I absolutely love sweet breads. They make me want to make a frothy cappuccino and relax with a warm slice. I recently made several banana bread loaves for co-workers and having seen pumpkin puree in my pantry, I wanted to give this combo a try. It came out better than I thought! As much as I love pumpkin everything, I was rather pleased that this bread didn't have a strong pumpkin flavor. Sometimes pumpkin can overpower other ingredients... but this bread was wonderfully balanced. I had to throw some walnuts in for crunch and of course my favorite ghirardelli chocolate chips!
Panettone is a traditional Italian sweet bread during the holidays. It was first made in Milan and it now has become a staple on holiday dinner tables all over Europe and South America. In Peru we always had our Panettone after our meal with coffee or hot chocolate. Panettone has a kind of croissant flaky texture and it is filled with fruits. Simply serve it with a little butter and it is perfect on its own but this is a more decadent dessert and wow am I glad I made it this Christmas! The caramel sauce on top made the pudding extra moist! I am in love <3
These herby potatoes were a hit at Christmas. They are a yummy rustic side dish to any meal! The crispy skin and the soft insides were just perfect. I was very happy with these little dudes.
This was another of my Christmas 2013 side dishes! The colors looked so festive and the flavors were great together! A little sweetness from the cranberries, the saltiness of the feta cheese and shrooms and the crunch of the walnuts and the blanched beans, it was all awesome!
This year I decided to make a light Christmas dinner. In our family, from Peru, we are used to eating dinner at 8pm on the 24th and then staying up until midnight to celebrate with fireworks, champagne and the opening of gifts. This year we decided to do it Americana style and do our big dinner on the 25th around 3pm. So I thought some light dishes would be perfect for this! My caprese salad was one of them. Very simple yet so full of vitamins and flavor and cheese always makes veggies better if you're not to keen on them!
Christmas eve is 5 days away and the stress of getting everything ready for it is intense! Luckily I got most of my shopping done, just a few things left. I have to venture to IKEA tomorrow and I'm sure that's going to be madness. If only IKEA had a bar I could spend all day there with no problem! ;) I wanted to make one more batch of Christmas cookies before my banana bread baking bonanza began. I will be baking about 5 loaves of my banana bread for everyone at my office so my house is going to be nutty monkey heaven! My fudgy cookies turned out big and soft, the perfect cookie to leave out for Santa on Christmas eve :) Click "read more" to see the recipe and more pictures!
Finally, a cold day in Florida! And when I say cold I mean 50 degrees... So you northerners are probably laughing at me ;) Last night we did a little grilling outside and set up the fire pit to roast marshmallows. With Christmas music playing I kept thinking about Christmas cookies and after some poking around online I decided on shortbread with strawberry filling because it would look and taste so festive. These cookies turned out so tasty and sweet and would be perfect with a cup of coffee or even hot chocolate if you have a major sweet tooth! So buttery and delightful for a cold winter day <3
Today was a short day at work but I spent most of it in traffic going from one errand to the next. So in the middle of the chaos I decided I wanted something fun and sweet to end my day on a happy note! These pretzels are sweet, crunchy and so cute! They make me feel like hosting a party :P And the best part is they're simple and almost therapeutic to make.
Muffie Definition: Half cookie, half muffin and 100% delicious!
Oh I am sooo getting into the Christmas spirit. As we speak, I am drinking a skinny cinnamon dolce latte from Starbucks and I have the Candy Cane Christmas channel on Pandora. The Christmas tree has been up at our house since Thanksgiving weekend [not sure how I've kept it alive this long to be honest], the house is being prepped for holiday guests, and the temperature has dropped here in Florida, where the endless summer is a blessing a curse! A curse to me because I love the cold, I love snow and I love Christmas! Last night I wanted to make a simple cookie that was fairly HEALTHY! The next few weeks are going to be filled with non-healthy foods and I want to be in a "light Christmas eating mode" right now. These were perfect to satisfy that sweet craving!
I wanted to make a hearty yet light soup. I didn't want to feel like I was in a food coma after, but I did want that comfort food feel in my tummy and in my soul. This is my version of minestrone soup, it is a very Fall/Winter version of the soup as I used zucchini and squash instead of carrots and celery. Let me tell you how delicious it turned out! At first I was going to use spicy Italian sausage but then saw the Greenwise spicy chicken sausage and went with that, lighter yet full of flavor. Make this on a cold day and serve with some toasted baguette!
It was my sweeties birthday yesterday and of course I asked him what kind of cake he wanted, anything at all. We had been watching the Food Network a few days before and Bobby Flay was making an incredible German chocolate cake and he said THATS MY CAKE! ... oh boy. I had no idea what went into making this decadent treat. It is certainly lots of steps if you want it to be completely home-made... but let me tell you, it was worth it. The cake itself came out SO moist and fluffy and the coconut/pecan frosting was a sweet buttery glaze. I finished off the cake with an easy chocolate ganache, some toasted coconut and pecans to decorate.
I was born in Peru where life revolves around food :) My grandmother was a cooking goddess and I strive to be half as good as her! I love cooking and eating out and tasting flavors from all over the world. Check out my Facebook page (linked as "f" above my picture) for daily updates and posts! Thanks for visiting and happy cooking! Don't forget to send me your feedback!