anise caps aka ‘white caps’

These cookies, also knowns as ‘white caps’ due to their white tops, were a family favorite made by my Italian great grandmother. I hope they bring the same joy to your family as they did to mine. Even if you … Continue reading

Thanksgiving HELP!

All of the information, techniques and recipes you need to prepare a successful, delicious meal! Please feel free to use these links as a resource in your holiday meal preparation, and enjoy the fruits of your labor with friends and … Continue reading

stabilized whipped cream

Sometimes you need whipped cream for dessert, but don’t want to have to whip it at the last possible moment. Well, take note from seasoned pastry chefs, and make ‘stabilized whipped cream,’ it will keep up to 2 days in … Continue reading

VERY vanilla ice cream

Vanilla ice cream need not be boring! This classic dessert can be downright AMAZING and sophisticated.   Print VERY Vanilla Ice Cream Course Dessert Cuisine American Ingredients 2 cups heavy cream 1 cup sugar 1 tbsp corn syrup salt generous … Continue reading

vanilla!

Vanilla — frequently used as a term to describe a lack of style, creativity, or taste. But great vanilla flavor can be sophisticated, even sexy! What’s the big deal about vanilla? I think vanilla is similar to a fine wine – … Continue reading

limoncello

Aha! I spied Meyer lemons in the market — that means it’s time to make limoncello! I first tasted limoncello in Sorrento, Italy, many years ago. Many years later, I was introduced to the creamy version. They are both decadent … Continue reading

chocolate for your soul and soulmate!

It’s Valentine’s Day, time to cook your way into the heart of your soulmate, or feed your own soul for that matter! And, on this special day of love, chocolate is always at the top of the list. Here are … Continue reading

vanilla salted chocolate cherry decadence

Well, having been tasked to create a fabulous recipe to pair with a truly great wine, here is my result — it’s party, a chocolate party — in your mouth! A sumptuous balance of sweet, tart, bitter, salty goodness, Pair … Continue reading

tailgate!

Who’s ready for football?? It’s that time of year, folks gathering for outdoor sporting events, kids, adults, sometimes indoors on TV. No matter what the sport, food takes center stage in my book. and something easy to transport, quick to … Continue reading

wild blackberry gelato

The wild blackberries are taking over the neighborhood! Well, it seems that way. If you live in the Northwest, or have ever visited here in the summer, you are most likely aware that blackberries are both a blessing and a curse … Continue reading