Amalfi Coast & Positano: Wild Strawberry Ricotta Cheesecakes

Everyone has their own idea of paradise, whether it’s a tropical island, a lake in the mountains, a tranquil forest, or whatever place brings you pure joy. Maybe even one’s own backyard. My happiest Happy Place is of the Italian persuasion… which you might have guessed by now. šŸ˜‰ One place in particular that I […]

Lombardia: Torta Sbriciolata with Cocoa, Ricotta & Chocolate Chips

Last year I waxed poetic about a cake from northern Italy that I had discovered called torta sbriciolataĀ (sbree-cho-LAH-tah), which consists of a crumbly base and top layer sandwiching a creamy or fruity filling. And I was all, ā€œThis cake is amazing!ā€ and ā€œThis cake is so easy!ā€ and ā€œIā€™m going to post so many flavors […]

Positano Dreamin’: Amalfi Pear & Ricotta Cake

Imagine, if you will, an Italian beach town paradise with colorful buildings, bright fuschia bougainvilleas, and curly iron balconiesĀ cascading down the side of a mountain to meet the perfectly aquamarine Mediterranean Sea. Rows upon rows of orange beach umbrellas carpetĀ the sand in-between, and a few small boats bob in the distance. You are sitting in […]

Kisses From Italy: Baci di Dama

I used to say that I didn’t care for Italian desserts. Even after spending three weeks in Italy a couple of summersĀ ago, I was still fairly lukewarm, except for good cannoli, gelato, and a few other select things that were obviousĀ no-brainers. My tastes have always leaned more towards American and French pastry styles, but that […]

Strawberry Sidekick: Rhubarb Semifreddo with Pistachio Crumbles

Imagine, if you will, a fluffy, fruity, sweet-tart frozen dessert that is at once easy-peasy and super elegant. Imagine that you can make it without any special equipment, yet it would impress everyone at your upcoming dinner party. Now imagine that you ran out to the store right before said dinner party to buy a […]

Baked Sunday Mornings: Brutti Ma Buoni (Italian Pistachio-Chocolate Chip Meringue Cookies)

I think I’ve always felt that meringues are sort of a black-and-white thing: either you love them, or you don’t– there’s not much gray area in the middle. (Disclaimer: It’s perfectly likely that I’m completely, entirely wrong about this.) When I saw this recipe forĀ Brutti Ma BuoniĀ (‘Ugly But Good’ in Italian) from Baked OccasionsĀ on theĀ Baked […]

A Sweet Italian New Year: Cannoli Pound Cake

Happy 2016! I hope everyone has enjoyed this holiday season and eaten some fabulous food. šŸ™‚ Every year I pretend that I’m going to take it easy on the baking in January, but I guess there’s no point in such delusions, now is there? Let’s be real– I’m going to frolicĀ in sweet, decadent, delicious desserts […]

That’s How the Cake Crumbles: Torta Sbriciolata alle Mele

Ciao a tutti! Friends, it is with great pleasure that I share with you a wonderful cake that just came into my lifeā€”I can hardly contain myself, actually. You know how sometimes you discover a new kind of dish that you immediately know will become a permanent part of your repertoire? The kind that has […]

St. Patrick’s Italian Escapade: Irish Tiramisu Trifle

I hope the leprechauns behaved and rainbows shone bright for everyone last week on St. Paddyā€™s Day! As an Irish-adjacent wife, I wanted to make something festive and green to celebrate the occasion, but despite the bounty of mint, pistachio, and lime St. Patrickā€™s Day treats on the internets, none of those flavors are trulyĀ Irish. […]