Saturday, May 31, 2014

Salad - Light and fresh

With the abundance of gorgeous summer vegetables available from your garden or farmers' market, now is the time to make salads

Summer is just around the corner and what better way to enjoy it then preparing a colorful and delicious salad? With the abundance of gorgeous summer vegetables available from your garden or farmers' market, now is the time to make salads. This one features tuna tossed with a light homemade dressing, fresh herbs, green onions, radishes, cherry tomatoes and feta cheese.



Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Strawberry-Banana smoothie - Breakfast in a drink


If you love strawberries and bananas, you will be delighted with this refreshing smoothie. It's a delicious and healthy drink for breakfast that is full of protein and antioxidants. Strawberries are naturally sweet and bananas are creamy and rich which adds an extra smooth texture to the drink.



Monday, May 26, 2014

Deviled eggs - A tasty appetizer

Deviled eggs are a classic and traditional favorite in both American and European cultures.

Deviled eggs are a classic and traditional favorite in both American and European cultures. They are the perfect appetizer for parties, holidays and summer picnics. Deviled eggs have a rich and creamy filling which is delicious and just melts in your mouth!



Saturday, May 24, 2014

Panna cotta with raspberry - A delicious Italian dessert

Panna Cotta (cooked cream) is a a rich and luxurious dessert Italian dessert.

Panna Cotta (cooked cream) is a rich and luxurious Italian dessert. It's the simplest of desserts - a softly set pudding that, at its most elemental, is made with milk, cream, sugar, and gelatin. I paired this delicious treat with raspberry coulis which gives it a refreshing flavor. 



Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Chicken drumsticks with mushrooms in a white sauce and polenta - A traditional Romanian dish


Ciulama is a traditional Romanian dish that is very popular in Easter Europe cuisine. It's prepared from poultry or mushrooms in a white sauce and it's often served with polenta. I reinterpreted this dish using chicken drumsticks and mushrooms in a rich creamy sauce. The result was hearty and delicious!



Monday, May 19, 2014

Trout with roasted Brussels sprouts - A simple dinner dish

It's a healthy and light choice for dinner which requires little preparation and time

Sometimes the most flavorful dishes are the easiest. Oven baked trout with roasted Brussels sprouts is definitely one of them. It's a healthy and light choice for dinner which requires little preparation and time.



Saturday, May 17, 2014

Pizza Margherita - Colors of the Italian flag

Invented in Naples, Italy, pizza has since become very popular in many parts of the world 
Invented in Naples, Italy, pizza has since become very popular in many parts of the world. There are many varieties of pizza and a diverse range of ingredients and toppings to choose from. Pizza Margherita has a thin, crisp crust and is topped with fresh mozzarella, plum tomatoes, extra-virgin olive oil and basil which shows off the colors of the Italian flag. It's a wonderful summer treat to be shared with your loved ones!


Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Peppercorn and garlic crusted pork tenderloin - A savory dinner dish


Great anytime, this pork tenderloin has a delightful peppercorn garlic crust

Great anytime, this pork tenderloin has a delightful peppercorn garlic crust. It's moist, tender and full of flavor. Paired with blanched asparagus and oven baked potatoes it's a savory choice for lunch or dinner. The dish is also simple enough for a weekday supper but tasty enough for company.


Monday, May 12, 2014

Basic whole wheat bread - Soft and tender


Whole wheat bread has a wonderful flavor, texture and aroma

Whole wheat bread has a wonderful flavor, texture and aroma. Slices have a chewy texture with a deep nutty flavor of wheat. What makes this bread so amazing is that it stays soft and fresh for days after it has been baked!


Saturday, May 10, 2014

Strawberry-Rhubarb jam - Sweet and tart

Use this delicious jam as a filling for crepes and tarts, add it to oatmeal or yogurt or spread it on toast for a tasty breakfast!

Strawberries and rhubarb are in season in this period so why not using them to create a delicious jam which will be just perfect for winter? The flavor combination is very balanced, while strawberries are sweet and succulent, rhubarb is tart and tangy. Paired together in a beautiful jam, they taste delightful and refreshing! 



Thursday, May 8, 2014

Cream of fresh asparagus soup - A taste of spring


Creamy asparagus soup is a  wonderful way to enjoy fresh and healthy vegetables offered by spring

Creamy asparagus soup is a wonderful way to enjoy fresh and healthy vegetables offered by spring. The vibrant green color of this soup makes it as beautiful as it is delicious and is perfect for this time of year. It’s full of the fresh flavor of spring asparagus, with added texture and richness from potatoes and a touch of cream.


Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Ravioli with ricotta and spinach filling in mushroom cream sauce - A staple of Italian cuisine

This is a beautiful dish that can be served for a lovely dinner for two or for a wonderful dinner party and sure to impress!

Ravioli are traditional in Italian cuisine and loved around the world due to their versatility and flavor. The ravioli filling, made with ricotta, Parmesan, chopped spinach and nutmeg plays a key role in this recipe, with each ingredient contributing something different to the overall flavor: ricotta provides richness and creaminess and spinach is responsible for the savory side. The accompanying sauce is prepared using sauteed mushrooms with garlic and cream.


Saturday, May 3, 2014

Chocolate brownies - A sweet delight


Chocolate brownies are a typical American dessert that is considered a cross between a cookie and a cake

Chocolate brownies are a typical American dessert that is considered a cross between a cookie and a cake. They are dense, rich and packed full of chocolate and the smell of freshly baked brownies is just heavenly. Enjoy them warm with a cup of milk or a hot steaming coffee for a delicious morning or afternoon treat!