Thursday, January 18, 2018

Italian Pistachio-Orange Biscotti (Cantucci)

Let's take the classic biscotti to the next level with these pistachios-filled, orange-flavored, chocolate-dipped delicious Italian cookies

Ready to bake some biscotti?! And I'm not talking about the usual Italian almond cookies. But something just as crunchy, and just as delicious as the classic biscotti, filled with whole toasted pistachios, a touch of orange aroma and half dipped in melted chocolate. And for an extra kick to your tastebuds make sure to sprinkle these cookies with more crushed pistachios, OR drizzle them with melted white chocolate. Your choice!
Take a look.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Extra Creamy Scalloped Potatoes

Who can resist to layer after layer of scrumptious potatoes, creamy white sauce and cheese?!?
This video recipe is sponsored by Potatoes USA, in collaboration with Clever. All opinions are mine. Thank you for your support!
Bring comfort and elegance to your table with these irresistible scalloped potatoes, layered with a creamy besciamella sauce, topped with Parmesan cheese, and baked until bubbly and perfectly soft.
And for those of you who like the extra flavor, let's add some garlic and oregano in the sauce, mozzarella cheese and crispy bacon pieces in each layer to make these the best scalloped potatoes you've ever tasted.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Bruschetta with Italian Prosciutto, Triple Cream Brie Cheese and Fig Spread

Let's cheer to a year of new beginnings and endless opportunities with an inviting glass of Cavit Cabernet Sauvignon next to these delicious bruschette
This post is sponsored by Cavit Wines in collaboration with Honest Cooking
All opinions are mine. Thank you for your support! #21andup 
Have you reflected on the ups and downs of 2017 and made any resolutions for the New Year?!
One of my goals for 2018 is to focus more on kindness and random acts of "cooking". Like baking extra batches of cookies for neighbors and friends ... or total strangers. Just because!
I'm thinking about hosting more casual last-minute get togethers, without wasting time on formal invitations or five-course meal preparations. All that's needed is a delicious and quick meal, an awesome bottle of wine, and some fun company.
I guess I'm ready for someone to join me now to enjoy these scrumptious bruschette and amazing glass of Cavit Cabernet Sauvignon!

Monday, January 1, 2018

2017 Most Popular Desserts

Let's eat dessert first!

Happy New Year!
Let's start 2018 with dessert. And not just any dessert. But the BEST-of-2017 dessert!
Looking back at the past year, here is my collection of the most liked and most viewed dessert recipes... And for very good reasons.
Did you try any of these?! Make sure to share your pictures :)

Friday, December 22, 2017

Appetizer Ideas Perfect for Your Holiday Party

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from my kitchen to yours!

Have you made all your plans for your this year Christmas menu?
If you are looking for some fun holiday finger food or appetizer inspiration, here are some ideas for you. 
And don't forget to share pictures of your creations with me, and I'll post my favorites here. Just tag your public Instagram photos with #cookingwithmanuela to be featured :)
Happy Holidays!!

Arancini with Ham and Mozzarella: These rice balls are perfectly crispy on the outside, deliciously soft on the inside with a scrumptious melted cheese heart.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Christmas Sandwich Cookies

Make it a Christmas to remember with these buttery and flaky, jam packed sandwich cookies

Have you start your Christmas cookie baking yet? 
If not, here is a simple and delicious recipe for some buttery and flaky, irresistible sandwich cookies. These are perfect not just to enjoy with some hot chocolate or eggnog under the mistletoe, but wrapped up in some festive paper to make edible stocking stuffers.
And if were wondering, while tradition has it that people kiss under the mistletoe ... I eat cookies :)

Friday, December 8, 2017

Made-from-Scratch Double-Chocolate Brownies

This is for you, chocolate lovers!
Thick and rich, dense and fudgy - All you can wish in a brownie.
This recipe first appeared on Cooking with Manuela on June 14,2016
Happy National Brownie Day! 
I honestly didn't know it was today until I looked at my Instagram feed this morning. And BAM! All these incredible brownies, in all shapes and sizes, popped out at me.
Now, drooling and begging for a bite, I'm going to hit you with mine. Made-from-scratch, hot-out-of-the-oven, double-chocolate brownies.  Chewy and fudgy, rich and intensely chocolatey... Dangerous, I'm telling you!