Lemon Tart

Garda Lake Lemon Tart {Crostada al Limone del Lago di Garda)

According to the legend, lemon plants were introduced into the Lake Garda region in the XIV century by the Franciscan friars. The first lemon houses (limonaia) arose on the Brescia (west) side of the lake, mostly in areas of Gargnano and Limone while some were built  on the Veronese coast, where the main centre for the cultivation was the town of Torri. Lake Garda, with its 46 ° of latitude north, represents  the most northern zone in the world where citrus […]

Apple Fritters (Frittelle di Mele)

Apple Fritters {Frittelle di Mele}

Apples are a very popular fruit grown in Trentino Alto Adige, near where I grew up in the North of Italy, bordering Austria and Switzerland. With many varieties of regional apples flourishing, Apple Fritters are a very typical and traditional dish of this area.  In South Tyrol, these pancakes are served as an accompaniment to pork and savory dishes and are loved by both children and adults.  Apple Fritters are delicious either hot or cold and are made quite easily […]

Pignoli Cookies

Pignoli Cookies

Given the price of pine nuts (pignoli), these cookies wouldn’t really be in the budget recipe category. BUT…they take no time at all to prepare and they’re so good that when you take into account what your time is worth, making these is a BARGAIN! (If you live near a Costco in the U.S., they sell a 1 1/2 lb. bag  which makes it worthwhile – and then you can find all sorts of other creative things to cook with […]