Coconut Linzer Cookies

Holiday cookies are a really big thing in my family. Every Christmas my mother and I bake something like a billion different sorts to give out to family and friends. One of my favourites is the hazelnut Linzer cookie, an extra crumbly and buttery cookie filled with raspberry jam.These cookies are pretty similar to that seasonal favourite but they are also loaded with coconut flavour: coconut flour and sugar make these holiday cookies delicious and flavourful, plus they are also gluten free. They are fairly easy to put together and make a great home-made gift. Coconut Linzer CookiesIngredients½ cup hazelnut meal 1 ½ cup coconut flour ½ tsp salt ½ tsp cinnamon ½ tsp ground ginger ½ tsp baking powder ¾ cup coconut sugar ½ cup butter (at room … [Read more...]

Chestnut, chocolate & pears cookies

Being Italian, eating chestnuts during the holidays is a must, whether it’s roasted chestnuts that I picked up in the woods with my family, chestnut paste on toast or chestnut flour in baked goods, I think that nutty sweet flavour just makes every food taste cosier!  The combination of chocolate chip cookie (i.e. one of the cosiest food in the world) and chestnut taste absolutely awesome! Brown butter and pear just make everything more nutty and flavourful!Chestnut flour is naturally sweet so these cookies contain less sugar than most chocolate chip cookies, pears also keeps them chewy on the inside while the outside is nice and crispy.Inspired from the Top With Cinnamon CookbookRecipe (makes 15 cookies)Ingredients5 oz butter 1 cup chestnut flour ¾ cup + 2 … [Read more...]

Easy 3 Bean Vegetarian Quinoa Chili – A Fall Food Favorite

Fall. There’s everything to love about this season (ok except yard clean up). Even those dreary, drizzly days are a great excuse to just sit on the couch, organize your closet, read, or watch football AND put a pot of this delicious Vegetarian Quinoa Chili on the stove.Loaded with veggies and great flavors, this easy, hearty chili will satisfy everyone around your table. We’re raving about it – you will too!3 Bean Vegetarian Quinoa Chili Adapted from Two Peas & Their Pod Serves 10-12 Ingredients½ cup quinoa, rinsed 1 cup water 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 small onion, chopped 3 cloves garlic, minced 1 large carrot, peeled and chopped 2 celery stalks, chopped 1 green bell pepper, seeded and chopped 1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped 1 medium zucchini, … [Read more...]

Roasted Vegetables Winter Mash

Three roots for side dishes (pun intended)!Winter vegetables are sometimes hard to come by, but lucky for us, the rooted vegetables are in season during the winter. Their flavor is hearty and creamy, without having to add heavy cream into the mix. Also, by roasting the vegetables, not only do you have easy clean up, but the roasting process gives them such a wonderful flavor.This roasted winter mash will complement pretty much any meat and vegetable dish you have planned for a winter dinner. In these four easy steps, you'll have a lovely winter side dish on your table in no time:Prep Roast Purée ServeRoasted Winter Mash Ingredients1 medium white potato, washed and diced 1 parsnip, washed, peeled and diced 1 turnip, washed and diced 2 garlic cloves, … [Read more...]

5 Fabulous Side Dishes for Winter

Side dishes at their finest on these cold winter nights will certainly impress even picky palates. It's hard to say no to produce picked at its peak and made into both healthy and decadent side dishes that will complement any winter meal.1. Cake Mix Corn Bread from  Blissfully DomesticA winter meal isn't complete without bread. You may ask yourself, why is this bread special? Well, it tastes as good as it looks since it is made with a cake mix and corn mix. Sweet and savory to complement any winter dish.2. Stovetop Butternut Macaroni and Cheese from Lauren's LatestWhat a lovely way to warm up with the traditional comfort food of macaroni and cheese. Hiding butternut squash in the dish, not only adds flavor and creaminess, but makes it a little healthier for you. … [Read more...]