Saturday, March 28, 2020

Ricotta-Citrus Bundt Cake

Let's brighten up the day with a slice (or two) of this soft and delicate ricotta and citrus bundt cake
Ciao! I hope everyone is doing well and staying healthy.
Here is an easy and sweet recipe for you, that I hope will brighten up your day as much as it did mine.
This bundt cake is made with delicate ricotta cheese which yields an extra moist and dense cake. It's flavored with a touch of lemon and orange zest and juice, for an extra citrusy flavor. And it's sprinkled with a little (or a lot!) of powdered sugar for a beautiful presentation... The eye needs is part too. Take a look!

Monday, March 23, 2020

The Complete Italian Cookbook - Essential Regional Cooking of Italy

 Here is my very first Cookbook!


I’m beyond excited to finally share this news with you. After a lot of hard work for the past several months, here it is: MY VERY FIRST COOKBOOK ❤️ 
The Complete Italian Cookbook: Essential Regional Cooking of Italy is all about the most popular (and my favorite) traditional recipes from various regions of Italy. It includes 110 recipes, for appetizers and drinks, risotto and pasta, pizza and bread, meat and fish, and of course, desserts.
It’s been a dream of mine since I started my blog to have a special place where I could store and share my recipes. And it’s finally ready and coming out on April 28!! You can pre-order it now here

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Easy and Quick Crispy Fish Sandwich

Easy, simple and scrumptious lunch idea
This post is written in collaboration with Gorton's Seafood. All opinions are mine. Thank you for your support! #StickWithFish #Ad


Here is a quick and scrumptious lunch idea to make your Fish-Friday easy and fun. Especially in crazy times like right now, when everyone is staying at home and making 3 meals per day, it's good to have simple and wholesome alternatives that the whole family is going to love. 
And what's not to love about this sandwich?!? It has it all: the golden and crunchy fish fillets, the fresh and healthy veggies, and the perfectly grilled and crispy bun. What more could you ask for?!? 

Monday, March 16, 2020

Quick and Easy Pasta with Shredded Pork and Mushrooms Sauce

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SmithfieldMarinatedSolutions #CollectiveBias

This blog post was created prior to the Coronavirus outbreak and recent CDC social distancing recommendations. As many of us are spending more time at home, I hope this recipe inspires you to try something new and brings some joy. Stay safe!


Mouthwatering pappardelle pasta coated in fork-tender shredded  pork and flavorful mushrooms. Truly irresistible!

Are you looking for a quick and easy recipe to make any weeknight dinner special?!? Something that is fun, hearty and scrumptious?!? Something that will make everyone ask for seconds, AND it's ready in no more than 30 minutes without too much work?!? 
I've got just what you are looking for! 

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Made-from-Scratch Orange Cake

How about a slice of this soft and moist orange cake to brighten up your day?!?


March and April are the peak months for the sweetest and juiciest oranges, at least around here in California. So let’s take advantage of the delicious things nature gives us, and whip up the most amazing orange cake you'll ever taste ... or so, I hope you agree once you try to make this recipe. A soft and moist cake with a sweet, slightly tangy, strong orange aroma.  Even more flavorful when drizzled with a delicious and fresh orange glaze.
Do you know how quick and easy is to bake this cake? You can whip this up in no more than an hour, and it's as easy as mixing a muffin batter. For this recipe I used cara cara navel oranges. With their red-pinkish flesh, sweeter and slightly tangier then regular navel,  cara caras are just perfect for this dessert. But you can decide which type of orange you like best (or what is available in your area), and make it as sweet or as tangy as you wish.
And if you are thinking what I'm thinking, don't even think about it! Haha! For this cake you have to use freshly-squeezed juice and freshly-grated zest. No store-bought juices or extracts. Sorry but there is no easy way around it. Grate and squeeze … I will come there and do it myself for you, if that's what it takes J

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Moist and Flavorful Blueberry-Lemon Poundcake with Lemon Glaze

Rich, dense and moist pound cake bursting with sweet blueberries and drizzled with zesty lemon glaze
I know, I know. One more sweet recipe with blueberries.
You might be wondering, what's up with Manuela's obsession with berries?!
What can I say. Some things just can't be explained.
It might simply be my love for these healthy and delicious nature's wonder ... Or maybe it's the fact that they were on sale at my grocery store. And I just can't pass up a great deal!
While waiting in line at the check-out line, I was brainstorming about my next berry creation. I've posted recipes for blueberry muffinsblueberry crumble barsblueberry and peach upside-down cake ... So how about a moist and flavorful blueberry pound cake?!? Oh yeah, look at this baby!

Friday, February 28, 2020

Baked Cinnamon-Sugar Donuts

Light and fluffy, these lick-the-sugar-off-your-fingers-delicious baked donuts are ready in less than 30 minutes. Start to finish!
These baked cinnamon-sugar donuts are laughably easy and super quick to whip up - no more than 30 minutes from start to finish!  And the result?!? A fluffy and light, healthy(ish) dessert that will make your kitchen smell like heaven (...or churros - same thing!), and will make your fingers a sugary mess ...  perfectly lickable if you ask me!