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"To read a book about a country's cuisine isn't simply to go looking for 'good things'; it is also to better know - by means of the recipes - the customs and the richness or poverty of a place, and the spirit of those who inhabit it. It is above all, to participate in the symbolic celebration of the shared repast."

~ Ginette Olivesi-Lorenzi, La Cuisine Mentonnaise



Savoring Tuscany : Recipes and Reflections on Tuscan Cooking

Savoring Tuscany : Recipes and Reflections on Tuscan Cooking (The Savoring Series)
by Lori De Mori

Part of the Savoring Series, which is one of my favorite series of books about Regional Cuisine, Savoring Tuscany is a beautiful book filled with sumptuous recipes and delectable writing about the cuisine and culture of Tuscany. As with all the books in the series, Savoring Tuscany is put together beautifully and all of the recipes are well written and presented. The recipes that we tested were all superb and the book is an excellent source for fans of Tuscan cuisine.


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Recipe - Tuscan Steak with Sundried Tomatoes
by Wen Zientek-Sico

This steak is simply fantastic! Modified by a recipe shared by a friend eons ago, the marinade is perfect for tenderizing and adding marvelous flavor to the steak, and is very quick and easy to make. We like using a Tuscan Sangiovese for the marinade, but any flavorful red will work.

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Tuscan Steak with Sundried Tomatoes

1 cup dry red wine
1 cup sun dried tomatoes packed in oil
1 chopped onion
5 garlic cloves
1/2 cup sliced fresh basil leaves
3 tablespoons olive oil
Salt
Pepper
4 thick steaks for grilling (top round, T-Bone, chuck)

Puree all of the ingredients other than the steak in a food processor or blender until smooth. Place the steaks in a deep dish or large bag and pour the marinade over the steaks. Marinate for at least 2 hours and up to 12 hours. Grill the steaks, basting occasionally with the marinade until they reach the desired doneness. Discard the marinade or boil it for five minutes or until reduced by half as a sauce for the steak.

Makes 4 servings

Preparation Time: 5 minutes
Marinating Time: 2 hours
Cooking Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours, 25 minutes