Candy Cane Biscotti

imageBefore I get started on this, let me share with you that I’ve lost all track of time.  Seriously, during a casual conversation yesterday, it was brought up that next week is Christmas and I was in total surprise!  It’s not that I haven’t been preparing….decorating, baking and shopping, but more so that I have been so immersed in all the holiday activities I honestly thought I had at least two more weeks to go! Continue reading “Candy Cane Biscotti”

A Toast to Health, Happiness and Prosperity

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As many of you know, this blog started as a way to share my recipes with my daughter as she headed off for college.  Six years later, my daughter has graduated and working as an event coordinator; more specifically, wedding planning.  She immerses herself in every detail of planning, discovering unique ideas and concepts to make dreams become reality.  She is following her passion and I so love that for her. Continue reading “A Toast to Health, Happiness and Prosperity”

Easy Peanut Butter Chocolate Fudge

Peanut butter chocolate fudge prep

I’m resting easy this evening.  My holiday menus are planned, Christmas greetings sent and a few pretty presents nestled under the tree.  My daughter is on her way home; the merriest Christmas is about to begin.

Tonight we will sit and catch up; not that we don’t chat daily, at a minimum twice a day.  But tonight I will see her pretty face, the pups will lick her all over and all will be perfect as the beauty of life is not in the grand events but in the small, everyday moments we cherish.

Peanut butter chocolate fudge

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Savory Sundried Tomato and Herb Biscotti

Savory Sundried Tomato biscottiStep aside crackers, a new love has entered into this Spicegirl’s life.  Happy hour has just gotten a bit happier.  Wine and cheese met a savory new companion to take to the party.  The flavors mingled, flirted and fell in love.

You never know when someone special will come into your life, in just a wink of an eye, a casual smile, a knowing look.  Or in this case, an unexpected email, from a Savoring follower, describing a savory cracker recipe full of butter that she wondered could be possibly made into a biscotti? Continue reading “Savory Sundried Tomato and Herb Biscotti”

Sicilian Pizza

Sicilian PizzaSicilian pizza = family gatherings.  It would not be a family gathering without including the Sicilian pizza, especially through the holidays.  My mom would bake sheet after sheet pan of pizza to serve our hungry family, uncles, aunts and cousins.  Grabbing squares of pizza, it didn’t matter if they were hot or at room temp or even leftover cold straight from the fridge!  Way back then, I never knew there were round pizzas!  The round ones came from the pizza restaurants, and we never ordered a pizza!

I rarely bake the thick crust pizza.  My favorite is the thin crust, as in my Napoletana Pizza I make every Friday evening.  But when I drift back down memory lane as I was this morning, thinking of Christmas past, there was no other pizza in my life than the thick, square cut Sicilian pizza. Continue reading “Sicilian Pizza”

Puttin’ On The Ritz: Spiced Pecans

Have you ever stayed at the Ritz Carlton and tasted their spiced pecans? Oh my heavens, they are addicting but oh so good!

I recently spent a few days at the Ritz Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation where I was surrounded by nature and Southern charm.  My balcony overlooked a tranquil lake and inside my room was the ultimate comfy bed with crisp white linens, the softest downy pillows and a little glass jar of these naughty pecans! Continue reading “Puttin’ On The Ritz: Spiced Pecans”

Gingerbread Pizzelles

Warm gingerbread aromas continue to fill my kitchen!  In fact, with all the baking, candles and my little gingerbread hanging ornaments, whenever I enter my home, I’m welcomed with the most comforting feeling!

A very happy ending came about by taking an idea to turn my original pizzelles from pumpkin to gingerbread!  I love to take a twist on classic recipes, adding fun and unexpected flavor to compliment the seasons and themes of my parties!  Add to that unusual cocktails and drinks, and you’ve got yourself a party that everyone will be enjoying and talking about! Continue reading “Gingerbread Pizzelles”

Gingerbread Biscotti

You knew it had to happen….gingerbread biscotti!  In fact, it is probably my favorite for the holiday season.  A crisp bite of warm spice gingerbread with a slight burst of chocolate and confectioners sweetness drizzle and colorful sprinkles.

Of all the flavors of the season, sugar cookies, buttery shortbread, cranberry, peppermint and chocolate, gingerbread stands out for me, just as pumpkin does through October and November. Continue reading “Gingerbread Biscotti”

Napoletana Pizza Dough

I love, love, love traditions, customs, rituals and beliefs!  December 8 is the celebration of the Immaculate Conception.  I recently learned that in Sicily it is customary to bake a sfinciuni, a type of pizza made with simple ingredients, flour, yeast, onions, anchovies, olive oil and crumbs of leftover bread to honor the Madonna at Advent.

Amore, amore…I love pizza and how excited I was to have a new tradition to follow.  It was quite possible that my mom served us pizza after attending mass on this day as we had pizza so often I cannot confirm this was a true custom in our home or not.  I’ve made Friday pizza night a tradition for many years using the my favorite pizza dough recipe I posted last year.  This past year though I’ve become hooked on Peter Reinhart’s Napoletana Pizza Dough recipe from The Bread Baker’s Apprentice and I can honestly say, I’ve only gone back to my old pizza dough recipe just a few times. Continue reading “Napoletana Pizza Dough”

Pumpkin Pizzelles

Do you ever get something in your head that just consumes your thoughts and you just have to have it?  And attempts to make it are unsuccessful… yet you refuse to accept defeat?

I’m referring to a cookie recipe here, but as I write this, I realize it’s actually how I react to almost every area of my life!  I so don’t like hearing something won’t work, or can’t be done.  I’ll keep trying until I’ve exhausted all my options feeling satisfied that all ideas, attempts and effort has been done.   A  close, long time friend caught on early to my personality saying that if he wanted to get me to do something, he’d tell me to do the opposite!!  Darn… Continue reading “Pumpkin Pizzelles”