Sourdough Chocolate Cake with Espresso Icing

Are you looking for a simple way to use your sourdough starter besides baking bread? Do you like an intense chocolate flavor enhanced by espresso in a cake and in the icing too? Then this recipe  is your answer. You won’t taste any sour in this cake just the deep, full flavor of chocolate. The … Continue reading

Lavender Loaf Cake With Pistachios, Lime and Lemon

I frequently see recipes I want to make and I will print the recipe and put it in a file to make later. However, there are a few times when I run across a recipe that I want to make right now. Chef Ronit’s lavender loaf cake is one of those recipes. See ronitpenso.wordpress.com/2017/10/15/lavender-pistachio-and-lime-cake/ Funny … Continue reading

Ina’s Limoncello Ricotta Cheesecake

Just this year I fell in love with the Italian liqueur Limoncello. I noticed it online, in cookbooks such as Ina Garten’s latest, and then I found it at my favorite Italian grocery.  It’s also good as an aperitif if you are in to that kind of beverage. Me, I love the flavor it imparts … Continue reading

Tiramisu Cupcakes With Amaretto Mascarpone Frosting

“Tiramisu” just rings of something good to eat and these cupcakes sure do demonstrate that. I have been promising a sister, who happens to love this dessert, that I would make tiramisu for her birthday – some day! Well, that day finally came.  After pouring over all of the recipes I have collected I decided … Continue reading

Ina’s Fruit Salad with Limoncello

Fruit in some form is frequently a part of every meal I serve, especially when entertaining. I might just have a bowl of fresh fruit such as apples, grapes or oranges; serve fruit as a salad over greens or have something a little fancier such as these summer berries topped with a yogurt seasoned with … Continue reading

Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies and a White Russian

This is the best chocolate chip cookie you will ever have the pleasure of eating, if you have some patience. Why? Because you need to brown the butter and make the dough the day before and refrigerate it. This allows the dough to fully hydrate and prevents the cookies from spreading too much. I have … Continue reading

Potato-Chorizo Sopes With Avocado Crema

Sopes are a traditional Mexican dish found throughout  Mexico and there are  thousands of regional favorites. Sopes are  like thick tortillas  made with masa harina and  have pinched sides. These savory tarts are often served for dinner but can also be made smaller and  served as appetizers. The best part is the various toppings you can … Continue reading

Limoncello Cookies of Sorrento

Lemons, and lots of them, are used to make up the Italian liqueur and digestive, Limoncello. But only the freshly peeled lemon rinds are used. This liqueur is unique to Campania and several areas claim parentage including Sorrento and the beautiful Amalfi Coast. I recently purchased a cookbook called  NAPLES and the Amalfi Coast, fourth title in … Continue reading

Custard Filling for Mini Tart Shells

This is one of my good ole standbys for quick, easy and delicious desserts that can be made ahead of time. I love these little bite-size treats and they are perfect for any kind of gathering. This version was originally in Tart Shell Fillings Eight Ways but the post needed some better pictures.  So I decided to repost … Continue reading

Chocolate Raspberry Thumbprints

Thumbprint cookies are fun to make because you can add any filling you want – this is a cookie that can be made to your taste and of course your family. I was thinking about Valentine’s Day and something sweet to make and this cookie popped up. First as an email from KAF (King Arthur Flour) … Continue reading