Pasta, Pizza, Risotto, Vegetarian

Classic Italian Risotto with Radicchio and Taleggio

Nicoletta November 18, 2017

Classic Italian Risotto with Radicchio and Taleggio: this classic risotto dish from the Veneto Region of Italy combines radicchio, white wine, cipolline onion, Carnaroli rice, and adding mellow cubes of taleggio which balances the flavors nicely creating a wonderfully creamy and hearty dish.

Song of the day: What about us – Pink.

classic italian risotto with radicchio and taleggio

There is a question that I still fear being faced with, even after years, and that is: “Do you have children?” I’ve had to deal with the answer and all the shadows that come with it for so long, and since it recurred, again, the other night, I can see I am not completely at peace, yet.

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Gluten-free, Special Diets, Vegan

Roasted Acorn Squash with Lentils and Pearl Onions

Loreto November 16, 2017

Roasted Acorn Squash with Lentils and Pearl Onions, is one of those dishes that looks beautiful, and has such interesting textures and flavors, making it a hit in our kitchen! A quick stop to The Italian Centre Shop for some great quality ingredients and we are on your way to creating and constructing this dish.

Song of the Day: “I’m Coming Out” by Diana Ross.

Roasted Acorn Squash with Lentils and Pearl onions

[This post is sponsored by The Italian Centre Shop. We’ve been compensated but -as always- all opinions are our own.]

Roasted Acorn Squash with Lentils and Pearl Onions exemplifies flavors of seasonal vegetables using simple roasting techniques and wonderful organic ingredients giving us the best results that passionate foodies can give!

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Breakfast and Brunch, Muffins

Lemon Cream Cheese Muffins

Nicoletta November 14, 2017

Lemon Cream Cheese Muffins, scrumptious, delicious, light and fluffy lemon-flavored muffins from the cookbook “All The Sweet Things” by Renée Kohlmann.

Song of the day: Morning Song – The Lumineers.

Lemon Cream Cheese Muffins

One thing that Loreto and I share is the passion to encourage our fellow Canadian bloggers in their achievements, especially if it involves a cookbook. You have to understand the amount of work involved, and the process it demands to fully appreciate when it comes to life.

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Appetizers and Snacks, Vegetarian

Spaghetti Squash and Potato Croquettes

Loreto November 12, 2017

Spaghetti Squash and Potato Croquettes, morsels of crispy goodness with a soft incredibly delicious inside that says comfort and great appetizer for the upcoming party season.

Song of the day: “Passion” by AWOLNATION.

Spaghetti Squash and Potato croquettes

Spaghetti Squash and Potato croquettes combine the sweet textured luxuriousness of roasted squash and that soft creamy starchiness and comfort of mashed whipped potato. How much better can an appetizer get!

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Dips, Sauces and Spreads, Gluten-free, How To, Vegan, Vegetarian

Easy Cinnamon Apple Butter

Nicoletta November 9, 2017

Easy Cinnamon Apple Butter, a silky and luscious homemade apple jam, with just the slight hint of cinnamon, to spread on your morning toast, English muffin, or biscuit, that will help you start the day on a happy note.

Song of the day: Blue Skies, by Diana Krall.

Easy Cinnamon apple butter

One of the highlights of this past October was to join the other fellow Canadian bloggers on our first FBC Conference in Ottawa. We got to meet in person some of the bloggers with whom we developed a long distance friendship and to share with like-minded people our passion for food, and cooking. Plus, it enabled us to see an amazing, vibrant city, Ottawa, that was on our list and had never visited before.

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Canning, Pickling, Gluten-free, Vegan

Concord Grape Jelly (pectin-free)

Nicoletta November 4, 2017

Concord Grape Jelly (pectin-free), has that deep, mystic, plum color, and a sweet grape flavor that goes well with a nice slice of toast, or better yet paired with delicious cheese on a platter, perfect for those up and coming parties.

Song of the day: Black – Pearl Jam.

Concord Grape Jelly (pectin-free)

Before winter decided to surprise us and snow arrived to cover the beautiful Autumn colors with its pure white brightness, we were enjoying mild temperatures and outdoors activities. Proof is, that looking outside our backyard, everything seems to be frozen at summer time.

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Gluten-free, Special Diets, Vegan

Red Rice with Braised Garlic Chili Broccolini

Loreto November 2, 2017

Red Rice with Braised Garlic Chili Broccolini, is one of those simple yet plentiful dishes that not only looks good but tastes even better.

Song of the day: “Born to be Alive” by Patrick Hernandez.

Red Rice with Braised Garlic Chili Broccolini

Red Rice with Braised Garlic Chili Broccolini, is a perfect way to settle down into lunch. Its vibrant flavors match the colors and it is a dish that is plentiful in fibers, minerals, and vitamins.

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Dessert, Spoon desserts

Om Ali – Egyptian Bread Pudding

Nicoletta October 31, 2017

Om Ali – Egyptian Bread Pudding, a scrumptious, traditional, Egyptian dessert, equivalent to North America’s bread pudding. Our monthly challenge “Around the World in 12 Plates” took us to beautiful Egypt! 

Song of the day: Walk Like an Egyptian, by The Bangles.

Om Ali - Egyptian Bread Pudding

Just a few years ago, and for quite some time, both my parents were part of a polyphonic choir, where they sang as a tenor, my dad, and a contralto, my mom. I was so proud of them, they got to sing in many Italian Cathedrals, (including Saint Peter’s in Rome), Palaces, City Halls, and tour some parts of the globe.

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