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Dicembre Dolce: Cranberry-Hazelnut Biscotti

I have my issues with social media (don’t we all) but there are times when I appreciate ~ even enjoy ~ it. Like when a spontaneous cookie exchange breaks out on Facebook. That is what happened to Linda, Adri, Marie and me a couple of weeks ago. One minute we were all commenting on a […]

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Dicembre Dolce: Torta Ubriaca

I love this cake for two reasons. First, it combines chocolate and red wine, two of my favorite ingredients. Second, the recipe was given to me by my friend Marta Carrozza. Marta and her husband, Alessandro Maceroni, own Il Marchese del Grillo, a bed-and-breakfast in the heart of Sulmona. The small B & B has […]

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Dicembre Dolce: Torta di Nocciole

Welcome to the 2014 edition of Dicembre Dolce. This is the month in which I post recipes for fabulous Italian sweets. We’re kicking off the season with an elegant torta di nocciole, hazelnut cake, a specialty of the Piemonte region. This cake has been on my mind since I enjoyed a slice a couple of weeks ago […]

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Pumpkin Pie with Mascarpone

Confession: I’ve always liked the idea of pumpkin pie better than pumpkin pie itself. A wedge of deep-orange pie, neatly sliced and dolloped with fresh whipped cream to cap off Thanksgiving dinner–what could be better? Nothing, except a cold piece the next morning, washed down with hot coffee. I so want to love it. In reality, pumpkin […]

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Torta di Mele {Apple Cake}

It’s the weekend. Let’s have some cake! Here’s a recipe for a classic(ish) Italian torta di mele ~ apple cake. Unlike American apple cake, which seems to me more of a spice cake with an afterthought of apples tossed in, this cake is about the apples. They make up most of the filling, bound by a small […]

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Tozzetti ~ Wine Cookies with Cinnamon

During the latter half of our Abruzzo culinary tour, we stayed at Agriturismo Il Portone, in the foothills of the Majella mountains. The place is run by a sweet young couple, Donatella and Giancarlo. Donatella can often be found in the kitchen baking chocolate tarts and cookies, which she sets out for breakfast. I loved […]

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Four Egg Whites and a Pavlova

Remember a few weeks back when I posted the recipe for lemon-ricotta crostata with mascarpone? As much as I love that recipe, it irked me that it leaves you with four egg whites. But now I feel better because I know exactly what you should do with those whites. Make a pavlova. Make this ethereal […]

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Please Don’t Eat the Daisies

The other morning on my walk I passed a young man sitting on the roof of a car. He was perched up pretty high, so probably an SUV, though lacking the car gene that both my Michigander husband and my son seem to have, I didn’t notice the make or model. The boy looked to be […]

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Lemon-Ricotta Crostata with Mascarpone

There’s almost always a ricotta pie of some sort on our Easter table. When I was growing up it was my mother’s pastiera, a lattice-topped torte filled with a mixture of fresh ricotta, beaten eggs, sugar and cooked wheat berries, and flavored with a dash of cinnamon and a splash of Punch Abruzzo. I liked […]

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Gelato alla Nocciola for January

It took me years ~ no, decades ~ to appreciate gelato alla nocciola. Chocolate, not hazelnut, was my flavor when I was a child and it kept on that way for years, through visits to gelaterie from Venice to Palermo and at our favorite parlors in Rome and Silvi Marina, where we spent our summers: cioccolato, in […]

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