Tag | Italian baking

Spiced Red Wine Cookies

Nonna Rhode Island’s chicken soup was the ultimate, with rich broth, thin noodles, and tiny meatballs. But her white wine cookies? Those would not have won any prizes. More biscuit than cookie, the egg-glazed rings of twisted dough were hard and not very sweet. You really had to bite down to break into them, and […]

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Raspberry-Strawberry-Rhubarb Crostata

What happens when you put a classic American pie filling ~ strawberry-rhubarb ~ inside a classic Italian crostata crust? You end up with a lovely springtime dessert. Rhubarb isn’t really associated with Italian cooking ~ at least not to my mind. The only way I’ve seen it used in Italy has been in the form […]

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Castagnole: Chestnut and Apple Fritters

Every so often, I pull a medium-size paperback off my bookshelf and get lost in its pages. The book is Tempo di Castagne (Chestnut Time), by Carla Geri Camporesi. It is a cookbook, but also a memoir of sorts, an ode to childhood, to country life in a different era, and to the chestnut in […]

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Quince and Ginger Olive Oil Cake

There is something wild and romantic about quince. It strikes me as a fruit from another era, one you are more likely to find in a 17th century landscape or still-life painting than your local supermarket. It’s always been a favorite fruit of my mother’s. When I was growing up we had a small quince […]

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Torta di Mele con Sambuca

Hello, I’m back. And I’ve brought a new apple cake recipe with me. This one is courtesy of my friend Marta Carrozza of Il Marchese del Grillo B&B in Sulmona. Over the last few years I’ve asked her for I don’t know how many recipes, and she is always gracious about sharing them. I’ve written about […]

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Classic: Budino al Cioccolato

I sometimes feel like I lead two different lives. There’s my (sort of) tidy life here on the blog, where I pop up every week or two (or three) with a new recipe, an anecdote, an update. Then there’s the other life, the one in which I’ve been more or less chained to my stovetop […]

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A Ciao Biscotti Giveaway!

[Big hat tip to photographer Antonis Achilleos and the design team at Chronicle Books for the book images] * * * * * * * * * UPDATE: First, I want to thank all of you who commented and shared your stories. You’ll never know how much it meant to me to read them. Truly a […]

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Coffee House Biscotti and a Book Signing

Apparently I wrote an entire book about biscotti without ever knowing that there is something in the world called a biscotti pan. Are you familiar with it? It’s essentially a long, shallow loaf pan that produces the kind of biscotti ~ fat and as long as a baton ~ that you find in coffee houses […]

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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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