Soups, Stews and Sandwiches, Vegan, Vegetarian

Pappa al Pomodoro, Tuscan Tomato and Bread Soup

Loreto September 20, 2017

Pappa al Pomodoro, Tuscan Tomato and Bread Soup,  a rich blend of those wonderfully ripe tomatoes, and stale bread, whipped into this velvety creamy hearty soup. Perfect for those cooler days and better yet, wonderful for the family food budget.

Song of the day: “Everything Now” by Arcade Fire.

pappa al pomodoro, tuscan tomato and bread soup

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

Pappa al Pomodoro, Tuscan Tomato and Bread Soup, inspired by a cooking class taken in Tuscany with Guilia Scarpaleggia from Jul’s Kitchen, learning Tuscan recipes of La Cucina Povera, (The Poor Kitchen), and utilizing the wonderful products from The Italian Centre Shop.

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Cakes, Pies & Tarts, Dessert

No-bake Chocolate Hazelnut Cheesecake

Nicoletta September 16, 2017

No-bake Chocolate Hazelnut Cheesecake, because we’re just not ready to let summer go. An easy no-bake cheesecake that tastes like a chocolate mousse with some crunch from the cookies and pistachios.

Song of the day: “Roll Away Your Stone” – Mumford and Sons (we simply love this band!)

no-bake chocolate hazelnut cheesecake

It was another extremely hot day in Rome and we were invited to spend the Sunday with few close friends in a country house up on the Roman Hills. It was a kind of “potluck” where we would each bring something and enjoy the sunny day outside eating underneath a pergola. We decided to bring two dishes, one savory one sweet, our love for making food and sharing it with people not a mystery to anyone, on either side of the world.

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Meat and Poultry, Soups, Stews and Sandwiches

Porchetta Panini

Loreto September 14, 2017

Porchetta Panini, a delicious herbed pork shoulder, roasted then rotisseried on the grill till the skin sings crackle, and the meat says nothing but tender and succulent! You can’t get any better than that!

Song of the day: “Winds of Change” Scorpions.

porchetta panini

Porchetta Panini, take a beautiful organic pork shoulder skillfully butterflied then given some love with a herb wet rub, tied, and marinated in yet some more herbs, Evo oil, white wine, and you have the makings of a perfect aromatic, absolutely delicious stuffed Porchetta panino. Perfect for the upcoming Oktoberfest.

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Appetizers and Snacks, Vegetarian

Zucchini Pesto Puff Pastry Tart

Loreto September 9, 2017

Zucchini Pesto Puff Pastry Tart, is a fast and easy super crispy delicious luscious pastry treat that can be the start of a great appetizer party or even the start of a great meal.

Song of the day: “Angela” by The Lumineers. So beautiful!

Zucchini Pesto Puff Pastry Tart

Zucchini Pesto Puff Pastry Tart hosts wonderful vibrant flavors from the beautiful home grown zucchini combined with some of the zucchini flowers and some yellow zucchini bought at our downtown 4th street market, to the home made pesto, all slathered in Evo oil and dusted with Parmigiano, and laid to rest on a buttery  crispy layered puff pastry crust, get those taste buds ready!

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Cakes, Pies & Tarts, Dessert

Saskatoon Berry Galette with Lemon and Thyme

Nicoletta September 7, 2017

Saskatoon Berry Galette with Lemon and Thyme, a scrumptious dessert that lets us cling to the summer a little bit longer. A buttery, delicate, whole wheat crust envelops tiny, juicy and sweet Saskatoon berries flavoured with lemon and thyme to add some freshness to the mix.

Song of the day: Electric Feel by MGMT.

Saskatoon Berry Galette with Lemon and Thyme

Please don’t tell me we’re the only ones with bags and bags of Saskatoon berries in the freezer. The weather was so warm and dry at the beginning of the summer season, that the Saskatoon trees at our dear friend Margaret’s acreage were loaded with berries before the end of July. Perfect timing for us, to help to harvest them before our trip to Italy. And load our freezer with these lovely jewels to enjoy for the months to come.

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Canning, Pickling, How To

Sour Cherry Jam with Lemon and Grand Marnier

Loreto September 5, 2017

Sour Cherry Jam with Lemon and Grand Marnier, made with delicious Evans sour cherries picked from a friend’s garden just the other day. You can’t get any fresher and any more organic than that!

Song of the day: “Two High” by Moon Taxi.

Sour Cherry Jam

Sour Cherry Jam with lemon and Grand Marnier is a labor of our love for freshness and amazing ingredients. This is definitely a farm to table delicious condiment that can be used in so many ways, and at first taste will have you becoming a big fan! From the plump juicy Evans cherries to the wonderful syrup of lemon, Grand Marnier, and organic cane sugar. Hand picked and processed in our very own bustling kitchen.

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Breakfast and Brunch, Muffins

Spiced Carrot Cake Mini Loaves

Nicoletta September 2, 2017

Spiced Carrot Cake Mini Loaves, perfect to use up the abundant carrot crop and create a delectable breakfast, snack, dessert, with all the flavors of the beloved carrot cake. These mini loaves are nut free, ideal for a back-to-school lunch box.

Song of the day: September – Earth, Wind & Fire.

Spiced carrot cake mini loaves

“The breezes taste
Of apple peel.
The air is full
Of smells to feel-
Ripe fruit, old footballs,
Burning brush,
New books, erasers,
Chalk, and such….
–  John Updike, September

September is here. Hard to believe that until -what feels like- yesterday, summer was just starting and with it, the promise of long sunny days, relaxing time, funny adventures. August felt shorter than its 31 days, we spent it mostly in Italy, on holidays, among friends and family. My grandpa was still with us, I didn’t have to miss him, already, I didn’t have to feel, suddenly, so lonely, without grandparents.

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