Christmas Recipes

Christmas Recipes
Christmas Recipes

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Italian Recipes
Italian Recipes

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Dessert Recipes
Dessert Recipes

The Martha Stewart Pies and Tarts Book Giveaway Winner!

Thank you to everyone that participated in the Martha Stewart Pies and Tarts book giveaway!

I LOVE this book! I could bake (and eat!)pie every day!!

The winner is Barb from Creative Culinary. CONGRATS Barb! I know you will put this book to good use:)


Mini Plum Tarts and a Martha Stewart Pies and Tarts Givaway!

I like to snack on dried plums. They actually were one of my favorite snacks when I was a little girl. But back then we called them prunes. Dried plums sounds more sophisticated than prunes. I even remember having a glass of prune juice on occasion. 

Tartufi al Cioccolato–Chocolate Truffles and Dove Chocolate Discoveries Winner!

I promised all of you another Dove Chocolate Discoveries recipe. This one was my favorite to make. It is TO DIE FOR delicious and I am dreaming about them all over again!

Chana Masala with Basmati Rice

I recently have been lacking some culinary spark. I feel like I’ve been in a culinary funk. with what I am usually cooking and baking. I sometimes get stuck in a rut cooking the same dishes over and over again.


Vegan Fig Upside-Down Cake

Sweet and sticky figs dripping over a moist and rich cake. Hard to believe that I would use sticky and moist to describe a vegan cake. Usually I’m raving about the virtues of butter. I still love butter. A lot.


Petite Chocolate Mousse Cups and a Dove Chocolate Discoveries Giveaway

I know I’m guilty of neglecting my deep love of chocolate desserts. I have neglected my readers and their love of chocolate desserts. Most importantly, my family has been neglected. I think I have a delicious way of making up for the precious chocolate time lost.


Orecchiette con Cavolofiore e Asparagi- Orecchiette with Cauliflower and Asparagus

Orecchiette con Cavolofiore e Asparagi- Orecchiette with Cauliflower and Asparagus
Is it possible to live on pasta alone? Could there be a more perfect meal choice? Rich and smothered in Italian cheeses or a lighter version made with fresh seasonal vegetables; pasta is my favorite dinner choice.

Yes, we sometimes have pasta every day of the week!   We aren’t vegetarian, but I try to cook creative, healthy, meat-free pasta dishes as often as possible. I can my own tomatoes and we do eat them until we run out. Most evenings I open the refrigerator and check out what fresh veggies I happen to have.

Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE macaroni and cheese. I ADORE lasagne. But I save those dishes for once in a while. Sometimes a simple and delicate pasta dish is all I crave.

This cauliflower pasta dish is similar to one my mother-in-law Teresa makes. She is the guru of economic and healthy pasta dishes. She was successful in getting my kids to eat cauliflower by cleverly mixing it with pasta. Cauliflower happened to not be one of their favorite vegetables. Probably because I rarely cook with them. Since I learned her pasta recipe, that has changed. It’s now one of my favorite healthy pasta dishes.

I’ve been trying to remember tips I learned from Andrew Scrivani at IFBC. Andrew Scrivani talked to us about the beauty and appeal of steam in photos. It’s just not happening. I’ve almost burned myself every time. I think I need to leave the steamy photos to Andrew for now and will stay burn free.Winking smile

We had seconds of this pasta dish. It was THAT good.

Pasta con Cavolofiore e Asparagi- Orecchiette with Cauliflower and Asparagus
1 head cauliflower, cored, cut into florets
1 cup of asparagus, diced
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus extra as needed
1 small onion, diced
1 pound orecchiette pasta
a handful of Italian parsley, chopped
Parmigiano Reggiano
salt and pepper to taste

In a heavy-bottomed saucepan, bring 6-quarts of water to a boil and add 2 tablespoons of salt. When the water comes to a boil, cook pasta to al dente according to package directions.

Divide the cauliflower into florets. Bring a medium sauce pan filled with a little bit of water to a boil. Add the cauliflower on top of your steamer and let the cauliflower simmer covered. Steam the cauliflower for about 10 minutes.

While the cauliflower is steaming, sauté’ the onion and asparagus. The asparagus should be al dente.  Remove the cauliflower from the steamer and pulse a few times in a food processor.
You could also mash the cauliflower with a potato masher. Add the asparagus mixture and mix together.  
Drain the pasta and add to the cauliflower mixture. If needed, add a little more extra-virgin olive oil, add the chopped parsley and Parmigiano Reggiano. Season with salt and pepper and serve immediately. 

Hope you have a FABULOUS weekend! I’ve been sort of MIA recently. Back to school has been keeping me swamped and with little time to visit my blogging friends. I do miss seeing what you all have been up to. Luca has had some sleep issues and it’s like having a newborn again. I’m seriously sleep-deprived and trying to not be cranky. Tonight I’m hoping for a full night’s sleep. Keep your fingers crossed for us!Smile

Mixed Berry Angel Food Cake

Last year for my birthday, I was fantasizing about being whisked away to the City of Lights. I had Paris on my mind all year. I thought, why not a little Paris getaway for my birthday?

International Food Blogger’s Conference (IFBC)-New Orleans

Last weekend I had the privilege of attending Foodista’s IFBC conference in New Orleans. In trying to put this post together, I wasn’t certain where to begin. It was all a little overwhelming and it happened too fast.