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05

Jan

2020

Pine Nut Cake

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Pine Nut Cake for the cake batter: 2 cups pine nuts 1 1/4 cups sugar 1 pound (4 sticks) butter, at room temperature zest and juice of 2 lemons 4 cups flour 2 tablespoons baking powder 4 whole eggs 3/4 cup yogurt for the meringue: 4 large egg whites 1/2 cup sugar Preheat the oven […]...
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05

Jan

2020

Roasted Pepper and Mozzarella Bites

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Roasted Pepper and Mozzarella Bites 2 bell peppers, one yellow and one red 1 tub fresh mozzarella, preferably the cherry sized olive oil salt and pepper 3-4 fresh basil leaves Set oven to broil. Line a baking sheet with foil. Place the whole peppers on the foil and place under broiler. When the tops...
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30

Jun

2019

Happy 100 to the Negroni!

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June 24-30, 2019 is officially Negroni Week. And this year, it’s especially special…it’s the 100th anniversary of the Negroni. The Negroni is an Italian creation, for which I’m forever grateful to the creator. If you’ve never had one, it’s an acquired taste. I have most certainly acq...
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17

Feb

2019

Fresh Egg Pasta and Pesto

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Several years ago I bought myself a KitchenAid mixer for my birthday (the bright red one from the Pro Series…it’s beautiful!). Soon, the pasta attachments followed as a Christmas gift and I began making fairly easy homemade pasta. Then I discovered the Making Artisan Pasta book by Aliza ...
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28

Dec

2018

Dunderi

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Dunderi are delicious little dumplings made from ricotta, flour, and Parmesan. It’s italian comfort food at it’s best! Their origins are from the Italian Amalfi Coasf and are traditionally served with tomato sauce or simply with melted butter and fresh grated Parmesan. We’ve made these edible ...
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27

Dec

2018

Chunky Tomato Sauce

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I adapted this recipe from Jenn Louis‘ Pasta By Hand book. It’s a fabulous book filled with delicious, handmade Italian recipes. I highly recommend you add it to your kitchen aresenal if you’re a foodie like I am. Chunky Tomato Sauce 2 T Extra-Virgin Olive Oil 4 Garlic Cloves, 1/2 Large Yello...
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23

Sep

2018

Grilled Scallops and Milanese Risotto

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Cooking is a most excellent way to explore other cultures and bring back memories of visits to those cultures. We recently completed another venture to Italy, the northern part this trip, and discovered a delicious risotto that Milan is known for…spiced with fragrant saffron. Enjoy! Grilled Sc...
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05

Jan

2018

Homemade Ricotta

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I know what you’re thinking…”why spend a lot of time and energy making ricotta at home when you can spend a few bucks and buy ricotta in the store?” If you don’t want to take on this process purely for the sake of bragging that you made  homemade ricotta, then do it be...
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