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Category Archives: Italian Sweets

A Carnevale Ogni Scherzo Vale

Written on February 9, 2013 at 6:47 pm, by admin

When I was just a baby Cream Puff, I remember that I was never really into Halloween. I suspect that part of this was due to the fact that Halloween was scary for me, but also because Halloween was not a holiday with which my family was very familiar. Putting on costumes and eating lots  Continue Reading »

“Pick-Me-Up” … The Daring Bakers’ Way

Written on April 10, 2010 at 8:58 am, by admin

The February 2010 Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Aparna of My Diverse Kitchen and Deeba of Passionate About Baking. They chose Tiramisu as the challenge for the month. Their challenge recipe is based on recipes from The Washington Post, Cordon Bleu at Home and Baking Obsession. In my ongoing and valiant efforts to catch  Continue Reading »

The 12 Days of Cookbooks: Day 8

Written on December 8, 2009 at 12:30 am, by admin

And on the eigth day of the 12 Days of Cookbooks I give you Domenica Marchetti’s Big Night In: More Than 100 Wonderful Recipes for Feeding Family and Friends Italian-Style. Domenica Marchetti is a cookbook author of Italian background who has very quickly become one of my favourites. I also own her book The Glorious  Continue Reading »

The Cannoli Adventures

Written on November 27, 2009 at 12:30 am, by admin

The November 2009 Daring Bakers Challenge was chosen and hosted by Lisa Michele of Parsley, Sage, Desserts and Line Drives. She chose the Italian Pastry, Cannolo (Cannoli is plural), using the cookbooks

Magazine Mondays: Plan Ahead!

Written on October 5, 2009 at 12:30 am, by admin

So I know that summer is over in many parts of the world but for those of us that are beginning the long trek through fall and winter, it’s never too early to start planning ahead! My Magazine Mondays submission for this week is actually a dish that I prepared before I left for vacation  Continue Reading »

Cooking Italy: Marcella Hazan’s Italian Chocolate Mousse

Written on September 30, 2009 at 12:30 am, by admin

As much as I love being busy with my blog, Magazine Mondays and The Daring Kitchen, there is a downside. Unfortunately, I don’t often have a lot of time to read other blogs and that is a shame because I know I’m missing a lot. When I do have some time to visit other blogs,  Continue Reading »

Something about Flying and the Wind

Written on September 27, 2009 at 10:15 am, by admin

The September 2009 Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Steph of A Whisk and a Spoon. She chose the French treat, Vols-au-Vent based on the Puff Pastry recipe by Michel Richard from the cookbook Baking with Julia by Dorie Greenspan. Before I left for Italy, I knew that Steph of A Whisk and a Spoon  Continue Reading »

Magazine Mondays: Jam-Filled Mezzaluna Cookies!

Written on May 11, 2009 at 12:30 am, by admin

Last week I mentioned in my Magazine Mondays post that the March 2008 Food & Wine issue had an excellent feature called “How to Cook Like You Own an Italian Villa”. I tried many of the recipes and loved them all. By far, however, the recipe for Jam-Filled Mezzaluna Cookies was my absolute favourite. I  Continue Reading »

Confessions of a Reformed Breakfast Skipper (Part 3)

Written on March 4, 2009 at 8:38 pm, by admin

In the last instalment of my little series about the joy of having rediscovered breakfast, I bring you a breakfast item that is perhaps more nourishing to the soul than the body, but nourishing nevertheless. When people talk about “good” food or “healhy” food, I always start to squirm because I believe that something can  Continue Reading »

Epiphany

Written on January 6, 2009 at 3:48 pm, by admin

Today is the Epiphany. In the Christian holiday tradition, it’s the day that the three Magi visited the Baby Jesus. In other holiday traditions it’s also referred to as the Twelfth Night, the end of the Christmas season. In Italy, the eve of the Epiphany is the day that La Befana, a wizened old woman,  Continue Reading »

Go Figure!

Written on July 28, 2008 at 6:15 pm, by admin

Go figure! For this week’s edition of Magazine Mondays, I’m featuring a recipe that I came this close to dumping in the food waste bin. When I bought the 2007 April/May issue of Taste Italia, I immediately bookmarked a recipe for Apricot Almond Shortbread (Frollino di albicocca e mandorla). For starters, the title is slightly  Continue Reading »

I’d Like to be Bathed in Rum Syrup, Please!

Written on July 22, 2008 at 4:34 pm, by admin

This past weekend, I had the pleasure of making a Cassata alla Siciliana in the company of some truly wonderful and insane people: Lis, Helene, Ben, John, Marce, Chris, Stephanie, Kelly and Mary (our Tanna, our Sara and our Laura couldn’t be with us). We were also joined by a very sane and nice Halley  Continue Reading »

Amaretti, Just Different.

