Limoncello Cookies with White Chocolate and Pistachio Drizzle
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by Marie
3w ago
A warm summer day calls for a nice cold and refreshing drink of limoncello. Not only is it a wonderful drink to sip slowly and enjoy, and by the way today happens to be National Limoncello Day,  it’s also used in cooking and baking, so having a bottle stashed away in your freezer is a good thing. I made these delicious cookies using limoncello crema, if you haven’t tried the creamy version of limoncello I encourage you to do so, it’s out of this world amazing. This is the perfect pairing for a hot summer treat. The cookies are infused with the limoncello crema, lemon zest and juice. The ..read more
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Antipasto Potato Salad
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by Marie
2M ago
This is the season for outdoor cooking with BBQ’s, picnic’s, parties, graduations and all sorts of get-together’s. As you can see from my previous few posts lately, I’ve been on a salad kick. This antipasto potato salad is perfect for any of those occasions, I think you’re going to love it! This is not your traditional American potato salad made with mayo, which by the way I think is delicious too. This one is called an antipasto potato salad because it’s filled with ingredients you would find on a nice big antipasto platter with the addition of potatoes. For the potatoes I used a mix of red ..read more
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Berry Salad with Leafy Greens and Balls of Fresh Mozzarella
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by Marie
2M ago
This fresh berry salad is bright and flavorful and pretty to look at because of all the vibrant colors. It’s a showstopper salad to serve at your next big party or get- together. It literally goes with so many things you might have as a main course. You might think, “fruit in a salad?” I’m here to say, “Oh yes!” Beautiful leafy greens are the base for this salad along with juicy, ripe fresh blueberries and strawberries. Creamy avocado, crisp cucumbers and red onion along with balls of bocconcini, fresh mozzarella. For the crunch factor there’s candied pecans and pepitas. Present this salad ..read more
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Summertime Orzo Salad
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by Marie
3M ago
Spring is officially here and the warmer weather has arrived and so has grilling season. I know you can grill all year long but I much prefer doing it in the warmer weather. This orzo salad is the perfect side dish to anything you’ll be putting on your grill. It’s bright, fresh, colorful, easy to serve, and great for summer parties because you can leave it out and eat it at room temp and you don’t have to worry about it spoiling. You might want to throw some colored bell peppers on the grill and cook them ahead before you assemble this salad. I usually grill a red, yellow and  orange p ..read more
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Creamy Mushroom Pasta with Spring Vegetables
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by Marie
3M ago
This creamy mushroom pasta is packed with spring vegetables and those chunky meaty mushrooms make it so cozy and delicious. As far as mushrooms go feel free to chose your favorites, you can do all of one kind or a mix of a few different ones. Here I used a chef’s sampler of wild mushrooms that I bought at Costco. Fresh asparagus is in abundance right now and it’s the perfect addition along with fresh or frozen peas. Sautéed together with shallots, garlic, some white wine and heavy cream which creates a rich and velvety cream sauce. Oh and don’t forget to add in a healthy measure of finely ..read more
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Pistachio Cake with Mascarpone Frosting
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by Marie
4M ago
This pistachio cake is the perfect dessert for any occasion but especially for pistachio lovers. It has a dense crumb, sort of like a poundcake and it’s subtly sweet, it’s filled with finely chopped pistachio’s along with rich and creamy pistachio butter. The frosting is in a league of it’s own, the mascarpone cheese takes it over the top, it’s my new favorite frosting right now, move over cream cheese! This is the star of the show, pistachio cream, pistachio butter, it’s also called pistachio paste, you can fine it at Italian markets or online, it has such concentrated pistachio flavor, the ..read more
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Umbrian Snowflake Cookies
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by Marie
5M ago
I found these cookies in one of my old Saveur Italian cookbooks that was published back in 2015. These Umbrian snowflake cookies are served at festivals, wineries and charity bake sales and are a favorite of the residents from Montefalco in Umbria. When flipping through the book, just the look of these cookies immediately caught my eye and I had to make them, I also thought how fun to make them in the winter, hence the name Umbrian”snowflake” cookies. The ingredients are pretty basic, but think of the end result as an elevated chocolate chip cookie, with crunchy cornflakes in and out of the ..read more
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Easy Strawberry Cream Puffs Made With Puff Pastry
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by Marie
5M ago
Strawberry cream puffs are such a quick and easy dessert because in this version you use store-bought puff pastry. Strawberries are good to use because you can dice them up really small and then easily fold them into the heavy whipped cream and mascarpone. Valentine’s Day is near and this would be the perfect ending to a special dinner, it’s light and creamy and the strawberries really shine through. Just cut your puff pastry into squares, you don’t even have to dock it because you want them to puff up. Then all you have to do is slice them in half and you’ll have a top and a bottom create ..read more
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Spaghetti Squash Egg-in-a Hole
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by Marie
7M ago
Spaghetti squash egg in a hole can be an easy and healthy breakfast, brunch, lunch or even dinner. It’s also low carb, gluten free and packed with protein, something we’re all thinking about post holiday celebrations. I love spaghetti squash, I make it quite often it’s so versatile and really fills you up, in a good way. This recipe comes together fast if you roast your squash ahead of time and have your “spaghetti strands” read to go. Here are a couple of my other favorite ways to use spaghetti squash. Then all you do is grab a handful of your spaghetti squash and form it into a circle mak ..read more
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Stuffed Pork Roast with Apples and Cranberries
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by Marie
8M ago
Tis the season for entertaining and this stuffed pork loin with apples and cranberries is perfect for a gathering you might be having. It certainly looks complicated but actually it’s very easy to put together, it can even be done a day ahead of time. The confusing part to some might be how to butterfly the meat. You actually open it like a book and then each side of the “book” you open that up. Here’s a visual that will help you, and you’ll see just how easy it is. Once you open it up fully you can spread your flavored filling all around. Here I used apple with dried cranberries, garlic, th ..read more
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