Dessert

Tahini Cookies

I was surprised by how much I loved this recipe. The rich, earthy flavor of the tahini and the sweet bite of honey make for…

Pumpkin Pie from Scratch

Pumpkin Pie from Scratch

Here she is in all her glory, ladies and gentlemen, I present my favorite Pumpkin Pie (made with a real pumpkin)! Happy Thanksgiving! Pumpkin Pie…

Pumpkin hand pies

Pumpkin hand pies

Are you ready for Halloween? I’m especially excited about the holiday this year, because for the first time since I moved to Italy (13…

Fluffy Lemon-Ricotta Pancakes

I admit, I was skeptical about putting cheese in my pancake batter. I’m not exactly sure why, I have no problem adding bananas, cornmeal, buttermilk…

Banana meringue pudding

Banana meringue pudding

Banana pudding is an important part of an American childhood, and mine is no different. Silky layers of homemade custard, fresh banana slices and softened cookies…

Blueberry-peach Slab pie

Blueberry-peach Slab pie

Let’s remember this summer: the salty hair, sweaty naps, skinned knees, and sweet air of August. Nonna is in the kitchen with simmering pots of local traditions,…

Apricot-almond cake

Apricot-almond cake

Apricot-almond cake for the cake 2 1/3 cup almonds (9 oz /250 g) almonds 1 1/4 cup (250 g) sugar 1/2 teaspoon salt 3 eggs…

Strawberry Shortcakes with Basil

Strawberry Shortcakes with Basil

This traditional Anglo-saxon dessert is a springtime classic: ripe strawberries and freshly whipped cream are folded inside a slightly-sweet, scone-like biscuit. In this version, I use both…

Soft Strawberry Cake

Soft Strawberry Cake

I am in love with this super-simple, pillow-soft, strawberry-studded Spring cake. It comes together in a flash and is the perfect showcase for the…