellino creates his homemade pasta and delicious pesto.

Gnocchi & Tomato Sauce

Come back on Saturday April 22nd and learn how he makes his Gnocchi and light tomato sauce as you watch chef gracefully make his way around the exhibition kitchen preparing his delicious potato dumplings.

Only 16 seats are available for each of the classes that will start at 1pm and conclude about 3pm. Attendees will dine on salad,  pasta and dessert after his cooking demonstration. Cost for each of the exclusive Lunch & Learns are $35++.

Reserve your seat by calling the restaurant at 480-990-9500.

Marcellino Ristorante is at 7114 E. Stetson Dr. Scottsdale 85251. http://marcellinoristorante.com/

 

 

 

Blue Bell introduces Gingerbread House Ice Cream

New “Holiday Favorite” Joins Christmas Cookies, Peppermint and Spiced Pumpkin Pecan

‘Tis the season for all your favorite holiday foods, including a new Holiday Favorite ice cream from Blue Bell. Gingerbread House Ice Cream – a creamy cinnamon ice cream with flavorful gingerbread pieces, festive red and green sprinkles and miniature marshmallows all surrounded by a vanilla icing swirl – is the newest addition to Blue Bell’s seasonal line of Holiday Favorites available in stores after November 1.

“Building a gingerbread house and placing it as a holiday centerpiece is a yearly activity for many,” said Carl Breed, Blue Bell director of marketing. “And our ice cream has become a traditional dessert served in the homes of Blue Bell Ice Cream fans. That’s why Gingerbread House Ice Cream is a perfect addition to this line. The flavor is festive and definitely the best tasting gingerbread house I’ve ever eaten.”

Alongside Gingerbread House, Blue Bell is offering these returning Holiday Favorites: Christmas Cookies Ice Cream, Peppermint Ice Cream and Spiced Pumpkin Pecan Ice Cream.

Christmas Cookies is a combination of your favorite holiday cookies – chocolate chip, snickerdoodle and sugar – in a tasty sugar cookie ice cream with red candy cane-shaped sprinkles and a green icing swirl throughout. It was so popular last year, Blue Bell re-released earlier over the summer for a special Christmas Cookies in July promotion.

Spiced Pumpkin Pecan is a delightful spiced pumpkin ice cream combined with tasty sugar-coated pecans and a rich cinnamon-honey-praline sauce. This flavor made its debut in 2010.

Ice Cream Turkeys
1 scoop Blue Bell Spiced Pumpkin Pecan Ice Cream (approximately ½ cup)
14 pieces candy corn
1 round toothpick

Place ice cream in a small chilled dessert bowl pressing to adhere ice cream to the bowl. Wrap and freeze for one hour. Removed scoop from freezer and unwrap. Working quickly, press the points of 5 pieces of candy into the ice cream to make a fan-shaped tail. Press 3 pieces of candy on either side (laying flat on the ice cream) in a fan-shaped pattern to resemble wings. Carefully insert toothpick through one piece of candy (for the neck) from bottom to tip. Push the toothpick through the first piece of candy just enough to add a second piece of candy turned side-ways (for the head). Insert bottom of toothpick into ice cream at the appropriate spot for the neck. Wrap carefully or place in a deep sealable container and freeze for 4 to 24 hours. Remove from freezer, unwrap and serve. USE CAUTION WHEN SERVING THIS TO CHILDREN. REMOVE THE TOOTHPICK BEFORE ALLOWING THEM TO EAT. Makes one serving.

Note: If you don’t want to use a toothpick, try using a bendable straw cut to the appropriate size for a neck and head. Draw eyes and a beak on the straw or use icing to make a head.

Peppermint, a long-time favorite ice cream flavor during the holiday season, is a cool, refreshing peppermint ice cream sprinkled with peppermint candy pieces.

“We tried something new last year when we introduced our Holiday Favorites line of ice cream,” Breed added. “Traditionally, less ice cream is sold during the winter months, but our Holiday Favorites were an instant hit.”

Look for Gingerbread House Ice Cream along with the three returning Holiday Favorites neatly packaged in half-gallon containers adorned with a red ribbon and bow, available in your grocer’s freezer section starting November 1. Blue Bell Holiday Favorites are only available for a limited time.

Blue Bell is available at all major Arizona grocery stores. Visit www.bluebell.com for recipes, coupons and a complete list of flavors currently available in stores.