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Frutta al Spiedino

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  Perfect for Colazione or Dolci (breakfast or dessert). This fruit kabob (spiedino) is a colorful addition to the table and of course it’s paired with Cannoli Cream for that…

Frutta con Cannoli Cream

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  When it comes to dessert, Italians usually opt for fruit at the end of a meal. The wonderfully rich desserts that the country is famous for are generally saved…

Cannoli Cream

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  Ah, the cannoli, a masterpiece of Sicilian pasticceria! This dolce (dessert) is a crisp tube-shaped pastry shell filled with a luscious, sweet ricotta cheese filling. Dusted in confectioner’s sugar…

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Bittersweet Chocolate Truffle Tart

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  I have been making this tart since 1990 and it’s no coincidence that it is the same year Alice Medrich’s cookbook, Cocolat, came out. For those of you who…

Carrot Cake Muffins

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  With the exception of sugar beets, carrots have more sugar than any other vegetable. During the Middle Ages, when sweeteners were scarce and expensive, Europeans used carrots to add…

EspressO’s

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  Did you know that Oreo was the best-selling cookie of the 20th century? They have sold over 461 billion (with a “B”) Oreo cookies since they were introduced 100…

Creme Chantilly

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  Creme Chantilly is a French term for sweetened whipped cream. You’ll find it in all those sinfully delicious French pastries. It’s believed to have been created at the Chateau…

Catheryn Ann’s Bread Pudding

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Once upon a time there was a young woman who made a very good bread pudding. So good was this bread pudding that those who tasted it suggested she share…

Mardi Gras King Cake

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  King Cakes are a huge part of Mardi-Gras traditions throughout the south. Also known as Twelfth Night Cake, you will find this brioche-type pastry in bakeries from January 6th…

Pralines

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  During the 17th century, a French Diplomat named Cesar De Plessis-Praslin, had his personal chef create a candy as a calling card to give to the women he was…

Anise Biscotti

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  Italians LOVE their biscotti! We eat them for breakfast, for a mid-day snack with a cappuccino (my personal favorite) or dunked into the local Vin Santo, a sweet dessert…
Fiori di Sicilia Biscotti

Fiori di Sicilia Biscotti

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  For years I’ve made only our traditional biscotti recipes, anise, lemon and almond. My best friend, Dinora, likes the candied fruit one finds in fruit cake so I came…
Panettone Muffins

Panettone Muffins

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  I discovered this recipe the last time I ordered Fiori di Sicilia for my biscotti recipe. King Arthur Flour is the oldest flour company in America and has served…
Chocolate Ganache

Chocolate Ganache

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  Ganache is a silky-smooth mixture of chocolate and cream, and the results rely on the quality of the chocolate used. You can use semi-sweet or bittersweet, milk, dark or…
espresso biscotti

Espresso Biscotti

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  For all of us coffee lovers who just can’t get enough of our favorite beverage, this is a delicious treat by itself. But who are we kidding? We know…
Lemon Biscotti

Lemon Biscotti

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  I have been very fortunate to have a lemon tree or two every place I have lived. It is such a convenience to walk out the door and pick…
cuccidati cookie and coffee

Sicilian Girl’s Cuccidati Recipe

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  Each year I put aside a small container of these Sicilian specialties to be enjoyed long after the holidays have passed. As much as I enjoy the holiday season, I’ve…

Mascarpone Souffle

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  An indescribably delicious, light and slightly sweet souffle. I love making this dish when I have overnight guests because everything can be prepared the night before. You can use…