Saturday, October 27, 2012

More Fun with Food: Halloween Style

A Special Thankls to our friends at Global Organic who share such great information and ideas that ensure a healthy lifestyle.  It's great to associate healthy eating with a holiday that is normally dominated by candy....

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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Doris' Meat Stimulus Packages

Our past creations have been great successes.  We brought you the Lunch Box Special, the Grand Slam/Touchdown Package, the 50 for $50 package, and many more! These packages were designed with the customer in mind.  We want to provide quality product for a price that lets the consumer know that they chose the right place to get their provisions from.  That is why, especially with the economy where it's at, and an election on the horizon that will determine the direction we head in the future, Doris Italian Market & Bakery has once again taken matters in its own hands.  If you want change, it is up to you as an individual to make a difference, and as a trusted local business, we are doing our share. 

Doris Italian Market & Bakery proudly introduces our own Meat "Stimulus Plan".  Understanding that households are unique in their preference and size, we have devised 3 packages to give the most for your hard-earned dollars. 

As stated by our Meat Supervisor Jim Bruno, "We feel these packages are not only unique but economical for our customers and offer a tremendous amount of convenience.  As you will notice, they are also created to accommodate different sized families".  It is our intention to provide these packages year-round so your positive feedback about these packages is a vote for long term savings.

While our other packages were typically designed to reflect a holiday or season, these "Stimulus" packages are geared toward the busy working families of today. Each item in every package will be freezwer wrapped and labeled.  They will serve to address the daily question of "what's for dinner" and provide tremendous savings therefore making these packages truly beneficial for the whole household.

Doris Italian Market & Bakery intends to continue to be aggressive and creative with respect to our customers.  Our originality, which is constantly being imitated but not duplicated, and dedication to customer service separates us from our present and future competitors.  Shopping at our locations is a vote for quality, savings, service and a vote for long term success for both Doris Italian Market & Bakery and its customers.  We truly hope you take advantage of these packages and use the savings on other important necessities. 

Don't Forget to Vote!

Monday, October 22, 2012

Italian Scientists Convicted for Failure to Warn of Earthquake from 2009

Italian scientists convicted over earthquake warning

2:35pm EDT
By Alberto Sisto
PhotoL'AQUILA, Italy (Reuters) - Six scientists and a government official were sentenced to six years in prison for manslaughter by an Italian court on Monday for failing to give adequate warning of an earthquake that killed more than 300 people in L'Aquila in 2009.
The seven, all members of a body called the National Commission for the Forecast and Prevention of Major Risks, were accused of negligence and malpractice in evaluating the danger and keeping the central city informed of the risks.
The case has drawn condemnation from international bodies including the American Geophysical Union, which said the risk of litigation may deter scientists from advising governments or even working in seismology and seismic risk assessments.
"The issue here is about miscommunication of science, and we should not be putting responsible scientists who gave measured, scientifically accurate information in prison," Richard Walters of Oxford University's Department of Earth Sciences said.
"This sets a very dangerous precedent and I fear it will discourage other scientists from offering their advice on natural hazards and trying to help society in this way."
The scientists, Franco Barberi, Enzo Boschi, Giulio Selvaggi, Gian Michele Calvi, Claudio Eva and Mauro Dolce as well as Bernardo De Bernardis - a senior official in the Civil Protection Authority - were convicted of criminal manslaughter and causing criminal injury.
The 6.3 magnitude earthquake struck L'Aquila, in the Abruzzo region, at 3:32 a.m. on April 6, wrecking tens of thousands of buildings, injuring more than 1,000 people and killing 308.
At the heart of the case was the question of whether the government-appointed experts gave an overly reassuring picture of the risk facing the town, which contained many ancient and fragile buildings and which had already been partially destroyed three times by earthquakes over the centuries.
The case focused in particular on a series of low-level tremors that hit the region in the months preceding the earthquake and which prosecutors said should have warned experts not to underestimate the risk of a major shock.
Eva's lawyer Alfredo Biondi said the decision was "wrong in both fact and law" but the verdict, delivered in a tiny improvised court room in an industrial zone outside the still-wrecked city center, was welcomed by relatives of the victims.
"This is not thirst for revenge, it is just that our sister is not coming back," said Claudia Carosi.
More than three years later, much of the once-beautiful medieval city is still in ruins and thousands of people have been unable to return to their homes.
Defense lawyers said earthquakes could not be predicted and even if they could, nothing could be done to prevent them.
"If an event cannot be foreseen and, more to the point, cannot be avoided, it is hard to understand how there can be any suggestion of a failure to predict the risk," defense lawyer Franco Coppi said before the verdict was delivered.
Prosecutors, who had only sought a four-year sentence, said they did not expect scientists to provide a precise forecast.
But they argued the Commission had given "incomplete, imprecise and contradictory" information on the danger after a meeting on March 31, 2009, a few days before the earthquake.
The case is part of a wider controversy over the disaster in L'Aquila, which has been at the center of a series of bitter rows over Italy's disaster preparedness.
Central Italy is continuously shaken by low level tremors, very few of which precede bigger earthquakes and they are generally marked by no more than a brief statement from civil protection authorities.
Key to the dispute is the kind of cautious language, hedged by caveats and reserves which scientists typically use in predicting highly uncertain events, but which can be of limited use as a guideline for the general public.
According to scientific opinion cited by prosecutors, the dozens of lower level tremors seen before the quake were typical of the kind of preliminary seismic activity seen before major earthquakes such as the one that struck on April 6.
Instead of highlighting the danger, they said the experts had made statements playing down the threat of a repeat of the earthquakes which wrecked the town in 1349, 1461 and 1703, saying the smaller shocks were a "normal geological phenomenon".
Italy is among the most earthquake-prone countries in Europe and has been struck repeatedly by lethal shocks, most recently in May 2012, when 16 people were killed and hundreds injured by a 5.8 tremor in the Emilia Romagna region.
(Additional reporting by Cristiano Corvino and Kate Kelland in London, writing by James Mackenzie; Editing by Alison Williams)

