Breakfast and Brunch, Pancakes, Waffles & French Toast

Cookies & Milk Belgian Waffles

Loreto February 23, 2018

Cookies & Milk Belgian Waffles. Imagine that crispy surfaced and soft billowy interior of a regular waffle with an added twist! Pockets of luxurious Cookies & Milk spread lingering throughout a product made by Penotti®, a brand with a choice, tantalizing your taste buds with delicious all-natural ingredients with incredible delectable flavor and texture. Planning a brunch? These would be a perfect addition!

Song of the day: “Giants” by Ethan Young.

Cookies & Milk Belgian Waffles

[This post is sponsored by Penotti Canada®. We received compensation in money and product in exchange for a series of original recipes. As always, all opinions are our own.]

Cookies & Milk Belgian Waffles kick up a regular Sunday brunch menu to new heights with Penotti® Cookies & Milk all-natural spread leaving little wonderful surprises inside. Just when you think these are out of this world good, we take it up even a few more notches and add in a  sauce made with Penotti® Hazelnut & Caramel spread. The combination of the two leaves you in brunch heaven, leaving you in high regard with your family and friends!

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Pasta, Pizza, Risotto, Vegetarian

Vegetarian Carbonara with Zucchini

Nicoletta February 21, 2018

Vegetarian Carbonara with Zucchini, a vegetarian take on the classic Roman Carbonara for a light and flavorful recipe that can be used for those Fridays during Lent.

Song of the day: Sowing The Seeds Of Love – Tears For Fears.

Vegetarian Carbonara with Zucchini-closeup

Carnival and its indulgences have ended and Lent has begun. As a tradition, in many observant Christian households, every Friday during Lent up until Easter Sunday, the families abstain from eating meat, although fish is allowed.

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Meat and Poultry, Seasonal, Side Dishes, Winter

Stuffed Artichokes (Carciofi Ripieni di Americo)

Loreto February 19, 2018

Stuffed Artichokes (Carciofi Ripieni di Americo). A delightful recipe made with the spirit of my father. Artichokes wonderfully stuffed with good Italian ingredients and steamed to perfection. The best part is how much fun they are, and a surprising way to eat them!

Song of the day: “Whatever it Takes” by Imagine Dragons.

Stuffed Artichokes

Stuffed Artichokes, (Carciofi Ripieni di Americo) takes us on a journey of immense flavor and texture. The stuffing having delightful notes of ingredients my father loved and through the cooking experience delivering an incredible meatiness to the leaves of this strange but oh-so packed-with-goodness vegetable!

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Gluten-free, Seasonal, Side Dishes, Special Diets, Vegan, Winter

Orange and Black Olive Salad (Insalata di Arance e Olive Nere)

Nicoletta February 16, 2018

Orange and Black Olive Salad (Insalata di Arance e Olive Nere) is a classic Italian winter salad that is colorful, sweet, salty, tangy, and juicy, and is made of few simple ingredients: seasonal organic oranges, black olives, salt, and pepper. An exquisite Mediterranean harmony that is a joy for the taste buds!

Song of the day: Agent Orange – Depeche Mode

Insalata di Arance con le Olive-feat

Winter blues: how do you escape from it? If there’s nothing more effective I can do, I try to get some help from the foods I eat. Uplifting flavors and fragrances, joyful colors, and interesting textures.

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Appetizers and Snacks, Dips, Sauces and Spreads, Vegetarian

Goat Cheese Fava Artichoke Dip

Loreto February 13, 2018

Goat Cheese Fava Artichoke Dip, taken from Lidia’s new cookbook “Celebrate like an Italian”. This dip has so many layers of flavor from the wonderful richness of goat cheese to the additions of marinated artichokes with that nice acidic bite. To top things off, a crispy topping of panko crumbs and grated Grana Padano making this dip absolutely delicious especially on a nice toasted slice of rustic bread! Perfect for a party and even as an appetizer for that special evening you have planned for Valentine’s day coming up!

Song of the day: “You Get What You Give” by The New Radicals.

Goat Cheese Fava Artichoke Dip

Goat Cheese Fava Artichoke Dip is a plethora of texture and flavor all in one bite. The uniqueness of the fava bean swirled with goat cheese and cream cheese highlighted by those incredibly marinated Italian artichoke hearts, and all topped with golden baked panko and Grana will be a hit at any party you are planning. A perfect intimate and interactive appetizer self-served on toasted bread or crackers!

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