Crumiri di Casale

If “America runs on Dunkin”, Italy runs on tea cookies. A common breakfast is a few plain, crunchy cookies with a shot of espresso or maybe a cup of tea. In my house, the breakfast cookie of choice is the “S” cookie you can find just about anywhere now, even in CVS. Given you know it’s time to change when your “Italian” breakfast cookie is available in CVS, I decided to make some real Italian breakfast cookies for my mom, sans yellow dyes 5 and 6. Continue reading “Crumiri di Casale”

Raspberry-Kissed Cheesecake with Chocolate Ganache

Chocolate graham crackers are the most addicting substance on the planet.

When I decided to make a cheesecake for my roommate’s 21st birthday, I immediately got excited about the crust, which is my favorite part of anything with a crust (pies, toast, cheesecakes…).  The crust gave me an excuse to buy chocolate graham crackers, and as soon as I got home I ripped open a bag and shoved a sheet into my mouth.  This is why I don’t buy junk food. Continue reading “Raspberry-Kissed Cheesecake with Chocolate Ganache”

Rainbow Winter Salad

You know what I love about the snow? It’s an automatic conversation topic for when you run into people you kind of know, but not enough for conversation beyond weather.

“OMG snow, amirite?!” Conversation gold. Also, snowball fights.

Anyways, this weekend it snowed a butt-ton, and being snowed-in I decided to try out a recipe from Plenty More by Yotam Ottolenghi.  I chose this celery salad mostly because I actually had most of the ingredients for it and therefore didn’t need to go outside to gather more things.  Ottolenghi’s recipes have notoriously long ingredient lists, and he likes to call for strange things that you aren’t likely to find easily (pickled walnuts??). Nevertheless, this is a first step towards my goal of trying every recipe in the book, because they all look AMAZING. Continue reading “Rainbow Winter Salad”

Pistachio Snacking Cake

On an expedition to Pizzeria Beddia, a pizza place in Fishtown (Philly) where there is one obsessive guy making only 40 exclusive pies a night, after a friend and I were told to come back three hours after we ordered, we wandered the neighborhood a bit and found an adorable teeny grocery store called Green Aisle Grocery. There, I fell in love with some bright green pistachio butter that I just had to buy, as my head immediately filled with images of bright green dollops adorning my morning oatmeal and topping my toast. Continue reading “Pistachio Snacking Cake”

Pasta Rossa con Cavolfiore

Wow it’s been a while since I last posted! I don’t really have a good excuse other than I have not been feeling inclined to share what I’ve been cooking, which has mostly been some iteration of vegetables, boiled or sauteed together, usually on top of some grain.  I also did not want to give you guys another sweet recipe, because the ratio of sweet to savory is getting out of hand and if I don’t inject some salt into this blog it’s going to get diabetes. Continue reading “Pasta Rossa con Cavolfiore”

White Wine and Olive Oil Cake with White Chocolate Ganache

Happy Labor Day everyone!


We went to a little beach near Solomons Island on the Chesapeake Bay.  I saw a blue crab, two beautiful butterflies, and a little green snake!  It was a good day. Continue reading “White Wine and Olive Oil Cake with White Chocolate Ganache”

Fig and Walnut Cake

I never thought I’d say it, but I’m tired of eating figs.  There’s a rather anemic tree in my neighborhood in Sicily that invests all of its energy into pumping out extremely sweet, juicy, and perishable figs, and our fridge is full of them.  Due to the fact that my siblings don’t like figs, my 86-year-old nonna and I are tasked with consuming them.

Well, when fig fatigue sets in, make cake! Continue reading “Fig and Walnut Cake”