Breads, Breakfast and Brunch, Dessert

Chocolate Hazelnut Spelt Brioche Wreath

Nicoletta August 2, 2019

Chocolate Hazelnut Spelt Brioche Wreath, sweet and indulgent like a dessert, simple and cozy like bread with chocolate. Enjoy it in the morning with tea or coffee, as an afternoon snack, or as a decadent dessert. The spelt flour and honey give this brioche wreath a warm golden color and a delightful flavor.

Song of the day:  Twist and Shout – The Beatles

Imagine a nutty honey-sweet brioche bread filled with chocolate hazelnut spread just out of the oven, wildflowers on the breakfast table, a soft morning light peeking through the window and your favorite people with you. All the worries, engagements, to-do lists can wait and you can live the beautiful moment. Doesn’t it sound heavenly?

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Pasta, Pizza, Risotto, Vegan/Vegetarian

Pea Barley Risotto

Nicoletta July 30, 2019

Pea Barley Risotto, a delicious and nutritious take on the classic risotto, this simple dish combines seasonal fresh sweet peas and pearl barley. Like a risotto, I like to finish it with butter and Parmigiano. Omit both for a completely vegan meal.

Song of the day: Brighter Than The Sun by Colbie Caillat

Pea Barley Risotto-plated with pot in the background

Every year I eagerly wait for the first sweet peas to appear at our local Farmers markets. And then, we start feasting on them, utilizing them in many delicious recipes. This summer there is a dish that keeps gracing our table. It is incredibly simple, very fulfilling, and so delectable: Pea Barley Risotto.

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Gluten-free, Side Dishes, Vegan/Vegetarian

Ginger Sesame Green Bean Stir-Fry

Loreto July 27, 2019

Ginger Sesame Green Bean Stir-Fry, a simple yet delectable side dish that will definitely pair well with a plethora of main dishes. Green beans are still gracing our organic farmers’ markets, and they look fabulous. Pick up a bunch and try this dish, it is fabulous!

Song of the day: “Another Brick in the Wall” by Pink Floyd.

A fabulous side dish……………

Ginger Sesame Green Bean Stir-Fry, a side dish full of flavor from the sesame oil to the soy sauce, and the garlic to the ginger, with just a touch of Chinese five spice to liven things up. 

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Cakes, Pies & Tarts, Dessert

Homemade Cherry Berry Pie

Nicoletta July 24, 2019

Homemade Cherry Berry Pie. Is there anything more satisfying than a homemade pie filled with fresh seasonal fruit? Wow your family and guests with a homemade flaky pie crust and a delicious filling made of cherries and berries of your choice (I used cherries, tayberries, and strawberries). Serve it slightly warm, plain, or with a dollop of vanilla ice cream on top!

Song of the day: Doin’ Time – Lana Del Rey

Homemade Cherry Berry Pie-baked pie on a wood surface with linen and peony

Cherries are succulent morsels of summer. Combine them with some seasonal berries, sugar, and spices. Add a buttery and flaky crust to encase them all and you have a recipe for success.

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Meat and Poultry

Pan-fried Chicken Morsels with Peppers, Capers, and Olives

Loreto July 20, 2019

Pan-fried Chicken Morsels with Peppers, Capers, and Olives, this is a dish that will blow you away with the most tender and slightly crisp chicken, a variety of sweet peppers, and an array of spices and Italian flare to take it over the top! Thank you Triple Lyoness Farms for the wonderful product!

Song of the day:  “Livin’ On A Prayer” by Bon Jovi.

[Disclosure:  I was provided with a free product from the farm. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own].

Flavor and More Flavorful Dish………..

Pan-fried Chicken Morsels with Peppers, Capers, and Olives.  Inspired by Italian flavors and a touch of Asian cuisine and you have a fusion dish that is absolutely spectacular from the beautiful morsels of fillet chicken breast to the wonderfully sauteed pepper. However, the addition of capers and olives really add a taste bud twist in a way that will have you going in for seconds, thirds and more!

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Breakfast and Brunch, Muffins

Coconut Raspberry Spelt Muffins

Nicoletta July 17, 2019

Coconut Raspberry Spelt Muffins, moist, tender, and light, with a delicious coconut flavor, juicy raspberries bursting through, and cocoa nibs adding a delightful crunch. A muffin, a cup of coffee, some more berries on the side and your loved one by your side. What a great start to the day!

Song of the Day: Steal My Kisses – Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals

coconut raspberry spelt muffins-on a tray, with raspberries, one muffin open

The way you start your morning sets the pace for your day. With Loreto, we believe in taking our time and always have breakfast together, at the table, more often than not with a baked treat and a good cup of coffee. 

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Dessert, Frozen Treats

Turmeric Ginger Honey No-Churn Ice Cream

Loreto July 15, 2019

Turmeric Ginger Honey No-Churn Ice Cream.  Take soft creamy rich ice cream and take it on a trip through the spice trail and you are left with an amazing, no wait… super-duper, no that’s no it… supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, exotic treat. 

Song of the Day: “Love Never Felt So Good” by Justin Timberlake/Michael Jackson.

No Ice Cream Maker, No Problem…………………..

Turmeric Ginger Honey No-Churn Ice Cream, this defies flavor and texture. The best part, no ice cream maker required, its no-churn. Yes, that’s right, because this ice cream requires only whipped cream with condensed milk, honey, and spices all folded together simply to be chilled in the freezer to a delightfully creamy texture! Now that’s something to talk about!

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Canning, Pickling, Gluten-free, How To, Vegan/Vegetarian

3-Ingredient Easy Raspberry Jam (No Added Pectin)

Nicoletta July 12, 2019

3-Ingredient Easy Raspberry Jam (No Added Pectin), so easy to make, and so wonderful to enjoy spread on toast, pancakes, waffles, or wherever your heart desires. 

Song of the day: Soak Up The Sun – Sheryl Crow

3-Ingredient Easy Raspberry Jam (No Added Pectin)- plate with jam on bread

This homemade raspberry jam contains only three ingredients: fresh raspberries, cane sugar, and lemon juice. You can’t get it any easier and faster than that. 

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Cakes, Pies & Tarts, Dessert

Mustikkapiirakka (Finnish Blueberry Pie)

Nicoletta July 10, 2019

Mustikkapiirakka (Finnish Blueberry Pie).  This month we’re traveling to Finland on the “Eat The World” train. Mustikkapiirakka is an iconic dessert that can be found in almost every cafe or restaurant in Finland. Not a pie in the sense we know it, Mustikkapiirakka is a cross between a pie, a tart, and a cheesecake.  

Song of the day:  Sweet Disposition – The Temper Trap

Mustikkapiirakka.  A difficult name to pronounce, but very easy to remember once you try it. With a crumbly base made with a combination of rye flour and all-purpose flour, and a luscious sour cream and blueberry filling, this Finnish Blueberry Pie will become your go-to summer dessert. Continue Reading…