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Italian Cookies for the Holidays

As the Christmas and holiday baking season approaches, I am most grateful for the dog-eared and faded, hand written recipe notebooks that my mom passed onto me, along with her old worn wooden recipe box stuffed with splatter stained index cards that tells the stories of h…

A Merry Pear(y) Holiday Salad!

Need a different salad idea for the holidays? Bring your guests unexpected cheers by taking inspiration from what is in season like pears and team them with the newest darling of the cheese world, burrata. Burrata is made from cow’s or buffalo milk and is available …

A Keepsake Cookie for The Holidays

While traveling around the western coast of Ireland and the Wild Atlantic Way, I stopped to have lunch at a farmhouse café. It was cute as a button and so pastoral that I wanted to stay all day but there was ground to cover. On my way out, I spied the most gorgeous…

Bring Back The Cheese Ball

Remember the holiday nut encrusted cheese ball sitting majestically on a throne of Bibb lettuce and surrounded by crackers? It’s back and looking ever so hip with new flavor nuances. I like to ratch up the flavor with dried fruits like figs and apricots but cranberr…

A Baker’s Dozen Cookie Tips

Over the years, I have tried to perfect my cookie baking. Through trial and error and lots of cookies later, I think I am on the right track, so here are tips that may be helpful for you. 1. Choose cookies that can be frozen for a few weeks. 2. Convection baking results…

Thanksgiving Gravy

Turkey is king of the table on Thanksgiving and other holidays but don’t overlook making a delicious gravy to go with it. This one can be made a couple of days ahead of time and reheated when needed.Sherry Infused GravyMakes about 3 cups 1 tablespoon butter¼…

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Do The Mashed Potatoes…

Thanksgiving. It is a mere few weeks away and our thoughts turn to that annual family dinner gathering. The dilemma is what to serve for sides along with the bronzed to perfection turkey. I think we try too hard to do the impossible. Many will search the Internet and scou…

Designer Pumpkins

Oh, don't we know it is pumpkin season! The barista making pumpkin lattes, bakeries selling spice flavored pumpkin donuts and muffins, fields of the deep orange globes dotting the countryside, and neighborhood homes all decked out with pumpkins and Indian corn at the door…

The Right Stuff

Over the years I have tinkered with the classic Roman dish spaghetti alla Carbonara. It requires just a few ingredients but the right technique. We are talking about eggs, Pecorino Romano cheese, coarse black pepper and guanciale, cured pigs cheek as the sauce. These are …

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Postcard from Italy

I am just back from Italy and am still reeling over all the beauty of this country, even though I have been so many times before. Tuscany is a magnet for many travelers and Florence is a must, the center of Renaissance culture with eye-popping art at every turn. I never g…

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