Dessert Archive

    Nobody does Easter like the Italians. From chocolate fantasy eggs and wonderful cookies to the famous Pastiera, celebration foods abound. Lent, or Quaresima as it is known in Italy, is the period from Ash Wednesday to Easter, a time of self-enforced culinary deprivation during which cucina magra, or the consumption of lean food, […]

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Warm weather or cold weather, rain or shine, I make frozen desserts all year round, and my gelato machine occupies pride of place on my kitchen counter. I enjoy trying new things, and olive oil gelati are the subject of my latest experimentation. Here a simple egg custard based gelato is made with olive oil, […]

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Their gentle sway, the round bottom that nestles in my hand, the succulent flesh of a perfectly ripe Comice – I love pears. Succulent and sexy, whether roasted in cream and sugar, baked into a tart or cake, transformed on the stove top into Pear Vanilla Butter, or eaten out of hand, pears are one […]

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Ripe pears, cloaked in sweet pastry, baked and served in a pool of Caramel Sauce – what an elegant dessert! As soon as I saw Mary Risley, owner of Tante Marie’s Cooking School in San Francisco make these pears on a video, I knew I had to try them. Judy Witts Francini, owner of Divina […]

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Zeppole di San Giuseppe We have a winner! The winner is Laney of the website Ortensia Blu! Congratulazioni, Laney, your book is on its way! Rosetta Costantino, food writer, cooking teacher, and native of Calabria, gathered her husband and kids, and traveled through the Italian regions of Calabria, Campania, Basilicata, Puglia and Sicily to find […]

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Carrot-Ricotta Ravioli with Herbed Butter Green is the new black, so the food writers say. Vegetables are the answer to feeding a hungry planet, so the scientists say. However, this is not news to Italians. Their country’s rich soil produces an abundance of vegetables, each variety in astonishing array. Through the ages, from Apicius of […]

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