More Food Fun Halloween Style!

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Italian Haunts.......

Halloween is fast approaching and it got me thinking about haunted houses/castles.  The next time I visit Italy, I would love to check out these "haunts".  If you know of any haunted locations in Italy, please share with us here or on our facebook page.

Castle of Bardi (or Landi Castle)
Built: 900, ish
Haunting: Built on a spur of red jasper, Bardi towers over the Emilia-Romagna valley. Bardi's etymological impetus began with
Hannibal and his cavalry of war elephants. The last elephant, named Bardus, allegedly died here during the march to Rome. Unfortunately, the castle is not haunted by a menacing ghost elephant.

A sad old story explains the real ghosts of this incredible fortress. Instead of Romeo and Juliet, we have a tale of Moroello and Soleste. Soleste was the daughter of the castle's lord, and she was in love with Moroello, the captain of the knights. During a long battle, Soleste waited for Moroello to return, perched on the edge of her family fortress, eyes locked on the distant horizon. Eventually, she saw riders galloping back from the battlefront. When the soldiers reached her eyesight, she noticed they were riding with enemy colors. She was overcome with grief at the possibility of Moroello's death and threw herself off of the castle's edge. In a sad twist of irony, the riders were in fact Moroello and his soldiers, and they were just wearing the enemy colors to boast. Moroello found his love dead on the ground and immediately realized what he had done and killed himself. The ghost of Moroello haunts the castle to his day, wandering the grounds searching for his lost love.

Visiting: Bardi is located in Emilia-Romagna in northern Italy. The easiest way to reach the region is by plane to Parma or by train from nearby Bologna or

Ca'Dario (or Palazzo Dario)

A first rate Italian haunted castle or at least a haunted palace. Ca’ Dario or Palazzo Dario is to be found in the Dorsoduro district of Venice Italy, facing onto the Grand Canal.
Before we get on to the strange ability of this building to kill nearly all who own it let’s look at the history of the place...

Ca’Dario – History

Built in 1487 Ca’ Dario is unmistakable. It just doesn’t seem to fit in with the buildings near it. It is definitely a beautiful building, the chimneys in particular are distinctive and very few chimneys still exist in this style. The pale facade of marble and Istria stone is remarkably distinctive and stunningly beautiful – as Venice castles go this is lovely.
The building was designed and owned by Giovanni Dario and stayed in the Dario family until the 19th century but the cursed nature of the building seems to have started right from the beginning.

The Curse’s Victims

The number of owners, or members of their families, who have died shortly after owning this building is shocking. We are not talking about one or two deaths here but probably nearer to ten at least.
The first to die was the daughter of Giovanni Dario who committed suicide; this was followed by the murder of their son Vincenzo. The sad and terrible history continues right up until recently. In the last fifty years or so the list of casualties includes the following:
• The famous tenor Mario Del Monaco seriously injured in a car accident in 1964.
• Count delle Lanze in the 70’s who was murdered.
• Count delle Lanze's Croatian murderer was in turn murdered in London.
Christoper Lambert – the manager of The Who who committed suicide by supposedly falling down stairs.
• Nicoletta Ferrari died in a suspicious car accident in the 80’s.
• Raul Gardini in the late 80’s committed suicide under suspicious circumstances.

At the time of this article's release, the building was owned by an American company but was believed to be up for sale.

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Saturday, October 20, 2012

Recipe: Italian Pumpkin Strata

Prep: 20 mins
Cooking: 40 mins
Cooling: 0 min
Yields: 12 servings

Italian Pumpkin Strata is a dense, creamy vegetable-filled strata, or layered casserole that employs bread, cheese, milk, pumpkin and eggs to create a moist and delicious casserole you can cut into squares or wedges.


