Sweet Potato Pie

Need a change from pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving? Your family and guests would probably revolt, but I do have an interesting addition/replacement.   Sweet potato pie is very similar to pumpkin pie, but with a texture all it’s own. Also, the taste of the sweet potatoes is very apparent and sweeter than pumpkin, but not in … Continue reading

Sandy’s Pear Custard Squares

You know how there are some desserts that after just one bite, you know you must have the recipe? Well this pear tart is that dessert. A friend brought this to a dinner party, and after one bite, I asked her for the recipe. She said she was happy to write it up for me. … Continue reading

Blueberry-Lemon Bread

Blueberry season is just about here in full force., and I started to feel the overwhelming need to bake something, using my favorite seasonal berries. Please check in the archives under Blueberry Corn Muffins and Blueberry Pie to see more on my love of baking with blueberries.  So many blueberries, so many recipes….what should I … Continue reading

Ann & Bev’s (Noodle) Pastiera

If you were to look up “pastiera” in any Italian cookbook, the recipe would most likely be translated as “ricotta and grain pie.” But if there is one thing I’ve learned about Italian cooking, it’s that these names vary from family to family.   In my long- time, dear friend’s family, “pastiera” meant something completely different.   … Continue reading

Strawberry Shortcake

Happy Memorial Day! With all the festivities that surround Memorial Day, it sometimes requires a moment to stop and think about the real reason for this holiday. It is not about barbecues and outdoor fun, although that has become a much beloved part of the celebration. First and foremost we are celebrating all those who … Continue reading

Ann’s Rice Pudding

This recipe for rice pudding is very special to me, as you can see that by the way I cherish (yes, cherish) the three copies of the recipe that I have in my possession. One is in my mom’s handwriting and is very worn and stained from fifty years of use. One is in Ann’s … Continue reading

Easter Bread

I can’t tell you how excited I was to find this recipe on the website of the blog, theitaliandishblog.com, which is a fabulous blog, by the way.   I have been searching for years for this specific recipe for the Easter bread that my mother made every year at Easter time. It’s probably the only recipe … Continue reading

Congo Squares

While looking through my mother’s folder of torn and stained recipes (a habit that I just love), I came across a neatly typed recipe for “Congo Squares.”   I could tell this was a very old recipe, and I vaguely remembered the name. As I read through the ingredients, I started to recollect the taste, which … Continue reading

Cream Cheese Pound Cake

Before you start your New Year’s resolution of weight loss and no sugar, please have one last splurge, and let it be this cream cheese pound cake.   You won’t regret it. This cake is light and airy, yet dense and complex. It can stand alone or with some whipped cream and berries.   It’s great with … Continue reading

English Trifle

Happy December! The Christmases just keep coming faster and faster every year.…or at least that’s how it feels to me.   I feel like I just put away all the Christmas ornaments! But here we are again. It really is such a wonderful time of year.   I love the hustle and bustle and all the festivities … Continue reading