Breakfast and Brunch, Muffins

Zucchini Chocolate Raisin Spelt Muffins

Nicoletta September 13, 2019

Zucchini Chocolate Raisin Spelt Muffins. Tender, lightly spiced zucchini muffins, with plump raisins exploding in your mouth, and chocolate chunks tantalizing your tastebuds. They’re scrumptious enough to taste like a treat you’ll look forward to eating in the morning or take along with you for a mid-afternoon snack.

Song of the day: Almost (Sweet Music) – Hozier

Back in the swing of things

Almost Fall. Time flies. Not even three weeks ago we were on the seaside in Italy, sunbathing, swimming, enjoying the company of good friends and good food. And now we’re back, in our bustling kitchen, with the weather showing undeniable signs of Fall. 

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Food, Travel

Taste of Testaccio, a Rome Food Tour

Nicoletta September 10, 2019

Taste of Testaccio, a Rome Food Tour. Rome, the eternal city welcomes you with its thousand churches, palaces, and fountains. It charms you with its warmth, its friendly smile, its great food, and magic.

Song of the day:  “Sotto il Segno Dei Pesci” by Antonello Venditti.

[Disclaimer: We were offered a free Rome Food Tour by Eating Europe. All opinions expressed are our own]

One of the best ways to discover a city is through its food. Food that is at the root of its culture, so iconic that you immediately associate it with that part of the globe. Taking part in an Eating Tour is a wonderful experience, one where you immerse yourself into the culture and get a real taste of the food and local life.

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

Lamb Apricot Tagine

Loreto September 5, 2019

Lamb Apricot Tagine, an exotic yet flavorful dish which will tantalize your taste buds to no end and every bite will be a new surprising discovery! A vegetarian option available, with wonderful spiced tofu.

Song of the day: “La Beaute'” by Aymane Serhani

If you could only smell………..

Lamb Apricot Tagine, is a perfect dish any time of year. Its exotic aromas along with the depth and complexity of flavor will definitely raise an eyebrow at the lunch or dinner table!

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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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