Tiramisu della Mamma

As far as Italian foods go, tiramisu is a recent addition to the menu. Allegedly invented in the 1960s in a restaurant in the Veneto region of Italy, it is a variation on the older dessert called zuppa inglese, which is basically a trifle. This weekend, my mother made not one, but two tiramisus, one for Saturday and one for Sunday. I am definitely not complaining, since the Saturday tiramisu was quickly devoured by the “man portion” as my mother called the slices she made when serving the male guests (much to the indignation of the females, who were given “dainty” pieces… ahh sexism). There is some Sunday tiramisu left over, so I know what I’m having for breakfast tomorrow ;). Continue reading “Tiramisu della Mamma”

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Gingerbread Madeleines

A year ago, I asked for a madeleine pan for Christmas.

When I asked for it, I knew it was an unnecessary specialty kitchen item that I would probably use about twice before burying it in the cabinet. I wanted one anyway, because the adorable pictures of madeleines that were popping up in my social media were filling my head with thoughts of what my life could be like with a madeleine pan. I could make matcha madeleines! Chocolate madeleines! Pink strawberry madeleines dipped in white chocolate! You get the thought process. Continue reading “Gingerbread Madeleines”

Brioche Banana Bread Pudding

The word “brioche” takes me right back to Sicily.

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I just got back from my annual month-long trip to the beautiful island, and I missed it as soon as I set foot on the airplane.  Continue reading “Brioche Banana Bread Pudding”

Ricotta-Stuffed Zucchini Flowers with Pesto

Italians love to complain about Italy. Seriously, talk to an Italian for a couple minutes and they will 99% of the time start ranting about how nothing works in Italy, how the economy/government/things in general are messed up.  They must take its immense beauty for granted, because I would willingly live with all those problems if I knew I could wake up to this view every morning. Continue reading “Ricotta-Stuffed Zucchini Flowers with Pesto”

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”