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

Red Kuri Squash & Peanut Butter Soup

Loreto December 17, 2019

Red Kuri Squash & Peanut Butter Soup,  a comforting bowl of exotic meets everyday peanut butter. As a result flavor……. flavor………………flavor!

Song of the day: “Winter Winds” by Mumford and Sons.

Red Kuri Squash Peanut Butter Soup

What to do with squash……………

Red Kuri Squash & Peanut Butter Soup,  squash season is still in bloom and we have combined the richness of the Kuri squash with red curry, lemongrass, and peanut butter to give you an incredible feast of flavor and creamy texture that will have your tummy singing in praise. Don’t know what to do with your squash right now? Check out this recipe. Easy, and oh so good!

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Meat and Poultry

Creamy Chicken and Mushroom Marsala

Loreto December 13, 2019

Creamy Chicken and Mushroom Marsala, a luxurious dish filled with the most succulent tender chicken and flavors beyond imaginable! Want a dish for that special dinner gathering? Well, this will surely tantalize the tastebuds of your guests!

Song of the day: “Memories” by Maroon 5.

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The Wow Factor……………………….

Creamy Chicken and Mushroom Marsala,  rich, creamy, sweet and savory Marsala sauce entices the tenderness and moistness out of chicken medallions, alongside some pretty tasty mushrooms. If you’re looking for a wow factor chicken recipe, then this is the dish for you!

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Cookies, Dessert

Sandbakkelse, Norwegian Christmas Cookies

Loreto December 10, 2019

Sandbakkelse, Norwegian Christmas Cookies. Sandbakkelse, sand tarts, are traditional almond and vanilla-flavored Norwegian sugar cookies that are baked in specific fluted tins and are served as a shell tipped upside down. The purists serve them plain like a cookie, but they can be filled with fresh fruit, whipped cream, or lemon curd.

Song of the day:  “Everyday Is A Winding Road” – Sheryl Crow

Sandbakkelse, Norwegian Christmas Cookies

Sandbakkelse, Norwegian Christmas Cookies. Sandbakkelse, crisp buttery tart-like cookies that are cute and so addictive. Once you have one, it will be followed by another and another. This month we are traveling by our choice to Norway for a delicious Christmas treat. Come Eat the World!

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Cakes, Pies & Tarts, Dessert

Zuppa Inglese with Amarula, Chocolate, and Custard

Nicoletta December 7, 2019

Zuppa Inglese with Amarula Cream Liqueur, Chocolate, and Custard, a traditional Italian dessert made of  Pan di Spagna (sponge cake), soaked in liquor, and layered with custard and chocolate. I made a Zuppa Inglese cake and drenched the sponge with the delectable Amarula Cream Liqueur before adding layers of vanilla custard and cocoa-flavored custard.  A decadent dessert, perfect to entertain your adult guests during the holiday season.

[This post is sponsored by Amarula Cream Liqueur. As always, all opinions are our own.  Many thanks to our followers who support the brands that help fuel the passion that makes Sugarlovespices possible.]

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I had in my mind the idea of making a Zuppa Inglese cake for quite some time. I wanted to bring back to the spotlight this great Italian classic, an evergreen dessert. 

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Cookies, Dessert

Ciambelline Sarde (Sardinian Sandwich Cookies)

Nicoletta December 3, 2019

Ciambelline Sarde (Sardinian Sandwich Cookies). Filled with jam or chocolate hazelnut spread these Sardinian sandwich cookies are beloved by adults and children alike. They are excellent to accompany breakfast but also to eat as a snack or as a dessert at the end of a meal. The traditional shape is that with a double flower but they are also cute in a double star shape.

Song of the day: It’s Time – Imagine Dragons

Ciambelline Sarde (Sardinian Sandwich Cookies)-on a rack

Is there anything better than a buttery shortbread cookie? Oh yes, a sandwich cookie with a luxurious chocolate hazelnut filling, some icing sugar on top, and a cute flower shape.

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Breakfast and Brunch

Fluffy Lemon Ricotta Pancakes

Loreto November 30, 2019

Fluffy Lemon Ricotta Pancakes. If there is a breakfast that could make us excited and keep us from going out to start the day it is these incredibly light, airy, lemon-scented, ricotta rich pancakes with a crisp edge!

Song of the day: “Living in the Moment” by Jason Mraz.

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Treat Yourself like Royalty………………………………………………

Fluffy Lemon Ricotta Pancakes. A breakfast dish fit for kings and queens and one that will grace your table if you wish to try this recipe. I guarantee you will be blown away by the flavor and texture. It will leave you feeling great and a smile from the inside out!

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Appetizers and Snacks, Gluten-free, Side Dishes, Vegan/Vegetarian

Portobellini Cheese Melts with Pesto and Peppers

Loreto November 26, 2019

Portobellini Cheese  Melts with Pesto and Peppers, an appetizer that will have you smacking your lips beginning with the meaty succulent Portobellini mushroom taking you into the wonderfully sweet pepper stuffing sitting on a tasty bed of pesto, finally finishing with a gooey cheesy Fontina topping.  How does that sound? Wondering what to make for a starter at your next festive or dinner gathering? Because I think these will be a hit!

Song of the day: “Everybody Wants To Rule The World” by Tears for Fears.


Appetizers a must………………………….. 

One of our favorite things to do is have dinner which consists of different appetizers. The variety along with the fun involved in getting it ready and just relaxing while eating entails enjoying each bite.

Having said that we have just the dish that would be a great starter for you why not try these Portobellini Cheese  Melts with Pesto and Peppers.

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Pasta, Pizza, Risotto, Vegan/Vegetarian

Italian Baked Ziti (with Hard Boiled Egg and Eggplant Meatballs)

Nicoletta November 22, 2019

Italian Baked Ziti (with Hard-Boiled Egg and Eggplant Meatballs) is my interpretation of a family favorite: the Pasta al forno that my grandma would make for a Sunday Lunch. Always with ziti pasta, a rosé tomato sauce, hard-boiled eggs tucked inside, and a good amount of mozzarella and Parmigiano. I added tiny eggplant meatballs, that are oven-baked and so delicious! Get some help in the kitchen and start making this incredible pasta dish for your next family gathering.

Song of the day: Hey Look Ma, I Made It – Panic! At The Disco

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This oven-baked ziti recipe features a luscious tomato sauce with ricotta mixed in, al dente ziti coated in the sauce, all dressed with mozzarella, Parmigiano, chunks of hard-boiled egg and tiny eggplant meatballs. Not your usual pasta bake, and definitely not a 30-minute meal, but so rewarding and fulfilling!

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Appetizers and Snacks, Breakfast and Brunch

Pear, Bacon, and Taleggio Tartine

Loreto November 18, 2019

Pear, Bacon, and Taleggio Tartine. What do you get when you combine pear, bacon, and Taleggio on a  piece of rustic beautifully crusted bred? A breakfast that will knock your socks off.  

Song of the day: “Real Love” by Mary J Blige.

Pear Bacon and Taleggio Tartine-two in the baking pan

Pear, Bacon, and Taleggio Tartine. If you like grilled cheese then you are going to adore this open-faced melted cheese, with pear and bacon with a whole lot of texture and flavor. Now that’s a beautiful Tartine!

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