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Fig Jam Italian Pie

Fig Jam Italian Pie : Crostata di Marmelatta di Fico. This Fig Jam Italian Pie is my grandmother’s recipe. If you do not have fig jam, any kind could be used. The base for this pie / crostata is similar to Linzer torte ( usually made with raspberry jam )… Read more »

Limoncello From Scratch

  Limoncello From Scratch : Italian Freezer Drink. Limoncello from scratch requires several phases to make but it is worth of every second ! If you cannot get Sorrento Lemons (Limone di Sorrento), Eureka Lemons are excellent as well. I started to prepare my Limoncello three weeks ago since I… Read more »

Sour Cherry and Black Pepper Cobbler

Sour Cherry and Black Pepper Cobbler: wartime recipe with an outlandish twist. My grandmother was a master of survival. During the Second World War she sewed clothes for her children using material cut from parachutes. My mother was one of those children, that is how I know the story. Being… Read more »

Chicken Cacciatore (Pollo alla Cacciatora)

  Chicken Cacciatore: Hunter’s chicken stew; fabolous, rustic, simple and hearty Italian dish. My grandmother used to prepare suppers for a group of Italian hunters after the hunting was done. They would arrive in the countryside early in the morning with their hunting dogs, down Grappa and espresso, change their… Read more »

Double Chocolate Sacher Brownies

Double Chocolate Sacher Brownies: Franz Sacher who invented the famous cake would love it for sure ! This is one of our winter favourites and it’s also the reason for my commitment to making apricot jam every single summer because we always make The Sacher cake with this kind of… Read more »

Isabella Grape Jam

Isabella Grape Jam: Heard it through the grapevine …   I still remember the fragrance the Isabella grapes released after rain in my grandmother’s backyard. We used to play hide-and-seek there under the grand grapevine roof, all around the chairs, running among the Isabella vines and peonies. Is there any… Read more »

Blackberry Apple Earl Grey Jam

Blackberry Apple Earl Grey Jam: Apples and seedless blackberries jam with a hint of Earl Grey. Give me Five (o’clock tea) please ! Blackberries and apples are an excellent combination for a jam. Earl Grey Tea leaves with its’ bergamot flavor makes it definitely one of my favorite jams. Imagine… Read more »

Mint Syrup Quick Version Recipe

Mint Syrup Quick Version Recipe: There is no substitute for its wonderful flavor and aroma; fortunately, it’s easy to make your own! Saturday it is and I am packing to go away for holidays. Friend bumps with a basket of fresh mint to dry for tea. Since there was more… Read more »