Meat and Poultry

Slow Cooker Succulent Pot Roast

Loreto March 24, 2018

Slow Cooker Succulent Pot Roast, a wonderful family style meal full of amazing flavor and ever so tender textures. The best part is it is so easy!

Song of the day:  “Respect” by Aretha Franklin.

Slow Cooker Succulent Pot Roast

Slow Cooker Succulent Pot Roast, what a beautiful thing to come home to. The aroma of all those spices and rich gravy in the bottom of the cooker, and all you have to do is get ready to eat! A perfect rustic home-style meal for a busy family life.

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Gluten-free, Side Dishes, Vegan/Vegetarian, Winter

Steamed Lemon Artichokes

Nicoletta March 21, 2018

Steamed Lemon Artichokes, subtitle, in the kitchen with my dad. We made a simple and tasty seasonal side dish, that you can often find on our Roman table. Artichokes steamed in water and lemon, simply dressed with a ‘citronette‘ made of e.v.o. oil, lemon, salt, and pepper, and then sprinkled with chopped parsley. A great accompaniment to fish, or meat, or as an appetizer with a cheese and meat board.

Song of the day: I Know You – Craig David ft. Bastille

Steamed Lemon Artichokes

Since I was back to Italy this winter, artichokes are the food I have been eating the most. In Rome artichoke is “the king of the table” and, when in season, it is ubiquitous on every market stand, restaurant, and family table. There are also festivals that celebrate it, a famous one in a town near Rome, in the middle of April, almost at the end of its season. My Italian family just adores artichokes, and you can find dozens of the biggest and most tender Roman variety cramming the fridge crisper drawers, most of the winter.

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Gluten-free, Seasonal, Soups, Stews and Sandwiches, Winter

Sweet ‘n Spicy Acorn Squash Soup

Loreto March 19, 2018

Sweet ‘n Spicy Acorn Squash Soup, a creative rendition of sweet meets savory in a luscious medley of robust flavors and creamy vevety texture leaving your tastebuds delightfully stimulated!

Song of the day “Mysterious Ways” by U2.

sweet 'n spicy Acorn Squash Soup

[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.]

Sweet ‘n Spicy Acorn Squash Soup, a flavorful experience combining spicy roasted veggies including acorn squash and taking the heat off a bit using Penotti®’s Cookie Notti Crunchy, creating a wonderfully balanced array of flavors and textures.

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Deep fried Traditional St. Joseph’s Day Cream Puffs – Bignè di San Giuseppe Tradizionali Fritti

Nicoletta March 17, 2018

Deep fried Traditional St. Joseph’s Day Cream Puffs (Bignè di San Giuseppe Tradizionali Fritti) are deep-fried choux pastry puffs filled with a fragrant pastry cream and then sprinkled with powdered sugar. They are typical of the Roman cuisine. Traditionally, they are prepared on March 19th, St. Joseph’s day, when Italians also celebrate Father’s Day. A pure delight.

Song of the Day: I Want It All – Queen.

Bignè di San Giuseppe Tradizionali Fritti-St. Joseph's Day Traditionl Deep Fried Cream Puffs with lemon custard

A call from my father before going to work, yesterday, requested I made the traditional deep-fried Bignè di San Giuseppe for the approaching Father’s Day (on March 19th). Last year I wasn’t in Italy to celebrate with him, but the year before I was here and made him the oven baked version of these delightful ‘cream puffs’. So I knew, this request was coming, and gladly accepted the challenge.

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Cakes, Pies & Tarts, Dessert

Crostata Ricotta e Cioccolato

Nicoletta March 15, 2018

Crostata Ricotta e Cioccolato (Ricotta and Chocolate Tart) is a classic dessert of the Roman tradition and consists of a short pastry (pastafrolla) with a delicate filling of ricotta, orange zest, and dark chocolate. In Rome, it is served as a Sunday meal dessert, or on special occasions, like Easter.

Song of the day: Get Out Of Your Own Way – U2.

Ricotta is a favourite component of many Italian Easter traditional foods, sweet and savory, from North to South, with variations according to the Region. In Rome, this traditional Crostata Ricotta e Cioccolato is a very popular and irresistible dessert that brings back memories associated with family and comfort.

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Seasonal, Side Dishes, Winter

Cheesy Potato Artichoke Casserole

Loreto March 12, 2018

Cheesy Potato Artichoke Casserole, now this is what we call real Italian comfort food, earthy tender artichokes meet roasted potato and melted cheese with a crispy gooey breadcrumb top. You cannot get any better than that!

Song of the day: “Gift Shop” by The Tragically Hip.

Cheesy Potato and Artichoke Casserole

Cheesy Potato Artichoke Casserole, is a wonderful way to celebrate seasonal vegetables in a good old wholesome way. The way it’s all baked up and that top crusts up with that crispy goodness to hold in those soft starchy potatoes and beautifully roasted artichokes makes this an all-round great dish, perfect.

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Cakes, Pies & Tarts, Dessert

Irish Chocolate Stout Cake

Nicoletta March 10, 2018

Irish Chocolate Stout Cake, a luscious, scrumptious chocolate cake made richer with the addition of a stout beer and with a silky cloud of whipped cream to finish it off. 

Song of the Day: “It Will Come Back” by Hozier.

Irish Chocolate Stout Cake

This monthly stop of Eat the World, in collaboration with other food bloggers eager to travel the world through food, is taking us to beautiful and lush Ireland, where I have been many years ago, just in time for St. Patrick’s day and its celebrations.

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Breakfast and Brunch, Dessert

Hazelnut and Vanilla Puff Pastry Mini Croissants

Nicoletta March 8, 2018

Hazelnut and Vanilla Puff Pastry Mini Croissants, quick and easy to make, they are so delicious that they disappear quickly one after the other. Perfect for breakfast and as a snack, for children and grown-ups.

Song of the day: Stars – Simply Red.

Hazelnut and Vanilla Puff Pastry Mini Croissants-an easy snack, these "cheater's croissants"

[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.]

I have a sweet tooth, and I love breakfast, so breakfast and snack items are well taken care of on our blog, and these are no exception to the rule.

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Fish and Seafood

Arctic Char in phyllo pastry with potato and rutabaga puree

Loreto March 6, 2018

Arctic Char in Phyllo Pastry with Potato and Rutabaga Puree is definitely a play on texture and incredible flavours. The phyllo pastry acts as an incredible pouch that steams the Arctic char beautifully in a pesto infused sauce, and the whole thing rests on a luxurious bed of starchy purée. A perfect supper dish that makes you feel as though you are eating at a posh restaurant, perfect for that romantic dinner.

Song of the day: “The Lucky Ones” by Logan Staats.

Arctic Char in phyllo pastry with a potato and rutabaga puree-from the top

[This post is sponsored by The Italian Centre Shop. We’ve been compensated but -as always- all opinions are our own.]

Arctic Char in Phyllo Pastry with Potato and Rutabaga Puree, brings the luxuriousness of fine dining right into your home. Its textures and rich flavours will play on your tastebuds bite after luscious bite!

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