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

Cabbage & Chicken Pan

By Angelika Hanna Recipe: Prep Time: 10 min Cook Time: 35 min Total Time: 45 min Yield: 4 servings Cuisine: North American/Canadian/European Author: Angelika Hanna / Zest4Food Ingredients: 4 chicken thighs, skinless, cut in bite-sized cubes Extra virgin cold-pressed olive oil 1 tbsp plus butter 1 cooking onion, diced 1/4 red onion, sliced 4 cups green cabbage, shredded… Continue reading Cabbage & Chicken Pan

Deviled Eggs

By Angelika Hanna Recipe: Prep Time: 30 min Cook Time: 15 min Total Time: 45 min Yield: 24 servings Cuisine: North American/Canadian Author: Angelika Hanna / Zest4Food Ingredients: 12 eggs, hard boiled and peeled 1/2 cup mayonnaise 2 tbsp yellow mustard 1/4 tsp sweet smokey Hungarian paprika 1 pinch hot Spanish paprika 1/4 tsp Kosher salt 1/2 tsp… Continue reading Deviled Eggs

Classic Coleslaw

By Angelika Hanna There are many varieties of coleslaw customized to different preferences and tastes. The classic version uses the basic ingredients: mayo, sugar, vinegar, salt and black pepper. Simple and easy. Recipe: Prep Time: 15 min (+ 4 hrs refrigerating time) Yield: 6 servings Cuisine: North American/Canadian Author: Angelika Hanna / Zest4Food Ingredients: 1/2 medium-sized… Continue reading Classic Coleslaw

Steamed Beef Cabbage Rolls

By Angelika Hanna This recipe is inspired by a low-carb Keto meal plan. Fall is the main harvest season for the cabbages which means they are fresh and sold fairly inexpensive in the grocery stores. All good reasons to cook with cabbage. Recipe: Prep Time: 10 min Cook Time: 30 min Total Time:  40 min Yield: 8… Continue reading Steamed Beef Cabbage Rolls

Ina Garten’s Tuscan Roasted Potatoes

By Angelika Hanna This recipe is inspired by Ina Garten’s Tuscan Roasted Potatoes & Lemon. It is a perfect savory side dish that goes well with any meaty main dish. Ina does not add any onions to her Tuscan potatoes. However, I find that onions and potatoes make such a delicious match. I never had… Continue reading Ina Garten’s Tuscan Roasted Potatoes

Martina McBride’s Avocado Hummus

By Angelika Hanna This recipe is inspired by Martina McBride. In one of her episodes on Martina’s Table on the Food Network, Martina prepares avocado hummus by mixing white beans with her avocados and herbs/spices. Recipe: Prep Time: 20 min. Yield: 10-12 servings Cuisine: North American Author: Angelika Hanna / Zest4Food Ingredients: 4 avocados, pitted, peeled,… Continue reading Martina McBride’s Avocado Hummus

Oven-Roasted Tomatoes

By Angelika Hanna It is September 2nd. Late summer and the main harvest season in Ontario. This is the season when the farmers’ markets burst with locally grown vegetables. The grocery stores are filled with bushels of Roma tomatoes for a fair price. Of course, one has to take advantage of this season. This recipe… Continue reading Oven-Roasted Tomatoes

Mexican Guacamole

By Angelika Hanna Recipe: Prep Time: 15 min Yield: 2-3 cups Cuisine: Mexican Author: Angelika Hanna / Zest4Food Ingredients: 3 ripened avocados 3 tbsp white onion, minced 1 jalapeno pepper, minced 1 garlic clove, minced 2 tbsp freshly pressed lime juice 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped Kosher salt, to taste Freshly ground black pepper, to taste A… Continue reading Mexican Guacamole

Strawberry-Lettuce-Goat Cheese Salad

By Angelika Hanna I had postponed to make this recipe for a while. When I heard of it in the beginning of this summer, my initial, spontaneous thought was: ‘This sounds interesting, I’m gonna try this’. But then, every time I went shopping at the grocery store, I felt rather hesitant about buying the goat… Continue reading Strawberry-Lettuce-Goat Cheese Salad

Fried Turmeric Rice & Broccoli

By Angelika Hanna This simple and very easy to prepare recipe is perfect for a quick weekday vegan/vegetarian lunch or dinner. Recipe: Prep Time: 10 min Cook Time: 11 min (plus cook time for the rice) Total Time: 21 min Yield: 4 servings Cuisine: Fusion/North American/Canadian Author: Angelika Hanna / Zest4Food Ingredients: Extra virgin cold-pressed olive oil 2… Continue reading Fried Turmeric Rice & Broccoli

Pepperoni Pizza Wrappers

By Angelika Hanna Recipe: Prep Time: 5-7 min + 10-15 min moisturing time for the wrapper sheets Cook Time: 6-8 min Total Time: Approx. 30 min Yield: 5 wrappers Cuisine: Fusion/North American/Canadian Author: Angelika Hanna / Zest4Food Ingredients: 5 Egg Roll pastry wrapper sheets Pepperoni slices, cut into pieces (I quartered the slice) Canola or vegetable oil Tex/Mex shredded… Continue reading Pepperoni Pizza Wrappers

Quinoa & Chicken & Veggies from the Wok

By Angelika Hanna Recipe: Prep Time: 10 min Cook Time: 10 min + 15 min to cook and let cool off the quinoa Total Time: 35 min Yield: 4 servings Cuisine: North American/Canadian Author: Angelika Hanna / Zest4Food Ingredients: 2 chicken breasts, skinless, cut into cubes 1 tbsp extra virgin cold-pressed olive oil 1 tbsp sesame oil 1 garlic… Continue reading Quinoa & Chicken & Veggies from the Wok