Cookies, Dessert

Loaded Oatmeal Spelt Cookies

Nicoletta December 3, 2020

Loaded Oatmeal Spelt Cookies. If you are like me and like a good oatmeal cookie, then this is the recipe for you. They are made with spelt flour and loaded with unsweetened coconut, chocolate chips, nuts, and currants. Totally customizable and so delicious, you can choose which type of chocolate to use, what kind of nuts, whether or not to omit currants, or use raisins instead. Have them at breakfast, snack and why not, dessert.

Song of the day: Cookie Jar – Jack Johnson

Loaded oatmeal spelt cookies-cookies on a rack  

Here’s a cookie that has it all, indulgence, richness in flavor, great texture, and also wholesomeness. Moreover, it is quite easy and straightforward to make by hand or with the help of a stand mixer. What’s not to love?

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Meat and Poultry

Steak Sandwich with wilted greens and sauteed mushrooms

Loreto November 30, 2020

 Steak Sandwich with Wilted Greens and Sautéed Mushrooms. Talk about a sandwich packed with flavor and most of all, the most tender, juicy steak you can imagine, furthermore, think all that encompassed by a light crusty top bun.  Absolutely mouthwatering!

Song of the day: “Constant Craving” by K.D. Lang.

Steak sandwich- on a wood board with lemon on the side

Steak Sandwich with Wilted Greens and Sautéed Mushrooms. There are times when I am just craving a delicious steak, one that is all seared on the surface and medium on the inside. Well, this is a recipe for a steak sandwich that eats like a meal. More so, there is nothing like a cast-iron skillet cooked ribeye steak!

Come with me and I’ll show you how to put this bad boy together!

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Gluten-free, Meat and Poultry

Italian-style Sausage and Pepper

Loreto November 26, 2020

Italian-style Sausage and Pepper. This is a fabulous meal in one dish! Furthermore, it is easy, super delicious, and well-loved amongst us Italians!

Song of the day: “Glory Days” by Bruce Springsteen.

Italian-style Sausage and Pepper-in the pan-bread on the side

Italian-style Sausage and Pepper. Take red and yellow peppers, some potatoes and onions, add a bit of spice, some good seasoning, and of course these wonderful sausages. Bake it in one pan in the oven and, as a result, you have this dish. The flavors and textures will knock your socks off! 

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Eggs, Gluten-free, Vegan/Vegetarian

Frittata Patate e Cipolle (Stovetop Potato and Onion Frittata)

Nicoletta November 23, 2020

Frittata Patate e Cipolle (Stovetop Potato and Onion Frittata). Frittata, this easy, quick, and simple Italian classic is a mix of beaten eggs, seasoning, herbs, and other ingredients for filling. One of the most popular ones is frittata with potato and onion. Sweet and savory, aromatic, pillowy, it is a perfect lunch or dinner, Italian-style, accompanied by a simple salad.

Song of the day: ‘Wanna Be Startin’ Something’ by Micheal Jackson.

Frittata patate e cipolle-slice with salad on a plate

In Italy when we say frittata, we usually mean ‘stovetop frittata’, whereas when we bake it in the oven we referred to as Frittata al forno (oven-baked frittata) that is quite similar to a crustless quiche. Here we are going to show you how we make a classic stovetop frittata. Let’s get cooking!

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

Asian inspired Brown Rice Vermicelli Noodle Soup

Loreto November 18, 2020

Asian inspired Brown Rice Vermicelli Noodle Soup. Are you craving a warm comforting soup? More so, one that has texture, flavor, beauty, and aroma? Well, I have just the soup you’re looking for. In addition, this bowl of goodness hosts bright fresh Asian flavors combined with wonderful vegetables and these silk strands of rice vermicelli noodles. 

Fire up the stove, it’s soup season!

Song of the day: “Vivere” by Vasco Rossi.

Asian inspired brown rice vermicelli noodle soup-two bowls of soup with pot in background

Asian inspired Brown Rice Vermicelli Noodle Soup. There is nothing like a bowl of steaming hot delicious soup to soothe the woes of short days, cold temperatures, and the slumber of winter!  

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Pasta, Pizza, Risotto, Vegan/Vegetarian

Homemade Purple Potato Gnocchi

Nicoletta November 14, 2020

Homemade Purple Potato Gnocchi, light, pillowy gnocchi have a vibrant color due to beautiful purple potatoes. With step by step pictures, I will show you how to make these traditional Italian dumplings with only two ingredients: purple potatoes and flour. We served them in a butter gorgonzola sage sauce with pine nuts and Parmigiano. A delicious dish, perfect for a date night.

Song of the day: Gloria by Umberto Tozzi

Homemade purple potato gnocchi-gnocchi on baking sheet

Who doesn’t love gnocchi, this wonderful Italian classic? I have yet to meet somebody. Actually, more often than not, gnocchi is listed as number one on people’s list of favorite pasta dishes. If you already like regular potato gnocchi, you will love the pop of color of these purple potato gnocchi. Follow me, and you can surprise your family with homemade gnocchi for your next lunch or dinner.

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Meat and Poultry

Jamaican Beef Patties

Loreto November 10, 2020

Jamaican Beef Patties. This month’s featured Country for the ‘Eat the World’ challenge is Jamaica! We are so excited to share with you these beautiful beef patties that Nicoletta and I made together. These are not only a delight to eat given they are a  handheld food, more so, they host a tender flaky crust housing the most aromatic, spiced, moist meat filling one could only imagine. Together,  as a result, simply and utterly scrumptious!

Song of the day: “Jamming” by Bob Marley.

Jamaican Beef Patties-patties in pan

Obviously, I could not have been happier to hear we were stopping in Jamaica with our food group Eat the World. There are many recipes that I wanted to do, however, the one that really stuck and much to the suggestion of Nicoletta who was eager to make the dough, was these patties! In my mind, the thought that together we could pull this off in a most delicious and beautiful way prevailed! 

Come with us and let’s bring a bit of Jamaica into our lives!

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Cakes, Pies & Tarts, Dessert

Ciambella dark chocolate, walnut, and pear

Nicoletta November 5, 2020

Ciambella dark chocolate, walnut, and pear is a seasonal dessert that will envelop you in a cozy, warm hug. Imagine chunks of pear and walnuts tucked in a tender, crumbly dark chocolate cake, with hints of cocoa, cinnamon, and cardamom coming through. Not only is it a delightful dessert, but also great at breakfast or in the afternoon at tea time.

Song of the day: We Got It – Mikala

Ciambella dark chocolate, walnut and pear-slice on plate

A simple preparation for a simple cake that packs an incredible flavor. In every bite, you will have the luxuriousness of the dark chocolate, with delightful bursts of soft sweet pear and crunchy walnuts. 

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Pasta, Pizza, Risotto, Vegan/Vegetarian

Spaghetti Aglio Olio e Peperoncino

Loreto October 30, 2020

Spaghetti Aglio Olio e Peperoncino (spaghetti with garlic, oil, and chili peppers). It is one of the quickest, most simple pasta dishes you could ever make and one that will become a favorite because it tastes too good!

Song of the day: “Always Remember Us This Way” by Lady Gaga

spaghetti aglio olio-plate

That’s a true classic in Italian cooking. Especially popular in Rome, where it is called ‘ajo e ojo‘ and it is considered a late-night staple or an impromptu dinner. After coming home from dancing this dish would be a popular one for a late-night meal with friends. More so, for such a simple pasta with  5 ingredients, this  Spaghetti Aglio Olio e Peperoncino houses some pretty profound flavors!

[This post was first published on Feb. 2015, it has been updated for photos and writing].

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