Christmas Recipes

Christmas Recipes
Christmas Recipes

Italian Recipes

Italian Recipes
Italian Recipes

Dessert Recipes

Dessert Recipes
Dessert Recipes

Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls

Make the fall season extra special with these delicious Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls. Classic cinnamon rolls get a fall twist with pumpkin puree and fall spices. 

Vegan Apple-Cranberry Crisp

A perfect vegan fall dessert made with tart cranberries and sweet apples. Topped with the most amazing vegan crumble!! #vegan #baking #applecrisp

I really enjoy baking vegan recipes. I have a family member that is dairy free, so there are often dairy free or totally vegan recipes happening in my cucina. This Vegan Maple Apple-Cranberry Crumble is the perfect fall dessert. 

No-Knead Dinner Rolls

I told you I’ve been exploring my mountain of food magazines and books. I can’t buy any new magazines until I finally try some that have been on my mind for ages. And I mean ages!


Cranberry, Almond and Tangerine Relish

This sweet and tart cranberry, almond and tangerine relish is so much more refreshing than your cooked cranberry sauce. It comes together in less than 10 minutes (probably around 5 minutes). 


Roasted Balsamic and Honey Brussels Sprouts

These Roasted Balsamic and Honey Brussels Sprouts are the only Brussels sprouts recipe you will ever want to make! Perfect as a side dish during the holidays or even a busy weeknight. They are so easy to make!


Sweet Corn Spoonbread

We are huge cornbread friends. There isn't a Thanksgiving that goes by and we don't have at least one round or square cornbread. This Sweet Corn Spoonbread will now be at the table with my favorite cornbread. It is so creamy and could be called irresistible!!


Amaretti Almond Pumpkin Pie

Amaretti Almond Pumpkin Pie is a fun twist on a #Thanksgiving classic! If you love almond flavor, you'll love this pie! #pie #baking #dessert #holidaybaking

Amaretti Almond Pumpkin Pie is all I've been thinking of this weekend!! I've also been thinking about some turkey recipes, but this pie!! The crushed amaretti cookies and almond praline makes for an unforgettable and unconventional pie!


Turkey Pot Pie

Every year after Thanksgiving I think of different ways to use up all the leftover turkey. I always dream of saving some of the turkey and making something completely different and delightful with it. This Turkey Pot Pie is one of my favorite ways to use up leftover Thanksgiving turkey and it is what you need to make this year!!

Fresh Cranberry Orange Sauce

I love to try out new recipes for the holidays. Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. I sometimes try different cranberry recipes, but this Fresh Cranberry Orange Sauce is one I have made for many years.


Italian Ring Cookies-Ciambelline

A typical Italian cookie that are not too sweet and a little bit crispy. Perfect with a hot cup of coffee or tea for breakfast or an afternoon break!

Holiday baking is right around the corner, and these cookies should be added to your list! This Italian Ring Cookies (Ciambelline) are not overly sweet and a little bit crispy. They are perfect even for breakfast!


Biscotti di San Martino- St. Martin's Cookies

Pan' e vino, e San Martino: Bread and Wine, and Saint Martin.  You may hear this  phrase in Sicily (especially in Palermo)in reference to Feast Day of San Martino. He happens to be the patron saint of wine and wine making! On November 11th, you enjoy biscotti di San Martino by dipping them in Moscato (an Italian sweet wine) or any new wine (I love my in-laws homemade wine!).


Broiled White Free-Form Loaf

“This was a mistake that proved to be extremely interesting.” James Beard, Beard on Bread.
I'm all about baking and learning from my mistakes. I've even posted about some mistakes and I tend to find mistakes in my baking to be a fun challenge. This Broiled White Free-Form Loaf happened as a mistake for James Beard and I thought I would give it a try!


Leftover Cranberry Sauce Coffee Cake

Super moist coffee cake with a hidden layer of leftover homemade cranberry sauce and a delicate almond topping. The perfect way to use up that extra Thanksgiving cranberry sauce.

I know I’ve sometimes mentioned in my blog that Christmas always sneaks up on me. I’m really not the best planner. But as soon as it's cranberry season again, I am busy planning holiday menus and experimenting with different cranberry recipes, like this Leftover Cranberry Sauce Coffee Cake!

Roasted Butternut Squash and Pumpkin Lasagna

A fall twist on a classic Italian dish. This pumpkin and butternut squash lasagna is a delicious vegetarian dish that everyone will love. Sweet and savory roasted squash and pumpkin puree between delicate layers of lasagna and gooey cheese. #italianrecipe #lasagna #butternutsquash #vegetarian #comfortfood

Moist and full of flavor. It’s everything you want in a great comfort casserole. This Roasted Butternut Squash and Pumpkin Lasagna is a fall twist on a classic Italian dish. 


Cranberry Meringue Pie

This cranberry meringue pie post has been a long time in the making. You may think, 'It's just a pie!". This Cranberry Meringue Pie is an incredible and memorable pie!