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Neapolitan Easter Pie

Neapolitan Easter Pie

A favorite pastry of mine is Pastiera Napolitana, Neapolitan Easter Pie. Its filling of ricotta, eggs and cooked wheat berries draws me back year after year.

Banana Muffins with Dried Cranberries

Banana Muffins with Dried Cranberries

A quick recipe for banana muffins

Vanilla Crepes Soufflés

Vanilla Crepes Soufflés

Here is an elegant dessert that can be assembles in minutes for a special-occasion dinner, as most of the components can be made ahead. 

Italian Anise-Orange Cookies

Italian Anise-Orange Cookies

These are tender, puffy-looking cookies that are not too sweet, with a pleasing anise and orange flavor.

Borscht: Georgian Beet Soup

Borscht: Georgian Beet Soup

This soup is really packed with vegetables that you add sequentially so that each cooks to its best texture.

Souffle Roulade with Mushroom, Zucchini, and Bell Pepper

Souffle Roulade with Mushroom, Zucchini, and Bell Pepper

Here’s another way to make a Souffle: bake it in a jelly-roll pan, fill it with sauteed savory vegetables, roll it up, slice it and serve with a creamy sauce.  Quite ingenious, oh so delicious and perfect as a vegetarian main course.

Burnt Basque Cheesecake

Burnt Basque Cheesecake

The History of Burnt Basque Cheesecake. The original recipe comes from La Viña, a café in San Sebastian located in Spain’s Basque region. What I’ve read says that in 1990, the chef, Santiago Rivera, began baking a new type of cake each day. Eventually, he 

Fresh Ginger and Coconut Oil Cake

Fresh Ginger and Coconut Oil Cake

The cake has a light melt-in-your-mouth texture, and the ginger flavor and aroma lured me in immediately.

Orange Chiffon Cake

Orange Chiffon Cake

Chiffon cakes are similar to sponge cakes, but the addition of oil gives them a tender, fine crumb.

Pavlova: a Decadent Dessert

Pavlova: a Decadent Dessert

The hallmark of a well-made Pavlova is a crisp meringue exterior with a marshmallow-like interior. 

Eliza Leslie’s Lafayette Gingerbread

Eliza Leslie’s Lafayette Gingerbread

This spicy gingerbread has an especially light and tender texture.

Stuffed Eggplant Italian – Greek Style

Stuffed Eggplant Italian – Greek Style

What makes these stuffed eggplants Italian is cooked farro, Romano cheese, and pine nuts.