Cakes, Pies & Tarts, Dessert

Cocoa Yogurt Cake with Spelt flour

Loreto February 14, 2019

Cocoa Yogurt Cake with Spelt flour. It’s Valentine’s day and I cannot think of anything more precious than this heart-shaped cake that I know is delicious, because I know Nicoletta and she has a lot of heart and passion, plus a way with sweets! I love the rich look of this cake. It tells me a few things, it is going to be moist and deep in flavor!

Song of the day: “My Funny Valentine” by Alfie Zappacosta.

Cocoa Yogurt Cake with Spelt flour

Cocoa Yogurt Cake with Spelt flour. This is not your ordinary chocolate cake. It has a few twists. Firstly, it is done with spelt flour. Secondly, there is potato starch in the mix. Thirdly, it has a hint of cardamom and cinnamon and just a touch of vanilla. Perfect flavors and textures to dazzle a dessert for that special day of the heart!

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Frappe, Rome’s Carnival Treats

Nicoletta February 12, 2019

Frappe, Rome’s Carnival Treats. Frappe, Chiacchiere, Crostoli, Bugie, Cenci, Sfrappole, these are some of the different names of these typical Italian Carnival treats. Thin ribbons of slightly sweetened and aromatic dough, deep fried until light and crispy, finished with a very generous dusting of powdered sugar.

Song of the day: Feel Good Inc – Gorillaz

Frappe, Rome's Carnival Treats

Making and eating Frappe, Rome’s Carnival Treats represent one of the ‘sacred’ annual rites that no Roman can miss. Right after the Epiphany, on January 6th, not only frappe, but also castagnole, bignè, zeppole, and all the luxurious sweet treats start to appear in every pastry shop, cafe, bakery, grocery store, and house. There is this aroma, in the air, a mix of frying oil, sugar, and liqueur or wine.

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Meat and Poultry

Toad in the Hole, a Taste of Great Britain

Loreto February 10, 2019

Toad in the Hole, a Taste of Great Britain. Talk about British comfort food with a foodie creative twist! Imagine Yorkshire pudding encasing lovely delicious sausages wrapped in bacon and brightened with roasted cherry tomatoes and fresh herbs. Definitely a ride on the amazing flavor train!

Song of the day: “The Show Must Go On” by Queen.

Toad in the Hole a taste of Great Britain

This Recipe is worth a try!

Toad in the Hole, a Taste of Great Britain. If you were scared of making Yorkshire and never have, this recipe will change your mind and you will be floored by the romance of flavors and textures consequently leaving you with a smile on your face and some food love inside you!

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Gluten-free, Side Dishes, Vegan/Vegetarian

Spicy Italian Rapini and Cannellini Beans

Loreto February 6, 2019

Spicy Italian Rapini and Cannellini Beans. Sometimes the simplest things in life are fabulous. Like this dish, easy to prepare and in no time you have a dish that is substantial enough to stand alone and deliciously noteworthy at that.

Song of the day: “Chandelier” by Sia.

Spicy Italian Rapini and Cannellini Beans

Spicy Italian Rapini and Cannellini Beans.  A true Italian dish that has so much flavor and texture that you will have forkful after forkful until the sad end when it is gone. Earthy meets starchy in this wonderful Italian menagerie!

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Breads, Breakfast and Brunch

Plumcake all’Arancia (Orange Loaf Cake)

Nicoletta February 2, 2019

Plumcake all’Arancia (Orange Loaf Cake). Simple and oh so delicious, this soft, fragrant, dairy-free loaf cake is ideal for breakfast, snack, or light dessert. All you need is eggs, sugar, flour, oil, and a couple of organic oranges, rich in flavor and Vitamin C.

Song of the day: Don’t Stop Me Now – Queen

Plumcake all'Arancia

Can you see a theme going on here?? I am sharing recipes that in the Italian tradition are suitable for breakfast but double up (or triple?) as snack and dessert.

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Gluten-free, Meat and Poultry, Soups, Stews and Sandwiches

Thai-Inspired Spaghetti Squash Turkey Soup

Loreto January 30, 2019

Thai-Inspired Spaghetti Squash Turkey Soup. A bowl of sheer delightful flavors and spices that have your taste buds in awe. Also, a great way to use up that leftover turkey you froze in a sealed bag in the freezer.

Song of the day: “Movement” by Hosier.

Spaghetti Squash Turkey Soup-bowl

Thai-Inspired Spaghetti Squash Turkey Soup. Talk about flavor. Beautiful tender turkey and potatoes caressed by the flavors and spices of the mirepoix, lime leaves, basil, bay leaf, lemongrass. The levels of flavor are apparent because each ingredient comes up on its own in a most subtle way, tantalizing your taste buds to no end!

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