Author: Rosalie D'Amico

Cookies and Bars

Cream Cheese Brownies with Shortbread Crust

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Nothing beats a classic, fudgy chocolate brownie except these Cream Cheese Brownies with Shortbread Crust.  There are few better combinations than rich bittersweet chocolate and creamy, luscious cheesecake. They’re both absolutely delicious on their own, but together they are heavenly.  And if that isn’t enough, add a buttery, shortbread crust […]

Soups, Stews and Legumes

Cannellini Bean and Fennel Soup

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Cannellini Bean and Fennel Soup has a thick, rich-flavored broth that comes mostly from the cooking liquid of the beans. But what really makes the soup sing is the fennel flavor — silky sweet from the bulbs, aromatic and herbaceous from the chopped fronds.  I love the flavor of fennel!  […]

Cakes and Cheesecakes

Apple Caramel Cheesecake Bars

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This dessert has it all! Buttery melt in your mouth shortbread crust is just the beginning.  Next, a layer of tart and spicey apple filling is spread over the crust.  Top this with a rich and creamy cheesecake swirled with caramel for a perfect combination of flavors – an explosion […]

Soups, Stews and Legumes

Mediterranean Red Lentil Soup

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If you think lentils are boring and bland, this recipe for Mediterranean Red Lentil Soup will surprise your taste buds.  The best part, it comes together quickly – 20 minutes of prep and 20 minutes cooking time is all you need to serve a warm and comforting bowl of super […]

Cakes and Cheesecakes

Tiramisù Cheesecake

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The inspiration for this Tiramisù Cheesecake was born out of necessity.  We are all suffering supply shortages.  After promising dinner guests Tiramisù for dessert, I was unable to find soft lady fingers (I prefer soft, sponge cake lady fingers to the dry, cookie-like Savoiardi).  I didn’t think it would be […]

Cakes and Cheesecakes

Torta Tutta Mele

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Bolzano (Bozen) is located in the Italian province of Trentino-Alto Adige in the farthest northeastern region of Italy, bordering Switzerland and Austria. Torta Tutta Mele (All Apple Cake) from Bolzano is a good example of the gastronomy of this cultural melting pot and a classic northern Italian peasant dessert.  Torta means […]

Sauces

Tomato Butter Sauce

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I have heard fellow foodies rave about the genius of this recipe for years. Google Marcella Hazen’s Tomato Sauce and you’ll see what I mean.  It just sounded so simple, I found it hard to believe it could be as delicious as everyone was saying!  On the other hand, it […]

Cakes and Cheesecakes

Apple Spice Cake

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After an unusually hot summer, fall is approaching and so is cooler weather, beckoning me to the kitchen.  I can’t wait to be done with gardening and yard duty and get back to what I truly love to do, BAKE.  September is all about apples.  There are so many varieties […]

Vegetables and Sides

Cheesy Corn Casserole

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I think of this as an elevated version of Southern corn pudding.  Southern corn pudding is usually quite sweet, made with the addition of sugar, Jiffy corn muffin mix, and canned creamed corn.  My Corn Casserole recipe is quite savory, full of sweet, crunchy corn, a bit spicy, and souffle-like […]

Vegetables and Sides

Crispy Corn Fritters

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Don’t you just love corn season?  Sweet, crunchy, tender, juicy corn – YUM!  Yes, corn on the cob is great.  Perfect, actually!  But I get bored with the same old thing no matter how good it is.  Crispy Corn Fritters are an easy side dish and the perfect way to […]