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A Word about Truffle Oil.....

Supposing, just for a moment, you are lucky enough to be enjoying lunch in Northern Italy's romantic hillside town, St. Remo. Tchaikovsky's adopted home, the city is dotted with Byzantine churches, their turquoise and coral-colored tiles brilliant under the cobalt sky. The distant sound of their bells fills the air as your waiter sets a platter in front of you. You've not seen anything like it before. Suddenly, all your senses are employed.

Your meal is a warm lobster salad. You can easily taste the sweetness of the shellfish through the complicated tomato sauce. But there's something else - a flavor that's elusive and mysterious. There's only a hint of it.

Below the terrace, a rocky escarpment plunges to the Mediterranean, where waves rush with a whisper against the sand. Bougainvillea hangs from a trellis over the terrace where you are dining.

This is what truffle oil does to people. It makes them wonder. It isn't obvious, and it has a way of blending with different ingredients that generates brand new flavors.

Truffle oil is created when truffles are soaked in olive oil. Their pungent flavor infuses the oil, which can be stored indefinitely. This is a big advantage over fresh truffles. Their delicious flavor lasts for only days after they're harvested. They are scarce and expensive. Truffle oil, on the other hand, can be had for a fraction of the price, and can be used throughout the year.

Ways in which truffle oil can be used are limited only by your imagination. Add a dash or four to a fresh green salad before tossing. Splash a little in your favorite soup, or try it in your gravy and sauces. Mix some in with the turkey dressing. It is marvelous in omelets. Some people feel it is at its best in pasta dishes - try sautéing some garlic in olive oil, add some truffle oil, and toss it in spaghetti with parmesan cheese, salt, and cracked pepper. Try this with a rough red Italian wine - something to make your palate wake up and remember what it was made for in the first place.

Simply stated, truffle oil adds a new twist to many dishes. It makes them special. Though it is widely used in the Mediterranean region, it is only in the last few years that it has been "discovered" in other areas. Now easily accessible and surprisingly affordable, it is no longer necessary to visit Cannes, or St. Raphael, or St. Remo if you want to sample it.

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Here are two recipes to get you started:

Warm Lobster Salad

Focaccia with Asparagus, Prosciutto, and Truffle Oil

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