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Pasta Vesuvius

Pasta Vesuvius

The beauty of this Neapolitan dish is that it requires practically no attention once the tomatoes are in the pan. The peppery heat alludes to Mount Vesuvius, which overlooks the Bay of Naples.

Just the Recipe: Pie Cherry Streusel Tart

Just the Recipe: Pie Cherry Streusel Tart

Remember this recipe for your home canned cherries! If you don’t have access to a pie cherry tree, or they’re not available during their brief season at a local farmers’ market, you can make this tart with canned pie cherries.

Baking Tip: How To Soften Butter for Baking

Baking Tip: How To Soften Butter for Baking

The best way to soften cold butter for a cake batter.

Just the Recipe: Peach Upsidedown Cake

Just the Recipe: Peach Upsidedown Cake

I now have what I think is the perfect recipe for peach upside down cake. I think the magic ingredient is the caramel syrup.

Fresh Corn Soufflé

Fresh Corn Soufflé

I came up with this corn soufflé that really woke up my taste buds. I had taken my basic cheese soufflé recipe and added some briefly cooked fresh corn, red bell pepper, a little jalapeño, and garlic to the sauce base, and wham!—the birth of an instant favorite.

Fresh Apricot Galette

Fresh Apricot Galette

A galette, a flat, thin, free-form rustic French tart. The hallmarks of this French classic are a crisp and flaky pastry supporting a thin layer of perfectly cooked fresh fruit.

Just the Recipe: Apricot Berry Crumble

Just the Recipe: Apricot Berry Crumble

Food and Wine magazine voted Apricot Berry Crumble “Best of the Best” shortly after Baking in America was published. Here is the recipe!

Huckleberry Pie!

Huckleberry Pie!

When I bake huckleberry pie I serve it plain. I know that ice cream or whipped cream go great with many pies, but huckleberries are stars that need no supporting players.

Homemade Potato Buns for BBQ Hot Dogs, Burgers and Other Sandwiches!

Homemade Potato Buns for BBQ Hot Dogs, Burgers and Other Sandwiches!

Summer is the perfect time to make those BBQ burgers, hot dogs, steak sandwiches, etc. with some buns that do not come out of a plastic bag!

How to Make Neapolitan Pizza Dough

How to Make Neapolitan Pizza Dough

I’ve been pizza crazy lately, and I want to share with you a terrific, authentic recipe for Neapolitan Pizza dough, created by Johnny (Gianni) di Francesco. I happened across a YouTube video of him, and he has so much to say and demonstrate, you just 

Amaretti Sour Cherry Pie

Amaretti Sour Cherry Pie

What a pie this American classic is. It’s got an Italian twist from the addition of a few crushed amaretti cookies.

Just the Recipe: of July Chocolate Chunk Brownies

Just the Recipe: of July Chocolate Chunk Brownies

Brownies are as American as apple pie and if I had my way they’d be our national cookie. I always bake a batch for the Fourth of July.