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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Breakfast and Brunch, Cookies, Dessert

Nonni’s Lemon Cookies

Loreto October 29, 2017

Nonni’s Lemon Cookies are these spongy ultra soft lemon flavored cookies that go so well with milk, tea, or a cup of coffee. A perfect European breakfast made by my mother and father with lots of love!

Song of the day: “Be Italian” from the musical “Nine”.

Nonni's Lemon Cookies

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

Nonni’s Lemon Cookies is a recipe that has been handed down from generation to generation in our Italian family. Wonderful ingredients supplied by The Italian Centre Shop and graceful nonni‘s hands create this soft billowy lemon cookie that is sunny, refreshing and comforting at the same time, one we anxiously await my parents to make.

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Pasta, Pizza, Risotto, Vegetarian

Beetroot Ricotta Gnocchi in a Brown Butter Gorgonzola Sauce

Nicoletta October 27, 2017

Beetroot Ricotta Gnocchi in a Brown Butter Gorgonzola Sauce. Soft, pillowy ricotta gnocchi with the unmistakable color and flavor of the beetroot, in a creamy-dreamy brown butter gorgonzola sauce.

Song of the day: Dreamers by The Royal Foundry.

Beetroot Ricotta Gnocchi

You might think that just because I’m Italian I’m a ‘pro’ at making potato gnocchi. Far from it. My nonna and my mother have always been the ones who could turn simple ingredients like potatoes and flour into awesome gnocchi. Me, never had the drive. Other than helping them, I did not feel like making something they could make so well. In fact, making gnocchi might seem like an easy task, but I assure you, it is easier to make them wrong than right.

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Meat and Poultry

Slow Cooker Whiskey Pulled Pork Tacos

Loreto October 24, 2017

Slow Cooker Whiskey Pulled Pork Tacos, takes slow cooked pork shoulder, tenderized by some Canadian Crown Royal, melded with herbs, spices, and caramelized pearl onions. Mounded on a wonderful warm soft corn tortilla and topped with a punchy and crispy corn slaw, this dish says delicious from beginning to end!

Song of the day: “Twist My Arm” by The Tragically Hip.

Slow cooker Whiskey Pulled Pork

Slow Cooker Whiskey Pulled Pork Tacos, is a recipe for the busy Canadian lifestyle. Two simple steps and this pork will be tender, pull apart, melt in your mouth goodness, ready to linger in a wonderfully assembled soft taco hosting comforting, pumped up flavors and fresh crispy textures. Gotta eat this!

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Gluten-free, Side Dishes, Special Diets, Vegan

Braised Savoy Cabbage (Dad’s ‘Verza Stufata’)

Nicoletta October 20, 2017

Braised Savoy Cabbage (Dad’s ‘Verza Stufata’), a simple, easy, and quick side dish yet packed with flavor. The cabbage cooks slowly, covered, in a soffritto of oil, garlic, and chili flakes, and just a touch of water until nice and tender.

Song of the day: Back To The Earth”, by Jason Mraz.

Braised Savoy cabbage

There are dishes that remind me of my family more than others. Dishes that were eaten many a time at my parents’ table, that smell and taste like home.

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Fish and Seafood, Pasta, Pizza, Risotto

Spaghetti with Broccoli Sicilian-style

Nicoletta October 18, 2017

Spaghetti with Broccoli Sicilian-style, a pasta dish that will transport you to Southern Italy, in the specific to Sicily, and will awaken all your senses with those hints of saffron, anchovies, raisins, pine nuts, and toasted breadcrumbs. A symphony on the plate.

Song of the day: Bon Appétit, by Katy Perry.

Spaghetti with Broccoli Sicilian-style

If you ask me which is my favorite type of pasta, I do not have to think about it much. Spaghetti is my answer. I could eat spaghetti anyway and anytime, and you’ll see me twirling those beautiful strands around my fork with such a mastery like only years and years of practice can develop.

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Canning, Pickling, Gluten-free, Vegan

Apple Mango Chutney

Loreto October 16, 2017

Apple Mango Chutney hosts brilliant flavor with a spice twist that will brighten up any protein that it is paired with including vegan alternatives. Give it a try!

Song of the day: “Running away” by Royal Foundry.

Apple Mango Chutney

Apple Mango Chutney, is a combination of East Indian spices and the caramelization of apple and mango and onion. The end result, a side condiment that pops in flavor and texture, and awakens you with its vibrant and beautiful colors.

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Fish and Seafood, Pasta, Pizza, Risotto, Soups, Stews and Sandwiches

Lobster Bisque Mac & Cheese

Loreto October 14, 2017

Lobster Bisque Mac & Cheese, is luxury comfort food at its best. A beautiful rich seafood bisque loaded with wonderful flavors and spices, and morsels of lobster nestled in pasta, cheeses and a crispy top crust.

Song of the Day: “Radioactive” by Kings of Leon.

Lobster bisque mac&cheese

Lobster Bisque Mac & Cheese, takes a well-known comfort favorite to new levels of flavor and exquisiteness. Put away that packaged dinner because this is the real deal!

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Cakes, Pies & Tarts, Dessert

Apple Saskatoon Lattice Pie

Nicoletta October 12, 2017

Apple Saskatoon Lattice Pie, a beautiful and delicious dessert made with apples and Saskatoon berries from our friends’ acreage, encased in our go-to, buttery and flaky pie crust. 

Song of the day: Bittersweet Symphony, by The Verve.

Apple Saskatoon Pie

Thanksgiving has come and gone. At least here in Canada. A long weekend filled with love from family and friends and all the good food that goes with it.

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