Christmas Recipes

Christmas Recipes
Christmas Recipes

Italian Recipes

Italian Recipes
Italian Recipes

Dessert Recipes

Dessert Recipes
Dessert Recipes

Brie and Ham Pizza {Pizza con Prosciutto Cotto e Brie}

There are some Italian meals you will always find us making in our kitchen during the week. On any night of the week, you will find us making pasta, risotto, and of course, homemade pizza. 

Guava Jam Coffee Cake

The other day I came across some gorgeous and very ripe guavas. The other day was really more like a month ago. My daughter enjoys reminding me how I often refer to any thing that happened in the not so distant past as, “the other day”. 

Cornmeal Peasant Boule for Abby Dodge’s #Baketogether

At the beginning of the month, my lovely and talented friend Abby Dodge announced the new #Baketogether idea. Abby knew we were all a little burnt out from sweets during the holidays (gasp! how could it be?);). She proposed a Peasant Boule for #Baketogether. I couldn't wait to get baking.

Beet, Orange, Kumquat, and Quinoa Salad

Yes! It’s a salad recipe. I know you were maybe expecting another yummy cake. Are you in the mood for something amazing and healthy? I am!


Chobani Givewaway Winner

Hello my sweet friends! I appreciate all of your wonderful comments on my Rustic Apple Yogurt Cake.

The winner of the super fabulous Chobani Greek Yogurt giveaway is :

Tina  (@HappyTina)

Congratulations Tina:) Email us at cakeduchess @ with your mailing info and we'll make sure the Chobani is on its way soon for you to enjoy:)


Rustic Apple Cake with Yogurt-Torta di Mele allo Yogurt

I don’t know about you, but I always have room for another delicious apple cake recipe in my expanding apple dessert recipe collection.


Torta di Marzapane e Marmellata-Orange Marzipan Cake

It’s funny to think that during the holidays I do the same thing every, single year. I get so psyched up about wanting to be the perfect planner and holiday baker. I carefully make my plans only to realize, plans change.


Vegan Black Sticky Gingerbread

There are some adjectives that instantly attract me to a baking recipe. Sticky and gooey are very attractive baking adjectives. Ooey and gooey together will get me to bake the recipe immediately. 

Torta Salata-Mixed Vegetable Galette

If you've been following my baking chronicles this past year, it's a little obvious that I have a great love of pies, tarts, crostatas. Savory tarts are just a wonderful excuse to have a pie for dinner. I love the ease of being able to fill it with whatever you have on hand.


Torta agli Agrumi-Citrus Olive Oil Cake

We are spoiled living in Florida by gorgeous, sunny winters and the most beautiful citrus fruits. We eat tangerines and grapefruits every day. You can always find a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice for breakfast here in our sunny kitchen. 

Roasted Golden Beets with Orange and Thyme

I mentioned in my last post that I will eat much healthier this year than in past years. My plan is to try to incorporate the most delicious veggie dishes in my diet every day. There will still be sweets.;)

I’ve been wanting to make something with beets. I finally came across some golden beets at Whole Foods the other day.

I just knew when I found these beets that they would go in a delicious and healthy salad for lunch one day. So I bought them and let them sit in the back of my veggie drawer in the fridge. They sat there for about 2 weeks.
Then I received my January issue of Martha Stewart’s Everyday Food and the recipe I wanted to try was right there on page 109. She uses red beets in the recipe. I had all the ingredients except for the fresh thyme.

No problem with that since my next door neighbors have the most gorgeous herbs in pretty pots scattered around their front yard. While the beets were roasting, I snuck over and pinched a bunch of their pretty thyme and the recipe was ready to be made.
Thanks, Eric! Love your herb garden.

Are you with me in getting more veggies in your diet this year? If you’re a beet lover like me, grab your red or golden beets and try this recipe! These beets are absolutely FABULOUS! They smell incredible and so sweet while they’re roasting.  I ate the whole thing for dinner. I couldn’t resist. I just bought some red beets and can’t wait to make again tomorrow. 

Roasted Golden Beets with Orange and Thyme
source: Everyday Food January 2012


1 1/2 pounds beets
1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
2 tablespoons red-wine vinegar
1 teaspoon honey
1/4 fresh orange juice
2 teaspoons finely grated orange zest
2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves


Preheat oven to 425 F. Scrub, peel, and cut the beets into 1-inch pieces.

Place cubed beets on large piece of foil on a baking sheet. Drizzle with 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil. Mix it all up with your hands (clean hands) and season with sea salt and ground pepper.

Fold foil around the beets and crimp the ends to form a packet. Roast until tender when pierced with a knife, about 45 minutes.

Transfer beets to a large bowl and drizzle with red-wine vinegar, honey and orange juice. Top with finely grated orange zest and fresh thyme leaves. *I adjusted these ingredients to my taste.

What healthy recipes are you trying this month?

Lasagne alla Zucca-Pumpkin Lasagne

Hey! Happy New Year. You may be wondering what’s with the Pumpkin Lasagne? It’s not fall any more. It’s not even 2011 any more.