Author: Rosalie D'Amico

Cakes and Cheesecakes

Italian Spritz Cake

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Prosecco Olive Oil Cake, layered with Strawberry Rhubarb Compote and Mascarpone Cream filling – OH MY!!  The Aperol Spritz is our favorite Italian cocktail and my inspiration for this heavenly taste of Italy.  It only takes one sip of this iconic cocktail to transport me to Italy. The Spritz is […]

Pasta-Risotto-Polenta, Sauces

Mushroom “Bolognese”

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You won’t believe there isn’t any meat in this in this Mushroom “Bolognese”.  The mushrooms mimic the same rich, hearty texture and taste of the meat.  Roasting the mushrooms first concentrates their flavor.  Avoid the urge to salt your mushrooms before roasting. Mushrooms retain a lot of moisture, which salt […]

Cakes and Cheesecakes

Berry Simple Almond Cake

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Berry Simple Almond Cake is a simple cake to make, but the flavors are anything but.  Spring has officially arrived, but local berries and fresh rhubarb are not yet available.  If like me, you can’t wait, grocery store raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries will bake up nicely in this cake. When […]

Cookies and Bars

Soft Molasses Cookies with Candied Ginger

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These Soft Molasses Cookies with Candied Ginger are truly the BEST – chewy soft centers, slightly crisp edges, sugary tops, and a rich spiced flavor.  The addition of candied or crystalized ginger adds a textural surprise and an extra pop of gingery flavor.  There is just the right amount of […]

Soups, Stews and Legumes

Celery Root and Fennel Soup

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Contrary to popular belief, celery root is not the root of the celery stalks we see in stores.  It is closely related botanically but is bred specifically for the root instead of the stalks.  It has a distinctive taste of celery and parsley with earthy notes and the texture of […]

Pies-Tarts-Cobbler

French Silk Tart

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French Silk Tart is not a French dessert.  The name comes from its silky texture, reminiscent of French silk.  The decadent chocolate, mousse-like filling melts in your mouth.  The Chocolate Shortbread Tart Crust adds crunch, more richness, and pairs beautifully with the creamy filling.  The crust is a simple recipe […]

Breads and Pizza

Overnight Focaccia, Genovese Style

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Did I really need another focaccia recipe?  Probably not, but by now you know, I never believe a recipe is ever really “finished”.  I love tinkering with my recipes.  It’s not always because I think they need improvement, but because I enjoy experimenting.  This recipe is a combination of the […]

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 […]