Friday, September 23, 2016

How to Make Italian Stuffed Zucchini

Get your ovens ready for this!
Looking for a new and interesting way to include more veggies in your diet?! You've come to the right page.
These carved-out zucchinis filled with a savory ground meat stuffing are the perfect, fun and wholesome twist to your regular baked zucchini. Very tasty and definitely one of my favorite. 
This recipe is fancy enough to serve as a side dish on a special event. Yet so comforting and easy to make for any weeknight dinner, maybe next to a couple of slices of warm bread and a big healthy salad. And they are also great for the kids, especially if you have one of those picky veggie eaters. You can now "hide" the vegetables and turn them into cute, green little boats.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Strawberry and Cream Panna Cotta Fruit Cups

Let's give a new shape to this classic Italian dessert
 with beautiful and fun, pink and white, panna cotta cups filled with lots of fresh berries 
I'm so excited to share this dessert with you today. Because I know that this recipe will have you itching to get into the kitchen and try it out. NOW!
These unique strawberries and vanilla cups have all the mouthwatering creaminess and richness of the classic Italian panna cotta. But in a eye-catching presentation and a fun gravity-defying shape.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

How to Make a Gorgeous Rose-Shaped Apple Dessert

It looks like a beautiful red rose. It tastes just like apple pie
In collaboration with Pepperidge Farm. Thank you for your support!
I love, Love, LOVE puff pastry. And what's not to love about a crispy and buttery layer of indulgence that tastes so good in both sweet and savory dishes?!? 
And I especially like it when I don't have to spend hours sweating in the kitchen to roll out the perfect dough that unmistakably puffs up in the oven. It's not that easy! Believe me - I've miserably failed before.
So even though I love dishes made from scratch (you know I do!), when it comes to puff pastry, I much prefer the easiness of running to the freezer section of my grocery store, and grab a ready-to-use puff pastry box. This pastry never fails and bakes perfectly every single time.

Friday, September 2, 2016

Moist and Flavorful Blueberry-Lemon Poundcake with Lemon Glaze

Rich, dense and moist pound cake bursting with sweet blueberries and drizzled with zesty lemon glaze
I know, I know. One more sweet recipe with blueberries.
You might be wondering, what's up with Manuela's obsession with berries?!
What can I say. Some things just can't be explained.
It might simply be my love for these healthy and delicious nature's wonder ... Or maybe it's the fact that they were on sale at my grocery store. And I just can't pass up a great deal!
While waiting in line at the check-out line, I was brainstorming about my next berry creation. I've posted recipes for blueberry muffins, blueberry crumble bars, blueberry and peach upside-down cake ... So how about a moist and flavorful blueberry pound cake?!? Oh yeah, look at this baby!

Friday, August 26, 2016

S'More Cookie Cups

S'mores like you haven't had before
Summer would not be complete without the awesomeness of bonfire s'mores. Gooey and chocolaty. For sure, one of the best summertime treats. 

Today's recipe is not your classic chocolate and toasted marshmallows squooshed between two crispy graham crackers. 
Oh no. 
It's that. And a lot more.
The same sticky marshmallow. The same melted chocolate, but creamier and richer. The same graham-crackers, but crumbled and sprinkled in chewy cookie dough. 
All of it packaged in a mess-free, travel-friendly cookie cup.


Friday, August 19, 2016

Healthy Pasta Salad with Grilled Veggies

Healthy, quick and delicious pasta salad with colorful grilled peppers, savory grilled zucchini and fresh  mozzarella.
I say, it's time for a savory and healthy recharge today! 
I realized I've been posting lots of sweet recipes recently, and not enough wholesome dinner ideas. 
And I do claim mine is a blog about Italian food. So for a minute, let's not think about chocolate covered  almond cookies or moist and buttery cakes exploding with fresh berries. And let's dive, headfirst, in this healthy and scrumptious vegetarian pasta. 
It's super easy and quick (ready in no more than 30 minutes) and it can be prepared ahead of time.
I'm sure you are going to love it as much as I do!

Friday, August 12, 2016

Heathy Peach and Blueberry Upside-down Ring Cake

Wholesome, moist and soft cake filled with fresh blueberries and juicy peach slices
Last week I posted a great summer recipe for crumbly and buttery peach bars. Remember?!?
Since my last post I've been debating about my favorite fruit for baking. Sunshine sweet and drip-down-your-chin juicy peaches? OR deliciously healthy, anti-oxidants and nutrients packed, cute little blueberries?!? 
Hmm... Because I really can't make up my mind, today I use both. Not in crumble bars, but a delicate and healthy upside-down cake. 
Take a look!