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On sale! Dry cured pork salami.
La Quercia's borsellino salami is soft, sweet, porky and even a little earthy. It's dry cured salami. It needs no cooking. Just slice and snack.
Somewhere between a quarter and a half-dollar in diameter, its natural casing is stuffed with pork that's coarsely ground, liberally littered with morsels of fat. Slice and serve on a cheese plate or tossed chunks into pasta or salads. Throw one into your backpack the next time you head out for a hike. It can go for hours—or days—without refrigeration.
The piccante salami reminds me a bit of Spanish chorizo—smoky and slightly spicy, but not at all hot.
The smoky salami is twinged with a bit of caraway, black pepper and just a hint of smoke. It's not overpowering but very savory with a little heat.
Like all their meats, La Quercia's salami are made from hogs raised naturally, without hormones or sub-therapeutic antibiotics. They're cured and will last weeks in your refrigerator.
Chocolate Dipped Orange Peels
On sale! Show-stopping Calabrian citrus, robed in chocolate.
Calabria, in Southern Italy, is to citrus like Maine is to blueberries. The fruit they have is found elsewhere, but it's rarely better.
For fifty years the folks at Dolci Pensieri di Calabria have been preserving great citrus. We found them a decade ago, long after they had mastered the technique. They start with fresh, aromatic Calabrian oranges. The peels and pith are removed by hand, the peels cut into strips. They're candied in a sugar bath and put in an oven at low heat for hours to caramelize slightly. Finally, they're hand dipped into a bath of 40-percent cacao chocolate and laid out to cool.
The result is one of those sweet treats that looks simple but has a complex, lingering flavor that haunts you for hours. The slight bitterness of the orange peel is tamed by the smooth coat of chocolate, leaving a clean, fruity finish in your mouth as the chocolate melts. If you're like me and avoid most citrus-flavored chocolates because of their chemical aftertaste these will change your whole outlook.
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