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Sicilian Amaretti

Tweet Amaretti, are Italian cookies made with almonds.¬†Although I have made these cookies with almonds, pistachios are the traditional nuts used by Sicilians. My grandmother always bought the nuts in the shells, which needed to be removed before the baking of any cookies or cakes commenced. These amaretti are crisp on the outside with a […]

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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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Biscotti alla Zucca

Tweet These little pumpkin (zucca in Italian) cookies are about the size of a tablespoon. You simply mix the ingredients together to form a dough, chill in the refrigerator for an hour and then roll into a log, slice and bake. The cookies have a gentle sweetness, are spiced with cinnamon and kissed by lemon. […]

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Pumpkin Pecan Biscotti

Tweet I don’t know about you but, when the weather gets cooler, I have an urge to fill the kitchen with the intoxicating aromas of soul satisfying soups and stews and sinfully delicious desserts. It’s in my DNA! Before the required (family pouts if they don’t get it) seasonal baking begins, I enjoy coming up […]

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Italian Apple Cake

Tweet Like my toasted almond breakfast cake, olive oil zucchini bread and mascarpone souffle, this is another fitting addition to your morning meal. Made with apples and cinnamon, golden raisins and extra-virgin olive oil, this slightly sweet cake is just as happy paired with a mug of hot coffee as it is with a cold […]

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Honey Mousse

Tweet Milk and honey were both among the earliest foods of humankind and the earliest mentioned in the bible. “A land flowing with milk and honey” (Exod.3:8), is an expression describing the agricultural prosperity of the Holy Land. Honey, miele in Italian, is a natural alternative to refined sugar and comes in thousands of variations. […]

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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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Toasted Coconut Biscotti

Toasted Coconut Biscotti

Tweet This rich, buttery, coconut cookie recipe was inspired by a family wedding that took place in Kauai this past February. Just as toasting nuts brings out their flavor, the same is true when toasting coconut, while also adding a distinctive crunchy texture. Paired with budino di ricotta, a luscious cold pudding, this would make […]

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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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