Friday, August 29, 2014

Gazpacho - Refreshing & Flavorful

The use of fresh and colorful vegetables such as tomatoes, cucumbers, bell-peppers, onions, garlic combined with a dash of olive oil and vinegar produces a vibrant and appetizing gazpacho

Summer is slowly coming to an end and the market is still full of fresh, seasonal vegetables therefore today we'll honor them in a beautiful gazpacho recipe. Gazpacho is a cool and flavorful tomato based soup that is originally from Andalusia, Spain. The use of fresh and colorful vegetables such as tomatoes, cucumbers, bell-peppers, onions, garlic combined with a dash of olive oil and vinegar produces a vibrant and appetizing gazpacho. A nutrient rich, raw and cold vegetable soup is a wonderful option for a warm summer day.


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Guacamole - Taste of Mexico

 It has an authentic taste and my recipe includes fresh avocado, cilantro, fiery jalapeño pepper, tomatoes, red onions, a bright lime juice and a touch of cumin.

Today I am inviting you to a little culinary trip to Mexico, where guacamole, an avocado-based healthy vegan dip, is originally from. It has an authentic taste and my recipe includes fresh avocado, cilantro, fiery jalapeño pepper, tomatoes, red onions, a bright lime juice and a touch of cumin. Guacamole is delicious with tortilla chips, sliced vegetables such as carrots, celery sticks or bell-pepper. Serve guacamole as an appetizer for parties or as a nutritious snack.


Monday, August 25, 2014

Homemade Almond Milk - All-Natural and Healthy

With a silky and delicate texture and nutty flavor this all-natural almond milk is healthy, delicious and unprocessed

Have you ever tried or prepared fresh homemade almond milk? If not, today you will learn how easy it is and which are its health benefits. Basically, almond milk is an excellent raw vegan alternative to dairy milk. With a silky and delicate texture and nutty flavor this all-natural milk is healthy, delicious and unprocessed. This milk substitute is produced by finely grinding almond with water so it involves only two ingredients. It's versatile and can be used in different recipes and it's delicious on its own or with smoothies, cereals and desserts.


Friday, August 22, 2014

Red Wine Poached Pears - A Delighful Late Summer Dessert (III)

Red wine poached pears will surprise us with their elegance

If Monday we were delighted by a delicious blueberry pie and Wednesday, blackberry galettes rustic charm stole our hearts, today's red wine poached pears will surprise us with their elegance. This is a simple yet special French dessert and this recipe emphasize the pear's natural sweetness uniting it with a full-bodied red wine flavored with warm spices such as cinnamon, cloves and orange.


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Blackberry Galette - A Delightful Late Summer Dessert (II)

Galettes are filled with fresh ripe blackberries which means they are delicious on their own or even more delicious with a scoop of vanilla ice cream

As you know, this week we are celebrating late summer fruits and if Monday we honored blueberries in a classic homemade pie, today's stars are the delicious blackberries folded in a beautiful galette. Basically, galettes are free from French tarts with a rustic appearance and lovely charm. They consist of a single Pâte Brisée crust with its edges being folded up and around the filling. During baking, the galette becomes crisp and the dessert manages to be both rustic and elegant.


Monday, August 18, 2014

Blueberry Pie - A Delightful Late Summer Dessert (I)

A classic homemade blueberry pie which is a delighful late summer dessert to share with your friends and family

I am dedicating this week to late summer fruits such as blueberries, blackberries and pears. I have prepared some delicious recipes that I'm going to share with you in the upcoming days. So stay tuned! Today, I'm presenting you a classic homemade blueberry pie which is a delightful late summer dessert to share with your friends and family. It's encased in a delicious Pâte Brisée (pastry crust) with a wonderful buttery flavor and crumbly texture. The filling highlights the fresh and sweet taste of seasonal blueberries which are a true star and the warm spices such as cinnamon, cloves, vanilla and lemon zest enhance their flavor.


Friday, August 15, 2014

Dark Chocolate Gelato - Intense Flavor, Delicate Texture

Italy's famous gelato is a delicious frozen dessert with an astonishing clarity of flavor and a unique texture

Italy's famous gelato is a delicious frozen dessert with an astonishing clarity of flavor and a unique texture. It has a rich, creamy and elastic consistency that just melts in your mouth. It is usually prepared using fresh and good quality ingredients such as milk, egg yolks, cream and natural flavorings. Dark Chocolate gelato is my personal favorite and I found an amazing recipe for it!


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Summer Frittata - Simple and Versatile

Frittata is a delicious Italian dish in which the egg is the main ingredient

Frittata is a delicious Italian dish in which the egg is the main ingredient. It's one of the most versatile dishes being a wonderful venue for different types of vegetables, meats and cheeses and which can be easily be served for breakfast, lunch and even dinner. In today's frittata recipe, I decided to use only fresh summer vegetables like baby spinach, heirloom tomatoes and Portabello mushrooms. The result was healthy, light and tasty but also nourishing!


Monday, August 11, 2014

Herb Buttered Roasted Corn - Taste of August

Corn on the cob is a delicious vegetable that can be enjoyed on its own or as a side dish for a variety of meals

Corn on the cob is a delicious vegetable that can be enjoyed on its own or as a side dish for a variety of meals. It's perfect for a picnic, barbecue, or for a summer treat. The most common ways to prepare corn on a cob are grilling, boiling, and roasting. In this recipe, I roasted the corn in its husks, in the oven and seasoned with herb butter.


Saturday, August 9, 2014

Creamy Farfalle with Mushrooms & Asparagus - Earthy flavors

This simple vegetarian pasta combines the flavors of spring—mushrooms and asparagus—in a luscious creamy sauce

This simple vegetarian pasta combines the flavors of spring—mushrooms and asparagus—in a luscious creamy sauce. Tender spears of fresh asparagus are sauteed with sliced button mushrooms and then tossed with bow-tie pasta and Parmesan cheese white sauce, for a  delicious dinner dish.


Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Raspberry Muffins - Good Morning!

Waking up to the smell of warm raspberry muffins is a delicious way to start off a beautiful morning

Waking up to the smell of warm raspberry muffins is a delicious way to start off a beautiful morning. They are light, airy and moist and burst with fresh raspberries. These incredibly easy muffins are certainly hard to resist and I know they will become a new favorite in your kitchen too. Serve them with yogurt, coffee or tea for a delightful breakfast or brunch!


Monday, August 4, 2014

Chicken Caesar Salad - Light and nutritious

One of the most appreciated variants of Caesar salad adds just one ingredient: grilled or baked chicken breast, for a satisfying and yet light meal

Caesar salad is one of the most popular salads around the world being named after its creator Caesar Cardini (and not after Julius Caesar as many people believe). Simple in appearance, but sophisticated and subtle in flavor, Caesar salad is highlighted by the pungent taste of Parmesan and a complex dressing set off by the crunchy croutons and Romaine lettuce.