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Medici Renaissance Pork – Delicious Dinner Gift Idea


Posted: August 6, 2006
by: T.Alexander

The most fun about working at GourmetStation is product development – without a doubt! My favorite job is sampling cheesecakes and we have some zingers coming available soon. The team works hard to keep a variety of entrees, especially for those patrons who are the recipient of our Dinner of the Month programs. Lots of variety including selections from many protein sources is our goal – pasta, chicken, seafood, beef, and pork.

Recently the team hit an idea drought – much like the rest of the country this August. We were looking for a pork entrée for our Tuscan 3 course dinner. Rather than labor over the issue I contacted our good friend Simonetta at the Tuscan bed and breakfast, Casa Bellavista. Simonetta gives cooking classes on authentic Tuscan dishes and I knew she would have an idea. We were right and we thank Simonetta for steering us to the Medici Renaissance Pork entrée.

Simonetta reminded us that during Renaissance times the Medici family (isn’t their family crest to die for) 180pxmedici_leo_xi_1 used quinces to sweeten pork dishes. We had worked with the quince cousin pears, but never with quinces so R&D had a new challenge. The end result was worth the work. We found a slightly sweet quince spread that is lightly buttered over a lean western style pork chop. The next layer is a light brown gravy. The toppings are whole organic garlic, golden raisins and Kalamata olives. This sensational new pork entrée served with our new Tuscan oven roasted veggies with rosemary.

This entrée is offered as a delightful dinner gift or meal gift under our three course Tuscan dinners for two. If you would like to purchase this item separately in quantity for a dinner party, just call 1-888-944-9794 between the hours of 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM Eastern time.

Again, thank you Simonetta!Pork_chop


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