La dolce vita – Cannoli!

Ok. Who doesn’t love cannoli? Crispy goodness filled with sweet (but not too sweet) awesomeness. But sometimes (or most times) when you buy them in a bakery or a store the crispiness has faded into sogginess and the filling is overly sweet and they don’t have the flavor you want… So? Make them at home!! … Continue reading

Braised Lamb with Risotto alla Milanese

After an amazing amount of research into a good Secondo Piatto I found this recipe for Braised Lamb with juniper berries, fennel, and sage. Every single ingredient in this dish made me think of Rome. I knew it would be perfect – and what better accompaniment than a risotto? We have lots of saffron and … Continue reading

Spaghetti Carbonara a la Pisciapiano

This was the first dish we KNEW had to be on the menu for the Holiday Italiano meal (or Cena Magnifica according to the Boy’s riddle menu! So cute!). Pisciapiano was the Boy’s father’s favorite restaurant in Rome and a huge part of his experience there in high school. We went there on our trip … Continue reading

Holiday Italiano!

For Christmas, the Boy’s dad asked for a gift that wouldn’t add to all of the stuff in their house, so we thought what better than a meal that would transport him back one of his favorite places – Rome!! So we brainstormed and came up with a four course menu we hoped would make … Continue reading

Sausage Stuffing

A very traditional British recipe that I grew up with and can’t live without…ok, well I can’t live without it at the holidays. It’s a delicious and very simple stuffing that pairs perfectly with your turkey. Be prepared to drool. = ) Read on for the recipe and photos…

Alexandra Deshor-tasty the 20 Pound Turkey!

The main event and the biggest turkey I’ve ever roasted! Thank goodness the Med boy was here to help carve, otherwise I don’t know what we would have done….probably ripped pieces off with our teeth? In all seriousness, this is the best way to roast a turkey I’ve found so far – no stuffing, just … Continue reading

Braided Pretzel Loaves

I knew I wanted to have bread on the table at our Pre-Thanksgiving feast and had already tested out the No-Knead Bread (remember the Easiest Bread Ever? Yea, that one!) and knew it would be perfect. But as I searched on Tastespotting for more ideas and revelations, I found these beautiful braided loaves and knew … Continue reading

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