Wednesday, May 18, 2005


Ham and Escarole Canapes

Sometimes, uncomplicated foods are the best. Just using the highest quality ingredients that are fresh and flavorful, and serving them beautifully and with love is what makes meals or even simple snacks special. I love making things look marvelous because I somehow believe that makes them taste that much better. What can I say, I'm just all about the glamour, even if it's my canapés.

The following barely counts as a recipe, but it is a wonderful treat for when you have unexpected company or just want to sit and watch the sun set from your back porch. Serve with a tall glass of bourbon rocks, or with some lemonade, and savor the day.

1 demi-baguette, sliced thin (4 pieces per person)
1 tablespoon softened butter
1 teaspoon German style mustard
2 oz. thinnest sliced prosciutto or Parma ham
a few small leaves of escarole, torn
Fresh ground black pepper to taste

In a small bowl combine the butter and mustard. Spread lightly on the bread, top with the ham and escarole. Season with pepper and serve. Delicious, elegant, simple and really tasty.


LUXEMBOURG, May 20 (AFP) - The European Union's top court delivered a strike in defence of traditional foods Tuesday by ruling against a British supermarket chain that markets its own brand of Italian parma ham.
The ruling by the European Court of Justice, which also covers Grana Padano cheese, comes after the European Commission last year said that feta cheese had to come from Greece to be deserving of the name.
The case had been brought by Italian associations against the Asda supermarket chain, which sells its own brand of Parma ham imported from Italy, and the French company Ravil, which markets "Grana Padano freshly grated". In both cases, the ECJ decided that the entire production of the foodstuffs must be done in the relevant part of Italy including the final slicing and packaging. – EU Business


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