Salmon & Salad Plate

By Angelika Hanna Recipe: Prep Time: 10 min Cook Time: 10 min Total Time: 20 min Cuisine: World Cuisine Author: Angelika Hanna / Zest4Food Ingredients: Raw salmon filet Flavorless vegetable oil Missed lettuce leaves Celery stalk Sweet onion Black Kalamata olives Red Bell pepper Baby carrots Lemon juice High quality extra virgin cold pressed olive oil Kosher salt… Continue reading Salmon & Salad Plate

Veggie Stew & Fried Polenta Squares

By Angelika Hanna This recipe is inspired by TV cook Mary Berg from her CTV show ‘Mary’s Kitchen Crush‘. It is a hearty and earthy vegetarian meal. To make it vegan, leave out the feta crumble topping. Recipe: Cuisine: Canadian Author: Angelika Hanna / Zest4Food Ingredients For the Veggie Stew: 1 can (28 oz) Marzano tomatoes… Continue reading Veggie Stew & Fried Polenta Squares

Low-carb Spinach Lasagne

By Angelika Hanna Low carb, vegetarian, and super tasty! To make it more healthy, I used brown rice noodles instead of regular pasta. Recipe: Prep Time: 20 min Cook Time: 40 min Yield: 4 servings Cuisine: Italian-American Author: Angelika Hanna / Zest4Food Ingredients: Extra-virgin cold pressed olive oil 1 clove garlic, minced 2 tsp fresh thyme, minced;… Continue reading Low-carb Spinach Lasagne

Kale & Brown Rice & Quinoa Casserole

By Angelika Hanna Recipe: Prep Time: 10 min Cook Time: 45 min (plus cook time for the rice and the mushrooms) Total Time: 55 min Yield: 4-5 servings Cuisine: World Cuisine Author: Angelika Hanna / Zest4Food Ingredients Extra virgin cold-pressed olive oil 1/2 pound mixed mushrooms (Cremini and wild mushrooms), dried or fresh (If you use dried mushrooms, boil… Continue reading Kale & Brown Rice & Quinoa Casserole

Lentil & Sweet Potato Spice Soup

By Angelika Hanna Recipe: Prep Time: 10 min Cook Time: 30 min (If you use canned lentils) Total Time: 40 min Yield: 4-6 servings Author: Angelika Hanna / Zest4Food Ingredients 1 sweet potato, peeled and diced 2 carrots, diced 2 medium-sized cooking onions, diced 2 stalks celery, sliced 1 red Bell pepper, diced 3 cloves garlic, minced 2… Continue reading Lentil & Sweet Potato Spice Soup

Ina’s Chicken Thighs & Creamy Mustard Sauce

By Angelika Hanna Recipe: Prep Time: 10 min Cook Time: 35 min Total Time: 45 min Yield: 4 servings Cuisine: North American/Canadian Author: Angelika Hanna / Zest4Food Ingredients: 4 medium chicken thighs, bone in, skin on (the skin prevents the chicken from drying out; remove it after the chicken is cooked if you don’t like to… Continue reading Ina’s Chicken Thighs & Creamy Mustard Sauce

Stuffed Roasted Butternut Squash

By Angelika Hanna Recipe: Prep Time: 30 min Cook Time: 1 h 30 min Total Time: 2 h Yield: 6 servings Cuisine: North American/Canadian Author: Angelika Hanna / Zest4Food Ingredients 1 butternut squash Extra virgin cold-pressed olive oil 1 Nantes carrot , finely cubed 1 celery stalk, finely cubed 1 small cooking onion, finely cubed 1 clove garlic,… Continue reading Stuffed Roasted Butternut Squash

Cheesy Chicken Broccoli Casserole

By Angelika Hanna Recipe: Prep Time: 10 min Cook Time: 50 min Total Time: 60 min Yield: 3-4 servings Cuisine: North American/Canadian Author: Angelika Hanna / Zest4Food Ingredients: 2 chicken breasts and 2 chicken thighs, boneless, skinless, cut in bite-sized chunks (or any equivalent amount of chicken) 3 cups broccoli florets 1 cup of chicken stock… Continue reading Cheesy Chicken Broccoli Casserole

Baked Grains Fusilli & Tomatoes & Eggplant

By Angelika Hanna This recipe is inspired by Ina Garten’s Baked Pasta with Tomatoes and Eggplant. I modified Ina’s recipe in that I left out the fennel bulb and seeds. Instead of the fennel bulb I added the zucchini. It turned out as a delicious choice of vegetables. Further, I replaced the regular pasta with… Continue reading Baked Grains Fusilli & Tomatoes & Eggplant

