Monthly Archives: December 2016

Pasta with Red Crab Sauce

This is an easy and delicious pasta dish for an Italian Christmas Eve fish dinner. You can make the sauce in advance then just reheat it and add the crab. Merry Christmas! Pasta with Red Crab Sauce 1/4 cup olive … Continue reading

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Roasted Mushroom and Shallot Lasagna

This is my new favorite lasagna recipe. I love the roasted mushrooms in place of meat. If you can’t find mushroom bouillon cubes, then use a spoonful of vegetable ‘Better than Bouillon’ soup base. I usually make the sauce a … Continue reading

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Beef Tenderloin

This beef tenderloin recipe is a lovely special occasion dish. When I purchase the meat I look for a good quality beef cut labeled PSMO (Peeled, Silver Skin, Side Muscle On), when I can find it because, although it involves … Continue reading

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Hungarian Poppy Seed Cake

This is another delicious holiday recipe which came to me from my cousin Connie. It is called a cake, but it really is a sweet bread. The recipe makes 6 loaves that freeze beautifully, wrapped in plastic wrap then foil. … Continue reading

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Italian Butter Cookies

My husband loves these butter cookies.  The recipe is adapted from Laura Vitale, who uses a bit of shortening in the dough that gives it nice texture. Butter cookies are rich, so you don’t need a giant cookie; I like … Continue reading

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Lemon-Lime Curd

I’ve experimented with lemon curd over the years but never found a recipe with the flavor balance I was looking for.  I prefer it on the lighter side by making the curd with whole eggs rather than yolks. I also … Continue reading

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Italian Wedding Cookies or Butter Nut Cookies

My children love these cookies. They are easy and fast to make because you don’t have to chill the dough.  I have found that adding European vanilla sugars give the cookies a more refined flavor; use them if you can … Continue reading

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