19 November 2012

"Mangia Italia 101" for ASB School Auction


Below you will find a sample menu for "Mangia Italia 101", a very special cooking class offered by Carmela and Joe Mele and Fiore and Lisa Pignataro for the Assumption-St. Bridget School Auction 2012.

Antipasti Assortiti e Bevande
Assorted Antipasti and Drinks

Primo Piatto  ~  Spaghetti al Pesto Genovese

Primo Piatto  ~  Spaghetti alla Puttanesca

Primo Piatto  ~  Spaghetti alla Frutta di Mare
Spaghetti “Fruits of the Sea” with Secret Ingredient

Secondo Piatto  ~  Gamberi al Limoncello
Grilled Prawns Marinated in Homemade Limoncello

Insalata Mista

Dolci e Liquori Assortiti
Assorted Sweets and Liqueurs

Fiore = 5-time Seattle Magazine 5 Star Realtor!

Seattle Real Estate Market Update ~ Think You're Underwater? Think Again.

Are current market conditions buoyant enough to lift the value of underwater homes?  Happily for some, the answer is yes.  While we probably can't expect robust growth for some time, 2012 is the year when we will probably see real appreciation for the first time since the downturn in 2007.  Given a little equity, some homeowners may see an opportunity to list their home and take advantage of ridiculous interest rates and pricing much lowered from the peak.  If you think 2013 could be the year to consider entering the market, please don't hesitate to call and I can help you understand the value of your home.

The charts below show the very restricted inventory currently on the market, which is one big reason why we are seeing prices rise steadily.  It's basic supply and demand principles at work, and it's fascinating to watch how it plays out everyday in the market.
Information and statistics compiled and reported by the Northwest Multiple Listing Service.

Seattle Residential Homes - Months of Inventory
 Seattle Residential Homes - Median Price
 Seattle Condominiums - Months of Inventory
Seattle Condominiums - Median Price

15 November 2012

From the Chef ~ Gnocchi di Ricotta e Zucca

These tasty and comforting dumplings made of ricotta and winter squash or pumpkin arrive just in time to accompany your Thanksgiving turkey!  This easy-to-make recipe is my own creation!  Like gnocchi?  Check out my recent posting for Gnocchi with Spring Greens and Ricotta at CasaFioreOnline.com (March 2012)!

1. Let 1 cup ricotta drain in a cheese cloth-lined colander for roughly 30 min.  Meanwhile, steam 1 lb. fresh winter squash or pumpkin until a butter knife will slide easily into flesh.  I grow big Blue Hubbard squash to use in recipes like this all winter long.  Remove skin and puree.  Alternatively, substitute with 1 cup canned pumpkin.
2. Mix squash thoroughly with ricotta, 1 lightly beaten egg, 3/4 cup floor, 1/2 tsp. kosher salt, 1/2 cup grated parmigiano, and 1/8 tsp. nutmeg.  Some tips:  Depending on the moisture in your ricotta, this can be a very sticky mixture, so you may need to add flour in small amounts.  Don’t add too much lest they become gummy and heavy.  Also, consider making homemade ricotta.  It’s extra work, but it’s easy and rewarding, and you’ll be making an ingredient superior to what you can buy at the store.  Check out my recipe at CasaFioreOnline.com (March 2012).
3. On a floured surface, roll out cords of mixture roughly 3/4” thick.  Cut into 1/2” pieces with a butter knife.  Roll in semolina flour (you’ll need 1-2 cups) and set aside.
4. Bring a large pot of water to a gentle boil.  Carefully add gnocchi.  After 2-3 minutes, they will rise to the top.  Allow to cook another minute.  Remove and gently toss in a pan of 1/2 stick (or more!) melted butter and 12-16 fresh sage leaves.  Serve with more grated parmigiano.  Dig in!

09 November 2012

Deluxe New Homes at 11-WEST

Classic Craftsman   +   Sustainability   +   Modern Design   +   Affordability   =

11-West is an enclave of generous new Four-Star Built Green homes in a serene and convenient neighborhood in West Seattle.  Inviting Craftsman exteriors, contemporary interior finishes, sensibly designed 3000-3400 ft² floor plans on 5000 ft² lots, and comfortable and efficient Built Green systems.   

· 4-5 bedrooms, 3-4 up, master with en suite bath
· 3.5 baths and open kitchen-great room design
· Formal dining room plus media room
· 2-car attached garages

High $300s—$400s

Completion beginning early December