Chicken & Kimchi Ramen Soup

By Angelika Hanna It was years ago when I visited New York City that I had Ramen soup in a Japanese restaurant. Normally, I don’t cook Asian meals for various reasons. One of them is that I am not confident in cooking oriental meals. Another reason is that I have to purchase exotic ingredients which… Continue reading Chicken & Kimchi Ramen Soup

Beefy Eggplant Parmesan

By Angelika Hanna Recipe: Prep Time: 20 min Cook Time: 85 min Total Time: 1 h 45 min Yield: 4-5 servings Cuisine: Italian-North American Author: Angelika Hanna / Zest4Food Ingredients 1/2 pound lean ground beef 1 medium eggplant, halved lengthwise, cut into 1/4 inch thick half moons Extra virgin cold pressed olive oil Dried oregano Kosher salt Freshly… Continue reading Beefy Eggplant Parmesan

Jamie Oliver’s Perfect Roast Chicken

By Angelika Hanna ‘There is something romantic about roasted chicken,’ stated celebrity cook Ina Garten in one of her interviews. And Prince Harry and Meghan confirmed Ina’s statement publicly before their wedding. The legend goes even further. It tells that girls who know how to make a tasty roasted chicken for their boyfriend or fiancee,… Continue reading Jamie Oliver’s Perfect Roast Chicken

Shrimp & Broccoli Pan

By Angelika Hanna Recipe: Prep Time: 10 min (plus de-frosting time for the shrimps) Cook Time: 20 min Total Time: 30 min Yield: 3 servings Cuisine: Italian/North American Author: Angelika Hanna / Zest4Food Ingredients 1 pound medium-sized shrimps, pre-cooked, peeled, and deveined Extra virgin cold pressed olive oil 1 tsp sesame oil 2 shallots, finely chopped 1/2 jalapeno… Continue reading Shrimp & Broccoli Pan

Roasted Eggplant Parmesan

By Angelika Hanna This recipe is inspired by Ina Garten‘s Roasted Eggplant Parmesan on the Food Network channel. However, I made a few changes to Ina’s recipe. I did not add any extra topping. My casserole ends with the layer of Mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses. I learned from experience that bread crumbs in combination with… Continue reading Roasted Eggplant Parmesan

Caramelized Fall Vegetables & Kale & Ginger & Brown Rice

By Angelika Hanna I have had this vegetarian recipe saved in my drawer for a good two months now, and today I finally have the time to transcribe and post it. It was inspired by a recipe from Editor-in-Chief of Kitchn Faith Durand. I made a change to my meal, though, in that I replaced… Continue reading Caramelized Fall Vegetables & Kale & Ginger & Brown Rice

Ina Garten’s Roasted Brussel Sprouts

By Angelika Hanna I had this recipe from TV cook Ina Garten on my mind for quite a while and today I am finally cooking it – as one of the holiday side dishes. Prep Time: 10 min Cook Time: 40 min Total Time: 50 min Cuisine: American Author: Angelika Hanna / Zest4Food Ingredients: Brussel sprouts, cut in half… Continue reading Ina Garten’s Roasted Brussel Sprouts

German Spice Cookies (Lebkuchenplaetzchen)

By Angelika Hanna This is a traditional German Lebkuchen recipe. The cookies are soft and chewy, full of nutty and fruity flavors with the classic German Lebkuchen spice mixture. This cookie is naturally gluten free. Recipe: Prep Time: 20 min (plus refrigerating time overnight) Bake Time: 22 min Yield: Approx. 20 cookies Cuisine: German Author: Angelika… Continue reading German Spice Cookies (Lebkuchenplaetzchen)

Holiday Choco Roll Ups (Schoko-Roellchen)

By Angelika Hanna This recipe is inspired by one of my favorite Food Network cooks Molly Yeh. I took Molly’s Chocolate Sea Salt Rugelach recipe as a guideline for my Chocolate Roll Ups with a few changes I made to my ccokies. Molly’s rugelach are on the salty side; I made my rolls less salty… Continue reading Holiday Choco Roll Ups (Schoko-Roellchen)

Debbie’s Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

By Angelika Hanna The most liked cookies on our annual cookie exchange among friends were these simple chocolate balls our friend Debbie brought. Sometimes the easiest to make and the most simplistic recipes are the most delicious and the favorite of all. Needless to say, I asked for the recipe and now share it here… Continue reading Debbie’s Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Holiday Shortbread Cookies

