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

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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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Meat and Poultry

Cuban Sandwich

Loreto February 10, 2018

Cuban Sandwich takes the typical ham and cheese sandwich and takes it up a few notches with Cuban flare and flavor. Layers of boiled ham and roasted pork sandwiched between crispy grilled bread and some melted gooey Swiss cheese with a bit of zing from dilled pickles. Perfect for that lunchtime meal or a fun family night. Let’s make tonight Cuban night!

Song of the day: “Havana” by Camila Cabello (Audio) ft Young Thug.

Cuban Sandwich

Cuban  Sandwich brings a classic Cuban poor man’s food and brings it to the streets of Florida and Miami. Succulent ham and roasted pork all bundled with Swiss cheese, mustard, and dill pickles and all toasted in a sandwich grill melding these wonderful flavors in a handheld delicious meal.

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Dessert

Castagnole (Italian Carnival Fritters)

Nicoletta February 9, 2018

Castagnole (Italian Carnival Fritters) are sweet dough balls which are deep-fried and covered, when still warm, with sugar. It is possible to find them also stuffed with cream, chocolate, ricotta. Here, I filled them with the delectable Duo Penotti Hazelnut & Vanilla spread. One bite of luxuriousness!

Song of the day: “Gioia Infinita” – Negrita.

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[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.]

In Italy, this time of the year is known as Carnevale, which can be translated as Carnival, or Mardi Gras. It is celebrated forty days before Easter and its festivals, parades, masquerades, and indulgent eating, end on Ash Wednesday when Lent begins.

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