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Roasted Peaches & Ice Cream

Tweet Pesche arrostite e gelati is a great solution when you have more peaches than you can eat and they are all ripening at the same time! Roast a few or an entire sheet-pan, as they will keep in the refrigerator for several days (much longer than if they were sitting on the kitchen counter). […]

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Cannoli Ice Cream Pie

Tweet A thin shell of crispy, delicate pastry dough, fried to a golden perfection and then stuffed with a creamy ricotta filling is a Sicilian specialty. Cannoli can be found all over the island and enjoyed any time of the year. Not feeling like making the shells and wanting a dessert to beat the Arizona […]

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Lemon Sorbet with Candied Basil

Tweet Lemon Spaghetti and fresh Limonata are just two examples of why lemon and basil are perfect together. The last time I made a pitcher of limonata, I discovered yet another delicious way to pair these two ingredients. I strained the basil that’s used for the simple syrup, as I always do, but this time […]

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Cappuccino on a stick

Tweet A frozen version of my favorite coffee drink is nothing more than accidental genius. Accidental is the operative word here. I was making several batches of flavored ice cubes (Creamy Milk Cubes, Chocolate Espresso Cubes ) to have on hand for ice coffee drinks. By the time I made my Sweet Cappuccino Cubes there were no more […]

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Mango Soft Serve

Tweet Last week, a reader from Mississippi commented on my Lemon Ice Box Pie. She thanked me for the recipe and reminisced how this soothing summer dessert was one of her favorites. To this day she (like all good southern cooks) keeps sweetened condensed milk in the  pantry. In her latest issue of Food and Wine […]

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Limoncello Fresco

Tweet The famous Italian lemon liqueur, Limoncello, is simply lemon zest steeped in vodka for several weeks, then mixed with a simple syrup and aged a little longer. Served icy cold, (Limoncello is kept in the freezer) it’s the perfect after dinner drink on a sweltering summer evening or a refreshing libation on a sunny […]

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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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