“Amaretti di Saronno” Romantic Mac & Cheese

See it here on Foodporn Daily!   Contrary to popular belief, the amaretti cookie and amaretto liqueur are unrelated. Both apricot kernel based delicacies hail from the Saronno region in Lombardy, Italy.  Amaretti cookies are enjoyed as a delightful treat with coffee, at tea time or with a digestif at the end of a meal…

Easy Peasy Orzo & Shrimp To Impress Your Crush

  It starts in the very pit of your stomach, like a small fire was lit within and your body warms at the thought of them. The butterflies in your tummy are causing unbearable turbulence that make your cheeks burn with blush and ache with permanent smiles. You didn’t expect it, you didn’t set out…

Midnight Creamy Polenta For Frans

After work drinks are a pretty common occurrence with my group of close friends. We frequent the same watering hole and know everyone sitting at the bar, including the barkeep. This familiarity, paired with excellent conversation, sometimes carries the “5 a 7” late into the evening. Recently, with my good friend Frans, our after work drinks, had their own…

Calamari Alla Luciana

Calamari From The Port Of Santa Lucia  I first came across this dish at the Montreal restaurant “Da Emma.” I was a little girl, about eight years old and my grandparents took me out for a lavish dinner to celebrate my birthday. Emma, who at the time was already in her sixties, came out of…

Let’s Have a Pesto Party!

Pesto 8 Ways   back to impress   Pesto. Yet another, albeit, surprising Italian Indian crossover. Basil, an herb that originated from India over 5000 years ago, is the main ingredient in classic pesto recipes. Pesto comes from Genoa in Italy where the ancient Romans used to eat a paste made of garlic, cheese and herbs…

Lobster Macaroni and Cheese

I think that Mac & Cheese has to be the universal definition for comfort food. There are so many different variations to this dish, but there is something truly naughty about adding lobster to it. In 1802, Thomas Jefferson served mac & cheese to his guests at the white house, which jump started the dishes…

Epic Butternut Squash Cannelloni

  Back to guilty pleasures   This creamy, irresistible dish, is packed full of rich flavours and textures. The butternut squash adds slight sweetness to this savoury winter concoction. Once the cream starts bubbling around the molten cheese, flecks of sage and walnuts studding the top of the pasta, you won’t be able to resist…