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Holiday Spice Biscotti

Tweet Sugar and spice and everything nice, that’s what holidays are made of. I can’t imagine holiday baking without the aromatic fragrances that our favorite spices provide. Spices are derived from plants. You probably are aware that cinnamon is bark and ginger is a root but, did you know that cloves are flower buds and […]

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Salame Dolce

Tweet Italians, as a rule, do not eat dessert after a meal, choosing perhaps a piece of fruit instead. However, it is a well-known fact that we find time “between” meals to satisfy our sweet tooth. Biscotti may accompany the morning cappuccino as well as the evening espresso and any time is the right time […]

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Sfinci di San Giuseppe

Tweet Saint Joseph (San Giuseppe) is not only the patron saint of Sicily, he is also the patron saint of pastry cooks. The Feast of San Giuseppe (March 19th) is celebrated all throughout Sicily and in New Orleans, Louisiana. Of course, as is with all holidays, there is a whole lot of eating with family […]

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Gelo di Prosecco

Tweet Prosecco, an Italian sparkling wine, is made from grapes in the northern Veneto region of Italy and is the perfect celebratory wine. It is crisp, clean, light and refreshing, with a bubbly personality. Combined with the nectar of white peaches, Prosecco is used to make Venice’s most famous cocktail, the Bellini. I like to […]

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Blood Orange Chocolate Truffles

Tweet You may offer a terrific torta (cake) or several kinds of biscotti (cookies) to your guests after dinner, but there are some who consider chocolate to be the ultimate indulgence after a meal. These large, luscious, melt-in-your-mouth, silky-smooth truffles will be the exquisite ending to your dinner party. The secret ingredient is blood orange […]

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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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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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Gelati

Tweet Our first Mother’s Day adventure abroad, was spent in Italy. Joe was very excited to visit the Roman Colosseum, as that was all he talked about for weeks prior to the trip. After a visit to the bank to exchange our dollars for Lire, (before the ¬†Eur0) we walked to the Piazza Navona. A […]

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Poached Pears with Raspberry Sauce

Tweet Baskets of bright, fresh sweet raspberries from “Bountiful Baskets,” (a grassroots, all volunteer, food Co-op that distributes produce baskets at a substantial savings) led to more than a few raspberry desserts this week (Balsamic Berries, Gelo di Prosecco). After tossing them in salads, I still had enough left to make a raspberry sauce to […]

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Peaches in Wine

Tweet Simple and to the point, this dessert exemplifies the type of dish that many Italians¬†choose to end the evening meal. What could be better than a juicy fresh peach and a glass of wine? A juicy fresh peach IN a glass of wine. If you are fortunate enough to have a peach tree in […]

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