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Posted 02/05/2014

Mocha Lollipops

Which are the days of the year that inspire you to cook the most? Do you long for weekend tailgates or are you a Thanks Giving enthusiast? Is it your birthday that gets the kitchen going or a New Years’ Party?

Well, in our house one the days of the year that inspires us to cook the most is Valentine’s day. It does not matter which meal of the day we pick; it can be a simple breakfast in bed with flowers and the New York Times, Continue Reading…

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Posted 12/20/2013

Torta di Semolina e Ricotta

This is the time of the year you cannot excuse yourself from baking something delicious. Your kids will be asking for cookies, friends and family will be crashing your house, and your mother in law is probably anxious to see what you can “bring to the table”…

This Holiday Season show your love and care by baking this incredibly light and delicious tart. Continue Reading…

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Posted 11/22/2013

Coffee Panna Cotta

This rich and velvety custard is not just delicious, but easy to make, too.  A perfect ending to a romantic meal, this panna cotta relies upon Lavazza Gran Selezione coffee for its intense dark roast and subtle chocolate notes.

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Posted 10/11/2013

Carrot Cake

In a house with two young daughters is not always easy get down with baking. Anything sweet that comes out of the oven has usually a very short life on our kitchen counter. This is probably the main reason why we tend not to prepare too many cakes or cookies in our house; what’s the point in filling the house with the irresistible smell of fresh baked goods, if then kids have to obey by the strictest rules? Unfair to offer a green apple as a snack while garnishing a cake with powdered sugar. Continue Reading…

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Posted 08/20/2013

Ice Coffee Shake

The last couple of weeks of summer are upon us. Have you taken some vacation? Did you get a chance to relax? Or like us you never left the grind of the city with the exception of a couple of days here and there?! This quick coffee recipe is a fantastic survival tool for summer city life, as it combines the kick of caffeine and the refreshment of the blended ice. Continue Reading…

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Posted 06/17/2013

Creamy Mocha Popsicle

Summer seem to have finally arrived in NYC! We successfully concluded one very intense week of food photography for our upcoming cookbook, it has been a continuous feast as we cooked about 10-13 recipes a day; ate a lot, drank a lot. Today we rest, kids are in school for one final week, Debi and I need to make the most of it, maybe a couple of lunch dates?! We met in the kitchen as we do everyday after I drop the kids at school and walk the dog, and started chatting about stuff; we are both very tired because of last week, not really planning much for the day. Continue Reading…

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Posted 06/13/2013

Lemon Brulé Tart

Do you ever wake up with a craving? Do you ever start titillating with the idea of a luxurious dinner, even before taking the first sip of your morning coffee? I usually do. Very often it gives a whole new purpose to the day I am about to live, setting the pace for what I will shop for, when I will start cooking, and also very often it dictates what I will have for lunch… yes, when I plan my family dinners I often find myself starving throughout the day, to make sure that when 7 pm comes around I am ready to literally attack the table. Continue Reading…

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Posted 12/14/2012

Italian Christmas Cookies

Telltale signs that the holiday season is approaching in an Italian-American house:  the plastic covering the furniture in the sitting room is methodically wiped down and dusted, the good silver tucked away on the shelf is brought out and shined, and the intoxicating smell of anise, sugar, and butter baking in the oven envelops the house.

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Posted 10/11/2012

Spoon Sweets

As promised, I am exploring the “dolchi” sides of “Spoon Food.”  Typically, I am a “savory” girl.  When you ride the trains in Italy, the attendant will come through and ask you, “Sweet or Savory?” (…and yes, it will be in English because they know that we are Americans.)   If you can pass yourself off for a native they will say, “dolce o salate?”   It usually is a choice between cookies of some kind or a pretzel or cracker.   I always choose the savory.  My husband, the sweet.  I wonder what that says about us.

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Posted 08/19/2012

Madeleins

I remember making Madeleins for the first time when I was a kid and my parents would drop me off at my grandparents for the weekend while my dad was traveling for work. Madeleins were one of the first things we baked together. My grandmother was one of the classiest women I know and had a thing for elegance.

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