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Vanilla Pecan Biscotti

Tweet Vanilla has a recognizable, pleasant aroma and scent and is understandably the world’s most popular flavor. Last February I had the opportunity to visit a family-owned vanilla farm in Hilo, Hawaii. This biscotti recipe is my inspiration from that experience. In the tropical rainforest of Paauilo Mauka, is where I began my sensory journey […]

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Sicilian Cannoli

Tweet I remember the cannoli my grandmother used to make and I am so very grateful that I have her “handwritten recipe” for this iconic Sicilian sweet treat. I use stainless steel pastry tubes (which can be purchased on Amazon), my grandmother’s were made out of wood. My grandfather made them from a broom handle, […]

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Palline al Cioccolato (Chocolate Balls)

Tweet These little chocolate balls, a thoughtful gift for your favorite Valentine, are a variation of Palline all’ Arancia. This is one of the very few confections in which the Sicilian nuns used chocolate. Traditionally, they were made with rum. Since I don’t care for the taste of rum but, do enjoy anything with an […]

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New Orleans Beignets

Tweet The Crescent City is known for many “sweet” things, such as, King Cakes, a brioche-type pastry, which is a huge part of Mardi-Gras traditions, Sfinci, creamy ricotta-filled puffs of pastry, that celebrates the Feast of San Giuseppe, Bread Pudding and the Praline, a candy confection, dating back to the 17th century. But, perhaps the […]

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Palline all’Arancia

Tweet In Sicily, even before the making of pastries and confections became a source of income for the convents, the tasty treats as gifts were an acceptable currency by which the cloistered nuns could purchase the attention of the outside world. A tray of petite pistachio cakes or almond cookies was a fair exchange for […]

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Sardinian Spice Cookies

Tweet Papassini are traditional Sardinian spice cookies and without a doubt, the best spice cookie I have ever eaten! The combination of citrus, raisins and spices, produces a depth of flavor that gets even better after a few days. They are addictive. As an added bonus, your kitchen will be permeated with the most amazing […]

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Ossi di Morti Biscotti

Ossi di Morti Biscotti

Tweet In the Roman Catholic Church, All Soul’s Day, which was established by Pope Boniface IV,  specifically commemorates the departed faithful who have not yet been purified and have reached heaven. Catholics celebrate All Saint’s Day and All Soul’s Day in the fundamental belief that there is a prayerful spiritual connection between those in a […]

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Fruit & Nut Chocolate Clusters

Tweet Dried fruits, nutritious nuts and crunchy granola, all covered in chocolate make for the perfect treat for our after dinner walks in the woods. Many years ago, the year after we got married, my husband, Jack, and I built a home in the California Sierra’s. The “cabin” as everyone calls it, is surrounded by […]

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Ricotta “Cake Mix” Cake

Tweet Over the years, I have made various types of cakes with ricotta (even pancakes), such as, almond ricotta cake, blueberry breakfast cake and lemon ricotta cheesecake. This cake is different because it is not from scratch … I used a cake mix! As we are all aware, due to the Corona Virus, certain home […]

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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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