By Angelika Hanna Recipe: Prep Time: 25 min (+ cooling time) Bake Time: 20 min. Yield: Approx. 20 cookies Cuisine: World Food Author: Angelika Hanna /Zest4Food Ingredients: 3 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature 1 cup white sugar 1 tsp pure vanilla extract 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1/4 tsp salt Holiday sprinkles Dark melted… Continue reading Holiday Shortbread Cookies

Walnut/Marzipan Fingers

By Angelika Hanna Another delicious German recipe from Manja’s holiday bakery. Recipe: Prep Time: 15 min Bake Time: 12 min Yield: Approx. 20 cookies Cuisine: German Author: Angelika Hanna / Zest4Food Ingredients: 2/3 cup ground walnut 200 g marzipan 1 egg white 3 drops almond extract Dark melted chocolate Instructions: Preheat the oven to 355 degrees Fahrenheit.… Continue reading Walnut/Marzipan Fingers

German Chocolate Truffle Cookies

The credit for these delicious cookies go to my cousin’s wife Manja in Germany. Manja and her two daughters are avid bakers during the holiday season. They baked 21 different sorts of cookies this year. I saw her photos on FB and these truffle cookies caught my attention. I translated the recipe from German into… Continue reading German Chocolate Truffle Cookies

Mushroom Risotto & Onions

By Angelika Hanna Recipe: Prep Time: Approx. 15 min Cook Time: Approx. 55 min Total Time: Approx. 1 h 10 min Yield: 4 -6 servings Cuisine: Italian/North American Author: Angelika Hanna / Zest4Food Ingredients 1/2 ounce dried wild mushrooms, boiled Extra virgin cold pressed olive oil 3 medium cooking onions, chopped 4 cloves garlic, minced (optional) 8 ounces… Continue reading Mushroom Risotto & Onions

Dark Chocolate & Nut Barks

By Angelika Hanna Recipe: Prep Time: 15 min + 30 min refrigerating time Cuisine: North American Author: Angelika Hanna / Zest4Food Ingredients: Dark chocolate to melt (I used dark chocolate wafers) Any sort of nut of your choice (I used hazelnuts and peanuts) Holiday-themed sprinkles Instructions: Place the chocolate wafers in a large heat-safe bowl and… Continue reading Dark Chocolate & Nut Barks

German Star Cookies (Zimtsterne)

By Angelika Hanna Zimtsterne as these star cookies are called in German are one of the classic German Christmas cookies. Recipe: Prep Time: 20 min + 30 min cooling time Bake Time: 13 min Total Time: 1 hr Yield: Approx. 25-30 star cookies Cuisine: German Author: Angelika Hanna / Zest4Food Ingredients: 2 large egg whites 1 tsp lemon… Continue reading German Star Cookies (Zimtsterne)

Chocolate/Butterscotch & Peanut Holiday Clusters

By Angelika Hanna Today I made my first holiday treat of the season. It is non-bake and involves only 15 active minutes. Such a quick and easy and yet delicious dessert or snack during the pre-holiday season. There are different ways to make chocolate/nut clusters. You can line a baking sheet with parchment paper and… Continue reading Chocolate/Butterscotch & Peanut Holiday Clusters

Quick & Easy Halloween Chocolate Bark

By Angelika Hanna Happy Halloween Season! Recipe: Prep Time: 15 min + 30-40 min refrigerating time Yield: 24 (1×3-inch) bars Cuisine: North American Author: Angelika Hanna / Zest4Food Ingredients: 1 bag (24-ounce) chocolate chips (about 4 cups) 2 cups Crispy Rice Cereal Halloween candy of your choice to decorate Instructions: Line a baking sheet with parchment… Continue reading Quick & Easy Halloween Chocolate Bark

Anna Olson’s Pumpkin Pie Filling

By Angelika Hanna Happy Thanksgiving! This year, I have used Anna Olson’s pumpkin pie filling recipe for my pumpkin pie. Also new this year, I bought a chocolate pie crust shell to fill. It turned out as a good choice; the pumpkin goes really well with the chocolate dough crust. Recipe Prep Time: 10 min… Continue reading Anna Olson’s Pumpkin Pie Filling

Cabbage & Bacon Pan

By Angelika Hanna Recipe: Prep Time: 10 min Cook Time: 25 min Total Time: 35 min Yield: 3 servings Cuisine: North American/Canadian Author: Angelika Hanna / Zest4Food Ingredients: 4 pork bacon strips, bite-sized cut 4 cups green cabbage, shredded 1 medium cooking onion, diced 1 medium red Bell pepper, diced 1 tbsp vegetable oil 1/2 tbsp butter Hot… Continue reading Cabbage & Bacon Pan