Dessert, Gluten-free, Spoon desserts, Vegan/Vegetarian

Strawberries with Sugar and Lemon

Nicoletta April 26, 2020

Strawberries with Sugar and Lemon (Fragole con zucchero e limone). Simple, easy, and delicious, it is our go-to Spring dessert as soon as fresh local strawberries start making their appearance at the markets. You need three ingredients and a few minutes of your time to throw together this Italian staple that everyone will enjoy! And it’s vegan, too!

Song of the day: Put Your Records On – Corinne Bailey Rae

Strawberries with sugar and lemon-big bowl and two bowls

I’ve been enjoying this my entire life, but for many years, I refrained to share it on our blog because of its simplicity. Cut up your strawberries, stir in sugar and lemon, and toss it all together until an irresistible strawberry syrup develops. Sounded too easy, didn’t it? 

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Breakfast and Brunch, Cakes, Pies & Tarts

Delicious and Easy Yogurt Marble Cake

Nicoletta April 22, 2020

Delicious and Easy Yogurt Marble Cake, a slight variation to the yogurt cake I make all the time, adapted in times of lack of ingredients. I reduced the number of eggs, replaced some flour with potato starch and added some cocoa to half of the batter to make the marbled effect. Delicious, easy, and good-looking.

Song of the day: “Things You Can’t Change” – Rhys Lewis

Delicious and Easy Yogurt Marble Cake-on the plate with coffee

Yogurt cake is a classic here. It is the cake I make again and again in its multiple variations. All you need to do is change yogurt flavor, add cocoa, chocolate chips, fresh fruit, and you have a whole different cake. The marbled effect is pretty and the unsweetened cocoa gives scrumptiousness while keeping the cake not too sweet, just how I like it.

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Pasta, Pizza, Risotto, Vegan/Vegetarian

Penne with Zucchini and Mushrooms

Loreto April 18, 2020

Penne with Zucchini and Mushrooms. This pasta dish incorporates vibrantly green zucchini and earthy mushrooms, combined with some garlic, olive oil, white truffle oil, and a bite of spicy chili flakes. Finished with the usual generous grating of Parmigiano and a sprinkle of parsley.

Song of the day: “You Should be Dancing” by The BeeGees.

Penne with Zucchini and Mushrooms-plate and wine glass

There has never been a food that is more versatile than pasta, you can create endless possibilities according to your taste, what’s left in your fridge, or trying your hand at traditional recipes. It is always a welcome dish in our home and with spring in the air, making light vegetarian pasta dishes that are healthy and tasteful, is easy and comforting.

[This post was first published on April 21, 2015, and it has been updated for photos and writing]

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Cakes, Pies & Tarts, Dessert

Crostata (Italian Jam tart)

Nicoletta April 15, 2020

Crostata (Italian Jam Tart). A buttery, crumbly and tender pastry dough, with a lovely lemon fragrance, hosts a homemade jam filling secured by a lattice top. Certainly, crostata is a crowd-pleaser for kids and grown-ups, perfect for dessert, snack and, why not, breakfast. Easy to make without a stand mixer, try it now and bring to the table an iconic Italian dessert!

Song of the day: “Hey, Soul Sister” – Train

Crostata (Jam Tart)-feature

This delectable jam tart has all the flavors of my childhood. Indeed, its simple yet intriguing flavor captivates me every time and brings me back to my roots. In Italy, there is no bakery and pastry shop that doesn’t have crostata on display. Usually, with two different kinds of jam, a light one (apricot), and a dark one (amarena cherry). However, my favorite jams to use have always been the dark ones, less sweet and a bit tangier than their lighter counterparts. Here, I am using a homemade blackberry jam, perfect compliment to the buttery pastry.

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Meat and Poultry

Chicken Parmigiana, an Italian American Classic

Loreto April 11, 2020

Chicken Parmigiana, an Italian American Classic. Talk about luxurious and flavorful! Beautifully breaded chicken cutlets baked in a rich tomato basil sauce topped with copious amounts of grated Parmigiano Reggiano and fresh mozzarella! However, when you see everyone take the first bite and there is that eye roll and silent mmmmmmm, you know you have made a real crowd pleaser!

