Category Archives: Easter

Nectarine and Raspberry Trifle

This dessert is beautiful and delicious using local fruit. It would be a lovely addition to a Labor Day gathering, so make it while fruit is at its peak. I find it easiest to prepare the custard the day before … Continue reading

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Lemon Custard Tart

This tart recipe is terrific. I love the luscious and creamy lemon custard filling, which I developed for a recipe for lemon custard sheet cake. While the custard is hot, the lemon flavor is not so pronounced, but once the … Continue reading

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Beef Brisket

My sister requests brisket every year for her birthday, and this particular recipe is her new favorite. I use the flat cut of brisket as it cooks more evenly. Roast the brisket the day before you plan to serve it … Continue reading

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Herb Focaccia

The temperatures are still cool here so I thought I would share one of my favorite recipes for focaccia. Several years ago,  I posted a couple of recipes that use potatoes in the dough. This recipe is moist and flavorful … Continue reading

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Strawberry Mascarpone Pie

I’ve always enjoyed American-style strawberry pie in which strawberries are suspended in a cornstarch-thickened gel and served with a big dollop of whipped cream. This variation is now my new and preferred favorite, made with puréed strawberries whipped into mascarpone … Continue reading

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Italian Fig Cookies (Cucidati II)

I posted a recipe for cucidati a few years ago but I recently tried a different dough recipe given to me by my cousin Barbara. I added cinnamon and orange zest to the tender and flaky dough. It is wonderful. … Continue reading

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Easter Couscous Salad

We have couscous salad every Easter to accompany the grilled leg of lamb. It is nice and light and a favorite with the children in the family. I previously posted a summer version with apricots, blackberries, and balsamic vinegar. This … Continue reading

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Chocolate Hazelnut Ice Cream

This ice cream is always a hit with family and friends. It is rich and creamy and simple to put together. It would be a nice Valentine’s Day dinner dessert. The recipe came from my friend Marie. Chocolate Hazelnut Ice … Continue reading

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 Creamy Polenta (Slow Cooker Method)

I have made polenta various ways over the years and have found that my favorite method for achieving creamy polenta is to start it on the stove and then transfer it to a slow cooker to simmer. Prepared this way, … 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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