Vegan Penne Pasta with Mushrooms & Spinach

Vegan penne with mushrooms & spinach is a one pot meal and a one pot dish. Mushrooms, spinach and penne pasta are all cooked together to make this yummilicious meal. My theme for this week’s blogging marathon is one pot dishes. I will be posting 3 one pot dishes all three days, starting today. The […]

Amaretti Cookies

Amaretti are Italian almond cookies made with almond meal or almond paste. These cookies are native to Saronno, Italy and originated during the Renaissance era. Amaretti cookies are similar to French Macaroons. These make a great accompaniment to ice-cream or can be made as a sandwich with ganache or jam filling. Crumbled amaretti can be […]

Panzanella Salad

For second day of Italian cuisine, I have a Tuscan salad that is prepared with stale bread. In fact, in olden days this salad was prepared to use up any leftover bread. A thick crust bread such as sourdough boule, Italian bread or French baguette works the best for this salad. Regular sandwich bread doesn’t […]

Spaghetti ai Gamberi ~ Spaghetti with Shrimp

For this week, my theme is European cuisine and I picked Italian. When brainstorming for this week’s blog menu, husband mentioned that the mom and pop run Italian restaurant in the neighbor used to serve great gamberi and he use to order it very often when ever he dined there with his colleagues. This restaurant […]

Basil Pesto from Italy

For the last day of condiments for buffet on table, I made fresh tomato sauce. Later when I checked the condiments list, tomato sauce was not on the list and I had to make another condiment. I will post tomato sauce recipe tomorrow. Here is the tomato sauce recipe. I bought a bunch of basil […]

Minestrone Soup & Cheese Bruschetta

Minestrone soup is a wholesome, hearty soup with lots of vegetables and pasta! A filling soup for a cold, rainy day! Today we are traveling to Italy for a classic Italian soup, minestrone. I served minestrone soup with cheese bruschetta as my Italian combo food. Serve minestrone soup with or without bread since it is […]

Easy Garlic Cheese Bruschetta

Garlic cheese bruschetta is great snack and a starter and makes a filling meal with a with a bowl of soup. What is a Bruschetta? Bruschetta is an Italian toast rubbed with olive oil & garlic, usually served as an appetizer. Tough tomatoes, olives, cheese are some of the popular toppings for bruschetta, mushrooms taste […]

Spaghetti with Lemon Sauce

For this week’s three day blogging marathon # 46, my theme is lemons. I will be posting 3 days of lemon recipes. For the first day I have very easy, quick and yummy pasta. Spaghetti is cooked until al dente, tossed in lemon sauce and served hot with or without any vegetables. The first time […]

Italy – Prosciutto Fresh Mozzarella Tomato & Arugula Panini

Italian cuisine is popular worldwide, at least in the parts of the world I have been to. Some of the popular foods from this cuisine are pizza, pastas, gelato and tiramisu to name a few. I had a difficult time deciding on what to cook and I also considered other countries starting with ‘I’. But […]

Crostini with Cherry Tomatoes & Mozzarella

I recently joined International Food Challenge group organized by Saras & Shobana. The idea behind the group is to explore the cuisine around the world. This group started last year and last month was the first anniversary of the event. Since it was the anniversary month, the challenge for August was to cook one recipe […]

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