Cookies, Dessert

Cast-Iron Pan Chocolate Coconut Bars

Nicoletta January 13, 2017

Cast-Iron Pan Chocolate Coconut Bars: deliciously decadent bars, loaded with milk chocolate, shredded coconut and dried apricots. Soft, chewy, with a nice crusty topping. Call some friends, it’s Tea Time!

Cast-Iron Pan Chocolate Coconut Bars

The other day the north wind was blowing, creating whirlwinds in the snow and reducing visibility. The air was misty, icy, and the temperatures prohibitively low. Not that I was planning to go out anyway. I was just recovering from a home injury, I fell down the stairs, not ALL the stairs, and luckily not face front, but enough to end up with greenish, purplish bruises on my lower end and right arm. I know, who falls down the stairs, children or older people, right?

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Appetizers and Snacks, Fish and Seafood

Crispy Halibut Orange Ginger Bites

Loreto January 11, 2017

Crispy Halibut Orange Ginger Bites, amazingly crispy coating holding succulent halibut with hints of orange and ginger coming through in every bite.

Crispy Halibut Orange Ginger Bites

[This post is sponsored by Gourmet Food Bar. We were financially compensated, but the opinions are completely our own].

Crispy Halibut Orange Ginger Bites,  a great way to start an Asian dinner night, with its delectable citrus and ginger flavors using Gourmet Food Bar’s Orange & Ginger Sunshine sea salt, along with the juiciness of the halibut encased in a crispy tempura batter, makes this a dish that will quickly dissipate due to many reaching chopsticks.

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Breakfast and Brunch, Gluten-free, Vegan

Apple Pie Chia Overnight Oats [V., G.F.]

Nicoletta January 9, 2017

Apple Pie Chia Overnight Oats: strongly reminiscent of an apple pie with the lovely combination of apples, cinnamon, allspice, and ginger, it is yet so light and fresh and extremely nutritious.

apple pie chia overnight oats

I think I might have found my new favorite breakfast. It’s not easy for me to say that since my all time favorite breakfast is a cappuccino and a sweet baked good, whether croissant, scone, muffin, or a slice of loaf. I guess it is the Italian in me speaking, lol, because, until my fairly recent life in Canada, oats were not in the picture at breakfast.

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Fish and Seafood

Scampi with Artichokes over Pesto Couscous

Loreto January 6, 2017

Scampi with Artichokes over Pesto Couscous, a delicious luxurious dish sporting wonderful basil flavors and buttery sweet scampi sauteed with artichoke hearts and sun-dried tomatoes. A nice change from the menu of festive recipes over the Christmas holidays.

scampi with artichokes over pesto couscous

Scampi with Artichokes over Pesto Couscous, a delicious way to say goodbye to the Christmas season, and hello to a new and exciting year!

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Cookies, Dessert, Gluten-free, Vegan

Tahini Almond Cookies

Nicoletta January 4, 2017

Tahini Almond Cookies, chewy delicious gluten-free, dairy-free and sugar-free cookies, with some crunch from the crushed pistachios topping, are fast and easy to make, nutritious, and perfect to satisfy your sweet cravings.

Tahini Almond Cookies

Be the change you wish to see in the world. – (attributed to Mahatma Gandhi)

Happy New Year, friends, this is my first post of 2017! Hope you all had a nice, relaxing time with family and friends. We said farewell to a year that hasn’t always been easy, and we’re welcoming new beginnings, challenges, and delights. I am willing to take actions, making things happen. I won’t just wish for something to change, I am going to start from within and be the change.

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