Monthly Archives: December 2014

Italian Tomato Cream Sauce

Christmas Eve is my favorite night of the year and I look forward to it all year long. It is a time when we gather as a family, give gifts, reflect on the gift of the Savior Jesus Christ and … Continue reading

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Holiday Cheesecake

This is our family’s favorite cheesecake. The recipe came from my cousin Marilyn in New Jersey. My mom bakes it for every Christmas Eve gathering, most Easter holidays and for some birthday celebrations. It is dense, rich and delicious. It … Continue reading

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Making Homemade Italian Sausage/Sausage with Potatoes, Peppers, Onions, and Mushrooms

One of our favorite family holiday traditions is to get together for our annual Italian sausage-making party. It is a big family project that includes my husband and children, plus my mom, sister, and my brother’s family. We make enough … Continue reading

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Ghoraibi – Lebanese Butter Cookies

Here is my version of Lebanese butter cookies. I love the flavor combination of orange flower water and mastic (resin crystals with a pine-like flavor) that you find in some Middle Eastern desserts. Adding those flavors into these light, tender … Continue reading

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Italian Chocolate Spice Cookies

I have tried various Italian chocolate spice cookie recipes over the years but this one is my favorite so far. The addition of apricot jam was inspired from a New York Times recipe. The cookie is like a little cake; … Continue reading

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Canistrelli – Corsican Cookies

Canistrelli have become a new favorite cookie at our house. Each Christmas we receive a bag of these wonderfully addictive treats from my husband’s colleague Anca. She gave me some instructions to make them, but my attempts were never as … Continue reading

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Christmas Spice Cookies: German Pfeffernusse and Dutch Speculaas

Here are my favorite recipes for German and Dutch spice cookies. I make the pfeffernusse every year. They are spicy, nutty and so delicious; a good make-ahead cookie as they can be baked several weeks in advance and stored in … Continue reading

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Italian Raspberry Almond Paste Squares

Years ago, on a trip to Boston’s North End, we stopped at the famous Mike’s Pastry Shop for some cookies and pastries. One of my favorite treats was a raspberry almond paste square. It consisted of a thin shortbread-like base, … Continue reading

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Czech Jam and Nut Christmas Cookies

This recipe is adapted from one I clipped out of the Syracuse Herald newspaper in the early 1990’s. The cookies are buttery, nutty and delicious. You can use whatever jam you have on hand. I used homemade apricot for the … Continue reading

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Hazelnut Cinnamon Biscotti

It is now December and time to start baking cookies. I make these biscotti often for the holidays. I love the combination of cinnamon, citrus and hazelnuts. They keep for several weeks in a tin or sealed jar. Hazelnut Cinnamon … Continue reading

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