Desserts (Dolci)

Italian Meringue

  There are three types of meringue, the differences lie in when and how the sugar is added. The one you are probably most familiar with is the French meringue.…

Crostata di Ricotta (Easter Pie)

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  “Natale con i tuoi, Pasqua con chi voui” Christmas with your family, Easter with whomever you please. This old Italian saying sings the truth. Colorful, flavorful and full of…

Candied Sweet Potato Tart

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  The art of making desserts is a great source of pride for the Southern hostess. Armed with heirloom recipes and an intuitive sense that company may be dropping by,…

Sweet Potato Cupcakes

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  The last time I made sweet potato cupcakes, I didn’t have any ingredients to make an icing. But I did have large campfire marshmallows leftover from a camping trip.…

Mardi Gras Cupcakes

  When you don’t have time to make the traditional Mardi Gras King Cake and need an easy alternative, these festive little cakes are the solution. However, this is not…

Holiday Cake Pops

  Fun for all, especially the little ones, these cake pops are the solution to “How can we eat our cake and go on our walk at the same time?”…

Candy Cane Marshmallow Pops

  The candy cane, synonymous with Christmas, began as a straight white stick of sugary candy. In the late 1600’s, (about the same time Europeans began using Christmas trees) a…

Nutella Fudge with Sea Salt

  The only fudge I have ever made (usually for the holidays) is from the recipe on the back of the can of Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk. Last week,…

Almond Ravioli Biscotti

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  Tis the season for some serious cookie baking! Biscotti (cookies) are enjoyed year round, especially during the holidays. They seem to make an appearance at every gathering from the…

Thankful

There is something about the month of November that is quite comforting to me. Though I’m busier than ever with projects and deadlines, with each new dawn I seem to…
Ricotta al Caffe

Ricotta al Caffe

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  Every Sicilian I have ever met has a sweet tooth, we love our dolce (dessert), especially those with sweetened ricotta! Sicily’s iconic cannoli with its crisp pastry shell, creamy…

Espresso Brownie Pops

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  Brownies, that iconic, no-utensil-needed dessert, has made more appearances at potlucks and back-to-school nights than perhaps her best friend, the chocolate chip cookie. I have eaten my fair share…

Grilled Peaches with Cannoli Cream

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  There’s nothing better than picking your own sweet and juicy fresh fruit from the trees. Sampling as you go with juice dripping down your arm, sitting at large picnic…

Nutella Ghiacciolo

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  Nutella, smeared on a slice of toasted bread, has been a traditional Italian breakfast for decades. Pasta Gianduja, the original version of Nutella, (Circa 1940’s) a thick paste, made…

Gorgonzola e Pera

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  By law and tradition, Gorgonzola is made exclusively with milk from cows raised in the Piedmont and Lombardy regions (borders Switzerland) of Northern Italy. This blue-marbled cheese (similar to…

Lemon Granita

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  Granita Siciliana is Sicily’s famous “icy” treat. It has a texture similar to an American snow-cone but that’s where the similarity ends. What a granita is NOT is crushed…

Lemon Panna Cotta

  Panna Cotta is simply a soft, sweet, silky-smooth, melt-in-your mouth Italian dessert. It’s similar to a custard (without the eggs) but with a creamier lighter texture. Panna Cotta means…

Mini Lemon-Ricotta Pancakes

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  Sometimes I just want a little something sweet! Have you ever made a batch of pancakes on Sunday morning (or any morning) and had a little batter leftover? So,…

Sugared Lemon Slices

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  These sugared lemon slices are the perfect little garnish for that special dessert. I also like to use them for ice tea and Limonata providing an unexpected touch of…