Meat and Poultry

Cheesy Mushroom Lamb Burger

Loreto June 25, 2019

Cheesy Mushroom Lamb Burger, nothing says summer best than a beautiful charbroiled burger. The aromas of those BBQ’s and that wonderfully grilled meat patty has most of us craving a burger meal. I have just the answer to such a craving. These lamb burgers!

Song of the day: ” The Sun is Shining” by Bob Marley.

Cheesy Mushroom Lamb Burger-burger in plate with onion rings

Cheesy Mushroom Lamb Burger. Wonderfully seasoned ground lamb with hints of rosemary, oregano, and chives, meets the most desirable brioche bun, sauteed mushrooms and melted Jarlsberg cheese. Oh, wait, there is a surprise, a pocket of cheese nestled in the center of this most extraordinary succulent tasty burger. Need I say more?

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Cookies, Dessert

Gluten Free Peanut Butter Cookies

Nicoletta June 22, 2019

Gluten Free Peanut Butter Cookies  are also dairy-free, refined-sugar free, and absolutely delicious. Chewy and soft, they melt in your mouth leaving you with a pure and simple peanut butter flavor.

Song of the Day: Brand New – Ben Rector

If peanut butter cookies are your thing, you might fall in love with these ones. They are easy to make, gluten-free, dairy-free, refined sugar-free, soft and crunchy, absolutely delicious.

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Meat and Poultry

Sweet and Sour Meatballs (and a cookbook review)

Loreto June 19, 2019

Sweet and Sour Meatballs (and a cookbook review). I am so happy that we had the opportunity to get to review this wonderful cookbook “The Prairie Table” by Karlynn Johnston, filled with great stories and colorful photos that take you on a journey of a time when gathering and family dinner was not an option but a norm. The recipe we chose to make is wonderfully delicious, very easy to prepare, and for me a great hit in the texture and flavor profile. 

Song of the day: “So Happy Together” by The Turtles.

Sweet and Sour Meatballs (and a cookbook review). Sweet, sour, and so juicy, these meatballs are the perfect small plate to start a meal. The kids will love the ease of eating these plump full of flavor morsels and even the adults may go for seconds and thirds. Karlynn’s passion to re-ignite a time when dinner was  a time together is one that is dear to my heart also, and a book full of family recipes is a real bonus!

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Cakes, Pies & Tarts, Dessert

Strawberry Rhubarb Victoria Sponge Cake

Nicoletta June 16, 2019

Strawberry Rhubarb Victoria Sponge Cake, or Victoria sandwich cake, is a  traditional British cake. This version combines a light sponge cake made with white spelt flour, a sweet and tart strawberry rhubarb compote and delectable mascarpone cream. For an afternoon tea fit for a queen, a joyful birthday, or an outstanding dessert.

Song of the Day: I’ll Be There  (Acoustic) – Jess Glynne 

It’s Father’s Day, today!

Happy Father’s Day to all the fathers out there, and most especially to my amazing husband!

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Fish and Seafood, Gluten-free

One Pan Roasted Vegetable and Shrimp

Loreto June 14, 2019

One Pan Roasted Vegetable and Shrimp , a dish full of summer flavor and color and one that I have been waiting for a very long time. The colors give me nothing but smiles and hunger pains. I can’t leave out the aroma that fills our kitchen and house. Sweet peppers, caramelized garden onions, zucchini, eggplant, and not to mention the succulent shrimp. Absolutely mouthwatering!

Song of the day: “The Finer Things” by Steve Winwood.

One Pan Vegetable and Shrimp-feat

One Pan Roasted Vegetable and Shrimp, beauty meets simplistic Italian cooking coming together on a bed of fluffy nutty quinoa bulgar blend.  Nothing says Mediterranean better than roasted vegetables and shrimp on this grain base. Light and so delicious, you will find your fork going into your dish time and again!

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Gluten-free, Side Dishes, Vegan/Vegetarian

Zaatar Roasted Carrots with Labneh

Nicoletta June 10, 2019

Zaatar Roasted Carrots with Labneh,  an exotic side dish that combines three wonderful ingredients. Small, organic carrots tossed in homemade zaatar spice then roasted to perfection and served alongside a creamy homemade labneh. Flavor, after flavor, texture after texture you’ll be transported to the Middle East in just one mouthful. 

Song of the Day: I’ll Take You There – The Staple Singers

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This month, our Eat The World Group is headed to Israel. We have never been there physically, but if there are flavors able to transport us right in the Eastern end of the Mediterranean Sea, these Zaatar Roasted Carrots with Labneh  are surely the fastest route there.

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Gluten-free, Soups, Stews and Sandwiches, Vegan/Vegetarian

Indian-inspired Red Lentil Dahl

Loreto June 6, 2019

Indian-inspired Red Lentil Dahl, an exotic comforting beautifully looking dish that will please the vegetarian or vegan people in your life, however, I know the meat eaters might develop a fondness for this one too!

Song of the day: “Feel” by Bombay Bicycle Club.

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Indian-inspired Red Lentil Dahl, a dish so full of flavor and richness you will find yourself cleaning the plate with the naan and looking to see if there is more in the serving dish!

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Breakfast and Brunch

Whole Wheat Blueberry White Chocolate Scones

Nicoletta June 3, 2019

Whole Wheat Blueberry White Chocolate Scones, healthy ingredients and a touch of chocolate, for a great start to the day or your tea time with friends. Fresh seasonal blueberries combine perfectly with lemon zest, white chocolate and which compliment the whole wheat flour and coconut sugar. 

Song of the day: Better Together – Jack Johnson

Whole Wheat Blueberry White Chocolate Scones-view from the top

Blueberries and lemons are a great pair, and if you add white chocolate, they climb to new heights. These scones are the right blend of healthy and delicious and they make any time of the day a happy one.

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Meat and Poultry, Pasta, Pizza, Risotto

Orecchiette with Rapini and Sausage

Loreto May 31, 2019

Orecchiette with Rapini and Sausage, bold flavors meet lovely textures in a great Italian Classic, that is an easy quick dish perfect for those busy work week dinners! 

Song of the day: “Un Senso” by Vasco Rossi.

Orecchiette with Rapini and Sausage-in the plate with cheese

Orecchiette with Rapini and Sausage is a full meal deal all in one dish. Beautiful pasta tossed with wonderfully sauteed sausage and rapini, dusted with some Pecorino Romano to finish the plate. Visually beautiful, aromatically alluring, and so so tasty. Try it tonight!

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