The Surprise in the Icing

I will always remember any holiday or family celebrations as happy times and SWEET times. Tables overflowed with mouthwatering desserts: sweet yet savory chocolate chip cookies, tangy zuccherinis, simple pizzelles, Grace's (aka Mom-Mom) filled cookies, rich chocolate crinkles, cream puffs you drool over, cannolis bursting with sweet ricotta, gorgeous Easter egg cakes, and at least … Continue reading The Surprise in the Icing

Healing Cupcakes

Baking has been a creative outlet for me since I was about 13. I think Cake Boss started it all for me...and The Great British Bake Off absolutely reignited the passion in the last year or so. Throughout high school, I made cakes shaped like bunnies, tiered cakes, cakes with the leg lamp from The … Continue reading Healing Cupcakes

My First Zuppa Inglese (Ada Boni Part 3)

Part three and Ada Boni is still beating me. This was my first time making Zuppa Inglese. Sticking to my original challenge, I knew nothing about the recipe prior to making it. I had no idea what it typically looks or tastes like. At one point while baking I shouted out loud "ooooooh I'm making … Continue reading My First Zuppa Inglese (Ada Boni Part 3)

The Best Pumpkin Donut Holes

It is the season of crisp leaves, pumpkin spice everything, and cups of hot cider by the fire. Although the boos and spookiness are finished for 2020, autumn still has much to offer. The vibrant leaves may no longer be on the trees but they still smile underfoot on my hikes. I love autumn, specifically … Continue reading The Best Pumpkin Donut Holes

My First Ada Boni Success!

Ada Boni challenge continued...this week I made Boni's Bocca Di Dama recipe. Keep scrolling to see: The recipeAny problems I experiencedMy next recipeComparing my results to google photosWhere to follow the journey The Recipe Bocca Di dama Ingredients 1/4 cup shelled almonds1/4 cup sugar1 egg, lightly beaten7 eggs, at room temperature3 egg yolks, at room … Continue reading My First Ada Boni Success!

My First Ada Boni Fail

Last week, I began my Ada Boni challenge with her Eritrea Tart. Overall, it seemed like a simple cake; however, this first recipe opened me up to the challenges of baking from cookbooks published in the 50s. My Eritrea Tart tastes and looks okay, but I did mess up and it will probably be much … Continue reading My First Ada Boni Fail

Baking with Ada Boni

As Americans, many of us have unique links to our ancestry, some are clear cut and some are fuzzy. Growing up, it was very clear I am in an Italian American family; my grandmother who is Sicilian, particularly has kept the culture alive for the family (thank you Mom-Mom). Her baking is known not only … Continue reading Baking with Ada Boni