Side Dishes, Vegetarian

Grilled Eggplant Caprese Salad

Loreto August 22, 2016

Grilled Eggplant Caprese Salad, the perfect recipe as we approach late summer and tomatoes are ripening on the vine. The combination of the sweetness of the tomato, the creaminess of the mozzarella, the smoky grilled eggplant, and that delightful rich, acidic sun dried tomato dressing has this caprese on the podium for goodness.

Grilled Eggplant Caprese Salad

Caprese salad always has me thinking of summer. It is my favorite season with the warmth, the plethora of local organic produce available, and the beautifully colored dishes that are always an eye and hunger quencher.

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Dessert, Spoon desserts

No Bake Mini Cherry Cheese Cake

Nicoletta August 19, 2016

No bake Mini Cherry Cheese Cake in a jar. A lovely, delicious, no fuss summer dessert with a silky mascarpone, cream cheese filling and a delightful cherry topping.

No bake Mini Cherry Cheese Cake

I must be weird but I really don’t mind turning on the oven in the summer. Maybe I like to bake too much, maybe I don’t feel hot unless it’s 35° C and up, maybe I really have a sweet “addiction”. Don’t know. I only know, that in order to utilize some ingredients we had in the fridge and some sitting in the pantry (read: mascarpone, whipping cream, cherries, digestive cookies), I decided to make a No-bake Cherry Cheese Cake. And I wasn’t jumping at the thought.

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Side Dishes, Special Diets, Vegan, Vegetarian

Roasted Tomato and Olive Panzanella

Loreto August 17, 2016

Panzanella, a combination of bread, tomatoes, olives and herbs all tossed with a good extra virgin olive oil and balsamic dressing. A simple, great, summer dish utilizing some stale bread and produce lingering in the fridge!

Roasted Tomato and Olive Panzanella

Panzanella is really a delicious dish using some stale bread and nice roasted tomatoes. The way the olive oil and balsamic gets absorbed in the bread and the sweet yet acidic flavor of the tomatoes, with hints of herbs is fantastic. This Roasted Tomato and Olive Panzanella is a great summer dish, with all its flavors and freshness.

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Cakes, Pies & Tarts, Dessert

Stone fruit Lemon Mascarpone Tarts

Nicoletta August 15, 2016

These Stone fruit Lemon Mascarpone Tarts are sweet and tangy, with a crunchy base and a velvety smooth custard, pillow for the succulent, luscious stone fruit and edible flowers.

[This post is sponsored by the Italian Center Shop. We’ve been compensated, but all opinions are our own].

Stone fruit lemon mascarpone tart

It might be just the 15th of August for you, but today in Italy it’s Ferragosto, a national holiday up, down and across the Italian coasts, a day where, as it often happens in Italian culture, sacred and profane lose their contours.

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Appetizers and Snacks, Special Diets, Vegetarian

Deep fried Squash Blossoms and Sage Leaves

Loreto August 12, 2016

Squash blossoms are the most amazing and enticing creations of nature. Both as an appetizer, on a pizza, or even mixed in a pasta. They are delicious, and beautiful, and will have you yearning for them all year long, till the summer when they come out.

Deep fried Squash Blossoms and Sage Leaves

Squash blossoms are something that a lot of people are not familiar with. Most people have a fear of picking them for fear of loosing some zucchini inventory. We are going to clear the air and educate you today on the ease of preparation, and the harvesting of these squash blossoms without loosing any of those juicy, so tasty, zucchini.

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Appetizers and Snacks, Vegetarian

BBQ Pizza Margherita

Nicoletta August 10, 2016

BBQ Pizza is on our minds. Summer is here, and the grill is hot, so on the menu today BBQ Pizza Margherita, grilled to perfection. Enjoy!

BBQ Pizza Margherita

My morning phone calls, and sometimes Skype chats, with my parents in Rome, are part of my daily routine. I cherish them and long for them, that string to my Italian life. My mother updates me with the weather, the cats, how everybody’s doing, what they’re cooking. In the last calls it has mostly been about the garden harvest, abundant and flavorful this summer, how they are giving away some produce to family and friends, freezing some vegetables, canning the tomatoes and my dad’s jam massive production.

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