Cakes, Pies & Tarts, Dessert

Pumpkin, Orange and Rye Bundt Cake

Nicoletta November 21, 2018

Pumpkin, Orange and Rye Bundt Cake. A deliciously moist, decadent cake that exudes citrus hints balanced by the sweetness of the pumpkin and Christmas spices. However, the real surprise flavor element in this cake is the rye flour, delivering a very intriguing twist of flavor and texture to the realm of cakes.

Song of the day: Get Up by Mother Mother.

pumpkin, orange and rye bundt cake

I have to admit, it is indeed a pretty scenery to look outside the window and everything is immaculately white.

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Gluten-free, Meat and Poultry

Easy Breezy One Pan Chicken Dinner

Loreto November 19, 2018

Easy Breezy One Pan Chicken Dinner, is a great way to celebrate the up and coming American Thanksgiving. In less than two hours or so you have everything that you would want for that family of friend meal. Roasted chicken embedded in a flavorful stuffing, rosemary potatoes, baby onions, and sweet carrots. Absolutely delicious!

Song of the day: “Everyday is a Winding Road” by Sheryl Crow.

Easy Breezy One Pan Chicken Dinner

Easy Breezy One Pan Chicken Dinner is a great way to celebrate Thanksgiving dinner for those who are away from home also. Being a student usually means thin food budgets and not a lot of space to cook. Imagine a dinner that is cooked in one pan and has a main and sides all contained in one pan, and consequently, a budget-friendly meal that will feed four to six abundantly!

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Breads, Breakfast and Brunch, Dessert

Double Chocolate Zucchini Spelt Loaf

Nicoletta November 15, 2018

Double Chocolate Zucchini Spelt Loaf, a delicious chocolate bread with “healthier” ingredients such as shredded zucchini, extra virgin olive oil, coconut crystals, dark chocolate, and spelt flour. Great at breakfast, as an afternoon pick-me-up, and after dinner sweet treat.

Song of the day: Paradise by George Ezra.

Double chocolate zucchini spelt loaf

What is always present in our pantry? Dark chocolate bars. Good ones, organic mostly, fair trade sometimes, with at least 70 % cacao and up. There’s nothing that chocolate can’t solve. Whenever I feel sluggish, down, sad, or peckish, I reach for a piece of dark chocolate and that can help save the day.

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Dips, Sauces and Spreads, Gluten-free, Vegan/Vegetarian

Charred Leek and Roasted Garlic Hummus

Loreto November 13, 2018

Charred Leek and Roasted Garlic Hummus. There is something very socially inviting about hummus. It is inspired by a culture that envelopes gathering and feasting. When I envision the Middle Eastern culture, I see a very inviting people that love to share food, music, dance, among rich conversation.

Let’s gather and share some time, conversation and most of all this amazing hummus!

Song of the day: “Ode to Humanity” by Yanni.

Charred leek and roasted garlic hummus

‘Tis the season!

Charred Leek and Roasted Garlic Hummus. This dip is a wonderful appetizer to serve when entertaining. The Christmas season is approaching, let’s entertain!

It is so easy to make and within minutes you will have an appetizer that screams luscious, aromatic. However, the flavors are what get you from the first taste! Smoky meets nutty in the most smooth velvety way.

That paprika olive oil gives you just enough of a lift to take your taste buds to heaven and your eyes to a vision of beauty.

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Gluten-free, Soups, Stews and Sandwiches, Vegan/Vegetarian

Indian-Inspired Cauliflower Kadhai

Loreto November 10, 2018

Indian-Inspired Cauliflower Kadhai. This dish is the epitome of aroma, texture and flavor. Beautifully vegetarian using our star ingredient orange cauliflower, also known as cheddar cauliflower. It is time for Diwali, a time of renewal and beginning. Let’s get that kitchen all spiced up!

Happy Diwali!

Song of the day: “Aayee Hai Diwali” by Aamdani Atthanni Kharcha Rupaiya.

Indian-inspired cauliflower Kadhai

Indian-Inspired Cauliflower Kadhai. Talk about vivid colors and textures. Kadhai is a great vegetarian dish that takes flavor leveling to new heights. Wonderful toasted cumin and coriander, minced garlic and ginger, and oh that is not all. We are boarding the spice train adding even more: a red curry paste, turmeric, and garam masala. Oh Yeah………..

Diwali is about embracing the new, why not try something new and take your taste buds on a magical carpet ride with this dish!

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Cakes, Pies & Tarts, Dessert

Spiced Roasted Pumpkin Ricotta Crostata

Nicoletta November 7, 2018

Spiced Roasted Pumpkin Ricotta Crostata, a light, creative, Italian-inspired take on a classic pie for the season.  A great dessert for the Holidays, or those special Sunday lunches and dinners. Visually enticing and so delicious served with a topping of fresh whipped cream.

Song of the day: Perfect by The Smashing Pumpkins.

Spiced Roasted Pumpkin Ricotta Crostata

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

If someone had told me years ago that I would be making -nonetheless- a Pumpkin Crostata, I would have stared at them in complete disbelief.

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