Monthly Archives: December 2012

Porcini and Herb Prime Rib Roast

Prime rib roast is a dish I have always left to the professionals, ordering it in restaurants but never attempting it at home because I have been afraid of overcooking such an expensive piece of meat. For the last year … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas, readers. Tonight is my favorite night of the year, and it has begun to snow so it looks like we will have a white Christmas. We will have our annual Italian Christmas Eve feast with family tonight and … Continue reading

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Pea Shoots with Mushrooms and Garlic

This week in my CSA bag from La Nay Ferme, I got a beautiful bunch of pea shoots. One of my favorite side dishes is peas with mushrooms and garlic. I used pea shoots in place of regular peas and … Continue reading

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Cinnamon Savoiardi (Ladyfingers)

Whenever we go home to New Jersey for a visit we stop at Italian pastry shops for cannolis and cinnamon savoiardi (ladyfingers), which are my daughter’s favorite. Despite their exotic name, they are really just a simple piped, cake-like cookie. … Continue reading

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Rainbow Cookies (Venetians)

Rainbow cookies, also called ‘Venetians,’ are among my favorites, and I make them every Christmas. Actually more like tri-colored almond cakes, they are delicious and look very festive on a cookie tray. When I was a girl we would buy … Continue reading

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Dip

My son had his Eagle Court of Honor this weekend. It was fun to bring family and friends together to celebrate his award. We had cake and cookies along with this dip. I served the dip with Italian ladyfingers (savoiardi), … Continue reading

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Pasta with Escarole and Gremolata

Pasta with escarole is one of my very favorite pasta dishes. This week my CSA bag from La Nay Ferme, contained a beautiful bag of escarole (also called broad-leaved endive). I knew immediately what I would make with it. It … Continue reading

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Citrus Almond Biscotti

This is my favorite biscotti recipe. I love its floral and citrus overtones. I also like it because it is dairy free. It is adapted from Emily Luchetti’s book Classic Stars Desserts. The original recipe called for the zest of … Continue reading

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Cinnamon Spiced Pecans

This recipe belonged to one of my neighbors who has since moved away. She made these delicious nuts during the holiday season. Although people asked for the recipe often, she rarely gave it out. As she got older she decided … Continue reading

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