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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Pensando A Primavera…Thinking Springtime…

Springtime is here,  and as usual,  I am behind… such a procrastinator,   maybe one of these days I will stop putting things off… In the meantime,  I will try to catch up.  Starting some flowers from seeds,  and hoping to be more successful with that than I usually am… having the sprinklers redone and removing some old plants, replanting to make the borders more permanent,  and a little less labor intensive.  Enjoying dinners outside again,  and loving the long days,  and gorgeous sunsets.



Sunday, March 22, 2015

Una Torta Primaverile… A Springtime Cake…

In addition to the all of the savory cooking that goes on around here,  it seems that I have been making lots of sweets… especially cakes.  I made this Springtime Cake for Linda's Birthday celebration at Tami's… Loved the Tiramisu Cake that I had made for Frances,  so I made it again…




Monday, March 16, 2015

Una Torta Per Franca… A Cake For Frances…

It's amazing how quickly time passes… Frances and Mimmo's stay with us has ended,  but before they left ,  I wanted to make a cake for Frances,   because we are never together for her Birthday.  This year, I made a Tiramisu Cake… Four thin layers infused with all of the traditional flavors of Tiramisu…  Coffee ,  rum,  mascarpone,  and cream.  Adorned with one of my favorite David Austin's,  "Scepter'D Isle",  Lavender,  White Sage,  Nutmeg Scented Geranium,  and Scabiosa.  The cake was delicious and it looked like Springtime…


Monday, March 9, 2015

Buon Compleanno Mamma… Happy Birthday 94th Mom…

Mom's 94th Birthday Celebration was so much fun. The party was a joint effort,  with Paul and Edy making the Eggplant,  Anna made Sausage,  Isa made the Antipasto,  and I made  Lasagna Bolognese. Frances and Mimmo came from Italy to celebrate this special day with us.  Frances and I each made a Cake.  Hers was a Pan Di Spagna filled with Chantilly Cream and topped with Fondant Flowers,  mine was a Coconut Pecan filled with Buttercream and topped with  Fondant and Fresh Flowers.  Representing the fashionista that Mom always was,  and still is,  Moss Purses,  filled with White Roses,  Blue Sea Holly,  and Silver Dollar Eucalyptus,  seemed perfect.  Mom was very happy,  and enjoyed herself.  Surrounded by lots of Family and Friends… It was a very special day…



Friday, February 20, 2015

Ravioli Dal Giardino…Ravioli From The Garden…

As I made my Homemade Ricotta Filling with Red Italian Dandelion Greens,   and Herbs from the Garden,    I couldn't help remembering all the time spent in the restaurant kitchen,   making big batches of Ravioli.  In my minds eye,  I could almost see Dad,  placing the filling on the huge sheets of fresh pasta, then topping it with another sheet and pinching the dough around the filling… It's a labor of love, so glad Paul still does it at the restaurant…Just wish I had that giant dough sheeter to make the process a little faster than my Kitchen Aid can handle…




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