Dessert

Tiramisu Gelati Cake

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  I’ve put a “cool” twist on a classic northern Italian dessert. Tiramisu, typically made by layering savoiardi (lady finger cookies) and zabaglione, (an airy custard of egg yolks, sugar…

Chocolate Hazelnut Semifreddo

  Semifreddo (half cold) is a partially frozen Italian dessert. You do not need an ice cream maker to make semifreddo. Cold and creamy, this luscious dessert is easy to make.…

Zabaglione con Ciliegie Brinate

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  From tiny villages to large cities, Italy is a country of festivals! Religious, worshiping saints, (and there are many) civic, celebrating the city’s good fortune and sagre, (country festivals)…

Budino di Ricotta

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  Luscious and creamy, this cold pudding (budino) is so delicious that you won’t be able to put down your spoon. This dessert requires no cooking and takes only minutes…

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.…

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.…

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,…

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…

Limoncello Tiramisu

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  Although there are myths to the contrary, it may surprise you to discover that Tiramisu (which means “pick-me-up” in Italian) was created quite recently (by European standards). Sometime in…
Lemon Curd

Lemon Curd

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  The first time I ever had lemon curd was also the first time I had a proper cup of tea. My mother and I were in Victoria, British Columbia,…

Sesame Lemon Biscotti

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  I remember eating these biscotti as a child, sitting at my grandmother’s kitchen table but, I never had them with a glass of milk. She always gave me a…