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Category Archives: Treasured Family Recipes

The Road To Christmas

Written on December 23, 2008 at 9:23 pm, by

As with other roads, I often find that the road to Christmas is paved with good intentions. This year, I will make my own Christmas wreath. This year I will make a Gingerbread House from scratch. This year, I will have all my christmas cards written and mailed by the first week of December. This  Continue Reading »

My Mother’s Crespelle

Written on November 5, 2008 at 6:08 pm, by

In my family’s cooking mythology, there is no question that my mother’s crespelle rank high in the pecking order. What are these crespelle I speak of, you ask? Gather round, and I shall tell you a story. Like most of the young women in her family, my mother was raised on the simple yet robust  Continue Reading »

My Mother’s Cannelloni

Written on May 8, 2008 at 5:47 pm, by

It’s been a very long time since I last talked about my mother’s cooking. A very long time! Truth be told, I could talk about Mama Cream Puff’s cooking everyday. So today, allow me to tell you about my mother’s cannelloni. What are cannelloni you ask? In our family, cannelloni are plump bundles of meat  Continue Reading »

My Mother’s Stuffed Eggplant

Written on August 20, 2006 at 2:44 pm, by

As you can tell from the lasagna of a few posts ago and now this dish, my mother has been busy cooking of late. It’s not that we’ve got her chained to the stove or anything, it’s just that this time of year is the showcase for so many of her very best recipes. Garden  Continue Reading »

My Mother’s Lasagna

Written on August 17, 2006 at 4:34 pm, by

Quite awhile ago, I received an e-mail from Tiel, a regular reader of this little blog. Tiel asked if I could share a lasagna recipe. What Tiel wants, Tiel gets! As it happens, lasagna is a dish near and dear to my heart. When I was small, I had the pleasure of enjoying my grandmother’s  Continue Reading »

Bring on the Panzanella …

Written on August 10, 2006 at 7:38 pm, by

This is a salad that I would happily call the perfect summer salad. It is one that I look forward to making every summer. As I add each beautifully ripe ingredient to a large bowl, I can’t help but feel that the very act of making panzanella is pure summer joy! Panzanella is a bread  Continue Reading »

I Campioni Siamo Noi!

Written on July 10, 2006 at 6:57 pm, by

Viva l’Italia! Viva i Campioni del Mondo! Ciao! Pasta with Pesto, Cherry Tomatoes and Bocconcini Treasured family recipe. 2 cups fresh basil leaves, washed and dried 2 garlic cloves, peeled and sliced in half 1/2 cup walnut pieces 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper 1 cup parmesan, freshly grated 3/4 to 1 cup extra  Continue Reading »

My Mother’s Easter Bread

Written on April 16, 2006 at 1:15 am, by

It’s almost 2:30 a.m., early (very early!) on Easter Sunday morning, and here I am in front of the computer. What in the world am I doing up, you ask? Well for one thing I’m waiting for the crust that I prepared for my lemon meringue tart to chill. Another 10 minutes or so and  Continue Reading »

My Mother’s Amaretti

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

  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 »

Pasta e Ricotta

Written on January 26, 2006 at 12:05 am, by

It is one of life’s little truths that the simplest dishes are usually the most satisfying.  While I often dream about elaborate feasts consisting of all sorts of exotic dishes and breathtaking desserts, the recipes that I come back to again and again are the ones that were introduced to me as a child. A  Continue Reading »