Shortbread Cookies

Many years ago, my nephew was diagnosed with severe food allergies. He had it all: allergies to eggs, nuts, beans, etc. Obviously, it was very difficult for a young boy to not be able to eat all of the baked goods he saw everyone in the family able to eat. The answer was to make […]

Italian Easter Bread

  Easter is usually know for chocolate, but in an Italian household you knew something else was in store – Easter Bread (casatiello). All of the kids in our neighborhood enjoyed this treat and looked forward to it just as much as we did. Everyone knew when the casatiello was baking in the oven because […]

Tis the Season

Is there anything more irresistible on a chilly autumn day than a piping hot and fresh from the oven apple pie? I think not, and good thing we are just back from apple picking at Barton Orchards in Poughquag, NY! If you live in the Hudson Valley, this place has everything (and I mean EVERYTHING) […]

Zucchini Muffins

I love Saturdays for many reasons but mostly because the local farmer’s market in town offers up some fantastic fruits and vegetables.  On a recent trip, I think I slightly overdid it at the zucchini table.  My infant daughter had just been given the green light from her pediatrician to start fruits and veggies and […]

Stuffed French Toast

Stuffed French Toast.  I had never heard of it when my husband (then boyfriend) asked for it as his birthday breakfast.  I had eaten plenty of French toast in my life but stuffed, never.  So, I set out to Google recipes for stuffed French toast.  I found so many different variations and being that I […]

Blueberry Hand Pies

I was flipping the pages of July’s Bon Appetit magazine, when I came across this interesting looking recipe for Blueberry Hand Pies.  Just yesterday I bought a large container of organic blueberries and so I figured this would be a perfect way to use 2 cups worth and try out a new recipe.  I was […]

Carrot Cake Muffins

Carrot cake happens to be one of my family’s favorite desserts.  When I made one recently for Easter, I starting thinking about how most people probably don’t make it because they think it is time consuming or just too difficult to make.  I think most people are reluctant to attempt cakes that are multilayer and […]

Coconut Macaroons

  Coconut macaroons are a favorite in our household, actually anything that has coconut in it.  I made these as an Easter treat for my husband because he had given up dessert for Lent and these are truly his favorite.  It also helped to have my official taste tester available for service! He was such […]

Pignoli Cookies, Yum!

As soon as I start to make pignoli cookies I start to smile just from the scent of the almond paste!  You no longer have to go to an Italian bakery to enjoy these little treats.  These cookies take time to prepare so I don’t suggest making them if you are in a rush.  The […]

Easiest Banana Bread Ever!

I know the title of this entry sounds too easy to be true, but honestly this is the easiest and most delicious recipe I’ve ever made for banana bread.  Originally I made this recipe in one regular size loaf pan with 2 bananas, chopped walnuts and chocolate chips.  I felt like I waited an eternity […]