Napolitana e Siciliano Easter Egg Lasagna: Italian Fare For New Beginnings

This is a quick and easy version of my Mama Carmela’s famous Easter Lasagna. The addition of hard-boiled eggs and sliced meatballs were influenced by her northern Italian background and make this dish extra delicious and one of a kind! I’ve adapted her recipe and made it “today” friendly for ease of preparation by using…

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Italia’s Easter Ricotta Rice Pie

  This Ricotta Rice pie recipe of my Mama Carmela’s and Grandma Lena’s is dedicated to the Camarata family and to the memories of Easter Sundays spent at our cottage by the lake. This is one of our family’s traditional Easter desserts and like many Italian dolces, it is simple and lightly sweet with just…

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Celebrate National Almond Day with an Almond Joy Chocolate Pie!

The famous chocolate bar in a pie! Sweet, chocolaty, decadent goodness! This is reminiscent of pecan pie, but fashioned after the well-known Hershey treat. Ingredients 4 tablespoons butter, melted 3 eggs, beaten 3/4 cup brown sugar; packed 2 tablespoons flour 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 3/4 cup corn syrup * 3 tablespoons bourbon liquor or orange juice 1…

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Make Something Beautiful: Apple Walnut Maple Custard Tart

As Juliet may have lamented from the Shakespeare play “Romeo and Juliet,” “A rose by any other name would smell as an apple?” No, we won’t taint Juliet’s plea, but I am here to let you know that an apple is that of a rose, at least it is of the same family. Apples, quinces,…

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7 Prosperous Good Luck Foods for the New Year

“Out with the old in with the new.” This age old wish rings true in most every home on New Year’s Eve and Day. Why not welcome in the year proper with the addition of your favorite foods to ensure good fortune? Here are the wondrous 7 to help lead the way. Fish Fish are…

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Want to Spice Up Your Weekend? Have a Christmas Leftovers Party!

Want to Spice Up Your Weekend? Have a Leftovers Party! Plan a Christmas leftovers party for a day or two after the conclusion of the Merry Day to avoid wasted or food gone bad.  Serve the fare in a similar fashion to the holidays, or create a variety of dishes from the leftovers such as…

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Salted Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars

These luscious, creamy & lightly spiced bars are a fine fusion of apple pie and delectable cheesecake–sure to satisfy your craving for both. Everywhere you turn foodies near and far are latching onto the craze of making pie cakes. Have you seen them? Already prepared baked pies, of varying flavors, enveloped in cake batter of various flavors…

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Salted Caramel Apple Pie

Tis the season for baking! As easy as pie? You bet! This is no store bought! It’s real, luscious and completely satisfying–you will find new best friends with this one; they’ll flock to you! I’ve jumped on the bandwagon and incorporated the “salted caramel” aspect and it’s a winner! The brown sugar offers the caramely,…

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