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Toasted Coconut Biscotti

Toasted Coconut Biscotti

Tweet This rich, buttery, coconut cookie recipe was inspired by a family wedding that took place in Kauai this past February. Just as toasting nuts brings out their flavor, the same is true when toasting coconut, while also adding a distinctive crunchy texture. Paired with budino di ricotta, a luscious cold pudding, this would make […]

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Lemon Ricotta Cheesecake

Tweet Cheesecake is one of those desserts that you’ll find in many eateries from casual cafes to fine-dining restaurants. Typically served with a graham cracker crust, the classic dessert is silky smooth and so rich and creamy, that just a sliver of a slice will do. My ricotta cheesecake is prepared without a crust, is […]

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Vanilla Olive Oil Pound Cake with Roasted Rosemary Grapes

Tweet Pound cake has been around for a very long time, as the original recipe dates back to the early 1700’s. The cake was called pound cake because the only ingredients were one pound of flour, one pound of sugar, one pound of butter and one pound of eggs … that’s a lot of cake! […]

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Candied Orange Fritters

Tweet Piazza San Marco, in Venice Italy, is typically filled with tourists (and pigeons) during the summer months. But, in February, this well-known Italian square is the heart of Carnevale, pulsing with seductive revelry. Magicians and mimes mingle with masquerade attendees dressed in elaborate costumes and ornate masks. Carnevale, which comes from the Latin carnem […]

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Scorzette di Arancia

Tweet If you can peel an orange and boil water you can make candied orange peel! I feel very fortunate to have several citrus trees in my yard and I take full advantage of the bountiful harvest. There’s something special about picking fruit fresh off the tree to enjoy on a moments notice and I […]

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Baci di Dama

Tweet Perugina, the renowned Italian confectionery icon, is Italy’s most beloved chocolate maker. On Valentine’s Day in 1922, Luisa Spagnoli, the co-founder, created their signature candy. Baci, meaning kisses in Italian, is the luscious chocolate and hazelnut confection that comes in the blue and silver foil-wrapping with the “special” love note tucked inside. Baci di […]

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Brown Butter Fig Biscotti

Tweet Toasting the almonds and browning the butter is the key to what gives these nutty, buttery cookies their depth of flavor and richness. Sometimes I add a smear of mascarpone and a dab of fig jam. This is my favorite “breakfast” biscotti!       Ingredients: 9 Tablespoons ¬†butter 1/2 cup sugar 1/4 cup […]

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Poached Figs with Ricotta

Tweet I have said many times that dishes do not have to be difficult to prepare nor costly to be delicious. A simple bowl of poached dried figs nestled on a cloud of luscious, creamy, ricotta is richly satisfying. Served warm, this is a comforting dessert on a chilly winter evening. And paired with a […]

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Holiday Spice Biscotti

Tweet Sugar and spice and everything nice, that’s what holidays are made of. I can’t imagine holiday baking without the aromatic fragrances that our favorite spices provide. Spices are derived from plants. You probably are aware that cinnamon is bark and ginger is a root but, did you know that cloves are flower buds and […]

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Salame di Fichi

Tweet Although it has been stated many times before that Italians typically do not eat a rich dessert after a meal, it is a well-known fact that Sicilians have a sweet tooth! And there is no better time to share some of these seasonal treats than during the Thanksgiving, Hanukkah and Christmas holidays. One of […]

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