Mex-Itali Stuffed Cubanelle Peppers

Hey there! I saw some gorgeous Cubanelle peppers at Mourelatos and thought I’d find a recipe for them. Despite their name, they are Italian chill peppers. They are delicious, fresh tasting with just a tiny bit of heat and have a slightly thinner flesh than bell peppers. They are also sometimes called Italian frying peppers. I can’t really…

Mediterranean Spinach and Tenerumi pie with Dill and Feta

Education break! Ok… What are Tenerumi? They are the mild and tender leafy greens from the cucuzza plant. A cucuzza plant produces pumpkin or squash. The leaves or tender greens of the plant are very popular in Sicilian cuisine – a staple if you will. Finding them can be challenging unless you go to Jean-Talon Market…

Healthy and Hearty Chicken n’ Dumpling soup

Hello all, I’ve tried a great recipe today. I found it courtesy of foodnetwork.com in the healthy recipe section. It is healthy greatly because it calls for chicken breast only rather than dark meat & bones which are traditionally used in classic chicken soup recipes to add richness and flavour. However, this recipe won’t make a weak…

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…

Simply Delicious Drumsticks

Why…oh why bake these drumsticks when I could be BBQ’ing ??  Well for one thing my gas BBQ is out of order. What I mean by out of order is that it was blown off the balcony by very strong winds, like… Exorcist-style. So…yeah that’s out.  I have a charcoal grill too,  but I’m pretty sure it has a family of birds…

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…

Baked Asparagus Fries with Roasted Garlic Aioli

Hello there! Here is a fun way to eat your veggies! I made these the other day and they were delicious and fun to eat. I guess they are called asparagus “fries” because of their irresistable crispy coating and accompanying dipping sauce. Although they give you that rewarding “fried-style” crunch, they are baked and therefore healthy. Zero guilt….

Mamma Rosa’s Crespelle

Mamma Rosa’s Crespelle TBT! Originally posted: Tuesday, January 12th, 2010   What are Crespelle?  In a word , they are heaven. They are Italian crepes used as an alternative to pasta in dishes such as manicotti or fazzoletti.     Recipe for ricotta/spinach filling follows.   I had never even heard of them until my friend from work, Toni, had me…

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…

Opa! Greek Fresh Herb-Crusted Rack of Lamb

Throw-back-thursday!! Originally posted on January 9th 2011 on vanillabeanonline.blogspot.com   Hi, My choice for dinner tonight was this Fresh Herb Crusted Rack of Lamb from my fantastic cookbook, Around the Greek Table. I had people over for dinner when I last made this. All of my guests loved it and one of them actually described it as EPIC….

Be my Valentine – Cherry Cheesecake Tart with Chocolate-crumb crust

Hello-again Vanilla-beaners! Yet another Valentine’s day recipe. I love cheesecake in almost any form but I had never tasted this flavor combo before and it was delicious!! The cherry mixture is sweet and mildly tart dabbed here and there so it’s especially delicious when you get a bite with all three elements, the sweet crust, the tangy…

Bianca’s perfect soft-boiled eggs

Hello everybody! This is a mini-post – a simple recipe for those on a quest for the perfect soft-boiled egg. I love eggs and my favorite way to eat them is soft-boiled or poached and the added bonus is that making them does not require oil or butter  + I love yolk dip-ability.  😉  Before now, I…

Giada’s Vegetable “Meatloaf” with Checca sauce

Hello everybody, So, how’s 2014 treating you so far? I don’t know if its because I am in my mid 30’s now but this holiday season really affected my weight and I know that I didn’t eat more than in previous years.  I have surpassed my acceptable weight limit, broke the unbreakable barrier.  If my scale could talk it…

Monkey Bread – Easy entertaining

Instead of passing the breadbasket for Christmas dinner, serve this fun pull-apart loaf! I fell in love with this idea after seeing it in the November 2013 issue of Food Network magazine.  I had never heard of Monkey-bread before but it was love at first sight. I loved the idea of this pretty, multi-coloured and…

Slow-Roasted Filet of Beef with Basil Parmesan Mayonnaise

Hello there, Vanilla-beaners! I have a few recipes to share in time for the holidays. This, my first and favorite, was found in my new cookbook, ‘Foolproof’ by Barefoot Contessa.                     Out of my vast library of cookbooks, when I have a dinner party to host and want to…

“Fancy” Pernod Shrimp (Quick and easy)

Fancy Shrimp With Pernod Shrimp in Pernod is now my favorite way to eat this crustation these days! My dad makes this once and a while; it’s his specialty. I found this recipe on my previous Vanilla Bean blog site, “Classic Vanilla” 😉 I thought, “oh, yeah…this was really good!” What is Pernod, you ask? Pernod is…