Smitten Kitchen 

This is what my blog wants to be when it grows up!! Enjoy this wonderful little sunken apple-honey cake from smitten kitchen. sunken apple and honey cake  

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…

Good Morning!

  Hope is a waking dream. Aristotle Happy Friday, friends! I hope you have a wonderful, safe weekend ~ get outside, eat good food, share a smile ~ enjoy! Fabulous Hot Cakes 2 1/4 cups unbleached  flour 3/4 cup  protein powder 3/4 cup unprocessed wheat bran 1/4 cup wheat germ 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt 5…

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…

Happy Halloween!

      Here is a sweet treat that is great from halloween to halloween and everyday in between! Enjoy ~ v Truffle Brownies 1 1/4  c butter (don’t freak out, it’s just butter!) 3/4 c baking cocoa 3 T flour 1 c + 1 T sugar, divided 4 eggs, separated 2 tsp vanilla Heat…

Demolish me ~

Uno non può pensare bene, amare bene, dormire bene, se non ha mangiato bene. Mrs D has asked for my assistance translating another FANTASTIC recipe!  Wow ~ what a flavor explosion! The only thing I did differently, was add 1/4 c of almond flour to the cake flour… I knew it was already going to…

Happy Birthday!

Today is my son Andre‘s birthday!  It is tradition for me to make (go figure) a meal and dessert, aka birthday cake, as per the birthday celebrant’s request.  Over the years it may have been pasta and jello (12th birthday, Wichita Falls), or beef tenderloin with horseradish butter and German Chocolate Cake (this year).  As I…

Ahhh, Italia

Tony’s cousins would make a cake very similar to this one… Lucia served it with fresh panna (lightly sweetened whipped cream), and Fabrizia used a vanilla confectioner’s sugar gently sprinkled over the top – oh, summers in Italy! Plum & Polenta Cake 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons finely ground cornmeal or semolina flour 1 cup…

Celebrations ~

                It’s coming down to the wire folks!  The packers will be arriving in 2 days, thus starting the Lombardo family’s next big adventure: Mt Home Air Force Base, Idaho! This weekend, as we prepped the patio furniture and pizza oven, I stopped so I could keep a…

Food for Flowers

  I have taught cooking classes to many people in my kitchen throughout the years; taught large groups at military spouse functions, but today was the first day I have taught a guy aside from my boys, Andre & Toren; and it was at his request!  Adam was a quick learner, even though his kneading…