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Lemon Wafers

Tweet As I pick the remaining lemons, within arms reach through the French doors in the kitchen, I’m careful not to disturb the countless, fragrant new buds and blossoms carrying the promise of the new crop. I have shared this citrus fruit with many friends as well as used them in a myriad of meals, […]

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Chocolate Espresso Wafers

Tweet Have you ever wondered why many chocolate dessert recipes have coffee in the list of ingredients? The addition of coffee, or in this case espresso, intensifies the chocolate flavor. I am a coffee drinker and prefer a rich robust cup and not a fan of the instant kind. However, I do keep espresso powder […]

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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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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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Sicilian Lemon Ricotta Cookies

Tweet These are soft, tender, cake-like cookies that have been kissed by lemons. They are perfect when you feel like having a small sliver of cake, but who among us really eats only a sliver? So, I bake these cookies, keep them in the freezer and take out one (or 3) when I want a […]

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Pignoli

Tweet These moist, soft and chewy cookies are found in bakeries all over Sicily and southern Italy. They are a type of macaroon made with almond paste and topped with pinoli (pine nuts). They are easy to make but because both almond paste and pinoli are rather expensive, they are reserved for holidays. Because the […]

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Sweet Potato Cupcakes

Tweet The last time I made sweet potato cupcakes, I didn’t have any ingredients to make an icing. But I did have large campfire marshmallows leftover from a camping trip. These marshmallows were huge. After the cupcakes cooled, I placed a marshmallow on each and stuck them under the broiler … a bit too close […]

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Mardi Gras Cupcakes

Tweet When you don’t have time to make the traditional Mardi Gras King Cake and need an easy alternative, these festive little cakes are the solution. However, this is not a brioche-type pastry like the iconic Twelfth Night Cake (King Cake) but it is similar in flavor. I use the same sparkling sugars for decoration, […]

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Holiday Cake Pops

Tweet Fun for all, especially the little ones, these cake pops are the solution to “How can we eat our cake and go on our walk at the same time?” This Christmas Eve we are breaking away from our tradition and participating in an event that has been a tradition for hundreds of families in […]

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Thankful

Tweet There is something about the month of November that is quite comforting to me. Though I’m busier than ever with projects and deadlines, with each new dawn I seem to find more time to reflect on the many blessings in my life … and I am genuinely grateful. With a renewed sense of clarity […]

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