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Asparagus Tart

Tweet Asparagus is my favorite spring vegetable! When tossed with ravioli it becomes a lovely light lunch and combined with lemony chickpeas creates a perfect picnic salad. If I’m in the mood for a small bite, prosciutto-wrapped asparagus enjoyed with a refreshing glass of  Prosecco or limonata is a splendid way to take pause and […]

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Cuccidati Crostata

Tweet Every year it seems our stash of Sicilian Christmas cookies are gone way too soon. So, this past Christmas, I saved some of the filling to make another small batch for Easter. Not feeling like baking, I came up with this crostata instead. It’s a perfect pairing with an afternoon coffee or for a […]

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Lemon Pistachio Crostata

Tweet Crostate is an Italian term for pies and tarts. They can be rustic (free-form), in recipes such as, crostata di pesca, blackberry balsamic crostata and caramelized onion and fig or they may require a pie or tart pan for dolce such as, crostata di ricotta (Easter pie) and bittersweet chocolate truffle tart. With an abundance of […]

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Pumpkin Tart with Biscotti Crust

Tweet This tart has all the flavors of your traditional holiday pumpkin pie but, with an Italian twist. Rather than making a pie with the typical pastry dough, I decided to make a crust of flavorful cookie crumbs, which is similar to a graham cracker crust. This recipe uses  pumpkin pecan biscotti, (minus the pecans) […]

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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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Blackberry Balsamic Crostata

Tweet Seasonal fresh fruits are nutritious and delicious any time of the year but, I find the berries of summer to be a special treat. They can be added to yogurt, cereal or granola, used in or on your favorite pancakes, transformed into jams or baked into scones. I usually just serve them plain or with […]

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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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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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Crostata di Ricotta (Easter Pie)

Tweet “Natale con i tuoi, Pasqua con chi voui” Christmas with your family, Easter with whomever you please. This old Italian saying sings the truth. Colorful, flavorful and full of fun, Easter is my favorite holiday. Unlike Christmas, where there can be an overwhelming list of things to do (shopping, cooking, entertaining, overnight guests, etc.) […]

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Candied Sweet Potato Tart

Tweet The art of making desserts is a great source of pride for the Southern hostess. Armed with heirloom recipes and an intuitive sense that company may be dropping by, she always has something sweet to offer her guests. Baking and entertaining, a creative outlet for many ladies, translates into tender luscious layer cakes, tarts […]

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