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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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Toasted Almond Breakfast Cake

Tweet As a rule, when a recipe calls for toasted nuts, it really is non-negotiable. Toasting intensifies their nutty flavor and whether the nuts are whole, sliced or slivered, you can taste the difference! If I only needed a small amount to sprinkle on a salad or use as a garnish, I would toast them […]

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Flourless Chocolate-Orange Olive Oil Cake

Tweet It may sound odd but, I often plan my dinner party menus with the end in mind, meaning dessert. This makes perfect sense to me, as it is the final food guests will eat and leaves a lasting impression of the entire meal … good or bad. There are several folks I know who […]

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How to Grate Nutmeg

Tweet Nutmeg, the healthy spice that takes a back seat to your everyday spices for much of the year, comes out swinging during the holidays. This seemingly seasonal spice is used to flavor cookies, cakes and pumpkin pie, as well as soups, sauces and squash dishes and has dusted many a cup of hot chocolate, […]

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Chocolate Espresso Olive Oil Cake

Tweet I am not what you’d call a chocoholic, but every now and then, when only something chocolate will do, this cake is guaranteed to satisfy the craving every time. It has a rich, deeply chocolate flavor and is not overly sweet. It requires no frosting, merely a dollop of sweetened whipped cream and perhaps […]

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Cheesecake

Tweet Every time I make this cheesecake I am reminded of two things: to be grateful for time spent with family and of the “The Italian Place” in San Jose, California. There were no red and white checked tablecloths, emblematic of most Italian-American cafes in the United States. There were no waiters, rather a self-serve […]

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Sicilian Olive Oil Cake

Tweet This is a light, moist, slightly sweet cake that has been kissed by lemons. It is a delightful choice any time of the day. Serve a slice with a cup of ¬†coffee or tea, with fresh fruit of the season, perhaps dressed with a dollop of whipped cream or enjoy as a late evening […]

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Hummingbird Cake

Tweet I have been making this cake for years. It is my son’s cake of choice for his birthday and the traditional batter for our Easter Bunny Cake. It is similar to carrot cake (minus the carrots) only better! I have several Southern Living Cookbooks dating back to the 1970’s and this recipe made it’s […]

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Limoncello Tiramisu

Tweet   Although there are myths to the contrary, it may surprise you to discover that Tiramisu (which means “pick-me-up” in Italian) was created quite recently (by European standards). Sometime in the 1930’s, a small restorante (restaurant) in Treviso, located northwest of Venice on Italy’s Adriatic coast, came up with this decadent dessert. Clients of […]

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