Prune Cake

Prune Cake {Torta alla Prugne}

I remember as a kid, my grandmother always had prune juice in the fridge. So throughout my life, I always associated prune juice with old people. And also for… you know…when you need a little extra help. In 2001, the California Prune Board pressured the Food and Drug Administration to change the name of prunes to the more pleasant sounding dried plums. (Prune juice is still called prune juice because, well…dried plum juice?) For some of us, a prune is […]

Paradise Cake

La Torta Paradiso (Paradise Cake)~Maria Callas Style

The year I graduated from college and moved to New York, I had a fall ticket series to the New York City Opera with a work friend. I didn’t know much about opera and still don’t, but seeing the magnificent performances of Madame Butterfly and Tosca at Lincoln Center are forever etched in my memory. That was a very long time ago and the big names were and still are world-renowned stars and today Andrea Boccelli’s voice absolutely makes me swoon. […]

Egg Tart with Asparagus

Tortino agli Asparagi Verdi (Egg Tart with Asparagus)

When Laney arrived in Italy, I was so excited to finally meet her…and to get to know the American girl who would help me to speak English better and who gave me the opportunity to cook and join her blog! It was love at first sight! I spent three wonderful days with her, Monica and Cristina – eating, drinking and seeing places in Italy unknown even to me! We had such a great time! On the last day of her […]