Ciambella all’Arancia (Orange Scented Olive Oil Cake)

As much as I love to cook, there’s something about baking that makes my heart sing. Maybe it’s the warming scent of hot dough in the oven that I find so comforting. Perhaps it’s that with baking there’s always plenty for everyone and I enjoy sharing and feeding others. Possibly it’s because I’m a numbers person and like exact measurements.  (Although it’s probably just all the sugar that makes my heart beat faster.) Whatever the reasons, baking just makes me happy. […]

Pumpkin Tiramisu

Pumpkin Tiramisu (Tiramisù di Zucca)

  Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday because it’s all about food. Wait, okay…I take that back – it’s about giving thanks FOR the food. And family. And health. And anything else that makes your heart swell on this truly American holiday. We eat and drink…that’s it! No gifts, no religion. I love cooking the meal and since I’ve been doing it for so many years and they (aka my family) won’t let me change anything, everything runs very smoothly (other […]

Apple Cake

Apple Cake (Torta di Mele) from Col delle Rane Agriturismo

One of my favorite things about the Italian countryside is the abundance of small, family owned hotels and the food they serve. Each has its own personality, expertise and of course, recipes. Col delle Rane, an agriturismo 30 miles northwest of Venice is one of these special places. Owned by the Gallina family for three generations, the 17th century farmhouse has 15 comfortable and spacious rooms with 4 apartments. Run by brothers Matteo and Domenico and overseen by their parents […]