Song of the day: “Don’t Stop Believin'” by Journey.

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Chicken Parmigiana, an Italian American Classic. This is probably one of the most favored dishes in North America for those of us Italians who live here. It is seen on Italian restaurant menus everywhere and there is that rich color of the sauce hosted by the crispy golden battered fried chicken, not to mention the beautifully melted mozzarella and Parmigiano, hence mouthwatering moment! lol!

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Breads, How To

Homemade Ciabatta Bread

Nicoletta April 8, 2020

Homemade Ciabatta Bread. Quick and easy, this no-knead bread is baked in two free-form loaves, called ciabatta in Italian because of the resemblance to a slipper. If you like bread with a soft and airy crumb and a crusty top, then this bread is for you.

Song of the day: Never Really Over – Katy Perry

The best Italian Ciabatta Bread Recipe-feature

A meal without bread is unheard of, for an Italian family. It is part of the spread on the table. And in our family, for lunch and dinner, bread always graces our table, freshly bought, or freshly made. Our preference goes to rustic crusty bread, with not a lot of crumb, soft on the inside and crusty on the outside. Just like ciabatta bread.

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Soups, Stews and Sandwiches, Vegan/Vegetarian

Homestyle Butternut Squash Grilled Corn Chowder

Loreto April 6, 2020

Homestyle Butternut Squash Grilled Corn Chowder. Talk about hearty comfort in a bowl. This soup has so much flavor and texture! Every spoonful will offer nothing but a sheer delight to your taste buds and a luxurious warmth to your stomach!

Song of the day: “Take the Long Way Home” by Supertramp.

Butternut Squash Grilled Corn Chowder-from the top

Homestyle Butternut Squash Grilled Corn Chowder. This soup is packed with roasted butternut squash flavor, enticed by earthy mushrooms, rich cauliflower, and a beautifully grilled herb corn. Add in melt in your mouth potatoes and a velvety smokey cheddar, and the end result is a winner in all aspects that your family will totally enjoy together!

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How To, Pasta, Pizza, Risotto, Vegan/Vegetarian

How to Make Spinach Fettuccine

Nicoletta April 1, 2020

How to Make Spinach Fettuccine. Beautifully green and flavorful, these fettuccine are made with the usual eggs, flour, and a pinch of salt, with the addition of spinach in the dough. 

Song of the day: Green Eyes – Coldplay

How to make Spinach Fettuccine-on the woodboard

One of our most favorite Sunday lunches involves homemade fettuccine. It was the type of pasta my nonna would make for all our family gatherings, Pranzo della Domenica, or special occasions, completely by hand, so precise and beautiful, a true work of art. Today I am adding a touch of color to the dough, to bring some joyfulness to these dreary days. 

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Breakfast and Brunch, Pancakes, Waffles & French Toast

Nutella Banana stuffed French Toast

Loreto March 29, 2020

Nutella Banana stuffed French Toast:  These days people have no choice but have family time. Endless days and nights together as a result could be stressful and aggravating.  However, I know what would help eliminate that. How about this morning getting into the kitchen together and preparing a festive brunch? I don’t know about you, but brunch sounds pretty spectacular, especially with this dish gracing the lineup! 

Song of the day: “Burning Love” by Elvis Presley!

Nutella Banana Stuffed French Toast-feature on the plate

This Nutella Banana stuffed French Toast is amazing. Imagine lovely egg coated bread slices holding in crunchy peanut butter, rich luscious Nutella and some pretty tasty banana slices all fried up in a butter slathered pan to a nice golden brown. Do I have your mouth watering yet? Well, gather the family and come with me. Let’s make this French toast together! The end result, some pretty bright smiley faces! Furthermore, joyful bellies!

[This post was first published on August 22, 2015. It has been updated for photos, recipe, and writing.]

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