Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Vegetarian Potato Lasagna

The ultimate comfort food
Hot, melty, cheesy and potato-y vegetarian lasagna
 Perfect for these cold winter days

Happy New Year everyone!
I hope your holidays were relaxing, fun-filled, and as delicious as mine. If you follow me on Instagram (DO YOU?!? ... if not, you better click here  now!), you might know I went back home to Venezia, Italy visiting family, eating lots of great food, and skiing up in the mountains. As usual, I had an amazing time. Here is a photo summary that says it all :)

I'm now back, recharged, and ready for a new year filled with delicious dishes and exciting new recipes.
So, let's get started!

Chilly and rainy days are perfect for baking, especially when we are talking about a light, vegetarian and deliciously wholesome lasagna stuffed with tender potatoes, sauteed mushrooms and delicate besciamella sauce. And let's not forget: lots of cheese!

Thursday, December 29, 2016

2016 Recipes of the Year

Happy Holidays Everyone! 
I hope your holidays have been great so far, and you are ready for the most amazing New Year.
2016 was an exciting, fun and crazy-busy year for me. And I loved every day of it! 
And that is thanks to all of YOU. Thank you for reading my blog, watching my videos and trying my recipes. I'm super grateful for all the love and support you showed me. I can't imagine what it would be like without your cheering me on, sharing, liking, pinning, and twitting my recipes and photos and sending me pictures of your wonderful creations.

And here are my most popular recipes of 2016... and for very good reason. You can find the link of these recipes below, so you can try them out if you haven't done it yet.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Vanilla Christmas Tree Cakes with Custard Cream

Let's celebrate the holidays with these cute Christmas tree vanilla cakes 
stuffed with rich custard cream, and decorated with colorful sprinkles
Remember my Christmas tree dessert?!?
I've posted this recipe before, and I thought you would like to see it again. After all, these little tree cakes are super cute, very festive and they will surely impress all your holiday guests. Made with moist vanilla cake layers, covered with velvety and rich custard cream, and decorated with red, green and white sugar sprinkles and a dash of powdered sugar.
And that's not all. This dessert is quite easy to prepare and approachable for everyone.  You don't need to be a master pastry chef to pull these off. Check out my step-by-step recipe down here, and this quick video.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Puff Pastry-Pecan Mini Tarts Topped with Caramelized Pecan Halves

Make your holidays sweeter with these mini pecan pies
Deliciously small and perfectly unshareable!
This post is sponsored by Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry. All opinions are mine.
Thank you for your support!
Who says that dessert should be shared?!? Oh no. Sometimes it's nice to selfishly enjoy every last, tiny little crumb of it. Especially when it's as yummy and cute as these mini pecan pies.
They are the perfectly unshareable, two-bite size dessert. All, just for you!
But here is a warning. These are so good it might be hard to stop and only have one. So when you are serving them at your next holiday party (I know you will once you see how easy and quick the recipe is) make sure to bake enough. Because everyone will want to go for seconds.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Vegetarian Crepe Bundles with Creamy Radicchio Filling

Start your dinner party with this irresistible appetizer
Your guests will absolutely love these savory bundles filled with creamy radicchio
This post is sponsored by Cavit Wines in collaboration with Honest Cooking. Thank you for your support!

Want to outshine every other appetizer this year at your holiday party? Now you can, with this beautiful and scrumptious vegetarian dish. It will surely get the deserved attention at the table.
These bundles are made with small, savory crepes. Soft, delicate and slightly crispy at the edges. Stuffed with a tasty radicchio and creamy cheese filling. And tied with chives in fancy and irresistible little packages of goodness. 

You might think these are too pretty to be eaten. Well, think again. The aroma will make your mouth water and your taste buds scream in delight. 

Monday, December 5, 2016

Chocolate Covered Cookie Dunkers

These crazy delicious cookies are begging for a wholesome glass of milk!
This blog post is sponsored by The a2 Milk Company™ 
"Because when your milk is naturally easy to digest, life is easy to digest"
There are few simple pleasures in life that never get old, like dunking a cookie into a rich and soothing glass of milk. No matter how old you are, there is something delicious and totally comforting about it: whether it's cold and refreshing, or hot and foamy milk; for a hearty breakfast in the morning, a fun afternoon snack, or an after-dinner guilty pleasure. 
There are studies out there that show that cookies actually taste better when dipped. I read there are compounds found in baked goods that are released in the mouth and nose if dunked.
See?!?! There are very good reasons why we all love cookies with milk. 

Friday, December 2, 2016

How to Make the Perfectly Flaky and Buttery Homemade Pie Crust

Elevate your pie-making skills this holiday season with this
easy-to-follow, made-from-scratch pie crust

Baking is a fundamental part of the holiday season.
Just like the expensive shopping sprees, the never ending Christmas songs on the radio, and the bright decorations all over town. We all go crazy for it (some of us more literally then others!), but we just can't do without any of it :)
I'm pretty sure we can all agree that dinner wouldn't be the same without a fat slice of pie at the end. Whether it's a comforting apple pie, an irresistible strawberry rhubarb pie, or the most classic pecan pie, pies are always welcomed at any table. Anytime!

But your pie is only as good as the pie crust that you are able to whip up. So what you need this holiday season, is a fool-proof recipe that yields the perfectly buttery and flaky crust. Every. Single. Time.
So here is my recipe. Consider this my early Christmas present, just for you...You are very welcome :)