  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 pound sweet Italian sausage, casings removed
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 12 cups (about 1 pound loaf) 1 1/2-inch cubes Italian or French bread
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2 cans (12 fluid ounces each)  Evaporated Milk
  • 1 can (15 ounces)  Pure Pumpkin
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano, crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil, crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried marjoram, crushed


PREHEAT oven to 350° F. Grease 13 x 9-inch baking pan.

HEAT oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add sausage, onion, bell peppers and garlic. Cook, stirring to break up sausage, for 7 to 10 minutes or until sausage is no longer pink; drain.

COMBINE bread cubes, cheese and sausage mixture in a large bowl. Beat evaporated milk, pumpkin, eggs, salt, pepper, oregano, basil and marjoram in medium bowl. Pour over bread mixture, stirring gently to moisten bread. Pour into prepared baking pan.

BAKE for 30 to 35 minutes or until set. Serve warm.

Nutritional Information

  • Serving Size 1/12 of recipe
  • Calories 366
  • Calories from Fat 163
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

  • Total Fat 18.1g 28%
  • Saturated Fat 7.9g 39%
  • Cholesterol 119mg 40%
  • Sodium 826mg 33%
  • Carbohydrates 30.4g 10%
  • Dietary Fiber 2.9g 12%
  • Sugars 1.1g
  • Protein 19.9g
  • Vitamin A 14%
  • Vitamin C 19%
  • Calcium 41%
  • Iron 23%
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Friday, October 19, 2012

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Cento Diced Hot Cherry Peppers Voted the Best!

Congratulations to our friends at Cento Fine Foods having their Diced Hot Cherry Peppers voted "Best Sandwich Spread" In Men's Health Magazine!  If you haven't tried this product, pick up a jar at any Doris Italian Market & Bakery!

Friday, October 12, 2012

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  Remember that eating right means living right.  Keep this list of vegetables in mind for health and prevention. 

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Meet Mr. Olive Oil in our stores!

Meet Mr. Olive Oil at any of our locations and try some of the best olive oils coming from Italy. Here are the dates and locations:

10/6/2012 - Coral Springs 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
10/13/2012 - Sunrise 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
10/20/2012 - Boca Raton 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
10/21/2012 - Coral Springs 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
10/27/2012 - Hollywood 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
10/28/2012 - Boca Raton 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
11/3/2012 - Pembroke Pines 11:00 am - 6:00 pm 

Visit Mr. Olive Oil's Website

Monday, October 1, 2012

Doris' Weekly Cheese Program

Each week, from now until December, you can sample designated cheeses from around the world at our Sunrise & Coral Springs locations.  This is just one of many demo programs we are executing to educate you, the consumer, of different types of foods.  So expect other programs that will include, wine, prepared foods, and more!  Here is our weekly schedule for your reference.  Please don't be shy; introduce yourself to a world of different foods....

October 4 - October 10
Cheese: Apple Smoked Cheddar/Swiss
Country: USA
Type: Country Farm Taste
Serve With: Bland Cracker
Wine Suggestion: Semi Sweet White

October 11 - October 17
Cheese:Prima Donna
Country: Holland
Type: Gouda, Parmesan Taste
Serve With: Fresh Fruit, Garlic Toast
Wine Suggestion: Blush or Light Wine

October 18 - October 24
Cheese: Manchego
Country: Spain
Type: Aged
Serve With: Doris' Garlic Bread, Spanish Olives
Wine Suggestion: Spanish Red (Tempranillo)

October 25- October 31
Cheese: Cave Aged Gruyere
Country: Switzerland
Type: Nutty Flavor 
Serve With: Bland Cracker, Fresh Fruit
Wine Suggestion: Semi Dry White

November 1 - November 7
Cheese: Italian Fontina
Country: Italy
Type: Smooth & Creamy
Serve With: French Bread, Sliced Tomato
Wine Suggestion: Merlot

November 8 - November 14
Cheese: Caciocavallo
Country: Italy
Type: Aged, Sharp 
Serve With: Beretta Dry Sweet Sausage
Wine Suggestion: Chianti

November 15 - November 21
Cheese: Fol-Epi
Country: France
Type: Semi-Soft, Nutty Flavor
Serve With: Beretta Dry Sweet Sausage
Wine Suggestion: Merlot

November 22 - November 28
Cheese: Goat Cheese
Country: French Style
Type: Soft, Tangy
Serve With: Fruit Preserves, Bland Cracker
Wine Suggestion: Rosé

November 29 - December 5
Cheese: Gouda
Country: Holland
Type: Creamy, Semi Soft
Serve With: Fresh Fruit
Wine Suggestion: Merlot