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Mmmmm, pizza… It’s “chaotic pizza” time!

As a new mom with a part-time job, I have found these past few months difficult. I’m always exhausted and lack the energy to do anything meaningful besides attending to my baby. These days, food to me means sandwiches and sometimes pizza – and today I am going to write about the latter. I have called this “chaotic pizza” because it looks just like me nowadays: disheveled, all over the place and totally chaotic. The look of this pizza may not win any awards, but I’m not too concerned about it. I just think the pizza tastes great! 🙂 Keep Reading

Fall days are bagel days!

Doesn’t this bagel look strikingly beautiful? I can assure you it’s also very tasty 🙂 We have been eating a lot of bagels lately, and this is no surprise: every year, the arrival of the fall and the drop in outside temperature makes us crave this delicious and enticing treat. Nowadays, a freshly toasted bagel with cream cheese and a hot cup of aromatic herb tea is my husband’s favorite dinner combo. It is not too heavy and he can eat it late at night when he gets back from work, and then go straight to bed without the discomfort of an overly full stomach.

I like to experiment with bagels whenever I get the chance, and this is when I usually go back in time and pay homage to my mom’s or my aunt’s recipes. To fill this particular bagel I decided to use a combination of crumbled feta cheese, sour cream and fresh dill. Keep Reading

A review of the new menu items from Corner Bakery Cafe: Spring has sprung in the kitchen!

I don’t know about you guys, but I just love the weather outside! It seems that spring has come to Chicagoland and that, after months of grueling cold and icy roads, I can put away my heavy winter coats and wear light clothes – at last! Spring and summer are my favorite seasons because I feel at my best in the sun: I am confident, inspired, energized, happy. Now is the time when things and situations around me gain new meanings, and obstacles are approached with a positive and constructive attitude. Now is the perfect time for me to go ahead and work on any outstanding projects.

I always eat light in the spring and summer. Whereas during winter I often make Georgette’s zucchini bake and drink rivers of comforting sweet hot chocolate, in the spring I want to give my body nutritious but also calorie-friendly dishes. The foods I make at home and eat while out and about are informed by this desire to eat lightly, and each new dish I discover makes me very happy.
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Vegetarian stuffed potatoes: Going back to the basics during the Holy Week

This is the first dish that comes to my mind whenever someone asks me for Lent recipes. It is so simple, yet so satisfying! I found the recipe about 15 years ago in a magazine, and I’ve been making it ever since with great success. Nothing beats a few unassuming ingredients, which come together and create a genuine flavor experience. I like this dish so much that while writing about it I had to go to the kitchen and get myself a second helping. It’s so tasty! 🙂

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Ham and mushroom panini: It’s versatile, nutritious, and satisfying

This is one of my husband’s favorite panini, and he likes to eat it as a dinner upon getting back home from work. It is a comforting and filling “double meaty” panino, in which the wholesome texture of the mushrooms works in harmony with the energetic flavor of the smoked ham. This is a good source of energy and replenishment during the winter season: it’s a nutritious “winter warmer,” which delights your senses and fuels your body. Keep Reading

Pastrami panini: making use of whatever one’s got in the fridge

I hardly ever think of panini recipes in advance. Most of the time, ideas come in the spur of the moment – and upon opening the fridge and making a quick inventory of whatever is in there and can be used. After all, I think this is one of the purposes of panini: to bring wholesomeness and flavor to one’s dinner table without being overly complicated to assemble. Keep Reading