cinnamon, crunchy leaves and ceramics

This morning I woke at 3:40, not quite used to the time change or the transition from Eastern Time to Mountain ~ a double whammy if you ask me! But, I am not complaining ~ just saying’ is all… So much is going on ~ Tony is getting ready to leave again, I have now…

Protein in little packages

Just before Tony left for his deployment last time (back when it seemed we were only eating grilled tacos with nopalitos or just wilted spinach with garlic and tomato), we made a healthy life-style change with P90x2. The program whipped our behinds for the first 3 weeks, but then we noticed it was also whipping…

Buona Pasqua

History of Pane di Pasqua Bread has a religious significance on the Italian Easter table, for Christ is often referred to as “the bread of life.” Hand-fashioned egg-decorated breads vary from region to region in Italy and go by many different names. But the commonality of baking whole eggs twisted or braided into bread is…

apple of my eye ~

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1TZCP6OqRlE       Calvados Apple Cheesecake Crust: 1 c graham cracker crumbs 1/2 c toasted pecans, finely chopped 4 T butter, melted 2 T brown sugar Cheesecake: 4 packages fat-free cream cheese 1 c sugar 1 tsp grated lemon zest 1 1/2 tsp vanilla 4 eggs, lightly beaten 3 T flour Apples: 1 1/2 c…

kindness & chocolate

Hot Chocolate Sponge Pudding with Mocha Sauce Sponge 1 stick unsalted butter 1 1/4 c sugar 1/2 c cocoa 4 medium eggs, slightly beaten 2 1/2 c flour splash of milk Sauce 4 T good quality instant coffee or 3 T espresso powder 4 T cocoa 1/2 c sugar 1 1/4 c boiling water Preheat…

the south is gonna rise again…

There is something sweet and very humbling to hear, “oh, my! that is better than momma’s!” ~ while very kind, I know this cannot be true ~ for it is the love of that momma that made the pie taste a little sweeter, the dumplings a little fluffier and those biscuits, light as air… Here’s…

mandorla

Paese che vai, usanza che trovi biscotti di mandorle           ciao a tutti! oggetto del tema di oggi è biscotti ~ che delizioso, biscotto croccante vedrete nonni e bambini, inzuppare nel loro bevanda preferita … oh, I’m sorry ~ I forgot my audience is primarily English speaking!  Anyway, as I was…

its time to make the doughnuts…again

Yes, it’s another post about doughnuts ~ but really, how cute is this little morsel?  I have searched and searched for a doughnut pan (baked [healthier] doughnuts) for quite some time.  I know I could have easily found one online in about a nano second, but I really don’t make time/spend time/money on me or…

Puff Pastry, anyone?

While taking classes in Italy, I discovered just how versatile puff pastry was ~ and when you make your own?  WORTH every pounding moment! However, to enjoy the following recipe for “Strudel di Vegetali, Caprino e Basilico” (vegetable strudel with goat cheese and basil) a trip to your local grocer is all you’ll need.  …

Spiced Eggnog Spritz Griddle Cakes

            “Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before! What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas…perhaps…means a little bit more!” ― Dr. Seuss     This morning I was inspired by the snow glistening on the rooftops, the Christmas decorations all aglow, and the…