Claudia’s Fudgy Paleo Brownies

  Hello there! I’m crazy about brownies, especially the delicious & healthy kind. (Yes, they exist) Remember my Mind Blowing Black Bean Brownies ? Well, I now have another brownie recipe and it happens to be Paleo-friendly (Caveman approved)! These have a fudgey texture, made with 70% dark chocolate; without flour or processed sugar yet they can satisfy the…

Pull-Apart Cheesy Garlic Bread

Hello all! I wanted to call this “Party Bread” because it is sooo awesome – its best served at a party but it’s also like a party in your mouth. When you take a bite you wanna dance around in place a bit 🙂 People do that sometimes when they eat something really good. Well, the people…

Southern Buttermilk Biscuits

  Hello there! Southern biscuits have a wonderful soft flakey texture with a buttery taste. Crispy on the outside with an almost cake-like softness on the inside. I am in love with them, as much as you can be in love with food. Eat them sweet, savoury or just plain, for breakfast, dinner or even dessert….

Meatloaf with ‘Awesome Sauce’

  I feel like I’ve been talking about and craving meatloaf for years…. Actually, I have. The reason is that I can seldom enjoy one. My husband hates most minced meat meals. So, Paté Chinois, meat pie, hamburger steak, sloppy-Joe and meatloaf are all on the ‘no-cook list’. I, on the other hand love them all. Oh!…

Sicilian Blood Orange Loaf Cake

Hey there! This cake initially caught my eye because of its pretty pink frosting with those lovely, glossy blood orange slices on top and of course, the originality of it. You can always find recipes for lemon cakes or lemon loaves but never blood orange – the rare beauty. I found this where you can find all of…

Zucchini and Goat Cheese Tart

Hello there! Hope you are enjoying the holidays, spending time with family, friends and eating a lot of good food. We certainly did. One of my contributions to this Christmas’ fare at my Aunt’s house was this Zucchini and Goat Cheese Tart. It was a hit, plus it was pretty to boot. Not surprising really; I turned…

Marilou’s Make-ahead Breakfast Burritos (Burritos Matin)

  *Recette en Francais inclus* I’m not done with Marilou’s book yet. She’s great at this recipe thing. I am of course referring to Marilou Bourdon and her cookbook, Trois Fois Par Jour. Her recipes are easy, no fuss and contain ingredients that do the body good. These burritos are undeniably delicious and addictive. The main ingredients are…

Fancy-pants Soppressata and Gruyere in Puff Pastry

  I say “fancy-pants” because there’s just nothing more posh to me than puff pastry or good heavens, Gruyère cheese! Although, in reality, it’s just a classy salami and cheese sandwich. I actually went a slight bit rustic by leaving it whole and serving it on a thick wooden cutting board and people cut their own…

Vanilla-Sage Cornbread

  Hello there, It’s Oct 7th so Happy Birthday to me! This recipe was a delicious gift to myself and now also for you! Hope you try it. I began a love-affair with cornbread years back when my husband and I tried it for the first time at our favorite Southern-American restaurant called Savannah in downtown…

Zucchini Blossoms – Stuffed with Mozzarella and Anchovy

 Originally posted on vanillabeanonline.blogspot.com on Sunday, July 31st, 2011 Hello again I made the most awesome fried, stuffed zucchini flowers this weekend! They are edible zucchini blossoms. See the Wikipedia entry:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zucchini They are most commonly prepared dipped in batter, deep fried and with a sprinkle of salt.  That’s how my Grandmother, Nonna Rosina made…

Banana Bread with Pecans and Chocolate Chips

Hello there, This recipe is a favorite of mine and I make it whenever the occasion presents itself. Meaning: whenever I have bananas that are in a brown, sad state of affairs which is quite often. My husband is reluctant when it comes to fruit in general but I’d occasionally try to have him eat…

High Altitude Ghirardelli Oreo Brownies

These will make your taste buds smile. I am more a fan of Oreos than of brownies to tell the truth but put them together and you’ve got an irresistible combination. They’re not made from scratch, no, but they are soooo sinfully delicious.  When I am not making my black bean brownies, I am makin’…

Baked Pretzel Chicken Tenders with Honey Mustard dip

You will love these!  Pretzles are so flavourful that no additional seasoning is required and with the honey-mustard dip, it just satisfies all cravings – salty, sweet, crunchy with the juicy warm chicken on the inside. This recipe is family and figure-friendly and when you can whip these up in minutes, what’s not to love? 🙂 Best…

Mind-blowing Black Bean Brownies

Say whaaaat!?  Yup, if you’re still here after reading black bean brownies, I thank you. I do have a flare for the dramatic when it comes to food but I guarantee , they ARE mind-blowing because they are super delicious and taste like they’re terrible for you.  Isn’t that what we are all looking for,  the…

Jalapeno n’ Cheddar Shortbread Crackers

Happy Mother’s day to all the wonderful, selfless & dedicated moms out there 🙂 Also to those moms who prompt the phrase, “Its good but nothing beats my mom’s, (insert food here). For me its her meatballs – haven’t tasted better. My mom, who is all of those great things just mentioned, inspired me to cook when…

Watermelon “Cake”

      Hello there! I hope everybody had a great Easter or Passover 😀 This year, my contribution to the Easter festivities was a Watermelon “cake”. It’s not really a cake…although it looks like just like one. Its a solid piece of watermelon on the inside, deceptively decorated.  I found this recipe on Pinterest a…

30-Minute BBQ Chicken Pizza

Hey there, If you were wondering what to make tonight, here’s a good idea! This recipe caught my attention instantly because I love Southwestern flavors + its quick to prepare + its pizza but more than that, there are so many undeniably good things coming together here! The tangy n’ sweet BBQ sauce, roasted chicken, the red…

Best Pizza Dough Ever!

Hello there Vanilla-beaners, If you’re here, reading this, you are a Vanilla-beaner, like it or not. I have made my own pizza dough countless times in the past with sadly, just “ok” results. “Not worth the effort”, I used to say and often opted to buy from the bakery which was fine, until now. Since…