Written on June 27, 2008 at 7:45 pm, by admin

Mamma mia! What happened? June was supposed to be all Italian and then it whizzed by faster than a Roman teenager on a Vespa! Not that I can complain all that much, mind you. I’ve spent the month enjoying many wonderful meals and best of all, over the past ten days or so, I’ve also  Continue Reading »

My Cookie Friends

Written on March 28, 2008 at 4:22 pm, by admin

One cannot choose a cookbook as the Flavour of the Month and then allow the whole month to pass without saying even one thing about said cookbook. That just won’t do. Especially when one has chosen such a special, pretty little cookbook as the Flavour of the Month for March 2008. As often happens in  Continue Reading »

I’m Back … And a Little Embarrassed!

Written on December 16, 2007 at 8:35 am, by admin

The Cream Puff is back! I had a lovely week in Florida where I spent a few days in Miami followed by a cruise that took me to Key West, Cozumel and then back to Miami. Towards the end of it, though, all I could think about was coming home and baking! Let the Christmas  Continue Reading »

Get Your Dolce On!

Written on November 24, 2007 at 10:53 pm, by admin

I’m always happy … no wait … make that THRILLED whenever I find someone who is as addicted to cookbooks as I am! You can imagine how pleased … no wait … make that THRILLED I was Liliana of My Cookbook Addiction introduced herself to me. Not only is she a fellow Italian Canadian, as  Continue Reading »

The Memory of Food

Written on October 25, 2007 at 7:25 pm, by admin

I sometimes find myself looking at the calendar in astonishment after I realize how quickly the months slip by. Is it really two months until Christmas? And is October really almost over (already) without my having written once about my Flavour of the Month, Father Giuseppe Orsini’s Italian Baking Secrets? Of course I’ve mentioned this  Continue Reading »

SHF #35: Today’s the Day!

Written on September 24, 2007 at 5:25 pm, by admin

Good evening, my friends! There are just a few hours left before the deadline for SHF #35 passes. Get your entries in by midnight tonight. For those of you that may not make the deadline, just let me know and I’ll see if I can’t give you a bit of a Cream Puff reprieve! I  Continue Reading »

The Adventure of Italian Food

Written on June 14, 2007 at 9:20 pm, by admin

Have you ever looked at a plate of pasta, your very favourite pasta, and thought back to the first moment that you tried it? Or how about the first time you tasted the richness of a tiramisu’ or the crisp bite of a biscotto? Being born in an Italian family means that I actually have  Continue Reading »

For Dorie

Written on June 3, 2007 at 6:01 pm, by admin

After the excitement of baking for a bridal shower at the beginning of May, I could not have possibly imagined what was to happen next. I was barely over the high of baking (and being paid for it) when I had what I consider to be an opportunity of a lifetime. I had lunch with  Continue Reading »

Pie of Comfort

Written on May 1, 2007 at 12:16 am, by Ivonne

During the winter, I wrote a post about rice pudding and how I find it one of the most comforting dishes imaginable. A mere spoonful of rice pudding will cure whatever ails me and I suspect that it’s the same for so many other who enjoy this dish. For this reason, as I looked through  Continue Reading »

World Nutella Day: Cheese-Filled Tuiles with Nutella Drizzles

Written on February 7, 2007 at 12:05 pm, by Ivonne

One of the (few) advantages of being late for a food blog event is that you get to enjoy the efforts of other food bloggers long before you have to worry about your own post. I am glad to see that the world is indeed in love with what I like to refer to as  Continue Reading »

For Julia

Written on August 15, 2006 at 8:40 pm, by Ivonne

Today is the great Julia Child’s birthday! To be honest, I probably would not have known that had it not been for Lisa of Champaign Taste who sent me an e-mail several weeks ago, inviting me to participate in an event to mark this occasion. Like countless others, I am a fan of Julia’s and  Continue Reading »

Sugar High Friday #21: Granita al Limone Con Fragole Ripiene di Mascarpone

Written on July 28, 2006 at 5:53 pm, by Ivonne

Lest I be accused of being a big baby, I will not go on (and endlessly on) about how hot and humid this summer has been. Suffice it to say it’s all this Cream Puff can do to keep her pâte à choux from deflating and her pastry cream filling from just melting away. Sarah  Continue Reading »

My Mother’s Amaretti

Written on March 15, 2006 at 8:33 pm, by Ivonne

  When I was a little girl, I loved going to big Italian weddings for two reasons. The first was the chance to see the bride. I was a timid child, so I was wary of approaching the bride in her all her white tulle glory, yet the sight of her was always special. But  Continue Reading »

Pizzelle, Meet Your Maker!

Written on January 28, 2006 at 10:43 am, by Ivonne

    In addition to my cookbook habit, I seem to have developed a kitchen gadget habit. You name it and I’m sure it’s sitting in a corner of my kitchen somewhere. But I justify my habit with the knowledge that I definitely put my gadgets to good use. Whether it’s the panini press or  Continue Reading »