Category Archives: Boyfriend’s Favorites


Special days require special treats! Who doesn’t go to the best bakery in town to buy a big, luscious cake to celebrate the birthday of a loved one? My approach, tough, is always a bit different, for special occasions I scout the web and my recipe books, and I bake something special. What’s the special occasion? Well, today the hubby and I celebrate our first wedding anniversary. They say the first anniversary is the paper anniversary, but I am sure … Continue reading

Mushroom Crepes

Yummy! Crepes :) Back from Paris I still feel I missed on some great food so I made my own French dinner: crepes. But not the luscious Nutella Crepes, a salty version of crepes, or a breton gallette if you want. Call it whatever you like but this thing has an outstanding flavor!   When making savory crepes I like to use whole wheat flour. Whole wheat gives the crepes a flavor of their own, instead of simply using them to … Continue reading

Goat Cheese Jalapeno Crostini

Goat Cheese Jalapeno Crostini need I say more? These crostini are WONDERFUL!! I made them for a number of guests and everyone enjoyed them a lot :) They are my new party favorite! They are super easy to make, quite quick, and the topping can be made in advance. Actually if you make it in advance it will be even more flavorful. Also they will keep well in the refrigerator, just reheat them quickly in the oven, they will conserve the … Continue reading

My Spicy Potato Wedges – Hubby approved

Mmm potatoes :P Hubby’s favorite (only?) vegetable and these, oh these spicy potato wedges are delicious! Crispy and spicy not really hot (if you are careful with the amount of cayenne ;), a flavorful mix of spices. They are perfect with a steak or a burger! Ingredients 1 lb Yukon Gold Potatoes (500 gr) 2 tbs plain bread crumbs 1/2 tbs spicy paprika (you can find it in the latin area of your grocery store) 1 pinch sweet paprika 1/4 … Continue reading

Pizza -Dough and Margherita Topping-

Is today a special day for you? It should be because I am going to share a very special recipe: pizza dough, plus a timeless topping of tomato sauce and mozzarella, that is “pizza margherita”. Pizza dough is not hard to make, the tricks are: perfectly measured ingredients, 15 minutes of good kneading (10 if you can convince your husband to do it for you or if you use an electric mixer) and a warm place for leavening. This pizza … Continue reading

Tagliata of Top Sirloin with Arugula and Parmesan

I am definitely not a big meat eater, but sometimes a good piece of beef can be just plain good, and if your side is a healthy arugula salad topped with tasty parmesan it is even better. Today’s post features Max as a cook. He is my man at the grill. He was so happy when we got him a nice gas grill. We ate quite some meat after that :P He just bought a new recipe book: grilling and barbecues, doesn’t … Continue reading

Rum Flavored Lava Cakes

When I need (literally need) to eat something sweet, but the pantry shows no sign of interesting items to satisfy my sweet tooth I make Lava Cakes :) I whip them up after dinner and they are ready in 15 minutes! Last time I baked them I was feeling particularly sinful so I made a Rum flavored version of Lava Cakes, what can I say… here is how you can make them ;) The specified amounts make 6 cupcake size lava … Continue reading

Puff Pastry Pizzette

Yummy pizzette :) If you have ever been at a party with me you have most likely tasted my famous pizzette. I never get bored of these pizzette (little pizzas) and lately I have been making them as a nice pre-dinner snack ;) They are easy to do, very hard to mess up and they always taste great. They are good warm but also great when they are cold. Perfect for finger food parties! Ingredients – yields about 32 pizzette 1 … Continue reading

Walnut Crostata

<Updated on October 7th 2012 with new mouthwatering pictures!!> This is my FAVORITE cake! Hands down, this is not comparable to anything else to me, it is just pure love! A crostata is an italian baked dessert, similar to a pie. The pie dough is usually Pasta Frolla and there are many different kinds of fillings, I will post more crostata recipes in the future. I like walnuts a lot and I believe they are a fantastic ingredient for winter … Continue reading

Guinness Beef Stew

Finally the weather is getting colder even in Florida, so I decided it is time for a stew. I was feeling in the mood for something new and instead of cooking one of my safe Italian stews, I decided I should try to cook something with Guinness. I found this recipe on the web ( and modified it according to my taste. It turned out very good! This is a reach stew, the meat almost dissolves and makes a creamy … Continue reading