Archive | August, 2013
Granita di Caffe

Granita di Caffe

Tweet Bold and vitally refreshing, this sweet coffee cooler is a traditional Sicilian summer treat. As the summer starts to sizzle, granita di caffe is the typical breakfast in Sicily. A mixture of espresso and simple syrup is frozen into a crunchy sort-of slush. The granita is eaten with a warm buttery brioscia (similar to […]

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Frozen Italian Pudding Pops

Tweet For the last few years, our neighbors have thrown an Hawaiian-themed dinner party and this was the first year Jack and I were in town and able to attend. To make this sit-down dinner as authentic as possible, Pat (our hostess) assigned each couple a genuine recipe of the islands to prepare. By the […]

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Raspberry Sorbet with Balsamic Drizzle

Tweet Ruby-red and tangy-sweet, raspberries are a special treat. Lamponi, (raspberries) ripe with flavor from early summer through fall’s first frost, are versatile little frutti (fruits). I use fresh raspberries in salads, macerated in balsamic berries, transform them into a sauce, (poached pears with raspberry sauce) blend them into a frullato (Italian smoothie) and in […]

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Grape Granita

Tweet Remember when your children, (or you) played the Hot-Warm-Cold game? Someone would hide an object, then another person would try and find the object. The one looking for the “thing” would know if he was getting close when he was told, “You’re getting warmer,” and if he was really close, “You’re on fire” and […]

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Evaporated vs Sweetened Condensed Milk

Tweet In the early 1900’s, canned milk was the milk of choice. At the time, fresh cow’s milk, contaminated with bacteria, was considered unsafe to drink (before FDA regulations). My grandmother kept two canned milk products in her pantry, Pet Evaporated Milk and Borden’s Sweetened Condensed Milk. These are two very different products, can not be […]

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Lemon Ice Box Pie

Tweet This type of pie was named after the “ice box” it was stored in to keep cool. Prior to World War II, the majority of Americans did not have electricity, so that meant no refrigerators to keep perishables. Ice boxes, dating back to the 1830’s, were insulated (tin or zinc) boxes that typically held […]

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Southern Peach Creamsicle

Tweet The classic Creamsicle, frozen vanilla ice cream on a stick, covered in an orange sherbet, was my inspiration for this frozen treat. I chose to use peaches, since we are in peak peach season and I have a tray overflowing with perfectly ripe peaches. The creamy center is made with thick sweet buttermilk in […]

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Tiramisu Gelati Cake

Tweet I’ve put a “cool” twist on a classic northern Italian dessert. Tiramisu, typically made by layering savoiardi (lady finger cookies) and zabaglione, (an airy custard of egg yolks, sugar and Marsala) just became exceptionally easy. Simply substitute two flavors of softened gelati (I used a double chocolate and a salted caramel) for the zabaglione, […]

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Gelati

Tweet Our first Mother’s Day adventure abroad, was spent in Italy. Joe was very excited to visit the Roman Colosseum, as that was all he talked about for weeks prior to the trip. After a visit to the bank to exchange our dollars for Lire, (before the  Eur0) we walked to the Piazza Navona. A […]

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Chocolate Hazelnut Semifreddo

Chocolate Hazelnut Semifreddo

Tweet Semifreddo (half cold) is a partially frozen Italian dessert. You do not need an  ice cream maker to make semifreddo. Cold and creamy, this luscious dessert is easy to make. Similar to ice cream but more like a mousse because it’s made with whipped cream instead of churning air into the mixture while it […]

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