Breads, Breakfast and Brunch, Dessert

Ukrainian Poppy Seed Roll, Makivnyk

Nicoletta October 10, 2019

Ukrainian Poppy Seed Roll, Makivnyk, a lovely sweet yeast bread that I made with spelt flour, filled with poppy seed, walnuts, and raisins, for our monthly challenge, Eat The World. Not too sweet, flavored with honey, lemon zest, and juice, this Poppy Seed Roll is a delight to eat any time of the day.

Song the day: Rescue Me – OneRepublic

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This month, our “Eat The World” challenge takes us to Ukraine! I chose to bake a traditional Poppy Seed Roll, one of the most loved and popular sweet yeast bread in all the Eastern Europe  Countries. The filling can be made with only poppy seeds, however, I read that added walnuts and raisins are welcome and they are indeed a great addition!

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Pasta, Pizza, Risotto, Vegan/Vegetarian

Homemade Fettuccine with Tomato Basil Sauce (Video Tutorial)

Loreto October 9, 2019

Homemade Fettuccine with Tomato Basil Sauce (Video Tutorial).  Nothing says Italian more than a bowl of homemade pasta and tomato sauce. If you thought pasta making was hard and complex, think again. By the end of this post, we will have shown you that you can be the proud cook at the table knowing that you made it all by hand. All you need is a few good quality ingredients and a little time and passion.

Song of the day: That’s Amore – Dean Martin

We are so excited to be part of the 2019 Edmonton Fall Home Show.  We will be on the Cooking Stage on October 19th at 6 p.m. and October 20th at noon. We will be taking you on a step by step in making a wonderful and flavorful Fall Squash Risotto. Come check us out, we’d love to see you! P.s. Bring your cooking questions! 

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Breakfast and Brunch, Cakes, Pies & Tarts, Dessert

Homemade Apple Hand Pies

Nicoletta October 4, 2019

Homemade Apple Hand Pies,  the most tender and flaky homemade pie crust envelops chunks of apples spiced with cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, and Bourbon vanilla powder. A seasonal favorite snack, that can double up as breakfast and dessert. Delicious either warm or cold. And since it’s portable, you can add it to your kids’ lunchbox or bring it to work to share with co-workers.

Song of the day: Wild Horses – Gino Vannelli

I just love baking with apples! I love baking, that’s it. However, I am always ecstatic when I have apples to work with. Here, I combined two of my favorite things. Making my go-to, no-fail, pie dough and filling it with chunks of soft, buttery, spiced apples. The fact that the outcome is a pretty hand pie in the shape of a half-moon, just adds to the delight.

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Fish and Seafood, Gluten-free

Crab and Shrimp Boil

Loreto October 1, 2019

Crab and Shrimp Boil, every time I think about this dish I am transported to a  beach with a roaring fire and a large pot boiling away. Inside, corn, potatoes, and wonderful ocean treats all simmering together in spices and herbs. You can’t get any simpler than that for a delicious meal all in one!

Song of the day: “What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong.

Crab and Shrimp Boil-feature

Crab and Shrimp Boil, succulent juicy shrimp and crab meet sweet corn, lemon, and the most wonderful pink and yellow potatoes. To kick things up a notch, a few herbs and spices, just enough to take this classic beach dish to other levels!

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Breakfast and Brunch, Cakes, Pies & Tarts, Dessert

Torta di Mele (Apple Cake with Olive Oil)

Nicoletta September 27, 2019

Torta di Mele (Apple Cake with Olive Oil) is the apple cake of my childhood, one of the few ones my mom would make (and still does). It is made with olive oil and milk instead of butter, a lot of chopped apples, and not much batter, just enough to bind the apples and envelope them in deliciousness.

Song of the day: Every Little Thing She Does is Magic – The Police

Torta di Mele (Apple Cake with Olive Oil)-whole cake on a board

Freshly picked apples from a neighbor’s tree, peeled, chopped, and tossed in lemon juice are the stars of this simple, rustic Torta di Mele (Apple Cake with Olive Oil), scented with lemon-flavored olive oil, cinnamon, cardamom, and vanilla. 

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Fish and Seafood, Gluten-free

Halibut Mediterranean-Style

Loreto September 25, 2019

Halibut Mediterranean-Style,  delicate textures and robust flavors tantalize the taste buds with the inspiration of Sardegna, Italy! A beautiful Halibut steamed in tomato sauce, potatoes, and olives. Thinking about what to have tonight? Why not a healthy flavor-packed dish like this!

Song of the day: “Swallowed by the Sea” by Coldplay.

Halibut Mediterranean-Style, inspired by our latest trip to Italy, this dish is comfort meets elegance. If you love fish, this is the dish to try! Why not make tonight a night to enjoy the fruits of the ocean or the sea!

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Pasta, Pizza, Risotto, Vegan/Vegetarian

Harvest Vegetable Pizza with Garlic Aioli Sauce

Loreto September 21, 2019

Harvest Vegetable Pizza with Garlic Aioli Sauce, the colors of Fall,  flavors of beautifully locally grown veggies and a huge heart to create the most wonderful pizza that you have ever tried. If veggies are not your thing, try this pizza. We may have the pizza that will take you on the other side of the fence and into the garden!

Song of the day: “Locomotive” by Big Wreck.

Harvest Vegetable Pizza with Garlic Aioli Sauce

It’s almost Fall and harvest is in!

Harvest Vegetable Pizza with Garlic Aioli Sauce,  takes sweet colorful cherry tomatoes,  kale, zucchini, summer zucchini squash, and onions, with a base of garlic aioli and a superb homemade crust. There you have it, a winner of a pizza perfect to highlight the Fall harvest season. Plus, it tastes great! I know because I ate four pieces to be exact, and could have eaten the whole thing. A good note, sharing helps keep the weight off, lol!

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Cakes, Pies & Tarts, Dessert, Vegan/Vegetarian

Vegan Plum Rosemary Galette with Olive Oil Crust

Nicoletta September 18, 2019

Vegan Plum Rosemary Galette with Olive Oil Crust.  A tender crust and juicy plums with a layer of almond rosemary frangipane in between. Soak up the last bit of Summer and Summer fruits with this delicious vegan dessert. Serve it slightly warm with a dollop of ice/nice cream for maximum pleasure.

Song of the day: Glorious – Ella Henderson

Vegan Plum Rosemary Galette with Olive Oil Crust  is one of those desserts that lays in between the warm, sunny, Summer days and the short, moody, Autumn days. Plums, almond, rosemary and olive oil are the main characters and play together to bring you a galette that is delectably aromatic, and not too sweet.

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Breakfast and Brunch, Eggs, Gluten-free, Vegan/Vegetarian

Sweet Potato, Beet, Kale Hash with Fried Egg

Loreto September 16, 2019

Sweet Potato, Beet, Kale Hash with Fried Egg, a delicious cast pan breakfast/lunch/dinner that has an abundance of textures and flavors. Top that with a perfectly fried egg that has just enough runny egg to make the dish the richest thing that you have ever tasted!

Song of the Day: “Oye Como Va” by Carlos Santana.

Sweet Potato, Beet, Kale Hash with Fried Egg…………

If you think that this dish looks like a breakfast skillet you are kind of right. However, it is actually what we had for dinner. Bright fall flavors meet fresh cilantro, salsa, and avocado. A dish that keeps the taste buds guessing and as a result, forkful after forkful of pure curious, delicious, goodness!

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