2012

Welcome 2012!

Another new year has once again arrived and although I am not usually one to look back, I decided that I wanted to do a short recap of 2011...

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Chocolate Salami

This is a traditional Tuscan dessert, that has become quite popular in many American Italian homes over the Christmas holidays. There are almost as many versions as there are...

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Warm Roasted Fennel & Parmesan Cheese Spread

This is healthy dip or spread recipe that I decided to try out over the holidays that highlights fennel. I wasn’t really sure how this dip would turn out...

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Ricotta Cheese Cookies

I made the decision when I went through the redesign of my blog that I wouldn’t include any recipes that I did not have up to date photos for....

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Arancini With Gorgonzola

I try and vary the appetizers I serve at our wine tastings in Umbria to match the seasons, as well as to keep things interesting for myself but these...

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Cranberry & Pistachio Studded Macaroons

Along with the 7 or 8 types of traditional cookies I make every year for the holidays, I always like to try out two or three new cookie recipes....

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Mocha Snowball Cookies

I make a number of cookies every Christmas, some traditional Italian family favorites, while others are cookies I grew up with myself. I tend to make the same cookies...

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Cranberry Walnut Bread

I’ve been back in the US for 6 weeks now and apart from our weekly pizza night, I’ve yet to use my sourdough starter that I brought back from...

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Pink Grapefruit & Cranberry Marmalade

When we are in Umbria for six months every year I make a number of different types of jams and jellies that I share with our farmhouse guests. Unfortunately...

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Hot Pepper Jelly

With the holidays quickly approaching, I’m busy getting some special treats completed ahead of time so that when my family all arrive I can spend time with them and...