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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 usesĀ  pumpkin pecan biscotti, (minus the pecans) […]

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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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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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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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Holiday Brussels Sprouts

Tweet I really like Brussels sprouts. I enjoy them for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I realize not everyone is a fan of this healthy cruciferous vegetable and most folks either love them or hate them. If your mom (or whomever did the cooking) prepared stinky, smelly, nasty-tasting Brussels sprouts, don’t blame the pint-size vegetable … […]

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Cinnamon Spice Pomegranate Pears with Mascarpone Cream

Tweet Pomegranates, an ancient fruit, dating back to biblical times, flowers between Passover (April 22, 2016) and Pentecost (May 15, 2016) and are ready to pick towards the end of summer. This autumn fruit was a symbol of prosperity and abundance and used to celebrate the fall harvest. Pomegranates, the rather strange looking round red […]

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Capellini and Clams

Tweet Canned clams are an economical, low-fat source of protein and can be used to make soups, stews and pasta dishes. I use wild-caught, Maine Whole Cherrystone Clams for this dish (available at various markets and Trader Joe’s). The ingredients for this quick and easy meal are pantry staples so, dinner can be ready in […]

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Fennel Apple Spritzer

Tweet Coming up with this recipe was the answer to two questions that started off the day; What kind of non-alcoholic drink can I offer for a lunch I am hosting and what should I do with the bunch of fennel fronds left from the fennel and orange saladĀ I just made. (See Creamy Cannellini Beans […]

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Almond Ricotta Cake

Tweet Much of the baking my grandmother did (usually biscotti) included almonds in some way. The almond tree was brought to Sicily by the ancient Greeks, who considered it to be a symbol of hope. Sicilians love their almonds! Of all the cakes I make, with the exception of Sicilian olive oil cake, this one […]

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Watermelon Pizza

Tweet Watermelon seems to be the quintessential fruit of summer for many folks. In Italy, there is a proliferation of fruit stands selling this thirst-quenching fruit, by the slice and in cups. Summertime is also the season of picnics, barbecues and backyard dinner parties. So, rather than bring your “usual” fruit salad, why not up […]

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