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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Cakes, Pies & Tarts, Dessert, Gluten-free

Torta di Riso di Grazianella (Italian Rice Cake)

Nicoletta February 7, 2018

Torta di Riso di Grazianella (Italian Rice Cake) is moist, not overly sweet, with a delightful lemon and vanilla flavor, the surprise of the raisins in every bite, and that starchiness and playful bite of the Arborio rice.

Song of the day: Hall and Oates – Out of Touch.

At the time when my parents were part of a Polyphonic Choir, my father as a tenor and my mother as a contralto, I was a young woman who was finishing her studies and followed them on their travels around the city, in Italy, and abroad, for their concerts. I had become the mascot of the group and knew all the members of the choir who considered me as their daughter.

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Gluten-free, Special Diets, Vegetarian

Quinoa Stuffed Butternut Squash

Loreto February 5, 2018

Quinoa Stuffed Butternut Squash, a great healthy alternative after a season of festive meals and some heavy calories. And the best part, it is delicious with a nice variety of texture and diverse flavors! I did make an error it was not a butternut squash it was a delicata squash that I used but butternut squash would be good also. I had a momentary brain fart which happens when too much is going on and not enough rest. A good time to be more healthy, and take good care of oneself.

Song of the day: “Good Vibrations” by Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch.

Quinoa Stuffed Butternut Squash

Quinoa Stuffed Butternut Squash, is a dish great for lunch but can also be a great serving for a weeknight supper, hosting a plethora of incredibly delicious flavors with a few surprises in the mix!

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Meat and Poultry

Polpettone (Italian meat loaf) with Mortadella and Ricotta

Nicoletta February 1, 2018

Polpettone (Italian meat loaf) with Mortadella and Ricotta, is a rich and tasty meat dish that kids and grown-ups will love. Extra lean ground beef, shredded mortadella, ricotta, Parmigiano, and pistachios are the main ingredients of this Italian delicacy. Cooked in white wine becomes extra tender and juicy!

Song of the day: James Blunt – Heart To Heart.

Polpettone (Italian Meat Loaf) with Mortadella and Ricotta

You may wonder how come this Polpettone is my recipe and not Loreto’s. Aren’t you vegetarian (at times, pescatarian) and prefer baking and sweet things? I hear you asking. Yes, I am, but before being a vegetarian, this Polpettone was among the very few meat dishes that I ate and also cooked.

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