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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Dolci Invernali… Winter Treats…

It's  been feeling a bit like springtime around here… but it isn't,   so making treats like  Homemade Marshmallows to float in cups of hot, dark chocolate and Gingerbread Cheesecake still feel like the right thing to do…



Thursday, January 8, 2015

Ricetta Per Un Dolce Preferito Per Priscilla….Recipe For One Of Priscilla's Favorite Sweets…

Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Bark… one of Priscilla's favorite treats.  Rich,  decadent, and irresistible … glad it's gone !


1 pound plus  2 ounces good, imported white chocolate,  finely chopped

1 1/2 cups chunky peanut butter

8 ounces bittersweet or semisweet  chocolate,  finely chopped

There are just a couple ingredients in this recipe so it's important to use best quality…
Line a 15x10 inch sheet  pan with parchment paper.  Melt 1 pound white chocolate with peanut butter in a large bowl set over a bain marie stirring occasionally until chocolate is melted and smooth.
Meanwhile ,  melt bittersweet chocolate in bowl over bain marie stirring occasionally until chocolate is melted and smooth. Melt remaining 2 ounces of white chocolate in small bowl over bain marie .
Pour peanut butter chocolate  mixture onto prepared pan,  spreading to cover surface completely.  Using  a  spoon, drizzle melted bittersweet chocolate in lines over peanut butter mixture. Draw tip of a small sharp knife through drizzled chocolate  mixture… drizzle white chocolate on top of all,  then run knife through to marbleize.  Allow to set in refrigerator.  When set,  using a large sharp knife,  cut into triangles .  Store in fridge.

Friday, January 2, 2015

Buon Anno Nuovo… Happy New Year…

The Holidays came and went so quickly… wish it wasn't always so frantic.  Although it was nice,  I am happy to have it behind me and turn my thoughts to the garden.  Deciding what to do with the fountain garden area for a lower maintenance option.  It's almost time to prune the roses,  but it is hard to think of that when they are still giving me an occasional beautiful bloom or two…


Thursday, December 25, 2014

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Dolcetti… Cookies…


Made some Vanilla Bean Shortbread to take to Tami's annual cookie exchange party… Love shortbread,  so I made two different cookies with it,  one plain,  the other I filled with Pasta di Mandorla.  The hard part is trying not to eat too many during this high calorie  Holiday Season…





Monday, December 15, 2014

Preparando Per Natale… Getting Ready For Christmas…

It happens each year… Christmas just seems to creep up too fast…not wanting to begin decorating too early,  next thing I know,  it's 10 days away!





Friday, December 5, 2014

Tocchi Di Natale… Christmas Touches…

Just starting to do my Christmas decorating.  This lovely rain that we've had,   has postponed the buying of the Tree…  but just for a couple of days.  Priscilla is not home to help with the building of the Gingerbread Cottage,  so I just did it on my own… happily,   marking the beginning of our yearly traditions.  Panettone ,  a Christmas tradition… made into my new favorite dessert… Panettone Bread Pudding.  I will try not to make,  and eat this EVERY day… so delicious!



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