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Sunday, May 22, 2011

Creminelli Fine Meats & Eats at Food Bloggers LA

This month's meeting of the local food blogging crowd gathered, quite literally, In Erika's Kitchen. More like Erika's perfectly lit kitchen. Between the skylight and huge south-facing window, you can't take a bad shot of food. Absolutely lovely. (Thanks for hosting, Erika!)

Everyone brought tasty treats, like Shockingly Delicious' brown butter and rosemary rice krispie bars, and She's Cookin's wonton cups with mulberries. But the highlight was the charcuterie brought to us from Creminelli Fine Meats.

It's no secret we love the pork products here at G+F HQ. Having huge platters of salumi to choose from was as close to heaven as we were going to get on this particular day, since the end of the world didn't materialize.

And heavenly it was.

My personal favorite was the Sopressa, a fermented salami with flavors of wine and garlic. Suggested uses are on pizza or paired with aged Italian cheeses. I highly suggest simply stuffing your mouth hole with it until you can't eat anymore. Inelegant, sure, but delightfully satisfying nonetheless.*

An authentic Italian import, the artisan meats are rolling out to a local Whole Foods near you. Made without nitrates or nitrites, the meat is simply delicious. To learn more about Cristiano Creminelli and his company's philosophy, please see their website.

*I can't be held responsible if, while savoring the scrumptious meat, if your eyes roll into the back of your head and stay there.


Unknown said...

Great to see you this weekend! I personally fell (hard) for the mortadella. So. Dang. Good.

I'm already counting the hours until I get my hands on some more.


Paulette said...

Great to see you too, Kim! I wish I had stolen all the sopressa. My mouth is watering just thinking about it now.

Dorothy at Shockinglydelicious said...

What a great FBLA meeting that was! Loved seeing you and all the other foodies.

That meat was the best I have ever tasted. I am now searching out the closest location for purchase...I could envision planning a whole party around this stuff.

And hey, thanks for showing my Rosemary Rice Krispies Treats. It's funny and deelish what extra butter and an herb does to them! Here's a direct link to the recipe:

~ Chef Louise said...

perfect desription of Erika's kitchen...what great light! Nice to see you this weekend, that meat was delish!

Erika Kerekes said...

Well, Paulette, I clearly need some photography help, because that lighting just doesn't work as well for me as it does for you. In any case, so glad everyone came, and those coconut jello things were amazingly good.

One clarification - the salumi maker at Creminelli is Italian, but the meats are made in Utah, from real American artisan piggies. He ditched his home country to move to the wild, wild West. Go figure.

Paulette said...

Ah, we stand corrected! Cristiano is the Italian import, then. :)

And what are you talking about, your pictures are beautiful!

Priscilla - She's Cookin' said...

Thanks for the shout out, Paulette! It was great to meet you and we were so lucky to sample Creminelli's fab salumi! Loved your Puerto Rican coconut sweet treats :)