Breakfast and Brunch, Food, Muffins

Blueberry Muffins

Nicoletta July 20, 2017

Blueberry Muffins, made with wholesome ingredients and fresh, local, seasonal blueberries, are baked in bakery-style muffin cups to deliver the best café experience right at your house.

Song of the day: Arcade Fire – Electric Blue

Blueberry Muffins

It’s berry season, can you tell? I am trying to fully take advantage of the summer bounty, eating and utilizing berries in as many ways as I can think of. And today I’m riding the blueberry train.

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Meat and Poultry

Glazed Pork Rolls with Bacon, Caramelized Onions, pickled Eggplant

Loreto July 18, 2017

Glazed Pork Rolls with Bacon, Caramelized Onions, Pickled Eggplant, a taste extravaganza so incredible with level after level of flavor taking your taste buds on an epic adventure of the passion of cooking. Thanks to The Italian Centre Shop who sponsored this post.

Song of the day: Roundabout – Yes.

Glazed Pork Rolls with Bacon, Caramelized Onions, pickled Eggplant

Glazed Pork Rolls with bacon, Caramelized Onion,  Pickled eggplant, is a compilation of intense flavors, nurtured with wonderful spices through marination, and in the final stages of rolling, to the finale of slow grilling and glazing, leaving you with an incredibly moist, tender, succulent taste experience!

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Cakes, Pies & Tarts, Dessert

Apricot and Strawberry Almond Galette

Nicoletta July 16, 2017

Apricot and Strawberry Almond Galette, a burst of bright colors and fresh flavors, enfolded in a light and crispy crust made with a combination of whole wheat and regular flour. Summer dessert at its best.

Song of the day: Orange Crush – R.E.M.

Apricot and Strawberry Almond Galette

I cannot think of living a life in black and white. I need color, sunny warm days, loving people and good laughs.

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Cakes, Pies & Tarts, Dessert

Cookie Notti Dessert Pizza with Caramelized Bananas

Nicoletta July 14, 2017

Cookie Notti Dessert Pizza with Caramelized Bananas (and Pecans, Cocoa Nibs, Whipped Mascarpone),  a delightful interesting way to bring a savory favorite into the realm of the dessert world.

Song of the day: “Re-arranged” by Limp Bizkit.

Cookie Notti Dessert Pizza

Cookie Notti Dessert Pizza with Caramelized bananas brings us to a whole new level of flavor and texture when it comes to dessert, with its slightly crisp edge crust, the decadent cookie spread, and those bananas sauteed, all topped with a drizzle of whipped mascarpone, says one thing, incredibly delicious.

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Gluten-free, Side Dishes, Vegetarian

Rustic Country New Potato Salad

Loreto July 12, 2017

Rustic Country New Potato Salad defies the laws of taste and texture with its compilation of herbs and that rich subtle dressing that delivers want to every taste bud in your mouth.

Song of the day: “Wide Open Spaces” by The Dixie Chicks.

Rustic Country Potato Salad

Rustic Country New Potato Salad, is a colorful array of ingredients, coming together in a most comforting way with its vibrant flavors and array of textures, giving you the perfect dish to accompany a backyard barbecue ensemble.

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Pasta, Pizza, Risotto, Vegetarian

Sweet Pea Spinach Mac & Cheese

Nicoletta July 10, 2017

Sweet Pea Spinach Mac & Cheese, a green and healthier take on a family’s comfort classic. Seasonal fresh sweet peas and spinach combined with a blend of cheeses and beautifully cooked “macaroni” makes for a delicious, easy and fun recipe, great for those busy weeknight dinners.

Song of the day: Green Light – Lorde.

Sweet Pea Spinach Mac & Cheese

It always feels kind of “weird” when I’m sharing a recipe that is not sweet, and it feels like I’m invading Loreto’s space, but this time, even though for the final preparation was a joint effort, I’d like to take full credit for the recipe.

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Dips, Sauces and Spreads, Gluten-free, Vegetarian

Zucchini, Almond & Mint Pesto

Loreto July 7, 2017

Zucchini, Almond & Mint Pesto, the fourth and last installment of our four-part series on pesto, sponsored by The Italian Centre Shop. The most creative of the four, hosting subtle but very delicious flavors.

Song of the day: “Feeling Good” by Muse, originally written by Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse for the Musical “The War of Grease Paint” and performed by recorded by Nina Simone in 1965.

Zucchini, Almond & Mint Pesto

Zucchini, Almond & Mint Pesto, is a most unique combination of freshness and subtlety, from the zucchini sauteed, to the combination of almonds, the mint, Parmigiano, and pecorino. This pesto is great on pasta, or even a risotto, a flavor experience that will linger with you for a while.

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Cookies, Dessert, Gluten-free, Vegan

Almond Florentines [Vegan, G.F.]

Nicoletta July 5, 2017

Almond Florentines, vegan, gluten-free, and refined sugar-free. Just 6 ingredients for these delicate cookies, easy to make and so delicious to eat! 

Song of the day: “Something Just Like This” – The Chainsmokers & Coldplay.

Almond Florentines

I had never made these cookies before, even if they are supposed to be an Italian cookie. I remember seeing them in some pasticcerie, but they were more like clusters of shaved almonds, and sometimes they had a chocolate bottom. This version, I saw it in a cookbook called “The NO-SUGAR! Dessert & Baking Cookbook”, a kind and very appreciated present from my step-daughter, and decided to give it a try.

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Eggs, Life & Lifestyle, Meat and Poultry

Sunworks Farm Tour. Certified Organic.

Loreto July 3, 2017

Sunworks Farm Tour. Certified Organic. Getting to know the people behind the farm, and the passion they have to drive their dream to fruition.

Song of the day: “Coming Home” by City and Color.

Sunworks Farm Certified Organic, a day in the life of three main owners, wanting to make a difference in the farming industries using incredible practices to produce high-quality product, that is taken from beginning to end in the most humane and loving way possible. Sheila, Isaac, and of course the frontman Ron, are dedicated to making sure their chickens, hens, turkeys, cattle, and pigs have a great life, with amazing fields to graze on, loving care,  and innovative ways of housing the birds to ensure their safety and also to give them fresh  grass to graze on everyday. This Sunworks Farm is definitely in my eyes a labor of love! I first met Ron at The Old Strathcona Farmers market. I was intrigued by his passion. He spoke of these happy chickens as he grilled up some of these wonderfully aromatic chicken sausages, of course I had to try one and it was delicious. Lineups of people always waiting to try Ron’s wares. I was so curious to find out more about these happy free running chickens. I didn’t know then, but a tour of the farm was in the works and Nicoletta and I would be a part of that tour.

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