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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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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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Hazelnut Biscotti

Tweet Frangelico is an Italian liqueur (sweetened spirits) made with hazelnuts. The pronounced but, delicate hazelnut flavor, has hints of vanilla and dark chocolate, adding a depth of flavor to this biscotti recipe. It may also be enjoyed in coffee or espresso, with a splash of soda water or on ice with lime. According to […]

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Petite Pistachio Cakes

Tweet Pistachios have been growing in Sicily for centuries and my grandmother always had them in her pantry. Removing the shells was a tedious task and required a bit of patience. Today, one can find them shelled, roasted and salted. These healthy, emerald green gems take center stage in these delightful little cakes. Because, my […]

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Ricotta di Cioccolato

Tweet This simple, slightly sweet dessert is made of luscious, creamy ricotta and chocolate and is a lovely ending to any meal. Paired with rich chocolate espresso wafers and bubbly Prosecco, this serving for two, is perfect for your Valentine’s Day celebration!             Ingredients: 1 cup whole milk ricotta 2 tablespoons […]

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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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Almond & Pear Torta

Tweet This is one of those cakes that doesn’t require a special occasion. Quite the opposite, as it is a favorite everyday kind of cake. The slightly sweet batter isn’t fussy and can be prepared in just a few minutes. Top with fresh pears (or other soft fruit, such as peaches) and a scattering of […]

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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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Honey-Nut Stuffed Dried Figs

Tweet Snacking on dried fruits and nuts (rich in omega-3 fatty acids) is an essential part of the Mediterranean diet and my pantry is generally stocked with a variety of both. Dates, figs, walnuts, almonds and pistachios are in the majority. The natural fruit sugar provides a burst of quick energy, while the healthy fat […]

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Panforte

Tweet Panforte dates back to the year 1000 and is the traditional Christmas dolce of Siena, one of the first cities in Italy to use sugar and rare spices. This rich, chewy, cake-like confection is loaded with hazelnuts, almonds and candied citrus peels and is spiced with cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, coriander and white pepper. One […]

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