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Orange Marmalade

Tweet I feel quite blessed to have several citrus trees in the yard. There is one prolific lemon tree directly out the kitchen french doors, literally within arms reach, bearing an abundance of fruit. I have a pair of grapefruit, three oranges and a lime tree, that although it looks pretty, has never produced a […]

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Italian Prune Preserves

Tweet Once upon a time, Santa Clara County was the largest fruit district in California. In 1919, 98,152 acres were planted in fruit trees. The majority were prune trees (7,652,000), next was apricot (665,000), peaches came in third (482,000) and 385,000 were cherries. Not surprisingly, the county was also the largest canning and packing district […]

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Raspberry Ricotta Tart

Tweet If you need another reason to make the fresh raspberry preserves, this is it. There are many times I need to come up with a last minute dish for guests and must forage through the pantry shelves and refrigerator for inspiration. With homemade preserves stashed in the freezer, ricotta¬†and a pie crust, (homemade or […]

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Fresh Cherries

Tweet Fresh, ripe seasonal fruit is the perfect snack or dessert. My place of choice to find the season’s best is at one of those country road-side stands or a farmer’s market. A few years ago, my son and I came across a cherry festival in the Veneto region of Italy. We devoured our fair […]

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Chilled Summer Spa Soup

Tweet After making a batch of my flavored ice cubes, I got the idea to make a cold soup. I didn’t really want a hearty gazpacho, rather a light, cool and refreshing spa-like kind of soup. I often put slices of cucumber in my water glass and had several in the frig, so that’s where […]

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Raspberry Preserves

Tweet I haven’t done traditional canning in years. I much prefer recipes that do not require special equipment, take very little time to prepare and no hot-water-bath for the jars is required. This freezer recipe fits my definition of canning (especially during the hot summer months) perfectly. You can use canning jars, but any clean […]

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Frullato

Tweet Frullati (plural) are smoothies, “Italian-style.” During the summer in Italy, you can get this refreshing, cold and creamy drink in any espresso bar. The barista will skillfully make this blended fruit and milk concoction (similar to a milk shake, only thinner) with fresh fruit, milk and ice. This adult version, adds a splash (okay, […]

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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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Rosemary-Roasted Grapes

Tweet I’m certain you have probably roasted a chicken, cuts of beef and various vegetables, but have you ever roasted fruit? Roasting fruit intensifies its natural sweetness and is a great way to use fruit that is still good but, past its prime. I make this recipe and spoon over roast pork or chicken and […]

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