Super Easy Dinner Rolls

These super easy dinner rolls are really a snap to make. You only need a couple of hours to turn out these fragrant and healthy rolls from your oven. They are versatile too as you can add a variety of spices and seeds. The rolls can also be molded into fun shapes as I’ll be posting several variations of this basic recipe in my future posts. Continue reading

Pumpkin Harvest Pancakes

These delicious pumpkin harvest pancakes are great for breakfast and are loaded with vitamins and protein. I used the “Andina flour” which is a mix of protein rich spelt, wholewheat and quinoa flours. If you can’t find this brand you could mix 60% all-purpose, 30 % spelt and about 10% quinoa flour. Or another good combination could be 1/2 all-purpose and 1/2 whole wheat flour. Anyway it’s the pumpkin puree that actually makes all the difference in this recipe imparting a special flavor and tenderness to this pancake. Continue reading

Pane di Segale Facile Senza Impasto

Questo pane di segale e’ facilissimo da fare se avete una macchina del pane, altrimenti si può farlo a mano col metodo tradizionale con almeno due lievitazioni. Rimane fresco e fragrante per almeno tre giorni e poi potete tenerlo in frigo per un paio di giorni in più’. Non buttate via eventuale pane secco! Può’ essere grattugiato e utilizzato per dei deliziosi dessert che troverete su questo blog. Continue reading

Dessert di Pane di Segale e Loganberry

Questo dessert di pane di segale e Loganberry sfrutta ingredienti semplici e genuini. Nel passato in Valle d’Aosta il pane di segale veniva cotto dalla comunità’ due volte all’anno. Poi veniva seccato in soffitta come modo di conservazione ed utilizzato in varie preparazioni. Qui propongo di utilizzarlo in un modo inusuale come dessert quasi raffinato. Le bacche di Loganberry sono in realtà’ un incrocio di lamponi e more. Non e’ sempre facile trovare questa marmellata. Si può sostituirla eventualmente con la marmellata di di lamponi o more. Continue reading

Chocolate Mini Pavlovas

These chocolate pavlova shells are a little bit more elaborate than the plain meringue shells but aren’t much more difficult to make. You only mix in a tablespoon of sifted cocoa powder and fold in some chopped chocolate. The flavor is well worth it with the shells crispy on the outside and slightly chewy in the center. A really special dessert for those who love chocolate. Continue reading

Norwegian Green Bean and Salmon Salad

This Norwegian Green Bean and Salmon Salad has been a long time family favorite. Full of protein and vegetables it can stand on its own as a one dish meal or it can be the star of a smorgasbord gathering. It’s also a snap to put together and tastes even better the next day. It looks pretty dressed up with sliced eggs with a bit of caviar on top or any other colourful vegetables. Great for picnics. Continue reading

Raspberry Ricotta (Cheese) Cake

This Raspberry Ricotta (cheese) cake is a cake with a cheesecake texture – that’s why I put “cheese” between parentheses. It could be both: a cake and at the same time a crustless cheesecake! You still have the rich taste of cheesecake without missing the calorie laden crust. The colourful raspberries add a boost of freshness and flavor too. Continue reading

Whole Wheat Popovers

I’ve never made a perfect popover until I tried “The Joy of Cooking” version. Popovers can be tricky and all the conditions to make them must be exact: the consistency of the batter has to be not thicker than whipping cream, the temperature of the ingredients should be at room temperature and the oven very hot with all the heat coming from the bottom. I also floured the buttered tins to ease the removal of the popovers. The classic popover is made from white flour but I prefer the taste and health benefits from this whole wheat version. You can also add chopped herbs like parsley and thyme or spices of your choice for extra flavor. The English version of the popover (and probably its origin) is the Yorkshire Pudding, which isn’t a pudding as Americans would imagine but a similar recipe using hot beef roast drippings in the bottom of the tin. Continue reading

Monza Grand Prix Cookies

Every year the first week of September in Monza is totally dedicated to the Grand Prix. The town is immersed in Ferrari mania with stores displaying Ferrari gadgets, race cars parked in the squares, people brightly dressed in red – and even some bakeries turning out cookies with the famous trademark. This afternoon the first two pole positions were won to the joy of Ferrari fans by Raikkonen and Vettel. Good luck for tomorrow!
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